The Wellington Film Society is open to everyone

We operate on a subscription basis to comply with screening rights restrictions. 

Membership gives you free entry to all our screenings, and most screenings are open to members only.

You can join at any time of the year, with membership running for 12 months from the month of joining. The cost is just $120 yearly, with Discounted and Youth membership even less. And you can start with a 3-film sampler and upgrade to a full membership later.

3 Film Sampler

Choose any 3 films to see
over 12 months

Free entry to any other NZ Film Society screenings nationwide

Can upgrade to a Full Year Membership by paying the price difference.

No discounts at the Whānau Mārama (NZIFF) Festival or at local cinemas

Admits only the person named on the card.


Full Year Membership

See every film we screen
for 12 months

Free entry to any other NZ Film Society screenings nationwide

You may qualify for a discounted price. Check the details on the next form.

Discounts at the Whānau Mārama (NZIFF) Festival and at some local cinemas

Free admission for a guest to any one screening


2024 Programme

6:15 pm - 7:55 pm


A powerful and moving story based on a memoir by Nobel Laureate, Annie Ernaux, recounting when, as a star student, she discovers she is pregnant and must come to terms with how this will change her life. Audrey Diwan’s Happening adapts Ernaux’s account into a lean, muscular film resolutely cinematic in its retelling ...

6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

The Andromeda Strain

This screen adaptation of Michael Crichton’s first bestseller tackles the crisis that unfolds when a space probe falls to Earth carrying an extraterrestrial virus that instantly turns human blood to powder. Thankfully, the US authorities have just built a secret subterranean research facility for exactly such eventualities ...

6:15 pm - 8:25 pm


Tartly funny and plungingly sad in equal measure, this is nuanced, humane queer filmmaking, more concerned with the textures and particulars of its own intimate story than with grander social statements — even if, as a tale of transgender desire in a Muslim country, its very premise makes it a boundary-breaker ...

6:15 pm - 8:20 pm

Cairo Conspiracy

Adam is a young man living in a small fishing village with his father. A good student, the local imam puts him forward for a scholarship to the elite Al-Azhar university, the centre of Sunni Islam. Soon after he arrives he becomes embroiled in various plots for control of the university, its theology, and even Egypt itself ...

6:15 pm - 7:55 pm

Brief Encounters

Muratova explores the intricate triangular relationship of three striking individuals with clarity, tenderness and irony. As with the lovely solo piano score, every incisive detail registers with a sure, light touch and there are some unexpected, haunting chords. The cinematography is crisp, beautiful, and for 1967, daringly, but expressively, unconventional ...

6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


A subversive black comedy about a clique of High School mean girls – all named Heather – and the violent revenge taken out on them by one their own. Perhaps because it found humour in such taboo subjects as teenage suicide, bulimia, date rape, and murder, the film was not a success when it came out in 1988. Since then though... it has become a cult classic ...

6:15 pm - 8:45 pm


Desire, ravenous and ineffable, shudders through Burning, the latest from the great South Korean director Lee Chang-dong… The story has the quality of a mystery thriller — somebody goes missing, somebody else tries to figure out why ...

6:15 pm - 9:35 pm

Barry Lyndon

Special encore screening! Stanley Kubrick’s stately, sumptuous drama returns to the big screen where it belongs. Previously seen as a lesser work from the man who made 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange, it is now widely regarded as one of Kubrick’s masterpieces ...

6:15 pm - 9:05 pm


Legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s brilliantly original science-fiction epic challenges our conceptions about love, truth and humanity itself. ...

6:15 pm - 7:50 pm

Hit the Road

Stunning Iranian road movie from debut director Panah Panahi wowed festival audiences with its rich emotional nuance and sly political critique ...

6:15 pm - 7:50 pm

The Long Absence

Scripted by Marguerite Duras and directed by Henri Colpi, a regular editor for Alain Resnais and Agnes Varda, this forgotten New Wave film won the Palme d’Or in 1961. ...

6:15 pm - 8:10 pm

The Devils

Derek Jarman was production designer on this controversial story of a mass possession event in 17th Century France ...

6:15 pm - 7:50 pm


There’s more than a hint of the supernatural when a young detective investigates the charred body found in a construction site in this assured and gripping Tunisian thriller ...

6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Edward II

A daring, queer, anachronistic adaptation of, Christopher Marlowe’s play Edward II (1594) ...

6:15 pm - 8:10 pm


A sensitive documentary portrait of the disparate communities that lie along the Paris urban commuter rail line. Director Alice Diop went on to direct award-winning drama, Saint Omer ...

6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

India Song

A haunted-house movie unlike any other, this most celebrated work from Marguerite Duras is an almost incantatory experience with few stylistic precedents in the history of cinema. ...

6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Odd Man Out

A man-on-the-run thriller starring James Mason as a wounded IRA gunman hunted by police as he seeks refuge in a nightmarish, noir-ish urban landscape of back alleys and dive bars ...

6:15 pm - 8:20 pm


Polish maverick Andrzej Zulawski’s feverish cult favourite stars a mesmerisingly unhinged Isabella Adjani, with Sam Neill as her husband – a spy in Cold War Berlin ...

6:15 pm - 7:55 pm

Valley Girl

In his first major role, Nicolas Cage is a young Hollywood punk who becomes the unlikely object of attraction for preppy Valley girl Deborah Foreman in this cult 80s comedy ...

6:15 pm - 7:50 pm


Scripted by a teenaged Harmony Korine, this grungy, doco-style drama on the lives of a group of sex-obsessed, drug-abusing NY teenagers provoked scandal and big box office on release ...

6:15 pm - 7:55 pm

The Long Farewell

A rift grows between an impulsive single mother and her increasingly resentful teenage son, who wants to live with his father. Another long-banned major early work from the Ukrainian auteur ...

6:15 pm - 8:35 pm

All About Eve

A worthy holder of the 1951 Best Picture Oscar and a motion picture that, because of its priceless dialogue and unforgettable lead performance, will never lose its lustre. Featuring Bette Davis, with an appearance by an as-yet unknown Marilyn Monroe ...

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