Author Archive: Uther Dean

Uther was one of the two arts editors in 2009. He was the horoscopier and theatre writer in 2010. Alongside Elle Hunt, Uther was coeditor in 2011.

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In The Loop

In The Loop

by / 02/06/09 / No Comments

There is a very special kind of fear that comes from seeing films adapted from television series you love. Like the deep ache walking to the train station where you just know someone is about to break up with you, waves of optimism—maybe this will one will be okay, maybe maybe maybe this time they [...]

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Charm is not enough

Charm is not enough

by / 02/06/09 / No Comments

Charm is Not Enough is the fourth production from the Babyshads. The ‘Shads, as those in the know refer to them, have made a name for themselves producing visually decadent, slyly humorous dance theatre, always playing freely with the line between that separates their abstract performativism from art crank theatre that exists to please no [...]

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Tom

Tom

by / 02/06/09 / No Comments

Tom by Mark Pirie is a “verse novel” in 70 parts. All roughly a page long and, with two exceptions, ‘written’ by the lead character Tom Grant. Tom is a first year English student at Victoria University, sometime in the recent past when Generation X were in tertiary education and the Southern Cross was called [...]

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Trouble is my Business

Trouble is my Business

by / 25/05/09 / No Comments

If there is one thing that New Zealand filmmakers can do, it is small-scale intimate personal profile documentaries. There seems to be something in the water heater out in our fair isles that has no other effect but to make us want to point cameras at people for extended periods of time and then cut [...]

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Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf

Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf

by / 18/05/09 / 1 Comment

If there is one thing I love more than comedy, it’s theatre. If there’s one thing I love more than theatre, it’s the middle minute or so of Radiohead’s ‘Let Down’. If there’s one thing I love more than the middle minute or so of Radiohead’s ‘Let Down’, it’s Doctor Who. This means four things. [...]

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A Night With Beau Tyler

A Night With Beau Tyler

by / 18/05/09 / No Comments

It’s easy to prejudge A Night With Beau Tyler. A show if not directly spun off from then very directly associated with a series of television advertisements, it’s not hard to write it off as a lazy cash-in made to make moolah off the back of some simmering public knowledge. The slight but pervasive handing [...]

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Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat

by / 27/04/09 / [ 2 Comments ]

The problem with good theatre—as opposed to great theatre—is that there really isn’t much to say about it. There is nothing wrong by any real means with Year of the Rat. But, at the same time, there is very little exceptional or noteworthy about it. I would stop short of calling it workman-like or tepid, [...]

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The Quiet Earth (1985)

The Quiet Earth (1985)

by / 06/04/09 / No Comments

For a form with such a narrow remit, the man-alone-on-post-apocalyptic-earth-and-has-to-face-his-demons-while-dealing-with-the-fact-that-he-may-in-fact-not-be-alone-after-all genre has a suprising amount of entries. The Quiet Earth is New Zealand’s bash at that very brick. Scientist Zac (Bruno Lawrence) wakes up one day to find himself seemingly the last person in the world. The top secret and morally questionable project he was [...]

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The Cunning Little Vixen

The Cunning Little Vixen

by / 06/04/09 / No Comments

Sometimes it’s okay to throw around clichés. They are clichés for a reason—there must be some ultimate truth in them somewhere. Though saying that in and of itself has become a cliché. So, you should have that in your mind as you read the following. I don’t know opera, but I know what I like [...]

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Of Time And The City

Of Time And The City

by / 30/03/09 / No Comments

SLOW FADE “The camera lies all the time; lies 24 times/second.” —Brian DePalma. When I asked fellow Salienteer Sarah Robson how I could review a film that was little more than archive footage melodically intercut with a voiceover, she said “Just write that.” “Just that?” I replied. “Yeah.” “What about this?” “This now? What we’re [...]

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