Ensemble is chuffed to bits to be presenting the New Zealand premiere screening of Poor Things, on Thursday December 7 at The Hollywood Cinema in Auckland.
The pointedly feminist film from Yorgos Lanthimos stars Emma Stone as a “horny Frankenwoman on a wild coming-of-age journey” – consider us intrigued.
We have five double passes to give away to the screening. Enter here, and be among the first in the country to see the gloriously bawdy film:
While we count down the sleeps to the premiere, here are six reasons we're fizzing about the film:
1. Producer and star Emma Stone’s tour-de-force spell as a literal woman-child is proving one of the most discussed performances on the film circuit this year.
2. Absurdists delight: the psychedelic film was described as a “surrealist Frankenstein-esque adventure” by Variety. Fitting for a tale that follows the fantastical evolution of a woman (Stone) reanimated from the dead in the lab of a brilliant scientist Baxter (William Dafoe), and re-learning to walk, talk and take ownership of her world.
3. It's decorated to perfection. Shona Heath and James Price’s lavish production design, Holly Waddington’s florid costumes and Johnnie Burn’s supreme sound design bring to life the story based on the book by Alasdair Gray.
4. Co-production designer Shona Heath is a real Ensemble girlie: she regularly collaborates with photographer Tim Walker on his fantastical sets, and she also worked a lot with Leith Clark and Lula magazine circa peak twee era.
5. It's set to be decorated in the other way too. The science fiction black comedy took out the Golden Lion award for best film at the 2023 Venice Film Festival and there’s already chatter of Stone following up her2016 best actress Academy award, with Variety's senior awards editor Clayton Davis writing that “she delivers the type of performance that could bring a second statuette”.
6. Fans of Yorgos Lanthimos' richly visual worlds (The Favourite, The Lobster) will be relieved to hear the director has reaffirmed his commitment to shooting on film - this latest endeavour proving just as dazzling of a visual spectacle.
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Poor Things will be released in New Zealand on January 1, 2024.