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  • The Wellington Film Society has launched its 2020 programme, and will return to the Embassy on Monday 2 March with CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, a 3D classic from 1954. Brochures are now on the streets, and you can check out the Schedule right here. There are 33 reasons to join, and the membership fee covers the cost of seeing all the films on the list. Plus discounts at the NZIFF. Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line. So join now and have your card in time for the first film of the season.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival 2020. Embassy, etc. 31 July -16 August 2020. Mark your diaries now.

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    EMMA - We never knew we needed one more Little Women until Greta Gerwig flexed her adaptive smarts. Now, freshness and fizz has been applied to another oft-filmed classic, Jane Austen's adored novel Emma, which in the hands of photographer-turned-filmmaker Autumn de Wilde, screenwriter Eleanor Catton, and a stellar cast led by rising star Anya Taylor-Joy, is once again a deeply satisfying blend of cross-purposed manners and romantic mismanagement. Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lihthouse, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG - Who'd have thought that reviews of this would be embargoed until after it opened! Commonsense Media says that parents need to know that it is a kid-targeted action/adventure movie about the iconic Sega video game character. It looks kid-friendly, but there may be scenes of peril, as well as mild language and violence. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    RICHARD JEWELL - This marks Clint Eastwood's 41st directorial feature. At the ripe young age of 89, the man shows no signs of fatigue; in fact, his films are filled with more verve and passion - not to mention skill and sophistication - than those of most filmmakers half his age. This new Jewell in Eastwood's sparkling filmography happens to be his most emotionally resonant, heartfelt, and purely entertaining project in years. Also Empire, Lighthouse, Monterey and Reading Porirua.

    HELEN KELLY - TOGETHER - When unionist, advocate, campaigner and all-round good sort Helen Kelly died in 2016, of a cancer the restlessness and impatience of which were nothing if not appropriate to the host, we lost one of the great ones. Tony Sutorius' film picks up Kelly's life in what would be her last nine months. Without preamble, narration or much in the way of introduction, we are dropped into a life, with Kelly still fighting on all fronts. From the NZIFF. All Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE LEGEND OF BARON TO'A Feb 20 Readings
    CALL OF THE WILD Feb 20 Readings
    THE LIGHTHOUSE Feb 20 Lighthouse
    Feb 20 Penthouse
    THE CURRENT WAR Feb 27 Readings
    THE INVISIBLE MAN Feb 27 Readings
    DARK WATERS Mar 05 Readings
    THE WAY BACK Mar 05 Readings
    MILITARY WIVES Mar 13 Readings


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