Standing ovation from Embassy audience for NZ premiere at film festival

The 43rd Wellington Film Festival began tonight with the premiere of a strongly moving new New Zealand film – The Dark Horse – with a standing ovation from the full house for producer Tom Hern, director James Napier Robertson and star Cliff Curtis. Read more »

Unlike any other: Vellington vampire movie has its hometown premiere

Taika Waititi (left) with other stars of his Vellington vampire movie at last night’s Vellington premiere

Scoop review by Sven Solen
Vellingtonians young and old descended on the Embassy last night for the hometown premiere of the vampire infused movie What We Do In The Shadows. Read more »

A tale of two cinemas

by Lindsay Shelton
A second cinema has been affected by city council actions (or lack of them). Read more »

How many council staff are needed to change the Embassy’s light bulbs?

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Lights out at the Embassy since last month

by Lindsay Shelton
I didn’t want to tell a bad joke for a third time. So I gave the council a third chance to show that it could replace some faulty light bulbs. But it’s been unable to do the job. Read more »

Hepburn, Astaire, Herzog, Kazan – all in Autumn Events at the Embassy

News from NZIFF
Astaire. Brando. Hepburn. Herzog. Miyazaki. Orson Welles. NZIFF presents legends of the giant screen in five fabulous film events at the Embassy this Autumn. Read more »

$100 a seat for Hobbit premiere at Embassy; fund-raiser for marine centre

Press Release – Roadshow Film Distributors
The public and avid Hobbit fans will have the opportunity to buy tickets to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the New Zealand Charity Gala Premiere on December 9 at The Embassy Theatre in Wellington. Read more »

Visual artist Memo Atken stars at Wellington’s Semi-Permanent


Report for Wellington.Scoop by Stephen Olsen
Memo Akten – born in Istanbul, living in London and currently honeymooning in New Zealand – was a star turn at the Semi-Permanent’s second two-day annual event in Wellington this weekend. Read more »

Design guru talks with Te Radar at Semi-Permanent


Report and photo by Stephen Olsen
Semi-Permanent drawcard Matt Checkowski in conversation with MC Te Radar at The Embassy yesterday. Read more »

The premiere of a film from 30 years ago, and the debut of a teenage star

by Lindsay Shelton
The past and the future coincided on Friday in Wellington at the opening screenings of the NZ International Film Festival. Read more »

Standing ovation for 90-year-old Island Bay nun after film festival premiere

Nuns at Embassy
Sister Loyola (with flowers) after the film festival premiere. Photo by Stephen Olsen

by Stephen Olsen
There was a standing ovation today for a ninety-year-old Island Bay nun after a documentary film about her life had premiered at the NZ International Film Festival in the Embassy Theatre. Read more »

Film Festival announces its 42nd annual Wellington programme

News from NZIFF
The full programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington was announced tonight. Read more »

How many council staff are needed to change a light bulb?

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by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council has owned the Embassy Theatre for years. So why can’t it fix the lights? Read more »

26 SCOOP IMAGES: Hobbit world premiere brings 20,000 to Courtenay Place

Courtenay Place at 6pm, seen from the top floor of the Embassy

More than 20,000 people crowded into Courtenay Place this afternoon to watch the guests walking on the red carpet for the world premiere of The Hobbit, the first film in Peter Jackson’s new Tolkien trilogy. Read more »

Our history lost, and rediscovered

by Lindsay Shelton
This little building has sat in Buckle Street for almost 100 years. It’s part of our city’s heritage, and has links back to the early days of European settlement. Yet preparations are being made to push it off its original site. Read more »

SCOOP IMAGES: Two storeys high – a giant Gandalf arrives at the Embassy

A Gandalf two storeys high is now standing on the verandah in front of the Embassy Theatre, ready for the world premiere of the first film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Read more »

Elegant new bar opens in Embassy Theatre, in time for 41st film festival

Press Release – Embassy Theatre
Wellington’s newest bar, The Black Sparrow, opens in the Embassy Theatre today. Although it takes its name from an avant-garde 1960s publisher, the bar harks back to a time when black tie, silk dresses and the cocktail reigned supreme. Read more »

The building (and money) which the council forgot

All through the Rugby World Cup, the two billboards on top of the Embassy Theatre were promoting Wellington’s annual film festival. But the festival had ended before the tournament began. And now, more than 12 weeks after the festival screened its last film, the billboards are still stuck in a time warp. Read more »

Film festival premiering all Cannes award winners; programme now online

Media release from NZ International Film Festival
The full Wellington programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival is now online. This year’s event will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the film festival in Wellington. Read more »

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