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Local Vampires make their mark in ‘Vellington’

Vellington, 10 June 2014: Local Wellington Vampires Vladislav the Poker and Viago von Blitzenberg unveiled their latest DIY masterpiece in Wellington tonight, the addition of a giant ‘V’ to the iconic Wellington sign.

V is for Vellington

V is for Vellington
Photo: Anna Dean

The local vampires (who bear a striking resemblance to local comedy heavyweights Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement) have joined forces with Positively Wellington Tourism and Wellington Airport to declare the city officially ‘Vampire Friendly’ as they head towards the 19 June nationwide NZ cinema release of their feature film What We Do In The Shadows.

“Ve think this idea is vonderful and ve applaud Vellington for opening its doors to the Vampire community,” Says Viago. “Ve can’t promise not to eat anyone but ve vill do our best.”

Vellington Airports Chief Executive Steve Sanderson was pleased to be able to help the Vampires and their mortal counterparts with their cleverly crafted piece of handiwork.

“We have really enjoyed playing our small part in supporting Taika and Jemaine’s film which is a local production that showcases Wellington and the creative talent that lives here. We’re also proud to help the local vampires Viago and Vladislav tell their story to the world”.

The installation of the ‘Vellington’ sign also coincides with the launch of the ‘Vampire’s Guide to Vellington’ tourism promotion, fronted by Viago (Waititi) which was released on Tuesday.


The Vampire’s Guide to Vellington

The city’s website has also been transformed to support the film’s release. Positively ‘Vellington’ Tourism Chief Executive, David Perks, says the coolest little capital in the world is a great destination for travellers of all kinds.

“Wellington’s a very open-minded city celebrated for its fantastic nightlife and great places to hang out – perfect for mortals and immortals alike!”

Vellington Mayor, Celia Vade-Brown, says the capital – which is rumoured to have a zombie apocalypse plan and hosted the first trans-Tasman same sex wedding – is known as a broad-minded city.

“Vellington’s perfectly suited to be the vampire capital, it’s another example of our city getting behind the film industry while making the most of the chance to showcase our home to the Vorld.”

What We Do in the Shadows has received rave reviews at international film festivals across the world including critical acclaim at the Sundance, Berlinale and SXSW film festivals. The official trailer has over half a million views on YouTube.


What We Do in the Shadows trailer

Wellington mortals Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement co-wrote, co-directed and co-star in the 85-minute film alongside a host of their New Zealand comedy peers including, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh, Jackie Van Beek and Rhys Darby.

What We Do in the Shadows is set to have its New Zealand premiere in Auckland on 13 June before the Vampires return to the capital for the Wellington premiere at The Embassy Theatre on 18 June.
Tickets are available now for a special Q&A session with the two directors on the film’s release date of Thursday 19th June at the Embassy Theatre.

What We Do in the Shadows is due for release in Australia, the UK and USA before the end of the year.

ABOUT THE FILM
What We Do in the Shadows is the latest feature from Taika Waititi (Boy, Two Cars, One Night) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords, Men in Black 3, Dinner for Schmucks, Rio, Despicable Me). The film is based on a short film the pair made in 2005 and is the first time the duo have shared co-directing and co-acting roles.

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