Classics return to Dargaville

June is the month for classic fare in all senses of the word — and for all the senses. Delicious midwinter Christmas roasts, exotic Thai cuisine and a feast of classic movies all come together to provide plenty of reasons to brave the cold and get out and about in Dargaville.

Starting on June 16, the Anzac Theatre, in association with the generous folks from the local Rotary club, presents the third annual Classics Film Festival, bringing timeless gems of cinema back to the silver screen. Movies such as My Fair Lady, On the Waterfront and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid will light up the theatre, bringing back the artistry of classic directors and superstar actors.

There’s plenty for the kids, with musical romps Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins delivering songs, laughs and whimsical storytelling. For the lads, there’s a real treat — cult favourite road movie Vanishing Point delivers one of the best car chases ever committed to film, starring one man’s desperate race in an iconic Dodge Challenger muscle car across the desert. Good news for fans of Thai spices and exotic tastes — Raan A Haan Thai Aroi Dee is back in action, with proprietors Don and Rose returning from their journey to Thailand and ready to deliver some fresh flavour sensations. Their odyssey to the East this time involved establishing a Kiwi restaurant in the heart of the Thai kingdom, with great success!

Over at the Aratapu Tavern you’ll find it’s time for Christmas already. After all, who needs an excuse to tuck into a hearty winter roast with all the trimmings, served up with the festive cheer of a northern yuletide celebration? With frost on the lawn and a fire roaring away in the hearth, it’s the perfect way to enjoy the Christmas season twice this year!


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