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  • The Covid alert level in Wellington is at Level 2. Cinemas can open but seating is limited to 100 people, suitably spaced. Scanning in with the Covid-19 Tracer app is now mandatory (or sign in if you haven't got the app), and turn on Bluetooth tracing. Mask wearing is also mandatory in many situations. The next update is due on Monday 4 October.

  • The Wellington Film Society will remain closed until Wellington returns to Covid Level One. They can not operate earlier because their average attendance is around 350 members. It is hoped there will be an opportunity to reschedule missed films later in the year. Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
    The German Film Festival 2021. All films free to watch at home till 26 September.
    Show Me Shorts 2021, October 9-20 Lighthouse Cuba.
    The NZ International Film Festival 2021, 4-21 November. Embassy, Penthouse, City Gallery, Roxy, Lighthouse Cuba and Petone, and Readings Porirua. Some of the first films, and the opening night film, have now been announced. Check the site often for updates.
    If you have a festival due to run in Wellington and it's not listed here, contact the Cinemaster.

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    RIDE THE EAGLE - A funny, sweet, insightful, low-key charmer of a story that's all about making human connections, reconciling broken relationships and finding solace in the companionship of another fellow traveler on this planet - and yet the main characters are almost never in the same room with one another. A wonderful little movie that makes no mention of the pandemic and doesn't seem to be set during the pandemic at all.

    THE ICE ROAD - Jonathan Hensleigh's first feature as writer-director since Kill the Irishman a decade ago has Liam Neeson as one of three drivers making a dangerous journey to deliver equipment needed to rescue trapped miners in Northern Manitoba. Just about every possible peril turns up to thwart their mission en route, making for an increasingly implausible action movie that will entertain most viewers. Also Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    PIG - At a time when so many people are struggling to find something of value in their lives, when people are fleeing jobs, cities, futures they thought they wanted, Nic Cage has crafted a quiet soliloquy about grasping onto something that has meaning. In some ways, this is one of his most emotionally brutal films. But it's also cathartic, a story of realizing that you can strip away everything and find a meaning, a connection, that finally gives your life some definition. Also Lighthouse Cuba and Shoreline.

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    ANNETTE Sep 30 Lighthouse
    MISS Sep 30 Penthouse
    NO TIME TO DIE Oct 07 Readings
    THE ROSE MAKER Oct 07 Penthouse
    THE LAST DUEL Oct 21 Readings
    JUNIPER Oct 28 Penthouse
    Jan 06 Lighthouse


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