Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, March 06, 2016
Standing Room Only
Standing Room Only for 03/06/2016
Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.
When it comes to movies, Temuera Morrison is still one of our biggest stars - Once Were Warriors, The River Queen, Mount Zion - and now his latest, Mahana, directed by his old mate Lee Tamahori. Irene Gardiner of NZ On Screen has put together a timely collection of Tem's Greatest Hits. Mar 06, 2016 02:48 pm
Julie Thomas found an international readership for her 2013 debut novel The Keeper of Secrets, about a Jewish family the Horovitz's during the Second World War. She's continuing the family story, this time it's not valuable violins at stake but an important painting by Albrecht Durer. In Rachel's Legacy, Julie's also referencing the Red Orchestra which was an anti-Nazi movement in Berlin during World War Two. Rachel's Legacy by Julie Thomas is published by Harper Collins. Mar 06, 2016 02:40 pm
Artist's studios are fascinating places... in nooks and crannies there are often unfinished pieces hidden away from visitors and from the artists themselves. Martin Poppelwell has dusted off much of his unfinished work from the last decade for an exhibition he's calling A Storage Problem. The ceramicist and painter has worked with an architect to create a custom-built stockroom in Auckland's Objectspace where he's displaying work from his Hawkes Bay studio. Mar 06, 2016 02:26 pm
This year iD Fashion Week is in its 17th year. Thirty-nine emerging designers from 15 countries will have the opportunity to show their work before a panel of local and international judges. The designers are competing for prize money, internships and the chance to have their collections shown on the runway at iD Fashion Week. Sonia Sly speaks to international guest judge Stefan Siegel about the importance of emerging designers, slow fashion and the changing landscape of the fashion industry; Dunedin-based Sarah Munro from New Zealand label Company of Strangers talks about the playing field that is iD Fashion Week and what she was looking for in the preliminary round of judging; and last year's winner Steve Hall chats about bringing a collection together in a month and the reality of doing the hard yards. Mar 06, 2016 01:45 pm
Getting a film made is hard enough when you're an established director, but when you are starting out it can feel like one obstacle after another. Unless you have help. FilmUp is a mentoring programme, created by Script to Screen, which brings together new talent and old hands. Film-maker Michelle Savill was chosen to be matched up with a mentor for her first feature film, and she asked for industry veteran Brita McVeigh. Brita's helped with well over a hundred films, TV and theatre projects. Mar 06, 2016 01:34 pm
Two artists who secretly copied one of Germany's most prized antiquities then released it around the world for free, have revived an international debate about cultural theft and repatriation. In 1912, German archeologists in Egypt found the 3000-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, and it's become one of Berlin's biggest tourist attractions. Nora Al-Badri and Jan Mikolai Nelles used a scanning device hidden under a scarf when they went to Neues Museum in Berlin in October. They first used the data to create 3-D printed copies of the bust. Then they worked with hackers who released the data to the world, for free. Mar 06, 2016 12:48 pm
When expensive commissioned art works turn up in public spaces, there's often an outcry. Too expensive, it's in the wrong place,it's plain ugly. A summit in Hamilton this week aims to help communities to create and control their own art projects, with facilitators prepared to steer the work. There'll be a lot of talk about the great things that can come from collaboration and some of the fishhooks. Lynn Freeman met two people who'll be speaking at the second CCD Summit Aotearoa - Kim Morton who's based in Christchurch and Paul Bradley from Hamilton. Mar 06, 2016 12:30 pm