This winter grab a seat at the WEA for some screenings of great films that look at important issues. You can pick the films that interest you or opt for a film pass and come along to all three screenings. Please note that the fee is a donation to cover the costs and includes a seat at a post film discussion as well as hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn!

If you are planning to come to all three movies the film pass option is cheaper! It will get you hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn for all three screenings and a seat for the discussions afterwards.

Screenings are:


Friday 16 August, 12.30 - 2.30 pm, 

The Age of Stupid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects, Brassed Off) as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance? It was released in 2009 and will be screened here along with a short film made this year by the Guardian which returns to many of the places and issues that the first film visited. We will follow this film with a discussion facilitated by Sophia White, a passionate sustainability advocate. 


Friday 30 August, 12.30 – 2 pm, 

“Watch this natural Kiwi miracle: how the earth regenerates native bush if given half a chance.” – Bunny McDiarmid, Executive Director Greenpeace International

“Fools and Dreamers tells the most important story of our time.” – Paul Hawken, founder Project Drawdown.  Fools & Dreamers is a 30-minute documentary telling the story of Hinewai Nature Reserve, on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. We learn about the commitment of Hugh and the Maurice White Native Forest Trust to regenerate marginal, hilly farmland into native forest, using a minimal interference method that allows nature to do the work, giving life to over 1500 hectares of native forest, waterways, and the creatures that live within them. After the film we will have a discussion with Paul Broady, a regular WEA lecturer on science who also owns land adjacent to the Hinewai Nature Reserve. 


Friday 20 September, 12.30 - 2.30 pm, 

Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long. Sustainability advocate Sophia White will lead a discussion after the film.