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Event Cinemas, Tauranga Crossing

NZ Premiere of ‘Fungi: Web of Life’ Film + remote Q&A with Stephen Axford & Catherine Marciniak!

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of fungi at Event Cinemas, Tauranga Crossing! Join us for a special screening of "Fungi: Web of Life," a captivating film that unveils the intricate role fungi play in the ecosystem. Followed by an exciting remote Q&A over at Tauriko Pub Co.

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NZ Premiere of ‘Fungi: Web of Life’ Film + remote Q&A with Stephen Axford & Catherine Marciniak!
NZ Premiere of ‘Fungi: Web of Life’ Film + remote Q&A with Stephen Axford & Catherine Marciniak!

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10 Apr 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm NZST

Event Cinemas, Tauranga Crossing, 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand

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🎥 'Fungi: Web of Life' VMAX Film Showing + remote Q&A with Stephen Axford & Catherine Marciniak! 🍄

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of fungi at Event Cinemas Tauranga Crossing. 

The Fungi Fest NZ team are excited to bring you the New Zealand premiere of ‘Fungi: Web of Life’. The film features the author of the bestseller book ‘Entangled Life’, Dr Merlin Sheldrake and narration by Bjork. Discover the mysterious world that exists between and connects all life on Earth. Introducing this beautiful film that showcases jaw-dropping time-lapse cinematography in the immersive experience of VMAX, Merlin Sheldrake conducts a Q&A (previously recorded at the World Premiere in London) with the team behind the search for an incredibly precious blue mushroom. “With millions more species to discover, our journey into the secret world of fungi has only just begun.” 

Year: 2024

Genre: Documentary - Environmental

Classification: All ages

Writer: Catherine Marciniak, Joseph Nizeti, Paul Phelan

Producer: David Gross, Jennifer Peedom, Jo-Anne McGowan, Sarah Noonan

Director: Gisela Kaufmann & Joseph Nizeti

Much of life on Earth is connected by a vast, hidden network that we are only just beginning to understand. Out of sight, between the world of plants and animals, another world exists----the kingdom of fungi.

Join acclaimed British biologist, Dr. Merlin Sheldrake, on a quest to find an incredibly precious blue mushroom, against the backdrop of Tasmania’s ancient Tarkine rainforest. Merlin will show us some of the grandest and strangest organisms ever discovered, showcased through jaw-dropping time-lapse cinematography, in a landscape largely unchanged from the time of the dinosaurs. Fungi have important lessons to teach humanity about survival through cooperation. Indeed, these incredible lifeforms may hold the key to solving some of humanity’s most urgent problems. With millions more species to discover, our journey into the secret world of fungi has only just begun.

Event Details:

As if that wasn't enough... After the film we will head over to Tauriko Pub Co (just across from Event Cinema) for a remote Q&A with presenter and Special Effects Photographer Stephen Axford and Director, Writer, Editor and Cinematographer Catherine Marciniak! Stephen's images and time-lapse videos of mushrooms have been featured in leading science and nature magazines and on TV screens across the globe, including a feature in David Attenborough’s, award-winning Planet Earth 2. Catherine was a co-writer of ‘Fungi: Web of Life’ and a Finalist in the Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism in 2019 for her work on the documentary project Leagueability. She was also part of the regional NSW ABC team awarded a Walkley Award for coverage of the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires.

Secure your seat now for an unforgettable film screening + remote Q&A. Unveil the mysteries of fungi on the big screen!

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