What We Do in the Shadows


We are Werewolves not Swear wolves

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.


Taika Waititi is another acclaimed Wellington director next to the likes of Peter Jackson (featured in two other films in the festival). Unlike Jackson, he wanted a small budget for this film, having a budget of $1.6 Million dollars compared to King Kong’s $207 Million. These directors differ both in style and through their process although both are internationally acclaimed. Unlike King Kong, What We Do in the Shadows uses very minimal special effects.

What We Do in the Shadows Directed by and starring Taika Waititi is a vampire comedy set in Wellington. Unlike the previous films in our schedule that use Wellington as a backdrop, What We Do in the Shadows uses Wellington as its setting and it thrives in it.


A lot of the talent in the film are all locally grown Wellingtonians (Taika Waititi, Jermaine Clement and Corey Gonzalez-Maceur) and it’s great to see a film of this calibre promoting Wellington.

What We Do in the Shadows take us to familiar locations around the city. Boogie Wonderland; a nightclub on Courtenay Place which is the vampire’s favourite place to dance. The Mt Victoria Bowls club, locations in Miramar and several run down flats in Te Aro. Here we see the film used to promote Wellington in a fun and quirky way. This shows how the film has successfully put Wellington on to the global scale.

The films not only uses Wellington as it’s setting but also uses it as a huge part of its marketing campaign, briefly changing the Wellington sign in Miramar to Vellington.




They started to become part of the Wellington culture and separated themselves from the film. Check out this trade me listing posted a week before the film release by one of the vampires.




Title: What We Do in the Shadows

Directed By: Taika Waititi

Running Time: 1h 26min

Release: 21 November 2014


Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Written By: Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi