The film of Stieg Larsson's groundbreaking crime novel THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO opens in New Zealand cinemas on Boxing Day. However, for those of you that just can't wait, The Village Bookshop in Matakana, in the beautiful Rodney District north of Auckland, has arranged for a charity preview screening on Sunday 6 December.
Tickets are $20, and proceeds are going to Warkworth Christian Food Link, an interdenominational food bank that provides food to the needy, and to other organisations (such as the Women's Refuge). A very worthy cause.
The film adaptation of Larsson's award-winning masterpiece about a journalist and a young female hacker stars Michael Nyquist as Mikael Blomkvist and Noomi Rapace as the irrepressible Lisbeth Salander, and has already grossed over $100 million at the box office in Europe. It is the most successful local film of all time at the Nordic box office.
The charity screening is at 6pm on Sunday 6 December at the 110-seat Tivoli Theatre, Matakana Cinemas.
Tracey at The Village Bookshop says about half of the tickets have already been sold by word of mouth, so my advice is for those in Auckland and further north to get in quick. Matakana is a beautiful area; perfect for spending a lazy Sunday - make a day of it and visit some vineyards, head to The Village Bookshop at 4pm for pre-screening bubbles and refreshments (and discounts on books), and then see the movie in comfort in an boutique luxury theatre (lush, wide seats - and Tracey informs me you're allowed to take in wine etc) while supporting a very worthy cause.
You can book your tickets from the Village Bookshop - call (09) 423 0315. For those (like me) planning to head up, you can read more about the gorgeous Matakana area here.