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September 20, 2015

★★★ In 2010, director Crystal Moselle was walking down First Avenue, Manhattan, when a young boy with long black hair ran past her, followed by his five, near identical brothers. In what she claims to be a moment of pure instinct, Moselle ran after them, subsequently discovering their remarkable tale. The brothers had grown up […]

August 16, 2015

★★★★½ The Falling (Director, Carol Morley) is set in a strict all-girl’s school in the 1960s and begins by following the intense bond between Abbie (Florence Pugh) and Lydia (Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams). Abbie, with her long, blonde hair and angelic face, is uniquely compelling—she loves poetry, established the school’s Alternative Orchestra and generally […]

July 12, 2015

★½ David Bowie Is follows the David Bowie exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert museum, which claims to be an institution centred around creativity, art and performance, “intended to inspire others”. Having been to the V&A, I find this attempt to be relevant somewhat absurd—while the museum has a lot of wonderful works, it is […]

June 1, 2015

On the Adam Art Gallery website, Tim Beaglehole (academic and former Chancellor of Victoria University) talks about art as a way of seeing the world. I’ve long thought about art in this way—as a means of accessing different viewpoints and realities. There’s always something new to discover and entering into that hallowed space always feels […]

May 17, 2015

I’ve always been intrigued by art project spaces—galleries that are defined by the contemporary, often highly experimental art they show, and by their commitment to the community in which they exist. As such, independent art space Enjoy Gallery was one of the first galleries I sought out when I arrived in Wellington a few months […]

May 11, 2015

★★★★ Leviathan is a Russian film that revolves around a few central characters in the coastal township of Teriberka: quick-tempered Kolya, whose property has been acquired for a pittance by corrupt mayor Vadim; Kolya’s depressed wife Lilia; his long-time friend and lawyer Dimitri; and his delinquent son Roma. The film follows Kolya’s battle with Vadim, […]

April 19, 2015

★★★ The Salt of the Earth is a documentary on the life and work of Brazilian-born photographer Sebãstio Salgado. Salgado, originally an economist, made the professional transition to photographer in his early 30s.  The film is dominated by his photographic series—gold mines and the indigenous people of the Awá tribe in Brazil, the natural wonders of […]