Film festival diary: Top of the Lake


Nicole Kidman and Jane Campion’s daughter Alice Englert in Top Of The Lake. Photograph: See-Saw Films, Holdings Pty Ltd

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 »

AnimfxNZ – all about digital culture


by Adam James Ring
The AnimfxNZ conference was held in Wellington’s Embassy Theatre over the weekend, bringing together a wide variety of animation, VFX and game industry specialists. Read more »

Film festival’s 73,000 ticket sales set record for Wellington

The New Zealand International Film Festival has announced a record attendance for its annual season in Wellington. Read more »

Truth or fiction at the film festival

by Lindsay Shelton
It was a breathtaking moment at the film festival. Read more »

Five months of maintenance to fix Embassy Theatre’s windows and walls

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Maintenance work has begun on the historic Embassy Theatre to replace windows and plaster, maintain the canopy, and give the building a heritage-approved exterior paint job. Work is expected to run through to the end of September. All businesses within the building will remain open during this time. Read more »

Five legendary movies on the Embassy’s giant screen in May

News from NZIFF
Bertolucci, The Beatles, Kubrick and Pinocchio – restored versions of five legendary Classic Movies are to be featured in the NZIFF’s Autumn Events series on the giant screen at the Embassy in Wellington in May. Read more »

Making up for a million dollar loss

embassy oct 2014

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council, after ten years, has decided to resume earning an income from the two billboards on top of the Embassy Theatre. Read more »

Semi-Permanent announces Wellington participants for November event

News from Semi-Permanent
The Semi-Permanent design symposium will be back in the capital on the 4th and 5th of November. Following the success of its tenth anniversary events. and a mind-blowing Auckland season in February, it’s again time to turn Wellington’s Embassy Theatre into a hive of energy, as designers from every discipline converge to share the innovation and inspiration synonymous with the Semi-Permanent experience. Read more »

My 45 film festival awards

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by Lindsay Shelton
I’ve been going to the Wellington Film Festival for every one of its 43 years, from before it was re-branded as the NZ International Film Festival. So I’m (again) claiming the right to offer my own personal festival awards. Read more »

The lady, the beast, and the show people

Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in Lady from Shanghai
The Lady from Shanghai – Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth

by Lindsay Shelton
A film festival audience in the Embassy this week was happily carried away by the inspired madness of Orson Welles’ 1947 thriller The Lady from Shanghai. It was a perfectly restored film, which looked brand new. Read more »

Meeting the locals at the film festival

by Lindsay Shelton
Local film-makers have dominated the first week of the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington. Read more »

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 »

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