Murder and mystique op shop style

Getting ready for the Waipuna Hospice fundraiser ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ are Waipuna Hospice shop manager Pip Arnold, Ben Caseley-Costello and Waipuna Hospice fundraising executive Shelley Atkinsen. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

It's a classic whodunit. An unpopular billionaire is murdered on the Orient Express and everyone on-board the train is a suspect. Fortunately, Detective Hercule Poirot is also a passenger.

The New Zealand premiere of the new movie remake of ‘Murder on the Orient Express' will be screened at Events Cinemas in Tauranga on November 8 and Waipuna Hospice is holding a red carpet event to mark the occasion and raise funds for its work.

Participants are encouraged to dress to the 1930s theme of the movie, using the Waipuna Hospice op shops as a potential source of costumes.

‘Murder on the Orient Express' stars Kenneth Branagh as Detective Poirot (he also directed the film) as well as a stellar Hollywood who's who line-up, including Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley.

The film is the fourth adaptation of Dame Agatha Christie's novel following a 1974 film, a 2001 television film and a 2010 episode of ‘Agatha Christie's Poirot'.

The Tauranga premiere will be the first screening of the film in New Zealand, some two days before its general release.

“We are looking forward to a fundraising event that will bring mystique and 1930s style to the Bay,” says hospice communications manager Ingrid Hennessey.

“We're encouraging people to dress up in character or 1930s theme and, of course, our hospice shops are a great source for costumes. There will be prizes for best dressed!

“It will be a fun way of getting together with friends for an affordable night out for a great cause.”

Tickets to the premiere on Wednesday, November 8, are $30 and include a glass of bubbles on arrival, pre-screening entertainment and ice-cream or popcorn for the movie.

There are two screenings at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased from Waipuna Hospice reception, 43 Te Puna Station Road, Tauranga and online via:


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