Wellington Scoop

Terry Gilliam’s brilliant ‘Brazil’ at the film society

Review by Howard Davis

Harry Tuttle: Bloody paperwork, huh?
Sam Lowry: I suppose one has to expect a certain amount.
Harry Tuttle: Why? I came into this game for the action, the excitement. Go anywhere, travel light, get in, get out, wherever there’s trouble, a man alone. Now they got the whole country sectioned off, you can’t make a move without a form.

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Rita Hayworth on the big screen


One of the many delights of the Wellington Film Society’s 72nd season, which begins on Monday week, will be to see Rita Hayworth as Gilda in the legendary 1946 film noir directed by Charles Vidor. And, like all the society’s films this year, it’ll be shown on the big screen at the Embassy Theatre. Read more »

Film Society moving all screenings to the Embassy’s big screen

Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in The Lady From Shanghai

News from Wellington Film Society
New Zealand’s largest Film Society will move to screenings at Wellington’s iconic Embassy Theatre this year, after the demise of the Paramount in late 2017. Read more »

Film festival diary: Top of the Lake

by Lindsay Shelton
Jane Campion was given a long ovation at the film festival on Saturday afternoon, even before she had started to speak. It was the warmest of welcomes from a home town audience in the Embassy Theatre – 600 of us, ready to spend six hours viewing her latest production. Read more »

Gaylene Preston talks to Lisa Owen about ‘A Year with Helen’

News from The Nation
Lisa Owen: When Wellington film director Gaylene Preston planned to film a year with Helen Clark at the United Nations, she probably had no idea just how eventful that year would be. Ms Clark threw her hat into the ring for the United Nations top job, and the race turned out to be highly political but also a bit of a gender war. Gaylene Preston had a front-row seat. She joins me now. Good morning. After your year with Helen, what do you think you found out about her that you didn’t already know? Read more »

Gaylene Preston’s Helen Clark documentary in first titles announced for film festival

News from NZIFF
The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today reveals the first eight films of the 2017 programme, which will begin in Wellington on 28 July. Read more »

Judy Garland and Greta Garbo starring in Autumn Events at the Embassy


News from NZIFF
The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today confirms four more films for its annual Autumn Events programme, which will screen at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington in May. Read more »

New film by Alison Maclean at NZIFF on Saturday

Press Release – 818 Entertainment
Alison Maclean’s vibrant screen adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s debut novel The Rehearsal had its World Premiere at the NZIFF tonight and will screen at the NZIFF in Wellington’s Embassy Theatre next Saturday night. Read more »

‘Tickled’ trailer released; Wellington premiere in April

Press Release – 818 Entertainment
Wellington audiences will get their first look at the hotly anticipated documentary Tickled with the film’s screening at the Embassy next monthas part of the Autumn Events series presented by the NZ International Film Festival. Read more »

Hit documentary Tickled premiering in film festival’s annual Autumn Events

News from NZ International Film Festival
David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Tickled was the documentary hit that no one saw coming at Sundance in January. Who knew a pop-culture feature about tickling contests would navigate such deep, dark waters? We screen Tickled as part of NZIFF Autumn Events at the Embassy on Friday 22 April 8.30pm, with the filmmakers in attendance. Read more »

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