Wellington Silver Screeners: Finn O’Connor
In this edition of Wellington Silver Screeners, Alessia Belsito-Riera chats with Finn O’Connor, a filmmaker who makes up one third of the production company Couch Kumara.
A wizard harbours a deadly secret and grapples to keep his mother in the grave in Wizard Mischief, the newest absurd fantasy short from filmmaker Baxter Gray, premiering at Pyramid Club on the 24th of November.
La dolce vita or the sweet life glides into Wellington on the wings of the Italian Film Festival, showcasing just shy of two jam-packed weeks of contemporary and retrospective Italian masterpieces.
Off and away
The Show Me Shorts Film Festival is bringing Wellingtonians big adventures in small doses.
A world both near and far
Enjoy Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic anime Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on the big screen. This film is not only visually arresting but also an urgent and topical commentary on humanity.
Aotearoa’s premier documentary film festival, Doc Edge Festival, brings into focus the hard-hitting questions, the compelling stories, and a whole bunch of fascinating perspectives from across the globe.
See what Tonga can do
A new Kiwi film is coming to theatres on March 23rd. Based on a true story, rugby superfan Maka hopes to attend the Tonga versus France match in Wellington but misses out on ticket sales. What ensues is a hilarious and uplifting story of Tongan ingenuity.
A game of cat and mouse
Releasing nationwide on the 10th of November, David Farrier finds himself in a tension-filled game of cat and mouse with a mysterious stranger in his new documentary Mister Organ.
My best film yet
Costa Botes’ gentle, yet eye-opening new documentary delves into the life of an offbeat cow whisperer as he tends to a herd in his own idiosyncratic way.
Show Me Shorts!
The popular Show Me Shorts Film Festival is back, screening over 90 of the very best short films made by filmmakers in Aotearoa and across the world.
You have just 48 hours…
The Vista Foundation 48Hours Wellington City Finals is an exciting showcase of the crème de la crème of films made during this popular guerrilla filmmaking competition.
The canine connection
The Top Dog Film Festival celebrates dogs through a carefully curated collection of heart-warming stories about our furry friends as they take on challenges from around the world.
In what will be a fun and thought-provoking evening romp with a range of interesting stories and themes, Show Me Shorts is presenting a collection of short films from top Norwegian filmmakers in collaboration with Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway.
The art of documentary filmmaking
The Doc Edge Festival has long been a world-class documentary event that shares the stories of the world with New Zealanders. Now in 2022, the festival is further pushing the boundaries while continuing to showcase the art of documentary filmmaking.
Winter starts now!
Warren Miller’s 72nd feature film makes its way to Wellington during its snow film tour. Packed with winter adventures in some amazing places, this exciting documentary is a must see for any winter or film fan.
The lives of European teens
Show Me Shorts will present a series of European short films catered toward Kiwi teenagers in the hope they will be able to enjoy, connect, and better understand the lives of teens on the other side of the globe.
Aotearoa’s first ever Scandi film festival
Three Wellington cinemas are set to showcase a variety of Scandinavian films during the inaugural Volvo Scandi Film Festival. The festival’s carefully curated programme includes award-winning international festival favourites from an exciting filmmaking region.
Aotearoa at the movies: In My Father’s Den
Our series exploring iconic Kiwi films continues as we speak to producer Trevor Haysom about Brad McGann’s 2004 drama In My Father’s Den.
Aotearoa at the movies: Vigil
Writer-director Vincent Ward looks back at his debut feature Vigil, the first New Zealand film selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival.
Kiwi sci-fi classics return at Space Place
Space Place’s beloved Sci-Fi Sundays are back with a Kiwi-centric month of movies projected onto their spectacular planetarium dome.
Aotearoa at the movies: Broken English
Writer-director Gregor Nicholas reflects on Broken English, his unique Croatian and Māori-led 1996 drama.
New film dissects infamous 2007 police raids
Arriving on the 3rd of February, Muru stars Cliff Curtis as a conflicted officer on the frontline of the controversial raids on Rūātoki.
Aotearoa at the movies: Snakeskin
Writer-director Gillian Ashurst tells us about the real experiences that inspired her psychedelic road-trip movie Snakeskin.
Aotearoa at the movies: Came a Hot Friday
Our series exploring iconic Kiwi films continues as we speak to writer-director Ian Mune about his 1985 comedy Came a Hot Friday.
50 years in Wellington
Launching on the 4th of November, the 2021 Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wellington festival.
When panic attacks
Writer-director Michelle Savill explores anxiety in her Wellington-set debut feature Millie Lies Low.
Aotearoa at the movies: Sleeping Dogs
We trace the history of iconic films in New Zealand’s cinematic canon, starting with Roger Donaldson’s 1977 action-thriller Sleeping Dogs.
Shorts from every corner
75 of the best short films from around the globe will screen during the 2021 Show Me Shorts Film Festival this October, including 14 making their world premiere.
Young filmmakers find their footing
Six short films by emerging Kiwi filmmakers have premiered online as part of the fifth Someday Stories series.
No one is safe in latest Kiwi thriller
A feature adaptation of Owen Marshall’s “brutal and poetic” short story, Coming Home in the Dark made waves when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and is about to open back home.
Kiwi film highlights those on the outskirts
The Justice of Bunny King, starring Essie Davis (The Babadook) and Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), will be in cinemas from the 29th of July.
Documentary exposes broken system
Birth Time, a documentary revealing the developed world’s broken maternity system, will be screened on the 1st of July followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Vive le cinéma
21 new and classic films will be screened at Wellington cinemas for the French Film Festival Aotearoa, running from the 10th to the 23rd of June.
Visit space and sea with Doc Edge
Doc Edge, New Zealand’s Academy Awards-qualifying documentary festival, is going hybrid, with films set to appear in cinemas and online.
Film captures Isey Cross’ journey to 100
Director Florian Habicht will attend a Q&A screening of his new documentary James & Isey ahead of its general release on the 6th of May.
Celebrating Indigenous cinema
The Māoriland Film Festival highlights Indigenous storytellers from around the globe in Ōtaki from the 24th to the 28th of March.
Wāhine Māori voices on the big screen
Cousins, a film adaption of the acclaimed novel by Patricia Grace, will open in cinemas across Aotearoa on the 4th of March.
Monthly film nights highlight Japanese cinema
The Embassy of Japan continues their popular Film Nights with two free screenings of 2015’s Miss Hokusai on the 26th and 28th of January.
Icon of New Zealand cinema passes
Bill Gosden ONZM, former director of the New Zealand International Film Festival, dies at 66.
Kiwi comedy tackles motherhood on the big screen
To grow a baby, one must first grow up. But that’s no fun, right? So believes Zoe, played by Rose Matafeo in the latest Kiwi comedy Baby Done.
One terrifying film festival
10 films will see their New Zealand cinema premieres at this year’s Terror-Fi Film Festival.
A Halloween classic in a spooky setting
F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors will send shivers down your spine when night falls on the 31st of October.
New short film encourages connection
What would happen if a hopeful eight-year-old encountered someone who had let go of hope altogether? Screenwriter and director Hannah Marshall addresses this very question in Frankie Jean & The Morning Star, a short film premiering at the Show Me Shorts Film Festival.