Filmmaker Derrick Sims establishes Tararua Cinematheque to share his passion and knowledge 

by Paul Mitchell — 24.6.2021

Filmmaker Derrick Sims is setting up Tararua Cinematheque, a group that hosts screenings, Q+As and filmmaking workshops to help fund restoration work for Pahīatua’s Regent Theatre and Cinema.

An American-born filmmaker is hoping to bring a piece of Hollywood culture to Tararua, with a new film group to support a hidden gem of a cinema in the district.

UCOL film lecturer Derrick Sims grew up making movies as a boy in Arkansas, and turned his passion into a long career that’s brought him to New Zealand with his own production company and a few film festival awards under his belt.

His new group, Tararua Cinematheque, aims to bring together filmmakers and movie lovers with screenings of classic, rare or otherwise interesting movies, question and answer sessions and workshops with people in the industry.

Pahīatua’s Regent Theatre and Cinema will host the group’s first screening, a film festival thriller called Come Morning, on Monday, with proceeds going to support the cinema.

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