Film still from <em>The Three Legged Cat</em>

Film still from The Three Legged Cat

The Magical World of Margaret Mahy

  • Weekends 10.15 AM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Screening every day from Wed 20 Dec until Sun 28 Jan
  • Free entry
  • Donations appreciated
  • 55 mins.

Each day of the school holidays we screen films especially for kids. Our favourite story characters come to animated life in these five short films based on the best selling children's books by brilliant New Zealand author, Margaret Mahy.

THE THREE LEGGED CAT
Tom is a cat who would dearly love to see the world, but his peg-leg keeps him at home.  Cyril doesn't want to give up his seafaring ways but if only he could keep his head warm!  Mrs Gimble just wants to be left in peace with a cat that doesn't eat too much.  Find out if their wishes come true in this tale of mistaken identity.

THE GREAT WHITE MAN-EATING SHARK
Norvin is a good actor, but rather plain.  In fact he looks very much like a shark.  See what happens when he turns this to his own advantage and comes up with a cunning plan to clear the water at Caramel Cove.

THE WITCH IN THE CHERRY TREE
One damp dull day David's mother is baking cakes.  Everything is fine until a naughty witch comes to settle in their cherry tree.  She just can't resist the smell of baking.  A hilarious and mouth-watering story!

KEEPING HOUSE
Lizzie Firkin's house is a mess.  The cat sleeps in the breadbin and cobwebs cling to the curtains. Lizzie has no time to tidy up - she is far too busy working at a famous nightclub,  tap-dancing and playing the trombone.  So one day Lizzie sends for Robin Puckertucker, the Wonder Housekeeper, and the result is quite a surprise to them both.

THE BOY WITH TWO SHADOWS
A little boy takes great care of his shadow. He is so careful with it that a witch notices him and gets him to look after her shadow while she goes away on holiday. But minding a witch's shadow turns out to be more complicated than the boy ever imagined!

 

NZ, 2008, 55 mins., Rated G
Produced by Gnome Productions

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