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Wellington Film Fundraiser: The Old Oak

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join UnionAID and friends for a film fundraiser night at Lighthouse Cuba in Wellington.

About the film:

From director Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake).

The Old Oak is a special place. Not only is it the last pub standing, but it’s also the only remaining public space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline. TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) the landlord hangs on to The Old Oak by his fingertips, and his predicament is endangered even more when the pub becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village without any notice.

In an unlikely friendship TJ meets a curious young Syrian Yara [Ebla Mari] with her camera. Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other? So unfolds a deeply moving drama about their fragilities and hopes.

“The Old Oak is, of course, a timely story about modern Britain, immigration, and xenophobia. It’s also a parting statement from Loach––one last rallying cry for solidarity––and a fitting coda to his six-decade long career.” – The Film Stage

Thematically and politically, Loach and Laverty throw everything they can think of at the screen, and it all sticks because it’s all true… Loach might be the angriest he’s ever been, blaming not just the politicians but even the British people themselves for rolling over for increasingly right-wing, authoritarian regimes.” – Deadline





Lighthouse Cuba Wellington
29 Wigan Street
Wellington, New Zealand