One of the greatest: A documentary about Sir Nöel Coward is included in a special film festival at Dorothy Browns this weekend, celebrating British and Irish films

A ‘mini-fest’ at Arrowtown’s Dorothy Browns Cinema this week end is the start of something much bigger in years to come.

Cinema manager Christopher ‘Clem’ Clement-Walker says the boutique cinema’s hosting the inaugural British and Irish Film Festival (BIFF) ‘mini-fest’ from today till Sunday.

It marks a new partnership which will bring the fully-fledged 2024 BIFF to Arrowtown screens, which he believes will be massive, considering the huge British and Irish expat community in the Whakatipu.

From today till Sunday eight movies, including documentaries, comedies, dramas and biographies, will be shown — they include Mad About The Boy: The Nöel Coward Story, featuring Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Michael Cane, telling the story of Sir Nöel, who was queer in a
very straight world, grew up in poverty and left school at the age of nine.

By the age of 30 he was the highest-paid writer in the world and a star on the Broadway stage.

Tomorrow at 5pm and Sunday at 7.30pm, Dorothy Browns will also host two sessions of the ‘RUNNATION Film Festival 2023’, an inspiring event attended by celebrities and thousands of runners — and non-runners — around the globe.

Submissions are received by festival organisers, who curate them into ‘‘an incredible two-hour screening’’.

‘‘It is not just about running, it is about celebrating the human spirit, using running as a storytelling medium,’’ Clement-Walker says.

For the full line-ups, or to buy tickets, visit

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