Monday, November 21, 2016


    Standing Room Only for 11/20/2016

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.

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The web series 'High Road'

It's been selected at every Webfest going - from Sicily and Berlin, to Montreal and Los Angeles. Last year it won the coveted Web-series World Cup. It's called High Road, it's made on Piha Beach, and it's just launched Series 3. It may be the biggest thing you've probably never heard of. Simon Morris talks with High Road writer-director Justin Harwood, and star Mark Mitchinson.
Nov 20, 2016 02:50 pm

Catherine Chidgey - The Wish Child

Two German children caught up in their country's false dreams and corrupt ideology during the Second World War, are at the heart of The Wish Child, a new novel from Ngāruawāhia based Catherine Chidgey. Her first novel In a Fishbone Church came out in 1998, quickly followed by Golden Deeds and The Transformation published in 2003. During this time she went to Menton in southern France as the Katherine Mansfield Fellow, and won the inaugural Prize in Modern Letters. Catherine also spent time in Berlin where she became interested in the war years and the collapse of Germany's hope for a glorious future. In The Wish Child Sieglinde lives a life of privilege in middle-class Berlin while Erich is brought up in rural Leipzig.
Nov 20, 2016 02:30 pm

Magicians of Wellington

Wellingtonians can find some magical distraction at BATS this week, with the capital's only Magic Club's annual end-of-year show. Wellington Magic Club President Jeremy Rolston, and double act partner, comic magician Kade Nightingale (with able assistant Mel Phipps standing by) demonstrate their own blend of comedy magic for the radio.
Nov 20, 2016 02:25 pm

Grey Area: Ken Griffen

Following a brutal experience with customs at Los Angeles Airport - forced to give up his phone, laptop and passwords, Auckland artist Ken Griffen is questioning digital security in a new exhibition called Grey Area. Ken tells Lynn how he uses painting, sculpture, installation and sound in his exhibition depicting the nameless and faceless identities watching and tracking us online.
Nov 20, 2016 01:50 pm

Welcome to New York - Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith

Auckland based husband and wife film-makers Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith are shifting to New York for as long as the $80,000 they've just been awarded lasts them. Chris and Miriam have just won this year's Art's Foundation's Harriet Friedlander New York Residency, on the strength of their critically-acclaimed documentary features The Ground We Won, and How Far is Heaven, about the sisters of Compassion in New Zealand's Jerusalem. They're celebrating their Residency by making their multi award-winning How Far is Heaven free to view.
Nov 20, 2016 01:35 pm

Pike River docu-drama

The Pike River mining disaster is still very raw with families fighting to retrieve the bodies of the 29 men killed in the explosion. Yesterday was the 6th anniversary. This very public tragedy has remained in the news ever since, including the past week as families continue to fight moves to seal off the mine. Docu-drama Pike River goes to air on Prime tomorrow. Lynn Freeman spoke to the producer Philly de Lacey, and actor Adam Gardiner.
Nov 20, 2016 12:50 pm

Saving the Paramount

One of the capital's oldest cinemas is being turned into a hotel. The Paramount is one of the main International Film Festival venues every year - it took in 17,500 admissions in two weeks. Leading the charge against this is Festival director Bill Gosden and Lindsay Shelton from Wellington Scoop.
Nov 20, 2016 12:40 pm

Rūaumoko - The Terrarist That Will Kill You

From Vancouver, New Zealand poet and playwright David Geary reads his poem "Rūaumoko - The Terrarist That Will Kill You".
Nov 20, 2016 12:37 pm

In pursuit of 'Passio'

The search is on for information about a production the late composer and ethno-musicologist Jack Body produced back in 2006. He invited a number of composers to interpret an early Renaissance work called Passio, which is being remounted for next year's Auckland Arts Festival. But with Jack's death, there are some question marks over elements of his ambitious production. Director Carla van Zon was at the original production in Wellington and remembers it vividly. She wants to hear from others involved in the show or who were in the audience, so they can make the 2017 production as accurate as possible. Lynn speaks to Carla and Dame Gillian Whitehead, one of the composers Jack invited to work on Passio.
Nov 20, 2016 12:15 pm


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