Cinema / November 2021

| May 2021
    • The birth of the film festival
      • 5 Nov 2021
      • Wellington Scoop
      • The Wellington Film Festival, which launched its 50th anniversary season at the Embassy Theatre last night, was born out of the film society movement. In the same year that I was elected president of the Wellington Film Society, I was appointed programmer for New Zealand’s 50 film societies. It was 1970 and I was a television journalist with a yen to be entrepreneurial and plenty of rostered time-off. For the film societies, I had to organise an annual season of films, all to be screened from 16mm prints. There were many critically-acclaimed new titles which were being released in cinemas in London and New York but weren’t being seen in New Zealand because local cinema owners wouldn’t show them.
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