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    • 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.

    • Notice of Special General Meeting
      • Under Section 3-5 (d) of the Wellington Film Society Inc. Rules, you are invited to attend a Special General Meeting of the Wellington Film Society Inc., to be held: 6.15pm, Monday 4 December The Grand, The Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington Agenda 1. A life membership Meeting to be followed by screening of the film “The African Queen”. Harry Evans, President The post Notice of Special General Meeting appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Reframing Mental Health
      • Aotearoa Mental Health Film Festival Mental health narratives have long been depicted in cinema – for example, the recent WFS screening of Nightmare Alley shows the ravages of addiction and substance use disorder in the characters of Pete and Stan. These depictions are often negative, contributing to limited societal understanding of mental health conditions and the stigmatisation and discrimination of people living with mental illness. The Aotearoa Mental Health Film Festival aims to shift this narrative of mental health in cinema through a film festival of nine empowering short films and a panel discussion with mental health experts. The Festival will screen… The post Reframing Mental Health appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Reframing Mental Health
      • Aotearoa Mental Health Film Festival Mental health narratives have long been depicted in cinema – for example, the recent WFS screening of Nightmare Alley shows the ravages of addiction and substance use disorder in the characters of Pete and Stan. These depictions are often negative, contributing to limited societal understanding of mental health conditions and the stigmatisation and discrimination of people living with mental illness. The Aotearoa Mental Health Film Festival aims to shift this narrative of mental health in cinema through a film festival of nine empowering short films and a panel discussion with mental health experts. The Festival will screen… The post Reframing Mental Health appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Volunteer slots available for Youth Film Festival
      • As a volunteer, you will be part of an exclusive event where you can experience the glamour and excitement of the special Industry Day and a red carpet Awards Ceremony up close! You’ll get to connect with industry professionals and help aspiring young filmmakers at the same time. Whether you’re a vlogger, a paparazzo, a charismatic host, a helpful assistant, or someone who loves keeping the team entertained this is your chance to get involved. Depending on the role, you will be required on either or both of Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December. Find out more: https://www.nzyff.com/volunteers New Zealand Youth… The post Volunteer slots available for Youth Film Festival appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Halloween week Prom Night: Brian de Palma’s Carrie
      • Ever dreamed of watching one of the horror genre’s most influential films in a gothic church? Keep the Halloween spirits alive all week with a very special screening of Brian De Palma’s iconic 1976 film Carrie at Wellington’s Old St Pauls on Saturday 4 November. Sissy Spacek stars as Carrie White, a pathologically shy, bullied teenager living with her overbearing, hyper-religious mother Margaret (a scene-stealing turn from the late, great Piper Laurie). But Carrie has a secret – and all those mean girls at school will pay… The film screening will be followed by a live performance from Wellington’s Earth Tongue (Gussie… The post Halloween week Prom Night: Brian de Palma’s Carrie appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Entries Closing Soon for Youth Film Festival
      • Entries close on Oct 27 for The NZ Youth Film Festival Awards. It is a free-to-enter film festival for New Zealand youth aged 15-24 years. Tens of thousands of dollars of rewards are up for grabs, including everything from camera gear to studio production tours. New Zealand Youth Film Festival Presented by The New Zealand Herald (NZYFF) is a non-profit dedicated to finding, celebrating, and empowering New Zealand’s next generation of creators and movie stars. The post Entries Closing Soon for Youth Film Festival appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Italian Film Festival 2023
      • Benvenuti from the Embassy of Italy and the organisers who introduce the Festival… “It is our great pleasure to present the Eighth Edition of the Italian Film Festival | Cinema Italiano Festival NZ. We have tried to curate a Programme that combines the best in contemporary Italian cinema with masterpieces from Italy’s rich cinematic tradition that also provides meaningful insights into society. At the same time, we would like to acknowledge the strong cultural relationship between Italy and New Zealand and this year the Italian Embassy in New Zealand are providing the support for us to be able to do… The post Italian Film Festival 2023 appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Exploring the folk horror of The Wicker Man and Eerie Pageantry 
      • Wellington Film Society is delighted to partner with City Gallery Te Whare Toi to celebrate the folk horror connections of our Halloween and fiftieth anniversary screening of The Wicker Man (kindly sponsored by Unity Books) and the upcoming exhibition, Eerie Pageantry. Adelaide artist, Julia Robinson will introduce our screening of The Wicker Man at 6.15pm on 30 October, and City Gallery have organised a special tour of Eerie Pageantry at 5.45pm on 7 Tuesday November for WFS members. Julia Robinson is an Adelaide-based artist working across sculpture and installation. Her works contain references to belief systems and folklore and reflect… The post Exploring the folk horror of The Wicker Man and Eerie Pageantry appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • British and Irish Film Festival
      • Opening with One Life starring Anthony Hopkins and Helena Bonham Carter, you can name check a list of great actors and personalities in a range of 2023 releases. Olivia Colman and Timothy Spall in Wicked Little Letters, Dame Helen as Golda Meir in Golda, Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson in The Great Escaper. Liam Neeson plays the part of Finbar Murphy, who is leading a quiet life In The Land Of Saints And Sinners eager to put his dark past behind him. Documentaries Mad About the Boy and Jackie Stewart are also freshly released in 2023 as is Dance First,… The post British and Irish Film Festival appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Your favourite Festival Film
      • What was your favourite Festival film? The votes are in, the mumbers have been officially crunched and Your Top 5 films are listed in ascending order below. But before we list them (in ascending order) it is worth recording that as well as a clustering of support for the top 5 there was support across the board for almost 50 different favourites. The NZ premiere of Loop Track, made it into the top 15, and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2023 was also nominated. Those close to the Top 5 included: Fallen Leaves, Theater Camp, Beyond Utopia, Are You There… The post Your favourite Festival Film appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • We’re back! says NZIFF
      • “We’re back!” is New Zealand Film Festival Trust Chair Catherine Fitzgerald’s wrap on the Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) 2023 season. The festival closes this weekend with two centres – Matakana and Nelson – having their final screenings. Highlights of the 2023 nationwide festival have included: . 3752 hours, or 156 days, of non-stop viewing. 100,000+ tickets sold. 47 countries represented. 31 venues and cinemas in 16 regions across the country screening films. 89 filmmaker-in-kōrero sessions. 45 filmmakers travelling to screenings including six international guests. 3319 school students participated in the NZIFF for Schools programme with the… The post We’re back! says NZIFF appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Our Top 5 Festival Films
      • We hope everyone had a great festival and hope it wasn’t too difficult to see most of the films that caught your eye. Like many of you, we spent two and a bit weeks stumbling between the Embassy and Lighthouse Cuba and lining up the bus timetables out to the Roxy and Penthouse. While staffing the information desk at the Embassy we also answered a fair few questions from pink-clad people about where Barbie was showing… Most of us thought this year was a pretty good one at Whanau Marama, so we decided to carry out a moderately scientific poll of the… The post Our Top 5 Festival Films appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • WFS brings quizzing back to the film festival
      • Wellington Film Society (WFS) was delighted to host its annual film quiz for the first time since 2019 on 8 August 2023. Part of Whānau Mārama New Zealand Annual Film Festival, the quiz provides the capital’s cinephiles the chance to test their film smarts through five rounds of tough questions. This year we were hosted by the brilliant Welsh Dragon Bar, the only Welsh bar in the Southern hemisphere. We took over the entire bar space with 12 teams of four to six people competing to take home some great prizes provided by WFS, NZIFF and their sponsors (Garage Project,… The post WFS brings quizzing back to the film festival appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Birthday bargains at Arovision
      • Missing movies on days that don’t start with M? Here’s a chance to stock up on fabulous films from our friends at Aro Video. You can order as many films as you like within the 7 day window, (ending on the 25th) and then have 30 days to view, so you’re welcome to ‘stock up’ and please, tell your friends! Click through to view the entire Birthday Range, or on the banner above… The post Birthday bargains at Arovision appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Mladen Ivančić, six-time acting boss of the Film Commission, retires
      • Behind classic black spectacles in a Wellington cafe, newly-retired Mladen Ivančić ponders his future. “I’m going to miss the camaraderie, the people, the intellectual challenge of solving problems that seem to come along on daily basis – all that stuff. It is a really fascinating sector to be part of,” the Film Commission stalwart of 33 years says… …He talks about his life, his career, the biggest issues for the screen industry, and his favourite films in an interview with Andre Chumko for The Post The post Mladen Ivančić, six-time acting boss of the Film Commission, retires appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Encore screenings: 13-16 August
      • Wellington, we’re excited to announce encore screenings for the following popular films. Get in quick and secure your tickets before they sell out! Monday 14 August The Corridors of Power 5.30pm (The Roxy 1)Beyond Utopia 6.15pm (Embassy Theatre)Late Night with the Devil 8.15pm (The Roxy 1)Loop Track 9.00pm (Embassy Theatre) ..See the full list here The post Encore screenings: 13-16 August appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

    • Wellington Film Society to fend off the post-festival blues with thrilling triple-header
      • The New Zealand International Film Festival may be wrapping up its Wellington programme on 13 August, but Wellington Film Society is dedicated to keeping the momentum going for the Capital’s cinephiles. After the success of Faust in 2022, we are delighted to be reuniting with the same musicians for a live performance in the Embassy Theatre! Erika Grant, Rosie Langabeer, Isaac Smith and Neil Feather will be performing an original, vibrant and distinctive score for Waxworks (Paul Leni, 1924), another German expressionist classic. LIke all our screenings, this Live Cinema event is free for members. With the support of the Goethe Institut, we will… The post Wellington Film Society to fend off the post-festival blues with thrilling triple-header appeared first on wellingtonfilms.nz.

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