Wellington Scoop

International guests at film festival


News from NZIFF
Australian directors Damon Gameau and Mirrah Foulkes lead the line-up of international guests confirmed to attend screenings at the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington in July and August.

Following the success of That Sugar Film, Gameau delivers an inspired vision of the future in 2040, which looks at existing technologies and practices and their positive effect were they to be embraced today. Gameau will present 2040 at The Embassy Theatre in Wellington, followed by a Q&A destined to be both informative and entertaining. Foulkes will also accompany her feature debut, the revenge fable Judy and Punch, at The Embassy. Foulkes’ highly original, endlessly inventive, feminist spin on the classic puppet show won’t disappoint, nor will the discussion with the actress-turned-filmmaker to follow.

Four further international guests are confirmed to attend NZIFF in Wellington, showcasing work across a broad range of topics and genres.

NZIFF will play host to Los Angeles based filmmaker Liza Mandelup, adding her debut feature documentary Jawline to the line-up. Jawline is an eye-opening, stranger-than-fiction portrait of teen wannabe social media stars in the United States.

Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan will attend Wellington sessions to discuss his gripping, dystopian film, Vivarium, starring Jesse Eisenberg.

Hailing from closer to home, Australian filmmaker Maya Newell, director of In My Blood It Runs will also be attending NZIFF. This thoughtful and insightful documentary is compassionately told from the perspective of a 10-year-old Aboriginal ‘healer’ trapped in a mono-cultural education system.

Wellington audiences will get an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of Catherine Scott’s Backtrack Boys. The film tracks Bernie Shakeshaft’s mission to heal the most damaged and marginalised Australian boys through training dogs for show jumping. Bernie stops by The Roxy in Wellington to discuss the film.

International Guest Screenings in Wellington:

2040 – featuring a Q+A with Damon Gameau
Sun 28 July 6.00pm – Embassy Theatre – Wellington

Jawline – featuring a Q+A with Liza Mandelup
Sat 3 Aug 3.30pm – Soundings Theatre, Te Papa – Wellington
Sun 4 Aug 5.30pm – The Roxy Cinema – Wellington

Judy and Punch – featuring a Q+A with Mirrah Foulkes
Mon 29 July 6.15pm – Embassy Theatre – Wellington
Tue 30 July 12.45pm – Embassy Theatre – Wellington

In My Blood It Runs – featuring a Q+A with Maya Newell
Mon 29 July 4.00pm – City Gallery – Wellington
Tue 30 July 8.00pm – City Gallery – Wellington
Wed 31 July 8.00pm – The Roxy Cinema – Wellington
Thu 1 August 3.30pm – The Roxy Cinema – Wellington

Vivarium – featuring a Q+A with Lorcan Finnegan
Wed 31 July 8.00pm – The Roxy Cinema – Wellington
Thu 1 August 3.30pm – The Roxy Cinema – Wellington

Backtrack Boys – featuring Q+A with Bernie Shakeshaft
Fri 9 Aug 6.15pm – The Roxy Cinema