Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. Hallowed training ground for actors such as Cliff Curtis, Marton Czokas and a whole bunch of people from Shortland Street. For the first time ever (well since I can remember anyway), patrons won’t have to trek to Newtown for the graduation production for Toi Whakaari’s third year acting students.
For those who remember the film Bruce Almighty, this film is basically just a rehash of same idea – only without Jim Carrey, and with a slightly more overt message and jokes that are clearly aimed at a stereotypical American audience.
Never a band to take knocks, OdESSA come up fighting every time – and look to have struck gold with The Prize. It’s heavy on fusion; touching on a multitude of genres from rock to pop, there are definitely some hits here.
Karlo Margetic is young, and he is emerging – fast. Already this Bosnian-born composition student at the New Zealand School of Music is young composer-in-residence with the Auckland Philharmonia, and with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra (NYO).
I’ll say it now – I have never had any interest in bird-watching, and after reading how to watch a bird, Steve Braunias’ contribution to the successful Ginger Series, I still don’t find the idea of clambering around a swampy shoreline in search of a SIPO (birder-speak for South Island Pied Oyster Catcher) even remotely […]
Black Snake Moan is one wicked movie. It’s not often that you come across a movie which is so specific to its context that it simply could not have happened anywhere else. Movies like this tend to either suck you in completely or come off as totally irrelevant. Black Snake, as you might have guessed, […]
Rape, murder, incest, Goths, orgies, dismemberment and even cannibalism, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus has everything that, in my humble opinion, a decent play needs. The only thing really missing (aside from an ending which makes sense!) is a good old gay pash, although a couple of the girls in this production did come close, in a […]
To the rock, to the pop, to the funk – here’s OdESSA. Recording their dazzling new album The Prize in just two and half days, this time not deleting the material from their studio’s hardrive, it looks like OdESSA are onto a winner. With their new band member, the fresh, very accomplished guitarist, Daniel Ryland, […]
Joe Strummer, the front man for the seminal 70’s punk band the Clash is a much more complex subject for fimmaker Julien Temple than his previous subject, the Sex Pistols. Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten searches for the truth about the musician who shifted from hippie to punk, then back to hippie. Actually, it […]