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Twinings and Rialto an appropriate partnership for the Twinings Tea Autumn Film Season

Dorothy - 01/04/2010

Why do I describe a partnership between a tea company and a group of cinemas as appropriate? Both Twinings and Rialto are well-established businesses highly respected in New Zealand, both are associated in New Zealanders' minds with pleasurable experiences, and both extend our horizons by bringing to our country products from other parts of the world.

Companies that give people pleasure
In 1706 Twinings started selling fine teas in England. Today they sell more than 200 teas in more than 100 countries throughout the world.

Rialto Cinemas are a nationwide chain in New Zealand operating from theatres in Newmarket (Auckland), Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin. The chain is owned and operated by a joint venture between SKYCITY Entertainment and Rialto Entertainment. Their aim is to show a varied selection of films to appeal to audiences widely varied in age and preferences. The cinemas also screen many Film Festivals each year.

Entertainment and eating and drinking all form part of an enjoyable outing, and Rialto provides on site -ice cream, confectionery, Twinings tea, coffee and wines.

Links from the past
Twinings has been over three hundred years in business, and a cinema chain cannot compete with such a record.

However, the Christchurch Rialto Cinema is in a Christchurch building with roots in the city's history. Moorhouse Avenue runs parallel to the railway line and when transport by rail was the main way to bring farmers' produce to the city a number of businesses serving the farming industry built substantial premises in Moorhouse Avenue. The old label of Dalgety's is still visible on the solid brick building which has now become the Harvey Norman Centre and in addition to the large retail store is home to a number of smaller businesses.

Christchurch Rialto Theatre in what was Dalgety's wool and grain store
Christchurch Rialto Theatre in what was Dalgety's wool and grain store
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Twinings and Rialto bring products of international interest to New Zealand

Teas from sources around the world
In addition to what they describe as Classics, such as English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and Prince of Wales teas, Twinings supply Russian Caravan, a cherished blend drunk by the old Russian aristocracy, Darjeeling from the foothills of the Himalayas, and Ceylon Orange Pekoe tea.

Some of the range of Twinings teas
Some of the range of Twinings teas
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Films sourced from around the world
For the Twinings Autumn Season Rialto's programme includes films set in New Zealand and overseas in the USA, Russia, Australia, England, France, Iraq, and Germany.

The theme of many of the films is relationships between men and women, but the treatment of the theme varies as much as the setting.

New York I love you is a compendium of vignettes about love and sex, made by hip young film makers.

Paper Heart again has a theme of love as a young woman, Charlyne Yi, undertakes a cross-country quest to find out what love is.

The Admiral is an impressive epic about the heroic exploits of a military hero in Russia in the years before the Russian Revolution and his doomed love affair with the wife of his friend and subordinate.

Leaving is a French film dealing with the break-u p of a marriage as the wife falls in love with another man.

Home by Christmas is a World War II love story based on the memories related by the father of Wellington film-maker Gaylene Preston and portrays the impact on family life of the long absences of soldiers serving overseas.

Anything for Her examines the lengths to which a man will go to protect a much loved wife who has been wrongly arrested.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is described as a lavish story of a brief love affair between two giants of the early 20th century in Paris the Russian composer and the French woman who was to achieve fame in the realm of fashion and perfume.

Family life with its complexities is the theme of three films.

The Boys Are Back is based on the memoir of a journalist after the death of his wife when he is left as sole caregiver to his young son. When his son from a previous relationship turns up the father's role becomes even more complex. The film is set in South Australia.

The Last Station is set in Russia and is centred around the struggles of Tolstoy's wife when after nearly fifty years of marriage he renounced her and his family, entered a life of poverty and willed his novels to the people of Russia.

White Ribbon throws light on the cruel treatment of women and children in the apparently peaceful life in a small German town just before World War I.

Growing up and the problems faced in youth are the theme of Nowhere Boy about the pre-Beatles life of John Lennon.

Boy about the trauma of facing unpalatable truths when young.

Action films include:

The Road which deals with a father and son struggling to survive in a world ravaged by an apocalypse. They have to combat the attacks of competitors for scarce resources. These include armed gangs who have resorted to cannibalism. It is directed by the Australian director John Hillcoat.

The Hurt Locker which portrays the perilous activities of the bomb squad in Baghdad.

Brothers Bloom - a fast moving con movie with two tricksters travelling the world.

Arn - adventures of a knight during the medieval Crusades.

Theme of suicide

A Single Man follows the depression of a gay man whose partner has died and is set on the day he has decided will be his last.

The Hedgehog is another film in which a character decides to end life, this time on her twelfth birthday. The film follows the last period of her life and the impact on her older sister.

Add to your enjoyment. Have a cup of Twinings tea and go to a film at the Rialto.

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