The New Zealand International Film Festival may be wrapping up its Wellington programme on 13 August, but Wellington Film Society is dedicated to keeping the momentum going for the Capital’s cinephiles. After the success of Faust in 2022, we are delighted to be reuniting with the same musicians for a live performance in the Embassy Theatre! Erika Grant, Rosie Langabeer, Isaac Smith and Neil Feather will be performing an original, vibrant and distinctive score for Waxworks (Paul Leni, 1924), another German expressionist classic.
LIke all our screenings, this Live Cinema event is free for members. With the support of Goethe-Institut, we will be able to open this special event to the public (entry by koha). The screening will take place on Monday 21 August, at 6.15pm, so make sure to block out your calendar and spread the word–this event is not to be missed!
Waxworks (directed by Paul Leni) is a classic German silent film from 1924. Made during a period of huge innovation in cinema, the film is an anthology, with each of its three parts taking on a different tone and central character: The Caliph of Baghdad, Ivan the Terrible and Jack the Ripper respectively. These stories are linked by a framing device in which a young poet visits a wax museum to write backstories about the historical figures.
Waxworks was enough of a hit that Paul Leni was able to move from Weimar Germany to the States where he made a number of Hollywood films, including The Man Who Laughs (1928).
About the musicians
Grant, Langabeer, Smith and Feather are talented musicians with diverse experience between them, from being in local bands (including Orchestra of Spheres), to working in theatre and sonic arts.