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    • Registrations for the WFS Quiz are open!
      • It’s festival season once more, which means registrations are open for the Wellington Film Society Quiz! The Welsh Dragon will be our wonderful hosts once again for an afternoon of film trivia, featuring everything from Alphaville to Zabriskie Point. Our quiz is always a popular event and spaces are limited, so we encourage early registration. […]

    • Our top picks from this year’s festival
      • After an incredible programme launch at our screening of Joyland this month, we’re sure that many of you have been eagerly making your lists of must-see films in this year’s Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival. You’re not alone: the members of the WFS committee have been making their top picks, too. With tickets […]

    • NZIFF 2024 Programme launched
      • Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) is pleased to announce 86 feature films and 19 shorts in the 2024 line-up. We will open in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington on 31 July before touring nine other centres across the country until 4 September. Tickets for all Wellington screenings will be on sale from 10am Friday […]

    • Full Programme now confirmed
      • Our full 2024 schedule is now live. New additions include films from the French New Wave (thanks to Institut Francais and The Embassy of France for three great films in the French Connections series), psychological horrors, two films from Ukranian auteur Kira Muratova, more Carol Reed, some great World cinema, and a comedic look at a very young Nicolas Cage. We are also announcing two screenings in association with the Derek Jarman: Delphinium Days exhibition — Ken Russell’s The Devils, and Derek Jarman’s daring, queer, anachronistic adaptation of, Christopher Marlowe’s play Edward II. Earlier, we announced some brilliant classic films… The post Full Programme now confirmed appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • We’re reopening for business and want to hear from you!
      • New members can now join up and we have launched a survey. By Harry Evans Wellington Film Society (WFS) has seen significant membership growth in the last two years. Following two occasions early in our 2024 season where more people turned up to screenings than could be seated in the Embassy theatre, WFS paused new memberships. During this time, the committee that runs WFS has actively considered options for managing membership growth sustainably and fairly. We have now decided to reopen memberships and are keen for your views to inform our strategy in the longer term. We want as many WFS… The post We’re reopening for business and want to hear from you! appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • We’re reopening for business and want to hear from you!
      • New members can now join up and we have launched a survey. By Harry Evans Wellington Film Society (WFS) has seen significant membership growth in the last two years. Following two occasions early in our 2024 season where more people turned up to screenings than could be seated in the Embassy theatre, WFS paused new memberships. During this time, the committee that runs WFS has actively considered options for managing membership growth sustainably and fairly. We have now decided to reopen memberships and are keen for your views to inform our strategy in the longer term. We want as many WFS… The post We’re reopening for business and want to hear from you! appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • We’re frothing with excitement …
      • We’re frothing with excitement at this year’s edition of the French Film Festival Aotearoa – starting on 5 June at the Lighthouse, Penthouse and our favourite Embassy big screen (and a couple of the smaller screens downstairs). With a whopping 11 films direct from Cannes, Toronto and Karlovy Vary, plus the year’s French blockbusters and two new films from our favourite French stage presence, the irrepressible Isabelle Huppert, we’re grateful that the festival runs for a full three weeks, as there’s a lot to see. Highlights we’re particularly looking forward to are: You can download the full programme for… The post We’re frothing with excitement … appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • An Evening with Dame Jane Campion
      • By Harry Evans Wellington Film Society members got a treat on Monday night when none other than Palme d’Or winning director Dame Jane Campion came along in person to give a surprise introduction of her 1990 film, An Angel at My Table. We love connecting filmmakers and our audiences and are delighted that this year the directors of each of our two New Zealand films were able to join us in person (the other was Christine Jeffs who directed Rain (2001). Dame Jane engaged members with stories of loving Janet Frame as a reader, meeting her and convincing her to let Jane turn… The post An Evening with Dame Jane Campion appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Mishima: Sumptous, Iconoclastic
      • Based on the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima, Paul Schrader considered his 1985 film, Mishima:A Life in Four Chapters to be the best film he directed. It has never had an official screening in Japan. WFS Committe member Russ Kale saw it first on a grainy ex-rental VHS tape on a small screen. He was back to see it at The Embassy last week and was inspired to write this review. Mishima: Sumptuous, Iconoclastic Considering how psychologically and politically complex the author Yukio Mishima was, it’s hardly surprising that Paul Schrader’s 1985 film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters needs to… The post Mishima: Sumptous, Iconoclastic appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Director Christine Jeffs revisits Rain
      • By Harry Evans On April 8th, the Wellington Film Society welcomed esteemed New Zealand director Christine Jeffs to introduce our screening of her 2001 film Rain. Joining her in attendance were John Toon, the cinematographer of Rain and Christine’s other films (including Sylvia and Sunshine Cleaning) and Carl Shuker, the author of the novel A Mistake, which forms the basis of Christine’s latest film, due out in the second half of this year. WFS was delighted to host Christine, John and Carl at our screening, and hearing from Christine deepened our appreciation of this film that captures a family’s fading innocence during a long summer holiday in the 1970s. Rather than delivering a formal address,… The post Director Christine Jeffs revisits Rain appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Architecture and Design Film Festival
      • by Michael Donn The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival breaks ground at the Embassy Theatre and Lighthouse Cinema (Cuba & Petone) from 16 May. Check out the programme on the Resene Website or click through for tickets to the Embassy or Lighthouse websites. The creative team from Art Dept (who are the team behind Island magazine) have curated this collection of documentaries into four categories – the iconoclastic (7 films), design radicals (4), a feminine vision (4), and green-minded (3). You might like to go to these movies and then discuss the categories and what they say about us.… The post Architecture and Design Film Festival appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Embassy Retro Classics Series
      • The Embassy has a knockout slate of retro screenings to celebrate its 100th birthday! Our home base, The Embassy Theatre, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2024! This is an incredible milestone for this beautiful building that means so much to many of us. To celebrate this, the Event Cinema team that runs the theatre has recently announced a Retro Classics series and given us two passes to two classic films to give away. The Embassy has announced several titles already, some among the most acclaimed films ever made, and we understand there might be more to come! We encourage… The post Embassy Retro Classics Series appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Join our after-screening get together
      • Please join your fellow Film Society movie lovers next week, 25 March at the Welsh Dragon (across the street from the Embassy Theater), right after the screening of Shiva Baby, for a get-together of fellowship, film talk, and fine drink. Meet the folks who sit in the seat next to you every Monday night and get to know other members who love movies as much as you do. Discuss the programme, your favourite films so far this year, and perhaps even kōrero on topics unrelated to cinema! This hui will kick off a series of get-togethers at the Welsh Dragon… The post Join our after-screening get together appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Annual General Meeting
      • The Wellington Film Society AGM will be held on the 25th March at 6:15pm prior to the screening of the film Shiva Baby You can read or download the copies of the Notice and Reports which have been published here. The post Annual General Meeting appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • New memberships sales paused
      • My, how we’ve grown! In recent weeks, Wellington Film Society has enjoyed unprecedented membership growth. While we are thrilled so many Wellingtonians want to share in the magic that comes from watching films on the big screen, we have now had two screenings where we have not been able to accommodate everyone who came to see the film. We hate turning people away. As a result, the WFS Committee has decided to pause all new memberships, both annual and 3-Film Sampler, until further notice. Current Members can still renew Current members will still be able to renew their memberships when… The post New memberships sales paused appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Opportunity to join our team
      • As our AGM comes around, our thinking has turned to what skills we would love to add to the Wellington Film Society volunteer committee. With so many members in 2024, there is more for our volunteers to do but more people to draw them from! We elect our committee at the AGM each year, but we can co-opt new committee members at any time – so if now doesn’t work please feel free to get in touch in a few months! Wellington Film Society is entirely run by volunteers who are committed to providing special artistic and entertaining experiences of… The post Opportunity to join our team appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • 3 Film Upgrades now available online
      • If you have recently signed up to a 3 Film membership, you may not be aware of the value of the card after you have seen a couple of films – or even all three. Look after the card as if it was cash because at any time before the 12 month expiry date is over, it is still worth $40. Even with all 3 clips used. That’s because we offer a full credit of the $40 you paid for it against the upgrade to a full year membership. Up until now, you needed to bring the card back to… The post 3 Film Upgrades now available online appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • A Full House for Opening Night
      • We opened our 2024 programme at the Embassy Theatre with a screening of “Barry Lyndon,” warmly received by a full and engaged audience. Almost 750 people experienced Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece on the grand screen of the Embassy Theatre. “We’re amazed with the response to Barry Lyndon and our 2024 programme” said Wellington Film Society President, Harry Evans. “The feedback we’ve received on the night, on social media and on our website has been heartwarming. It reminds us of why the Film Society exists and why we volunteer our time to running it. The experience of seeing a great film on… The post A Full House for Opening Night appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Can a period piece ever be truly ‘authentic’?
      • Stanley Kubrick’s well known obsession with authenticity is exemplified in our season opener Barry Lyndon. It set WFS Vice President Johnny Crawford thinking about the ephemeral concept of ‘authenticity’ in other period films. How can filmmakers depict a setting lost to history in a way that feels authentic? Can a period piece ever be truly ‘authentic’? Wellington Film Society’s opening film of 2024, Barry Lyndon, is a masterpiece of period filmmaking. Using (mostly) lighting that would have been available in the mid-18th Century to evoke paintings from that period (especially those of William Hogarth), it has been praised for its ‘authenticity’. Of… The post Can a period piece ever be truly ‘authentic’? appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Five Film Society Highlights
      • Wellington columnist and all-round film luminary Dan Slevin singled out his Top 5 highlights from our 2024 season in his RNZ Widescreen column. It’s well worth a look – and not just for the Top 5. Dan has been reviewing films for RNZ since 2007 (and even longer for other outlets). His daily recommendations newsletter Funerals & Snakes is is essential reading for film and TV fans, and you may even find out how he came to choose the name. What are your Top 5 Highlights so far? Leave us a comment below. The post Five Film Society Highlights appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • 2024 Programme launched
      • Today we are proud to announce our 2024 Programme. One of the most anticipated screenings of the season is our opening night film, Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (19 February). This period drama, renowned for its visual splendour and narrative depth, was recently ranked the 12th greatest film of all time in a poll of film directors. The mind bending Russian sci-fi, Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky) will take audiences on an interstellar journey. Meander through a bad night out in New York in Martin Scorsese’s comedy, After Hours. We’ll return home for Dame Jane Campion’s An Angel at My Table, based on… The post 2024 Programme launched appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Second selection of films for 2024
      • Last month we released our first selection of films that will screen in our 2024 Programme, starting on Monday 19 February. We have now added to that post the full screening details of those films plus reviews and notes. Today we are announcing details of another four great movies.

    • What do filmmakers see in the eyes of animals?
      • With a 2024 programme that includes two masterpieces of bovine cinema, WFS Vice President Johnny Crawford decided to explore how the concept of animal consciousness has been depicted by different filmmakers. What do filmmakers see in the eyes of animals? In the 2012 adaptation of The Life of Pi by Ang Lee , the protagonist is lectured by his father Santosh on the topic of animal consciousness… Animals don’t think like we do! People who forget that get themselves killed. When you look into an animal’s eyes, you are seeing your own emotions reflected back at you, and nothing else.…

    • 2023 Best Film Poll results
      • The votes have been counted, and The Wicker Man is your favourite film of 2023. It was a clear winner, but the poll again showed that our voters had many different favourites. We had 36 screenings, and 22 of these were voted as someone’s best for the year (with another 8 getting someone’s second place vote). The diversity of choice was mentioned by several commenters – (“Keep up the great work, I really enjoy the diverse selection of films and how there is a different mini-focus each year.” A quick check of the list against the weekly ratings showed some…

    • Ryan O’Neal dies aged 82
      • He was remembered by many for his early career in the soap opera Peyton Place and his films such as Love Story, and for Paper Moon, where he starred opposite his daughter Tatum O’Neal. But for me, Barry Lyndon was the film that defined his career. Kubrick’s choice in casting him has been widely debated, and O’Neal reportedly did not enjoy the twelve months he spent on location with Kubrick, or the initial reception of the movie and his part in it. But writer and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri, rates O’Neal’s performance highly… I think O’Neal gives an excellent performance, and…

    • First Selection of 2024 Films Announced
      • We’re busy preparing our 2024 programme and look forward to sharing all the details with you in the new year. We’ve already announced our opening night film, Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. Although we’re still confirming all the details, we can share some of themes and titles that we’re looking at screening at the Embassy next year Themes:

    • First Selection of 2024 Films Announced
      • We’re busy preparing our 2024 programme and look forward to sharing all the details with you in the new year. We’ve already announced our opening night film, Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. Although we’re still confirming all the details, we can share some of themes and titles that we’re looking at screening at the Embassy next year Themes:

    • Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece Barry Lyndon to open WFS 2024 programme
      • The Wellington Film Society is delighted to announce that Barry Lyndon will open our 2024 programme of cinema next year in Wellington’s Embassy Theatre. Released in 1975, Barry Lyndon is Stanley Kubrick’s take on a period drama, an adaptation of the novel The Luck Of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray (best known for Vanity Fair). It follows Irish upstart Redmond Barry as his fate rises and falls in the setting of 18th Century Europe. Among the many notable elements of the film, its production design and cinematography are especially outstanding. Kubrick channelled the years of research spent on his abandoned Napoleon project into Barry Lyndon.… The post Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece Barry Lyndon to open WFS 2024 programme appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • End of Season Celebration
      • You are Invited to a Celebration of the Final Night of the 2023 Film Society Programme ! On 4 December 2023, right after our last screening of The African Queen , please come to the Welsh Dragon Bar (10a Cambridge Terrace, diagonally across the street from the Embassy Theatre), to meet and mingle with your fellow Film Society members, celebrate the fantastic films we’ve seen this year, and get ready for an even better 2024! Everyone is welcome, see you there! The post End of Season Celebration appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Wellington Film Society on the airwaves
      • Wellington Film Society President, Harry Evans joined host Rosie Howells on RadioActive’s breakfast programme this Monday to discuss all things WFS! They discussed our 2024 programme including our screenings of The Searchers and Taxi Driver, and our African Cinema series. Check out the interview below and share with anyone you think may be interested in hearing more about what we do. The post Wellington Film Society on the airwaves appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

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