iD is Dunedin’s official fashion week but the whole of April is unofficially fashion month. Among the events getting us warmed up, the Dunedin Film Society’s three week Fashion in Film run, offering three very stylish movies on consecutive Wednesday nights starting 1 April, with Natalie Smith introducing the screenings.
The three films cover the long decade of the sixties, starting with 1959’s Purple Noon (director Rene Clement, Alain Delon’s breakthrough role). The futuristic Italian film The Tenth Victim, (1965, director Elio Petri) is up next, and the final film of the run is 1970’s Puzzle of a Downfall Child (USA, Jerry Schatzberg director).
An added stylistic cinematic bonus for April is the big-screen rerun of 2001: A Space Odyssey, part of the NZIFF’s autumn showcase. In Dunedin, this is on the weekend before iD begins; if you’re feeling deprived because you’re not in Dunedin, it’s also on in April or May in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. (For the schedule NZIFF Autumn events 2001: A Space Odyssey). And in case you’re wondering what 2001 has to do with fashion (some of us might not be old enough), two words, Hardy Amies. The heritage section of the Hardy Amies website features a delightful little film about how this unexpected but inspired matchup made 2001 look so good.