Author — Katherine Robbie

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02/08/10

Sam Hunt is one of New Zealand’s most eccentric characters, known for his personality as much as his poetry. Purple Balloon is a loosely structured narrative of Hunt’s life. Included are the biographical details of his upbringing in Auckland, significant milestones, various jobs and numerous road adventures. The film is not arranged in chronological order, [...]

12/07/10

Waste Land is a documentary study of ‘pickers’, people who live off the waste of others by sifting through landfills seeking recyclable materials to sell. Jardim Gramacho is Rio de Janeiro’s biggest landfill. Much of the surrounding area is plagued by the drug trade, and it is no coincidence that many pickers are the victims [...]

27/04/10

While a film about singing nuns might call to mind Whoopi Goldberg, this film is nothing like Sister Act. An older generation may take nostalgic delight to ‘the singing nun’, who had the hit song ‘Dominique’ in 1963, but Sister Smile tells a more harrowing side to the story. Jeanine Deckers is a talented and [...]

19/04/10

If you have seen Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures and are ensnared by one of New Zealand’s most disturbing murders, then Anne Perry – Interiors is a documentary worth watching. In 1954 Juliet Hulme (now Anne Perry) and her friend Pauline Parker “did something stupid” in murdering Pauline’s mother. Since then, Perry has found reclose in [...]

29/03/10

Rocksteady is a documentary that follows the musicians who developed the rocksteady sound as they gather in Kingston, Jamaica, to celebrate their musical origins and play a reunion concert. Rocksteady was a development of ‘step’ music that was popular in Jamaica in the 1950s and early 1960s. Many of the newer musicians could not keep [...]

15/03/10

Capital college of classical composition circumscribed The University of Canterbury’s proposal for a new music school is looking to go ahead. The proposed new building for Christchurch would give the city a claim in a leading position as New Zealand’s premier classical music educator. In November, the Christchurch City Council voted to support the proposal [...]

08/03/10

New Zealand grads given more reason to gap it Latest figures show that the average Australian weekly income has risen 2 per cent to AUS$1226 (NZ$1580). This widens the growing wage gap between Australia and New Zealand, and has reawakened fears of a ‘brain drain’. The unemployment rate also has fallen to 5.3 per cent, [...]

21/09/09

It is not often that I would go to the theatre to see a dance show, and can openly admit that my experiences with interpretive dance were rather limited and prejudice. Yet Rule and Exception provided an exception to my idea of ‘physical’ theatre. It was insightful, polished and well communicated, even to a novice [...]

14/09/09

Classic fairytales survive centuries for a good reason: they make a good story. Hansel und Gretel is such a story, full of evil stepmothers, poverty, witches, clever children and morally questionable father figures. The narrative, as it traditionally stands, is easy to follow, however, this new take on Hansel und Gretel leads the narrative to [...]