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Issue 0, 2016

Orientation

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News

  • New head honcho at NZUSA

  • Flats so warm you won’t want to Netflix and chill

  • Eye on the exec—VUWSA Dragon’s Den coming soon to a screen near you

  • Andrew Little makes a Big promise

  • Dope yarns with James Shaw, Green Party Co-Leader

  • Students mistaken for backpackers

  • Features

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    Finding your Way

    Emma has been here a good few years now, and Jayne’s been here forever. Between us, we’ve sampled, savoured, and sussed out all the best places around Wellington. It’s only a rite of passage to impart this information to you. You may hate them, or you may love them. The list isn’t exhaustive, nor definitive. […]

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  • consent

    Consent is hot, anything else is not!

      What is consent? When you’re having sexual contact (sex, oral sex, touching, hooking-up, etc.) with someone, do you ever consider if the other person wants to do this as much as you do? Whether they are your partner, a fuck buddy, or maybe someone you have just met, consent is a requirement of all […]

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    Backpack Hack

    Wellington Cable Car card If you want to avoid walking up hills and stairs, and drowning in a pool of sweat, get a Cable Car card. The novelty of riding in it doesn’t wear off, the little ‘ding ding’ sounds are always fun—you will not regret this decision.   Snapper card – SPONSORED – If […]

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  • map-for-oweek-black-for-web

    Finding your Way

    Emma has been here a good few years now, and Jayne’s been here forever. Between us, we’ve sampled, savoured, and sussed out all the best places around Wellington. It’s only a rite of passage to impart this information to you. You may hate them, or you may love them. The list isn’t exhaustive, nor definitive. […]

    by

  • consent

    Consent is hot, anything else is not!

      What is consent? When you’re having sexual contact (sex, oral sex, touching, hooking-up, etc.) with someone, do you ever consider if the other person wants to do this as much as you do? Whether they are your partner, a fuck buddy, or maybe someone you have just met, consent is a requirement of all […]

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  • backpack-fro-web

    Backpack Hack

    Wellington Cable Car card If you want to avoid walking up hills and stairs, and drowning in a pool of sweat, get a Cable Car card. The novelty of riding in it doesn’t wear off, the little ‘ding ding’ sounds are always fun—you will not regret this decision.   Snapper card – SPONSORED – If […]

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  • Arts and Science

  • A Guide to Art Galleries in Wellington

     

    1- Enjoy Public Art Gallery

    Upstairs at 147 Cuba St

    Open: Wed–Fri 11–6, Sat 11–4

    Established in 2000, Enjoy is a uniquely non-commercial gallery that facilitates an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions, projects, events and publications.

     

    2- Bartley and Company Art

    56A Ghuznee Street

    Open: Wed–Fri 11–6, Sat 11–4

    Directed by Alison Bartley, the gallery exhibits emerging and established contemporary NZ artists across a variety of media, including Mary-Louise Browne, Helen Calder and Anne Noble.

     

    3- Bowen Gallery

    41 Ghuznee Street

    Open: Mon–Fri 10–5:30, Sat 10–3, Sun 12–3

    Directed by Jenny Neligan and Penney Moir, Bowen exhibits NZ and Australian artists within the main gallery and in their additional window space.

     

    4- Hamish McKay

    1st Floor, 39 Ghuznee Street

    Open: Fri–Sat 11–5

    Although only open two days a week, Hamish McKay exhibits leading artists from NZ, Australia and the world.

     

    5- Peter McLeavey Gallery

    Upstairs at 147 Cuba St

    Open: Wed–Fri 11–5, Sat 11–4

    One of Wellington’s, if not NZ’s, most influential dealer galleries. Founded in 1966 by Peter McLeavy, and now managed by his daughter Olivia, the gallery began with exhibitions by Toss Woollaston and Colin McCahon and continues to exhibit leading artists.

     

    6- Robert Heald Gallery

    209 Leftbank, Cuba Mall

    Open: Wed–Fri 11–5, Sat 11–4

    Tucked down the corner of left bank, Robert Heald exhibits impeccably installed work by leading contemporary NZ and Australian artists.

     

    7- {Suite}

    241 Cuba St

    Open: Tue–Fri 11–6, Sat 11–4

    After relocating to their street front gallery last year and adding a sculpture garden out back, Suite continues to present and stock works by artists such as Wayne Youle, Fiona Pardington and Ans Westra.

     

    8- The Young

    2/7 Hawker Street, Mount Victoria

    Open: Fri–Sat 12–5

    Directed by Carey Young, the gallery exhibits contemporary art in the intimate interior of a Wellington villa.

     

    9- 30 Upstairs

    30 Courtney Place

    Open: Wed–Fri 12–5, Sat 11–4

    30 Upstairs exhibits and promotes emerging and new graduate artists across a wide variety of mediums, often showing three per month. Don’t forget to check out the office collection while you are there.

     

    10- City Gallery

    101 Wakefield St (Civic Square)

    Open: Mon–Sun 10–5

    Established in 1980, City Gallery was the first significant non-collecting, exhibition-based public gallery in New Zealand and they continue to exhibit some of the biggest and best shows in town.

     

    11- Adam Art Gallery

    Victoria University of Wellington, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade

    Open: Tue–Sun 11–5

    Tina Barton, Stephen Cleland

    As the purpose-built gallery of Victoria University of Wellington, the Adam is known for its well-researched, thoughtful and critical exhibition programme. If you are studying at Victoria there is no excuse not to visit.

     

    12- The Dowse

    45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt,

    Open: Mon–Sun 10–5

    Although out of town, The Dowse is always worth the trip. As the public art museum for Hutt City it exhibits new works alongside pieces from their extensive collection.

     

    13- The Engine Room

    Block 1, Massey University

    Open: Tue–Fri 12–4 (during semester)

    Part of the Whiti o Rehua School of Art, the gallery exhibits local and international contemporary art in shows developed by students, staff and also in partnerships with international art school peers.

     

    14- Toi Poneke

    61-69 Abel Smith Street

    Open: Mon–Fri 10–8, Sat 10–4

    Run by the City Council, Toi Poneke is a creative space for artists, arts businesses, and arts organisations to meet, work, rehearse and exhibit. The gallery exhibits work by solo artists, groups and curators (emerging and established).

     

    15- The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

    Shed 11, 11 Customhouse Quay

    Open: Mon–Sun 10.30–4.30

    Home to a growing collection of portraits, the gallery looks at portraiture across painting, sculpture, caricature, photography and new media.

     

    16- Thistle Hall

    Corner Cuba and Arthur St

    Open: Times/days vary

    Thistle Hall is an independent, inner-city arts and cultural community venue.

     

    17- 17 Tory St + The See Here

    17 Tory St + Window Space

    Open: Times/days vary

    17 Tory Street is an open source community gallery run by the Concerned Citizens Collective. Nestled into the building facade, The See Here exhibits experimental and explorative work within a three meter high window.

     

    18- Precinct 35b

    35 Ghuznee St

    Open: Store opening hours, Mon–Sun

    While the front is a design store, the back room has recently started housing a new series of exhibitions by local artists.

     

    19- Nook Gallery

    7a Majoribanks Street, Mt Victoria

    Open: Sat–Sun 11–5

    Specialising in jewellery and objects, Nook Gallery showcases the work of Moniek Schrijer and Chloe Rose Taylor’s jewellery.

     

    20- Urban Dream Brokerage

    Taking place in vacant spaces all over the city.

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  • Bojack Horseman

    ★★★★

    Bojack Horseman is a satirical Hollywood themed show based on the life of of a six foot four, chain smoking, sarcastic, binge drinking horse. This animated Netflix series is not your typical sitcom. If you are looking for cheap laughs you will get them, but this series offers a lot more than that. Featuring a star studded cast including Breaking Bad alumnus Aaron Paul, and guest stars such as Daniel Radcliffe and Ricky Gervais, as well as one of the best soundtracks from a TV series in recent years, this is the perfect show for any Vic Uni student to vape to.

    I like to think of this show as a grown up version of South Park. Season Two builds on the success of the first season, and deals with some pretty serious shit. A burnt out former TV star from the 90s battles with alcoholism, drug addiction, and childhood trauma. It’s not a show everybody can enjoy, and the main character isn’t exactly likeable. Some may not appreciate the self-deprecating humour. If you have seen the movie Bad Santa and relate to the main character, you will definitely enjoy this show. It is a dark, cynical type of humour, which in my opinion offers more than other popular animated shows of this kind.

    The theme song and it’s variations, composed by Grouplove, is some of the best music to come out of a TV show in the last couple of years. There are musical cameos from artists such as Courtney Barnett, whose song Avant Gardner appears at a crucial point in the show—I won’t spoil it, but the way it’s done is pretty brilliant. The show has been renewed for a third season, and is well worth checking out when it arrives on Netflix later this year.

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  • The X-Files Reboot

    ★★★½

    Last Tuesday my TV life and my real life found an innate synergy.  Two of my best friends moved to Melbourne. What am I supposed to do without them? When will I see them again? Will everything be okay without them? It felt an awful lot like that time two of my best TV friends left when their show got cancelled…

    But suddenly! They’re back! Two of the most beautiful human beings I have ever laid my eyes on… two of my old best friends… Fox Mulder and Dana Scully! For six whole episodes!

    The X-Files reboot seems like it couldn’t come at a better time; not just for personal reasons, but because over the last few years nostalgia has been bubbling over for Scully and Mulder. Plus, the US government is so scary right now that it just makes sense that they’re hiding aliens from us. Screenwriter and producer Chris Carter jumps on such topics with Community’s Joel McHale playing a paranoid conservative political pundit in episode one, and later a mysterious trash monster out to stop gentrification and save the neighbourhood in episode four. Episode two catches us up with what happened between Scully and Mulder in the last ten years. Even with such a short season the show has found time to please the diehard fans, with a ridiculously silly “monster of the week” episode featuring New Zealand’s Rhys Darby.

    I could write more, but I think most people who are going to watch this reboot won’t want it to be spoiled—it’s more special if I leave you to catch up with these two old friends yourselves. I promise you it’s worth your time and more episodes are rumoured to be put into production once it can be worked out behind-the-scenes. You really, just truly have to believe this time.

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  • A Guide to Theatre in Wellington

     

    Wellington is buzzing with theatre. From amateur to professional, it has the lot. Here is an introduction to some must-see venues and funky festivals happening near you.

     

    BATS theatre

    1 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria

    BATS have four flexible spaces where edgy, innovative shows are performed as well as  hilarious improvisation nights. BATS provides eager youths with the opportunity to take a leap into the crazy life of professional theatre. They offer guidance in the creation of stage-worthy shows.

     

    Circa theatre

    1 Taranaki St., Te Aro

    A little more up-market, but always a crowd-pleaser, Circa is the fancy aunty of theatre venues. If you desire a more traditional theatre experience, with a glass of wine and some nibbles, Circa is the way to go.

     

    St James Theatre

    77-87 Courtenay Place

    One to visit for a true spectacle, but slightly out of our struggling student price-range. It’s a classic theatre for classic performances.

     

    There are a number of smaller locations such as Toi Whakaari, Whitireia, Hannah Playhouse, and Gryphon Theatre, which host many shows throughout the year!

     

    Festivals to look out for

     

    The New Zealand Festival 2016

     

    This glorious, biennial arts extravaganza has arrived once again and will present a mix of local and international events. Running between the 26th of February to the 20th of March, and with the theme—Kick Up the Arts!—the festival will not disappoint.

     

    If you feel as if your derrière needs this type of theatrical nudge, then here are a few shows we strongly recommend:

     

    The Devils Half Acre—Produced by Trick of the Light Theatre and set in the slums of gold-rush era Dunedin,  the show tantalises audiences with a fusion of magic, puppetry, and live-music. It portrays a vast array of city-dwelling personas, and perhaps even, the devil himself.

     

    The Woman Who Forgot—Immersive theatre is redefined in this multi-dimensional piece. It contains a combination of smartphone apps, texts, Skype calls and live performers. Follow the journey of amnesiac Elizabeth Snow, whilst you help piece together fragments of her forgotten life.

     

    Dead Dog in a Suitcase (And Other Love Songs): A New Beggars Opera—Rated by the Guardian as one of the top ten theatre shows of 2014, this  strange and witty musical is sure to please with its range of genres from dubstep to heavy metal.

     

    New Zealand Fringe Festival 2016

     

    The New Zealand Fringe Festival is an agglomeration of imaginative and experimental performances that spread through Wellington’s theatres, streets, bars, galleries, and gardens like a (tasteful) virus. The festival includes family-friendly events like chalk drawing on the waterfront, to more risky works riddled with nudity, vulgarity, and spectacle. There are also  forward-thinking pieces which explore themes like artificial intelligence, feminist liberation, New Zealand identity, and even challenge the notion of performance itself. From all angles Fringe provides the goods.

     

    Here are a few of the shows that I eagerly await:

     

    1) Enter the New World—Binge Culture Collective

    2) Castles—House of Sand

    3) Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong—Barbarian Productions

    4) Hart—She Said Theatre (AUS)

    5) The Offensive Nipple Show—Jess Holly Bates and Sarah Tuck

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  • Ravenous Man goes to Laneway

    This year’s Laneway lineup was flavoursome. Grimes, Shamir, CHVRCHES and Vince Staples selected as the base ingredients, some QT, HEALTH and DIIV to spice things up, a healthy smattering of some of New Zealand’s biggest bands, and it was looking like a tasty dish indeed.

    Armed with a coveted media pass, Salient made the long trek up to Auckland to taste-test this smorgasbord. And with the temperature reaching the 30s it was the perfect weather for a barbeque.

    Despite a regretful lack of SOPHIE, QT still managed to deliver an absolutely jaw dropping set, mixing the plasticized delights of PC Music with her own brand of performance art—bewildering all.

    While Grimes’s Visions was never an album that was meant to be performed to a huge audience, due to its almost whispered vocals and wandering synths, Art Angel’s proved to be a much better fit. Jams like Kill v. Maim and Venus Fly had the whole crowd dancing while they watched the Canadian sensation’s seriously impressive backup dancers.

    Vince Staples gave a set which felt as physically imposing as his music. Despite the title, his selection of tracks from Summertime ’06 were incredibly heavy, dealing with situations that most in the crowd would never experience, but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the ride.

    Shamir delivered the most summery set of anyone there, his album Rachet providing the perfect sauce for a good time. With hits like On The Regular being sent out hot and fast (made only hotter by his impeccable fashion sense) this was one of the more enjoyable experiences of the day.

    Indie darlings DIIV gave an uncharacteristically subdued set, thanking the audience regularly for their participation while delivering tracks from their upcoming album Is The Is Are. The angst and depression was palpable through the fairly adorable riffs and jingles, which made for a scrumptious combination.

    With CHVRCHES as the last of the nights truly big acts, everyone was getting a bit tuckered out from all the goodness. Thankfully they proved to be the perfect dessert, with a particularly laid-back performance.

    All in all, this year’s Laneway was a delicious meal, and with the talent they pulled in this year, one can only hope next year’s is just as enjoyable.

    *Though he came close, Robert did not starve to death during the Laneway Festival.

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  • Guide to Wellington Music

     

    Local artists to look out for:

     

    Dugtrio

    These guys are out of this world, when performing and otherwise. Chris CK is excessive on the mic, with a freestyle flow to rival big-names, and an undeniable presence that lingers in your mind like that post-gig ringing in your ears. Pair this with a grey tracksuit and the calibre of musicians that play in the trio (local super-group), and you’ll see why I sing their praises.

     

    MOSES

    Currently hailing from the Wairarapa where they are working on a new album, MOSES are a psychedelic sextet who create for listeners to absorb wholeheartedly. The use of FX, saxophone, and crazy cool vocals creates poignant music that makes you feel an array of emotions that psychedelic music is supposed to make you feel – fucked up, beautiful, and kind of dirty.

     

    BEATCOMBER

    Regulars of the Wellington scene, BEATCOMBER are a five piece garage band who often play Eyegum Collective gigs, or hang around the local venues. I hate the term ‘rockstar’, but these guys epitomise that ideal— fun, crazy, calculated, they are one of the most entertaining acts around.

     

    Name UL

    Although not a band, rapper Emanuel John Psathas II (moniker Name UL) has hit the scene in a big way and is poised to be the next big name in New Zealand rap. His lyrics are reminiscent of growing up in our beautiful country and leave you feeling slightly vulnerable, yet live his great stage presence and production can bring the party to any crowd.

     

    Groeni

    For you smooth criminals who like a bit more of an electronic vibe, Groeni are a three piece who make atmospheric ambient music that’s getting recognised all over the world. These guys create the ultimate show, a hypnotic performance that leaves you breathless and spellbound.

     

     

    Venues to check out:

     

    Meow

    A smooth-looking bar located on Edward Street in the heart of the city.

     

    San Francisco Bathhouse

    A Cuba Street establishment that has housed some of the best performers to have graced our shores.

     

    MOON

    Newtown’s best place to catch up-and-coming performers in an intimate, space-themed, environment. Located on the bustling Riddiford Street.

     

    Pyramid Club

    A space on upper Taranaki Street, above Jaycar electronics, for noise and ambient artists to come together and perform.

     

    Bodega

    A cornerstone of the Wellington music scene on Ghuznee Street.

     

     

    Collectives:

     

    Wellington has a huge scene of local people organising amazing gigs. Eyegum Music Collective host some of the raddest parties that you can find and they’re pretty cheap to attend. Started by a few people who wanted a safe space for musicians and gig-goers alike, they promote an inclusive atmosphere, and host incredible gigs anywhere from someone’s flat to a bowls club. Find them on Facebook. They host free gigs every Wednesday at San Francisco Bathhouse too.

     

    Those of you with a taste for hip hop need to check out the 121 gig scene. Set up by locals, they provide the freshest music in the slickest venues (who doesn’t love partying on a boat?). 121’s gigs are those that people talk about for a very, very long time. Keep your eyes out for their Facebook events, you’ll be sorry if you don’t.

     

    Hopefully this piece has enlightened you to what’s going on in the music scene. If you love music but this list hasn’t covered anything heart-wrenching for you—don’t worry. Just walk around the city in the late afternoon and I’m sure you will find a live act or two hanging around, whether a busker on the street, or a full-on band playing a local venue. In all honesty it is so easy to find music in Wellington—that’s one of my favourite things about this place.

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  • Gaming on a Student Budget

    If you’re new to Victoria this year you are going to learn a harsh lesson that will dictate how you live for the next few years—you cannot spend every dollar you have on things you don’t need. I understand it’s tough to live on the dregs of a student allowance, often relying on external help to pay for food. When you’re a nerd and you want to maintain a hobby, sometimes you have to save your cash for something down the line.

     

    But when it comes to video games, I have found that penny-pinching can yield decent returns. Games can be expensive in New Zealand and no-one wants to waste a hundred dollars on crap. If you follow my tips, you won’t have to.

     

    Chances are you actually like video games and already own a console or PC (this is not the place to debate which is better, by the way). Hell, even if you just own a laptop, you can play video games. Although your laptop may not have the grunt of a desktop battle-station, it can usually hold its own and run some big budget games at lower settings. There are also plenty of great games that don’t need much processing power anyway.

     

    The key to gaming on a budget is to not treat games as individual products. You have to treat the gaming experience, from purchase to endgame, as an investment.You may not expect much from a game that costs five dollars, but all games have the potential to surprise.

     

    Here are some general tips to maximise your gaming investment:

    • Steam’s annual sales are legendary. If there’s a game you really want and it’s just out of reach of your budget, wait for a sale—you’re likely to get a huge discount. For consoles, sales are less common and usually not as good, but you may find something you like.
    • If you prefer games on discs, check out the pre-owned section of stores like JB Hi-Fi or EB Games. You can often find awesome games for less than thirty dollars, and they’re guaranteed to not have deep scratches (if they did, they wouldn’t bother selling them).
    • Take time to look at the reviews of games before purchasing them. If the majority are negative you probably shouldn’t bother, unless its issues are more entertaining than the game itself.

     

    Finally, share your games with your friends, and let them share their games with you. Gaming is for everyone—share the love!

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  • A Guide to Wellington’s Hidden Cinemas

     

    Paramount Cinema—Courtney Place

     

    Although it is not exactly ‘hidden’, Paramount is possibly the best alternative cinema in the city. It screens most recently released major films, but also hosts a steady stream of films coming in off the festival circuit. If you do go and get a chance to look around, the walls plastered with layers of film posters will give you an idea of the vibe this place is going for. If you’re a real film nerd, this is where you need to be.

     

    Penthouse Cinema—Brooklyn

     

    Referring more, I assume, to its location up above the CBD rather than the magazine by the same name, Penthouse is more of an effort to get to than other cinemas in the city. Still, it does a good job of mixing Wellington’s interests in cinema and coffee, with a strong emphasis on the café side of things. Also, like other alternative cinemas, it shows a good mix of mainstream and indie films, and with a unique location it’s definitely worth the trip.

     

    Lighthouse Cuba—Wigan Street

     

    Located in the heart of Wellington central, Lighthouse Cuba is a hidden treasure for any avid cinema goer. Complete with luxurious couches and a laid back vibe; it is one of the best cinemas Wellington has to offer. With an $11 student deal, this chic cinema won’t even break the bank—unless of course you follow your film with a trip to Wellington’s iconic Havana Bar located just across the road. Showings include a mixture of blockbusters and indie films.

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  • Brooklyn

    ★★★★

    Directed by John Crowley

    Based on the Colm Tóibín novel of the same name and with a screenplay crafted by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn is a lush drama of love set amidst the promise and bustle of 1950’s New York City.

    Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is a young Irish woman who leaves behind her mother and sister to set sail for a better life in New York. Her new home is a Brooklyn boarding house occupied by other young women and presided over by the strict but kindly Mrs Kehoe (hilariously played by Julie Walters). Eilis’s job as an upmarket department store clerk is far removed from her humble life back in Ireland, and she is plagued with homesickness. When she meets a young Italian man at a local dance, she begins to put down roots and settle into her new life, but a family tragedy pulls her back to Ireland and she is divided between the old and the new.

    Brooklyn is a window into the lives of independent women of the time, albeit scrubbed clean of any real hardship. Less a story of triumph over adversity than a portrayal of the wills and desires of a young woman, it is hard not to be affected by the turmoil of the choices Eilis must make. Ronan brings honesty and warmth to her role, making a convincing heroine worthy of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

    The story of Irish immigration to the United States appears to have struck a chord, as the BBC has a Brooklyn television series in the works, with Julie Walters to reprise her role as the boarding house matriarch. The adaptation to TV should allow for wider storytelling, and promises to be as delightful as the film.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★½

    Directed by J. J. Abrams

    Catching up on films that were released over the summer, I wanted to take a closer look at the phenomenon that is the 7th episode of the Star Wars legacy. Having seen it three times, and having placed my pre-order for the upcoming Lego video-game adaptation, it’s safe to say that I’m a bit of fan.

    Everything about the film; the plot, the character development, and especially the sound and visual effects, gleam with an extraordinary level of polish, nostalgia and attention to detail that reflect the absolute love and joy that director J. J. Abrams has for the Star Wars franchise. His adoration for the series is highlighted in the plot of the film, which feels like a modern retelling of the original film, with a sprinkling of callbacks to other hallmarks from the original trilogy.

    While this could have easily been a detriment to the film, it becomes one of its strongest features thanks to the masterful casting of leads Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

    The realism and human emotion the two actors bring to their roles make it an absolute delight to follow their journey throughout the film. The reversal of their traditional story roles and the mystery this opens at the close of the film, has left me (and most of the internet) discussing it for months afterwards.

    With a nuanced and evil villain—Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), an elaborate backstory only hinted at in the onscreen plot, and a hero’s tale worthy of Greek legend, I strongly recommend you watch this film.

    Most Valuable Character Award: Spherical Droid Bot, BB-8

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  • Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    Directed by Tom McCarthy

    With a personal interest in journalism, I was immediately drawn to the poignant and well weighted trailer for Tom McCarthy’s film Spotlight. While there are many films whose trailers are a stream of click-bait, Spotlight does not fall into this pothole; and McCarthy’s full-length film is like its trailer—resolutely compelling from start to finish.

    Set in 2001, Spotlight is based on The Boston Globe’s investigation—for which they won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service—into child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Boston. The film focuses on the Spotlight team, a small group of journalists who spend months researching and developing investigative pieces. Their rigorous exploration of a cover-up by the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law (Len Cariou), reveals that the Church had been hiding the sexual abuse of children by several Roman Catholic Priests not only in Boston, but also Massachusetts. What unravels from then onwards, is an investigation that none of the journalists could have ever truly anticipated.

    Biographical films can have a tendency to over-dramatise particular events. Yet in Spotlight the director’s approach is carefully controlled, producing a film that places a magnifying glass on the hardiness of investigative journalism and its process. In doing so, McCarthy creates a film that is crafted through and through, providing all of us with an experience that is harrowing and brilliant.

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  • The Salient 2016 Literary Companion

     

     

    If you’re new to Wellington this year you’ll want to be clued up on some of the places you can get your book fix. Browsing book shops is a unique experience, one that won’t be diminished even in this age of Netflix-based instant gratification. There’s nothing quite like taking the time to look, even if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, and the best books are often found when you aren’t expecting it.

     

    Arty Bees Books (106 Manners St., Te Aro)

    If you can’t find a particular book anywhere else, there’s a good chance that Arty Bees has it. It’s easy to spend hours browsing the plentiful selection, from popular novels to obscure titles you never knew you needed. Most of the stock is secondhand, but there’s a good array of new science fiction titles for the speculatively inclined.

     

    Book Haven (154a Riddiford St., Newtown)

    Nestled amongst Newtown’s bustling eateries and cafes, Book Haven is a cosy secondhand bookshop awaiting exploration. Most of the stock is kept off-site and is available online, but there’s still plenty to browse.

     

    Pegasus Books (204 Left Bank, (off Cuba St.) Te Aro)

    When you imagine a secondhand bookshop, Pegasus Books is probably the closest thing to that conjured image. The store is a warren of towering, teetering shelves crammed with used books waiting for a new home. Feel the stress ebb away amongst the old book smell and soft classical music.

     

    Unity Books (57 Willis St., Te Aro)

    If you’re from up north you might be familiar with Unity Auckland, and her bigger sister store in Wellington is not to be missed. Featuring a vast selection of fiction, poetry, history, politics, science, local titles, and so much more. A literary hot-spot, Unity Wellington also hosts plenty of bookish events throughout the year.

     

    Vic Books (Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade & Rutherford House, Pipitea)

    In two handy university locations, Vic Books is much more than a textbook shop. Find the latest fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as gift-ware, postage and an excellent cafe. Handy tip: Students get 10% off books.

     

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    Writers Week, 8 – 13 March

     

    An exciting time for readers, the Writers Week portion of the 2016 New Zealand Festival is about to kick off. Here’s a sampling of some of the inspiring people you can head along to see in our own little city:

     

    Miranda July

    The LA filmmaker, actress, and author presents Lost Child!, a one-woman, one-act show that is simultaneously part lecture and performance art. July’s work is not for the prudish, but is always surprising and wonderfully weird.

     

    Mallory Ortberg

    The co-founder of blog sensation The Toast and author of Texts From Jane Eyre, heads to Wellington to talk about art, media, and the curious way in which she melds the two.

     

    Henry Marsh

    A pioneering neurosurgeon and the author of the memoir Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery. Marsh talks about the peaks and pitfalls of operating on the human brain, and the joy he finds in his work.

     

    Etgar Keret

    An Israeli writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and script-writing. Keret visits us to talk about his recent memoir The Seven Good Years, and his life in modern day Israel.

     

    Anna Smaill

    The Wellington-based author of the Man Booker long-listed The Chimes is in conversation with fellow Wellington writer Kate De Goldi about the success of her debut novel, and the role that music plays in her writing.

     
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    festival.co.nz for more information and to book your tickets.

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