DOCNZ: The New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival


The Captains is still a must-watch for any Trekkie. You will learn, you will laugh, and you may even cry watching The Captains -Anthony Pascale,


The Captains

Canada 2011 / 97min.
Director William Shatner. Producer J. Craig Thompson.
Featuring: William Shatner, Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Chris Pine, Christopher Plummer

The Captains is a feature length film that “boldly goes where no man has gone before” giving viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the most durable and profitable franchises in entertainment history, and the men and women who made the Star Trek brand an international phenomenon since 1966.

Written and directed by William Shatner, The Captains chronicles the most engaging media personality of our time on his quest to explore the impact that Star Trek has had on his life.

Why, in spite of his voluminous stage, screen, and television credits, as well as his numerous Emmys and Golden Globe Awards, does one role in his career loom so large that it nearly eclipses all others?

To find the answer, Shatner enlists the help of the elite group of actors who also assumed the mantle of Starship Captain. Shatner sat down with the actors who played captains in the Star Trek series which followed his original Star Trek (Next Generation’s Patrick Stewart, Deep Space Nine’s Avery Brooks, Voyager’s Kate Mulgrew, Enterprise’s Scott Bakula and Chris Pine from the 2009 Star Trek movie).

In the process, coupling their own unique stories with their compelling insights, five Captains give Shatner a better understanding of his own life and solve this “mystery” once and for all. He has called it a journey of discovery, and it is.


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Screening in Auckland

Sat 28 Apr
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
9pm Event Cinemas NewmarketBook 
Thu 3 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
8:30pm Event Cinemas NewmarketBook 
Sun 13 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
6:15pm Event Cinemas NewmarketBook 

Other Cities

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