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Simon Morris looks at the Northern summer blockbuster season, described as the “worst summer in 17 years”.  But the good news is three successful movies from the recent International Film Festival.

My year with Helen – Gaylene Preston’s documentary follows Helen Clark’s bid to become the first woman Secretary General of the UN.

Wind River sees a rookie FBI agent and a trapper join forces to solve a murder on a Wyoming reservation.  Stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.

And The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola’s Cannes favourite that re-imagines an old Clint Eastwood Civil War thriller.  Stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell.