Kete Aronui film club

The Orator

Friday 12 August, 6.30pm
Run time: 110min

Kete Aronui film club presents The Orator (O Le Tulafale), a 2011 Sāmoan and Aotearoa film written and directed by Tusi Tamasese. It is the first ever Sāmoan feature film shot entirely in Sāmoa, in the Sāmoan language, with a Sāmoan cast and story.

The Orator is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness and love.  Small in stature and humble, Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Sāmoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves. 

Kete Aronui film club is a free film programme held at Gus Fisher Gallery every month, made possible with the help of Auckland Council.


Alex Sims on NFTs and art

Saturday 20 August, 2pm

Join us for a special talk with Alex Sims on NFTs and art. Alex, Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law, University of Auckland, and an Associate at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT), maintains an interest in how artists are utilising NFTs and will be presenting her research and thoughts on the subject.

Alex teaches a wide range of commercial law subjects. Her primary areas of research and publication are on blockchain technology, in particular, DAOs (decentralised autonomous organisations), NFTs, the regulation of cryptocurrencies and legal issues surrounding smart contracts.


Monoprinting for kids

Saturday 3 September, 10.30am &
Saturday 1 October, 10.30am

Inspired by the artworks in Creation Stories, bring your tamariki in for this one hour workshop where you can make your own family tree! Using a template and print techniques, participants can add their family connections to create an original artwork to take home All materials provided.


Kete Aronui film club

Videograms of a Revolution

Thursday 8 September, 6.30pm
Run time: 106min

Kete Aronui film club in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut presents Videograms of a Revolution, a 1992 documentary film compiled by renowned Directors Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică. Videograms of a Revolution is made from over 125 hours of amateur footage including news reels and excerpts from the Bucharest TV studio it was broadcast from when it was overtaken by demonstrators during the Romanian Revolution in December 1989.

Demonstrators occupied the television station in Bucharest and broadcast continuously for 120 hours, thereby establishing the television studio as a new historical site. Between December 21, 1989 (the day of Ceaucescu’s last speech) and December 26, 1989 (the first televised summary of his trial), the cameras recorded events at the most important locations in Bucharest, almost without exception.

Kete Aronui film club is a free film programme held at Gus Fisher Gallery every second Thursday of the month, made possible with the help of Auckland Council.

Kete Aronui film club


Thursday 13 October, 6.30pm
Run time: 83min

Kete Aronui film club presents Larry Achiampong’s Wayfinder (2022), the British Ghanaian artist’s first feature film. Set in a pandemic, it follows the Wanderer, a young girl played by Perside Rodgrigues, on an intrepid journey across England. Travelling from North to south, she passes through different regions, towns and landscapes, encountering people, stories and situations on her way.

Achiampong works in film, sculpture, installation, sound, collage, music and performance. In 2021, his artwork Beyond The Substrata was shown as part of Gus Fisher Gallery’s exhibition I Multiply Each Day.

As part of Heart of the City’s Late Night Art event, the gallery will also be open late until 8pm.

Kete Aronui film club is a free film programme held at Gus Fisher Gallery every month, made possible with the help of Auckland Council.

Double feature

Nosferatu & Nosferasta

Saturday 22 October, 4pm

Nosferatu 94min
Nosferasta 33min

F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) is one of the silent era’s most influential masterpieces which pioneered techniques and tropes of the horror genre still used today. To mark 100 years since the release of the German Expressionist classic, Gus Fisher Gallery presents a special double feature screening alongside the short Nosferasta: First Bite (2021).

Originally exhibited  at Spike Island, Bristol, Nosferasta: First Bite is a vampire movie like no other. Christopher Columbus uses his undead powers to create his “New World”, where he sucks the blood out of his colonial project for centuries. Complicit in this is Oba—both co-writer and star of the film—a shipwrecked African slave who, once bitten, becomes Columbus’s subject and collaborator. When Oba discovers Rastafarianism, his allegiance changes.

This screening includes an introduction by University of Auckland academic Nicole Perry, whose research interests include German Expressionism and German colonial activity in the Pacific region.

This screening is made possible with the help of the Goethe-Institut and Auckland Council.

Gus Fisher Gallery
74 Shortland Street
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Central 1010

Tuesday – Friday:
10am – 5pm
10am – 4pm