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  • The Covid alert level in the whole country remains at Orange. Cinemas are no longer limited in their seating requirements. Mask wearing is strongly encouraged in indoor environments.

  • The Wellington Film Society, Monday 22 August, 6.15pm at the Embassy: 13 SHORT FILMS (Alice Guy, France 1897-1907). After years of relative obscurity, Alice Guy is now being recognized for her role in the development of the cinematic arts. Beginning as a typist for the Gaumont Company, she volunteered to produce a series of novelty films. So successful were her films - and efficient her methods - she eventually became the studio's head of production. During cinema's first decade, the multi-talented Alice Guy experimented with color and synchronized sound (decades before these technologies would be perfected) and cultivated such diverse genres as slapstick comedy, social realism, historial epic, and fantasy. Though rooted in the theatrical style of the Belle Epoque, there is a decidedly modern sensibility to her films, as she playfully discovers comic and dramatic potential in the social mores of gender and class. This collection includes films made directly by Alice Guy at Gaumont. - Kino Classics.
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  • Film Festivals to note:
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    DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO - This is one of the most popular franchises ever created and this latest film is without a doubt one of the best.The story feels unique, and the fact that it centers its plot around the characters of Piccolo and Gohan feels like a breath of fresh air. If you're a fan of the franchise, this is a must-watch. As well as subtitled Japanese, some screenings in dubbed English. Also Roxy, Readings, Monterey, and Coastlands.

    THE CONFERENCE - This German docudrama examines one of the darkest chapters of the country's own history - by presenting the crimes in the words of the people who perpetrated them, a film in which Germany critically examines its own history. The conference of the title refers to the 1942 Wannsee Conference, a meeting of senior government officials of Nazi Germany and SS leaders. The topic of the meeting was to determine the "Final Solution to the Jewish question", setting in motion the machinations that culminated in the Holocaust.

    GLORIAVALE - This enlightening, heartrending, rage-inducing documentary follows former members as they battle for justice and reform from the outside. Noel Smyth and Fergus Grady's tale is an excellent, powerful primer on the history, controversy and concern surrounding Gloriavale. From the NZIFF. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    QUANT - "I think the point of clothes, for women, should be that you're noticed", said Mary Quant, the British fashion designer famous for bringing the miniskirt to the mainstream. This lively documentary from actor turned film-maker Sadie Frost, combines talking heads with a mix of archive and playful re-enactments of the young Quant.

    FAREWELL: MR HAFFMANN - Hoping to outwit the Nazis, Mr Haffman sells his jewellery store to his assistant. Director Fred Cavaye has adapted a beloved stage play by Jean-Phillippe Daguerre with great success. It's a dark yet compelling tale that takes unexpected turns such the new owner's solution to the problem of his wife's desire to have children. From the French Film Festival. Advance screenings this weekend. All Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    BEAST Aug 25 Readings
    FAREWELL MR HAFFMAN Aug 25 Penthouse
    A STICH IN TIME Aug 25 Penthouse
    MURU Sep 01 Readings
    LANCASTER Sep 01 Penthouse
    Sep 01 Lighthouse
    AFTER EVER HAPPY Sep 08 Readings
    NORTHSPUR Sep 08 Penthouse
    EVERYTHING WENT FINE Sep 08 Lighthouse


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