Monday, April 16, 2018

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This week's stories

Ragnar Jonasson - profiting from Iceland crime

Iceland is very proud of its reputation, first, as a country leading the way to secure pay equity for women, and second, it's tiny number of murders. But Icelandic crime novelist Ragnar Jonasson has started a trilogy of books about a senior woman detective who's only known discrimination and bullying during her many years in the police force, and who's being pushed to retire early.
Apr 15, 2018 02:35 pm

A hugely ambitious look at the rock we call home

Filmed in nearly 50 countries on six continents, kilometres underground and from outer space, an ambitious new 10- part TV series explores the history and fragility of our planet. One Strange Rock is hosted by actor Will Smith and shot for National Geographic.
Apr 15, 2018 02:26 pm

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke on Berlioz and Steve Jobs

Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has played Apple co-founder Steve Job's wife Lauren, and mountaineer Rob Hall's wife Jan Arnold in contemporary, world premiere operas. She says she relishes the challenge of being the first singer to tackle a role. The (Re)volution of Steve Jobs earned her adoring reviews. But Sasha's next appointment is with the classical repertoire and one of her great loves, the work of French composers, for a three-centre tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Apr 15, 2018 01:50 pm

A new look at the oldest profession

When George Bernard Shaw first tried to show his play Mrs Warren's Profession in the late 1890s, the Lord Chamberlain banned it because of its content - prostitution. The first production was in 1902 in a London members only club....there was no public performance in England until 1925! Mrs Warren's Profession's notoriety has faded, but the themes Shaw explored - women being underpaid and under-valued - certainly haven't.
Apr 15, 2018 01:35 pm

First steps on the creative industries ladder

With CNZ funding, the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust has picked three Pasifika internships for young creatives with big dreams. One of this year's group is museums and cultural heritage professional Talei Si'ilata who's started her internship at Te Papa before heading to Auckland Museum. We brought Talei together with the first male intern to go through the programme Paul Fagamalo who's now the Talent Development Manager at the NZ Film Commission Lynn Freeman spoke to both Talei and Paul, and first asked why Paul wanted to work behind the scenes rather than in the spotlight:
Apr 15, 2018 12:49 pm

Public Service Broadcasting live and on stage

There's been a lot of discussion recently on the thorny subject of public service broadcasting - what is it, and why do we need it? But maybe the answer is in the work of the English group of that name. Public Service Broadcasting albums mix live music with historic clips from the early days of film, radio and television in England. They've got titles like The Race for Space, Inform Educate and Entertain and last year, Every Valley. Public Service Broadcasting is about to play at Auckland's Powerstation on May the 3rd. Before that, the band's Number One fan, Phil O'Brien, gets to talk to the lead Broadcaster, the wonderfully named J Willgoose Esquire.
Apr 15, 2018 12:30 pm

Recovering New Zealand's wartime fallen

The story of New Zealand's fallen soldiers who remain buried in foreign fields, often unprotected, and the whanau who want to bring their remains home, is told in a new Maori TV documentary. In Foreign Fields is hosted by Witi Ihimaera who shares his own story - the pressure to return the body of one of his relations to Aotearoa New Zealand. In Foreign Fields is directed by John Keir. John had his own story of a lost soldier in his wife's family, and they'd visited Gallipoli so they could find his grave. But John tells Lynn Freeman that's not what started him down the path of suggesting the documentary to Maori TV. In Foreign Fields premieres on ANZAC Day on Maori TV.
Apr 15, 2018 12:15 pm

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