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The Foreign Film Group – ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’, (China, 1994)

ABOUT THE MOVIE: In Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), director and co-writer Ang Lee expertly tells the story of changing family dynamics in Taipei, Taiwan during a time of rapid modernization, employing a universal medium — food. Through Chef Chu who has lost his sense of taste and his three adult daughters, this film addresses […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘The Lunchbox’ (India, 2013)

About the film: Lonely housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery goes astray and winds up in the hands of Saajan (Irrfan Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband’s lack of response, Ila adds a […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘In Intouchables’ (France, 2011)

ABOUT THE MOVIE: When a millionaire (Francois Cluzet) becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident, he hires Senegalese ex-con Driss (Omar Sy) to take care of him. Despite their differences in class and culture, an unlikely friendship soon develops, founded in honesty and humour (In French with English subtitles). Have you been to a film […]

Introducing our Community Bookshelf

You are invited to come and visit our Community Bookshelf in the foyer of our Centre. Please feel free to browse our books. You are welcome to swap, donate or take a book. We accept books in good, pre-loved condition. We do not accept text books, magazines or encyclopaedias.  If you are taking a book, a […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Samba’ (France 2014)

ABOUT THE MOVIE: Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba’s willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice […]

Visit the Seed Swap Table & Enter our Raffle for Neighbourhood House Week

Neighbourhood House week, May 8 -14 Come and visit us for Neighbourhood House Week! We will be setting up our popular Seed Swap table outside the Centre and will be running a special ‘Garden’s Pack’ Raffle. We will have plenty of seeds available for swap, or you are able to purchase a packet for a […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Taxi Tehran’ (2015)

Showing Wednesday April 5, 2017 About the film: When you are a filmmaker and you are not allowed to direct movies any more, you have to retrain. So why not become a taxi driver? Or better yet, why not pretend you are a taxi driver and make a film despite everything? This is what Jafar […]

The Foreign Film Group – ‘Farewell My Queen’ (2012)

Showing Wednesday May 3, 2017. About the film: A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.  (In French with English subtitles) Have you been to a film night at the Ashburton Community Centre? A different foreign film is held at 7pm on […]

Visit the Ashburton Community Centre at the Ashburton Festival

This year’s Ashburton Community Festival is being held on Sunday February 26 from midday to twilight. Make sure you drop by the Ashburton Community Centre on the day. We are joining together with the Craig Family Centre and the Alamein Neighbourhood & Learning Centre. We will have a range of free events – there will […]

Free Event: Come and Try Mahjong!

Would you like to learn to play Mahjong? Our regular Mahjong group would like to invite you to come along and learn about the game at a Come and Try session.  Sharpen your mind with this time honoured game of strategy. Learn the rules and expand the hand you play (Western only). The Come and […]