Light Between Oceans


Cinema65 – 9 Nov, 1:30pm

Filmed in Central Otago!!
Adapted from the bestseller – a love story for all ages.


The film’s solemn visual rhythms exert an almost hypnotic spell that for a time gives a heroic dimension to a story as emotionally fraught as a vintage Bette Davis melodrama.
Stephen Holden, The NYTimes

Grief is palpable in this beautiful, heartbreaking drama, intensified by Fassbender, Vikander, and Weisz’ excellent performances.
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media

Tom is a World War I veteran who maintains a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel, a woman desperate to have a baby. Her prayers are answered when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat. Tom thinks they should notify the authorities but ultimately gives in to Isabel’s wish to keep the girl. Fate strikes again when the couple meet the child’s biological mother on the mainland. Now, Tom and Isabel must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of four people.

Principal photography locations were in New Zealand and Australia. Filming took place in Dunedin, Port Chalmers and on the Otago Peninsula, St Bathans and at the Cape Campbell Lighthouse in Marlborough. Filming sites included the former Dunedin Prison in and Stuart Street at the former King Edward Technical College building.
Footage aboard a steam train was filmed in October inside a refurbished wooden “bird cage” passenger carriage from the Pleasant Point Railway in South Canterbury. Mainline Steam Heritage Trust used Ja 1240 “Jessica” for the movie and it was transferred from the trust’s Christchurch depot to Dunedin for filming to take place. While the scene in which the locomotive is used was set in 1918, locomotive Ja 1240 was built in 1947 and was the second New Zealand Railways JA class locomotive to be built. Built at New Zealand Railways Hillside workshops in Dunedin it ran exclusively in the South Island of New Zealand from 1947 until 1971.

USA 2016, 132 min, rated M (sex scenes)
Directed by Derek Cianfrance
Starring Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown, Jack Thomson & Anthony Hayes
Based on the novel by M. L. Stedman

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