It’s well-known that the WiW team loves homemade soup, and that we adore cinema. So imagine our surprise when one of our favorite organizations began a series entitled — wait for it — “Soup & A Seat”. It’s fair to say, the moment The Film Archive in Wellington unveiled their 2010 series, we sobbed with joy over our daily croûtons.
The Film Archive
The Film Archive is an iconic venue, stitching together the corners of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets in central Wellington. It’s popular among various circles, but we feel it’s consistently unsung by the tourism sector. The fact is, if you’re interested in local culture and history, The Film Archive should be among your first ports of call.
Tickets are half the price of mainstream cinemas, but the core appeal of the Archive is that it promotes an ethos to collect, protect and connect the global community with New Zealand’s heritage, via its vast archive of New Zealand-focused films, and television footage.
Between Wednesday and Saturday expect a plethora of captivating titles, plus an occasional discussion event considering niche topics. Inside the bright and modern facility, the intelligible crew run an incorporated café and provide free access to their online research libraries.
Film Archive: Soup & A Seat Screenings
Throughout the winter of 2010, The Film Archive is showing eight films designed to fit into a regular lunch-hour. Hence, all the films are fifty minutes or under and include a cup of warm, homemade soup which is served with a smile (and often a quip) within seconds of securing the $8 ticket.
Where is The Film Archive?
You can find The Film Archive by following the warming fragrance which drifts through the CBD on wintry Fridays. Or. Head to the corner of Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets (clue: face the reverse bungy at the top of Courtenay Place, and head away from the water. In about five minutes you’ll be clawing your paws on the Archive’s glass-glazed façade).
For more information visit The Film Archive website, hit them up on Twitter or Facebook or if you’re feeling really nostalgic, give them a call on +64 (0)4 384 7647.