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Celia Lashie's award winning documentary in Wanaka.

12 September 2018

An award winning documentary about a Kiwi icon – the late Celia Lashlie – is screening at Cinema Paradiso on September 19. The event is a fundraiser for the Upper Clutha Community House.

Celia visited Wanaka around 2005 and spoke about raising boys to a packed audience in the Lake Wanaka Centre. Anyone who was at that talk will remember Celia – a charismatic advocate for social justice – probably best known for her landmark, “He’ll Be OK: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men”.

Celia was also passionate about the power and importance of mothers who she believed held the power to change the lives of at-risk families.

The film’s director, former television journalist Amanda Millar, was a close friend of Celia’s and will answer
audience questions at the screening.

Amanda said she has been a long-time supporter of the community house project. “Wanaka is my ‘go-to’
favourite place in the country. My parents, Jill and [the late] Dave retired to Wanaka in the early 2000s. My aunt, Devon Hotop and my sister, Penny Kirkland now also live in Wanaka, and our son Geordie Mansford is a ski instructor at Cardrona, so there are a lot of very powerful reasons for me to keep coming back.”

The screening of Celia will take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday September 19. Tickets are $35 and include
bubbly and nibbles. They are available from Cinema Paradiso.