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

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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 »

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 »

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