Monday, November 14, 2016

Standing Room Only for 11/13/2016

Arts stories for 11/13/2016
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The Art of the Pitch

Based on Owen Marshall's short story The Rule of Jenny Pen, filmmakers James Ashcroft and Eli Kent talk about trying to pitch a film that falls between two audiences.
Nov 13, 2016 02:49 pm

The Cellar's Echo

Imagine if you will, a seven year-old girl sheltering with her family in the cellar of their house as war rages in the streets outside. What does she feel?
Nov 13, 2016 02:25 pm

Mr Lee Grant

Audio Culture's Chris Bourke takes us back into our pop-culture past for one of our first teen idols, Polish-born Bogdan Komanovski - better known to fans in the 60s as Mr. Lee Grant.
Nov 13, 2016 01:50 pm

Anne McCahon - A Table of One's Own

McCahon House in Titirangi is where fans go to see where Colin McCahon lived in the 1950s. But McCahon House was also home to Anne McCahon, an artist in her own right, who until this exhibition has largely been overlooked by posterity. A Table of One's Own is presented at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. It coincides with and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the McCahon House Museum and Artists' Residency and the 30th Anniversary of the Lopdell House Gallery.
Nov 13, 2016 01:30 pm

Portage Ceramic Awards

A Kapiti Coaster who divides her time between there and Idaho has cliched this year's top ceramic award. Caroline Early's deceptively simple Clinch 6 has won this year's Premier Award in the Portage Ceramic Awards, with a nice $15,000 cash prize to boot.The prize is in its 15th year and is run by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. Caroline joins Simon Morris, along with Canberra-based potter and Portage judge Janet DeBoos.
Nov 13, 2016 12:50 pm

The Band - Garth Hudson

People remember the famous end of The Band, captured in Martin Scorcese's concert film The Last Waltz. The virtuoso player in the group was always in the back - Garth Hudson on keyboards and occasional sax. Garth is coming to New Zealand to play with a star-studded array of local Band fans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz. Simon Morris speaks to Garth and his wife, Sister Maud Hudson.
Nov 13, 2016 12:40 pm

Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversary

This week marks the official 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy, when naval vessels from around the world converge on Auckland's Waitamata harbour for a five day party. Lynn Freeman spoke to some young high achievers in the Navy, after first visiting the naval museum and a special exhibition brought together for the anniversary. There are 75 objects, many so unusual you can't understand why they'd be on display until you read the description.
Nov 13, 2016 12:16 pm

At The Movies for 9 November 2016

On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the new Mel Gibson war story Hacksaw Ridge, about real life conscientious objector Desmond Doss. The Accountant is a thriller starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, while The Light Between Oceans is tear-jerker, starring real-life lovers Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander - partly shot in Dunedin.
Nov 09, 2016 07:30 pm

Dan Kois - Angels in America

Tony Kushner's 1993 Tony winning audacious, two-part, epic play Angels in America is now considered a classic of American theatre. If any play summed up its era - Reagan economics, gay liberation and the arrival of the AIDS epidemic, it's Angels in America. So how do its issues resonate today?'s culture editor Dan Kois has co-written 'Angels in America: The Complete Oral History". He talks to Shaun D Wilson about its fascinating career.
Nov 06, 2016 02:50 pm

Sue Wootton - Strip

A couple who've unsuccessfully tried for years to have a child finally abandon that dream. Then out of the blue, they have the chance to adopt a baby. As Lynn Freeman discovered, it's a case of 'be careful what you wish for' in Dunedin writer Sue Wootton's new novel, Strip.
Nov 06, 2016 02:40 pm

80 years at 16th Ave

Tauranga boasts the oldest running community theatre group in new Zealand. They plan to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Tauranga's Grand Old Lady, the 16th Ave theatre, in style. Lloyd Davy tells Simon Morris just how.
Nov 06, 2016 02:26 pm

Otautau Gallery

Good news for the small Southland township of Otautau: its first art gallery. It's home is the Old Methodist church which needed almost three years of renovations to complete the gallery space. Pamela Hopkins and husband Robert McGowan are supporting local artists and craftsmen, while also reaching out beyond Southland for paintings, woodwork, pottery, jewellery and other items.
Nov 06, 2016 01:47 pm

Geographic Photographer of the Year Iain McGregor

Last week, New Zealand's most prestigious photography prize - the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year - was awarded to Christchurch photo-journalist, Iain McGregor. Working for Fairfax has given Iain's portfolio an incredibly diverse range - he's covered Canterbury bushfires, kapa haka festivals, the sex trade in South East Asia. His photo of Prince Harry and a toddler went viral.
Nov 06, 2016 01:34 pm

Maidment Theatre

Auckland University's Maidment Theatre has buckled under the projected $16m weight of earthquake-strengthening, and is likely to be demolished. It's served as a venue for Auckland-wide theatre and dance groups, as well as a space for the university's own productions. So if it's to go - what - if anything will it, or should it, be replaced with? Metro critic, student and actor James Wenley, and theatre designer with a long acquaintance with the Maidment, Tracy Grant-Lord speak with Simon Morris.
Nov 06, 2016 12:50 pm

Caselberg Trust: The Unexpected Greenness of Trees

It's a big step, launching your own press - but Dunedin's Caselberg Trust is doing just that. The Trust runs the Caselberg artists' residency on the Otago Peninsula at Broad Bay. It has also run an International Poetry Competition since 2011, and the first book off the new press brings together the winning poems from the past five years. Claire Beynon and poet Alan Roddick have co-edited 'The Unexpected Greenness of Trees'.
Nov 06, 2016 12:43 pm

The centenary of censorship

To celebrate 100 years since the first film screenings in New Zealand Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is screening bits that previously didn't get screened. This month the exhibition Censored looks back at censorship from the era of World War I to today.
Nov 06, 2016 12:16 pm


Older stories

Photographer Meli Berends
Nick Holmes and A Reverence For Wood
Anthony Horowitz: on TV as a writer’s medium
Senior Pacific Artists Oscar Kightley & David Fane
Modernist treasures in the Hutt
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions

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