A movie selection from artist Ilish Thomas. Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The geographical dead center of North America and the beloved birthplace of Guy Maddin, Winnipeg is the frosty and mysterious star of Maddin’s “docu-fantasia”. A work of memory and imagination, the film burrows into what the director calls “the heart of the heart” of the continent, conjuring a city as delightful as it is fearsome, populated by sleepwalkers and hockey aficionados. Take part in Winnipeg’s epic annual scavenger hunt! Pay your respects to the racehorses forever frozen in the river! Help judge the yearly Golden Boy pageant! What is real and what is fantasy is left up to the viewer to sort out in Maddin’s hypnotic, expertly conceived paean to that wonderful and terrifying place known as My Hometown.

(80 mins, M16 2007)

This is the third in a series of events in which artists from Spring Time is Heart-break select films that were formative to them.


  • Free


  • Wed 08 May


  • 6:00 pm — 8:30 pm


  • Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
  • Montreal Street
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch, 8140