Among the many reasons Aucklanders had to whinge, moan and weep during The Great Lockdown of 2021 was the cancellation of the New Zealand International Film Festival in Tāmaki Makaurau, Newshub says. So a group of committed film lovers took it upon themselves to ease that pain, launching an Auckland summer film festival, full of all those awards-baiting films we missed. Opening night this Wednesday sees the New Zealand premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s deliciously star-studded spook-fest Nightmare Alley.