Film Screening: Blow-Up

Watch Michelangelo Antonioni’s iconic psychological mystery set in swinging-sixties London – a journey through the lens into the mind of the photographer.

  • When | Āhea Thu 22 Aug 2019, 7.00pm–9.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu $15; $10 Concessions, including Wellington Film Society and Friends of Te Papa members
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Blow-Up poster, 1966. Courtesy of Village Roadshow

To celebrate the exhibition The New Photography – Life in the 60s and 70s we’re screening Blow-Up, a film that made a big impression on the exhibition’s photographers when it was released in 1960s New Zealand. This iconic psychological mystery features David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave in swinging-sixties London, taking viewers on a journey through the lens into voyeurism and paranoia.

Blow-Up was awarded the ultimate prize at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival and made a splash with audiences around the world, photographers and non-photographers alike. The controversial film juxtaposed the edgy photography of the street with the staid environment of the studio, becoming iconic for the way it explores photography as a way of documenting, experiencing, and questioning life itself.

Blow-Up (1966)
Run time: 111 minutes
Rated M: Suitable for mature audiences aged 16 years and over.

Watch a scene from Blow-Up