Film Screening 26th May, 2017

Poster for The Eagle Huntress

The Eagle Huntress 

7:30 PM, 26th May, 2017

  • G
  • 87 mins
  • 2016
  • Otto Bell

The Eagle Huntress is the uplifting and thrilling true story of Aisholpan, a 13 year old Mongolian girl who, with great courage, native talent and the support of her loving family, becomes the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh community. Along the way she must overcome both physical obstacles and social barriers, undertaking her rite-of-passage against the breathtaking backdrop of the Altai Mountains.

Featuring some scenes so amazing you would think they were re-creations, but were in fact captured through the use of cutting-edge filmmaking technology (including drones and Go-Pros) and presented with skilful cinematography, The Eagle Huntress is a stunning visual treat. Add narration by Daisy Ridley from Star Wars, and a soundtrack that includes “Angel by the Wings” by Sia, and you have an entertaining, heartwarming and fabulous film experience.

Since premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival this documentary has received rave reviews and generated considerable award interest. Go see it with friends and family, and be inspired!

Kellie Takenaka

Poster for Underworld: Blood Wars

Underworld: Blood Wars 

9:07 PM, 26th May, 2017

  • MA
  • 91 mins
  • 2016
  • Anna Foerster
  • Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance

The fifth film in the Underworld franchise – Blood Wars – sees the return of vampire death dealer Selene (Beckinsale) as she once more takes on the Lycan clan of werewolves – and anybody else that gets in her way.

And that’s really all you need to know from a plot perspective. It’s not like you’ll really be attending for the plot anyway (even though it is a pretty decent one, and far superior to the previous film, Underworld: Awakening). The important thing is that Selene still kicks ass in skin-tight leather and the action is slick, stylish and non-stop – bullets and swords flying every which way for most of the tight 90-odd minute running time.

There is a quick recap at the start for those new to the franchise (or those who just can’t remember – it has been 13 years since it all started after all!) but Blood Wars is pretty self-contained and those who have little or no memory of what has gone before will still enjoy the ride. There are plot holes, and at times the low budget shows through, but if you come in hoping to watch a woman elegantly laying the smackdown from start to finish you’ll walk out very happy.

Pedr Cain