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March 18, 2013

March 21-23 New Zealand Film Archive, 84 Taranaki St Low-budget filmmaking is something mainstream audiences have very little contact with. This is a pity, given the breadth of talent in local filmmaking circles, and the fact that having limited resources usually fosters some of the greatest examples of innovation. Thankfully, the Wellington Underground Film Festival […]

March 11, 2013

It’s time to reclaim the word ‘escapism’. Let’s stop taking it to mean a juvenile fantasy that has no intellectual heft.

March 6, 2013

“if you’re playing the movie on a telephone, you will never, in a trillion years, have experienced the film.” Many of you will be thinking that these are the words of a crotchety luddite, but the renowned David Lynch may have a point. The prevalence of torrenting and iTunes has certainly allowed us access to […]

March 4, 2013

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow 9/11 has shaped the world in ways that many filmmakers have yet to come to terms with. Films like United 93 aside, many engage in simplistic platitudes that fail to illuminate the realities of a post 9/11 world. In contrast, Zero Dark Thirty is a thrilling, complex piece of entertainment that […]

October 15, 2012

Even with a few months left to run, 2012 has treated to a slew of quality films, and even more diabolically awful ones. Hollywood did its best to churn out the brashest, noisiest blockbusters possible, with films such as The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises peppering the big screen. However, not all the multiplex […]

October 8, 2012

Christopher Nolan broke my heart.

October 1, 2012

With a cast of Hollywood heavyweights, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the acting is uniformly excellent.

September 24, 2012

For many, one of the film’s greatest surprises has been the remarkably assured and touching performance from newcomer Maaka Pohatu, as the worldly Gav. Salient was fortunate enough to speak to Pohatu about his accomplished theatre career, and what attracted him to Two Little Boys.

September 17, 2012

Two Little Boys may not be the most daring New Zealand comedy, but it certainly is one of the most accomplished.

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