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A Death in the Family + Pansy

A Death in the Family + Pansy

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  • Wed 7 May ’14, 7:00pm – 8:40pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington Show map



Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $8.00
  • Concession: $6.00


The Film Archive

"A Death in the Family" (1987, dir. Peter Wells and Stewart Main, 48 min, PG) screens alongside "Pansy" (2001, dir. Peter Wells, 52 min, Exempt).

"A Death in the Family" is a human drama about sexuality, death and the victory of love. "It is July 1985. Andrew Boyd, a New Zealander visiting Sydney for treatment, is told he has five days to live. He has AIDS. He is the fourth person diagnosed in New Zealand." Andrew's friends gather around to look after him. His family pay a brief visit leaving a cheque to help his friends with the expenses. Watch the film trailer here.

"Pansy" adopts a personal voice and poetic style of film-making. Writer/director Peter Wells looks at his life through pansy-tinted glasses as he makes the journey back to his childhood in this autobiographical documentary. Charting the voyage of a man who later became an outspoken New Zealand gay artist, it looks back at the complications of his past and a period of time when it was compulsory to be straight. He also recalls the loss of his brother Russell to HIV AIDS in 1989. Watch the film trailer here.

This screening runs in conjunction with 30, our current moving image exhibition, which reflects on HIV AIDS in New Zealand: http://www.filmarchive.org.nz/now-showing/30/

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