Central to the Soul


In repertoire, again soon – $10 all seats

Featuring numerous locals – geez, I’m even in the crowd!! A wonderful community film.
This film explores the resilient communities of Central Otago, as they gather to enjoy performances at various venues through the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes district. Includes Tarras Hall, Lowburn Hall and Bannockburn Hall!!

Much more than a music film.

I used to turn up in towns thinking I was the most important thing
happening that night. I came to realise I was just a focal point for something much more important – the chance for a community to gather.

Filmed throughout 2018, this is a gentle excursion into the heart of a region that has become a poster child for social, economic and environmental change. Central to the Soul is much more than a music film – it’s an exploration of community and its importance to the well-being of the people who call this region home. The film looks at how Central Otago communities have adapted to the major social, political and geographical changes of the past 50 years. From the damming of the Clutha river to the influx of viticulture, dairy farming, mass tourism and investment home-buying, the socio-economic fabric of the region has been subject to massive upheavals.

Morris punctuates his film with performances from Hopetoun Brown in Tarras Hall, Adam McGrath in Arrowtown, Helen Webby in Bannockburn, Michael Hurst in Roxburgh and Rollicking Entertainment at large.

This Arts On Tour NZ project is made with the support of Central Lakes Trust and Otago Community Trust. “It is a real snapshot of our cultural heritage, and showcases the present cultural health and wellbeing of our communities in rural New Zealand,” says Central Lakes Trust Chief Executive, Susan Finlay.

NZ 2019, 57 min
Directed by Bill Morris

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