• Patrick McBride

Runanga Special Screening

Runanga - Home of Champions, a series of films produced and directed by Paula McTaggart telling the story of a small New Zealand town with an exceptional past screened at the Regent Theatre yesterday for the first time.

Around 40 invitees connected to Paula McTaggart's latest film Runanga - Home of Champions, gathered at the Regent Theatre in Greymouth during the week to view what can only be described as a masterpiece.

There were tears and laughter as the viewers were taken on a roller coaster of emotions. Unseen footage from film archives was intertwined with local faces as they reminisced about their past.

Everything from politics to mining, sports and schooling was covered in a film reel that you just didn't want to end.

Runanga-born and raised McTaggart, an award winning producer was home for the week and decided to put on the impromptu screening. The theatre is hopeful of running more sessions and is in discussions of how to make this possible.