Magnolia’s Hope – Movie for Rett Syndrome Research Trust
22 June 7pm Ticket cost : $20
Rett Syndrome is a rare neurological disease that occurs as a result of a point mutation, an alteration to a single base on a single gene. It affects neurons in the brain leading to physical disability that can mimic symptoms of neurodegenerative disease. Usually, it is not apparent that something is wrong until a child is 1 or even 2 years of age.
Zoe, who is three and a half and lives in Wanaka, has Rett. She has lost the use of her hands and is unable to speak. She is 1 of about 50 children in Aotearoa and 350,000 world-wide with Rett. However, huge progress has been made in the area of genetics and Rett Syndrome may now be a potentially curable disease.
In 2020 Sir Adrian Bird and Huda Zoghbi, both professors of Genetics were joint winners of the "Brain Prize" – the world’s most prestigious prize in neuroscience for their ground-breaking research on Rett Syndrome. “Their findings suggest that Rett Syndrome in humans will be curable and has stimulated an international search for therapies. It also raised the tantalising possibility that other profound neurological
disorders might be curable.”
(Edinburgh University Biological Sciences News, 6/4/2021)
This movie has been made by A.J.Tesler, a movie maker from California whose daughter, Magnolia, has Rett. His aim is to share with others their experience and the search a for cure. It is hoped this movie will raise awareness of Rett and all funds will go to:
Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) HTTPS://REVERSERETT.ORG
Rating to be confirmed
Release Date: June 17
Single-mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in temporary accommodation. After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home. She finds an architect who provides her with plans and is offered land by Peggy (Harriet Walter), a woman she cleans for. Aido (Conleth Hill), a building contractor, appears willing to help too. But as her past rears its head, in the form of Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), her possessive ex, and as bureaucrats fight back against her independent spirit, will Sandra be able to rebuild her life from the ground up?
Fast and Furious 9
Rating to be confirmed
Release date: June 17
No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past. Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, next year’s The Suicide Squad). Fast & Furious 9 sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster. The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tblisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before.
Directed by: Justin Lin (The Fast & Furious films, Star Trek: Beyond)
Starring: Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Oscar® winner Helen Mirren and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron, Grammy-winning superstar Cardi B.