A new film festival expands the horizons for film fans yet again, finds Tom Augustine

It's striking how many great, smaller-scale film festivals have popped up throughout Auckland in recent years. For budding or established cinephiles, there are now plenty of ways to experience varied independent and world cinema - including the British Film Festival (October 31-November 13), launching in New Zealand with an outstanding line-up of films from Dear Ol' Blighty. Here are my picks for the juiciest titles on offer:

Hope Gap (dir. William Nicholson)
Adapted from the film-maker William Nicholson's own play, The Retreat from Moscow, this