NZ On Screen Salutes Welly

Posted Tuesday 23 Sep 2014

With the World of Wearable Art Awards about to hit Wellington, NZ On Screen celebrates the city by launching one of its biggest collections to date. 

The 50-strong Wellington Collection surveys the capital by foot, plane and high speed car. Among the crop of titles, there are skirmishes on Lambton Quay and the harbour, birth pangs at Pigeon Park and Te Papa, and cameos by some of those who've helped reshape the capital (Sir Michael Fowler, Ian Athfield, Carmen). 

Look out too for musicians (Shihad, Fat Freddy's Drop, The Warratahs) and all-rounders (Flight of the Conchords, Taika Waititi) - plus shorts and tourist promos from the National Film Unit which show talented filmmakers making their mark here, decades before Peter Jackson began collecting Oscars. 

In introductions written specially for the collection, Phoenix Foundation singer Samuel Scott muses on everything from the 1981 tour to the Wellington creative community, while Roger Gascoigne - former host of regional show Today Tonight - celebrates a near-miss at Wellington Airport, and the capital's "astonishing renaissance".

The full collection is here;