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Tenor Simon O’Neill Sings Wagner’s Praises

Tenor Simon O’Neill Sings Wagner’s Praises

One word not often associated with Richard Wagner, the 19th-century composer of high romantic opera, is “cool” – yet this is the adjective repeatedly invoked by New Zealander Simon O’Neill, 44, who made his…

Author Joan Druett Conjures up the Seven Seas

Author Joan Druett Conjures up the Seven Seas

If you love stories of sailing, adventure, the vast Pacific, navigation, or other such things Marianas Variety writer B C Cook wants to introduce you to one of his favourite authors, New Zealand maritime…

Francis Upritchard’s Frieze Show a Tour de Force

Francis Upritchard’s Frieze Show a Tour de Force

New Zealand-born Francis Upritchard’s solo presentation at this year’s Art Frieze Fair in London at the booth of London dealer Kate MacGarry, was the “best and most absorbing” of the exhibits, according to the…

Thomston Making Unashamed Pop Music

Thomston Making Unashamed Pop Music

There’s a tendency for males making pop with any sort of prefix to skew themselves towards less mainstream channels. That’s exactly why 20-year-old New Zealander Thomston could be the next best popstar, according to…

Flying Nun History with Pictures

Flying Nun History with Pictures

Following a review of founder Roger Shepherd’s memoir In Love With These Times: My Life With Flying Nun Records, Wire magazine has published the stories behind some of the photographs included in the book. The…

Shifting Sands take Gorgeous Guitar Pop to US

Shifting Sands take Gorgeous Guitar Pop to US

Dunedin psychedelic pop trio The Shifting Sands were encouraged to tour the United States by a big fan, American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. Etten said: “I fell in love with The Shifting Sands music a…

Why 2016’s Exciting New Americana is Antipodean

Why 2016’s Exciting New Americana is Antipodean

New Zealanders Nadia Reid and Marlon Williams are part of “a bold young Oceanic Americana cohort” according to the Guardian’s Laura Snapes. A new wave of young New Zealand and Australian-based artists are giving Nashville’s…

Kimbra’s New Single Sweet Relief Praised

Kimbra’s New Single Sweet Relief Praised

New Zealand pop singer Kimbra, 26, has released a new single, the first since the release of her sophomore album The Golden Echo in 2013. “Sweet Relief” is “bloody excellent,” according to online music…

Carrie Beehan Premieres “Ass In The Middle”

Carrie Beehan Premieres “Ass In The Middle”

“An artist in the truest sense of the word, Carrie Beehan is now gearing up to unveil her latest sonic self and narrative,” as reported in article in GroundSounds. The New Zealander…

Katherine Mansfield’s Inscrutability Intrigues

Katherine Mansfield’s Inscrutability Intrigues

In the acclaimed biography La Vida Breve di Katherine Mansfield, written by famed Italian literary critic and author Pietro Citati, the New Zealand-born writer’s stories are described as having the special quality of “distance”….

The Rehearsal Adaptation a Team Effort

The Rehearsal Adaptation a Team Effort

The spirit of collaboration runs deep in Alison Maclean’s The Rehearsal, the Canadian filmmaker’s often ambitious and hearteningly daring big screen adaptation of Man Booker Prize-winning author New Zealander Eleanor Catton’s first novel of…

No Caller ID Makes Hollywood’s Screamfest Lineup

No Caller ID Makes Hollywood’s Screamfest Lineup

Slasher film No Caller I.D., which was shot in one night and on a three-figure budget, has been accepted into Hollywood’s prestigious Screamfest Horror Film Festival. Best friends Guy Pigden and Harley Neville shot the…

What We Do In The Shadows – Mockumentary You Need to Watch

What We Do In The Shadows – Mockumentary You Need to Watch

Kiwi mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows has been included in a list of mockumentaries you will need to watch in an article on Vice. What We Do in the Shadows, directed,…

Fis Creating Eco-Conscious Electronics

Fis Creating Eco-Conscious Electronics

“Before I was producing music electronically I was a drummer, and I really loved just trying to stop thinking and just play rhythm,” New Zealand-born producer Oliver Peryman aka Fis tells The…

Paul Shanta Dealing to Sydney’s Graffiti

Paul Shanta Dealing to Sydney’s Graffiti

New Zealand-born artist Paul Shanta has come up with a colourful solution to the bad graffiti problem littering the streetscapes of Sydney suburb Campsie. Shanta is offering to stencil over the ugly graffiti with…

Kate Catalinac Keeping Her Eye on US Elections

Kate Catalinac Keeping Her Eye on US Elections

Creative director at San Francisco advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, New Zealand-born Kate Catalinac is the co-creator of an “eye-opening” anti-Donald Trump video that juxtaposes the United States’ legacy of great accomplishments against…

Flying Nun History Recounted by Roger Shepherd

Flying Nun History Recounted by Roger Shepherd

“We forget, or don’t know, or don’t think about it – how difficult it used to be to release records if you weren’t signed to a major label, pre-digital download, pre-social media, pre-internet, never…

World-Class Creative Peter Jackson Says Dream

World-Class Creative Peter Jackson Says Dream

Seventeen-time Oscar winning director Peter Jackson spent some time recently with Forbes correspondent Brian Rashid to share his ideas about creativity, his processes, and mindset around being a world-class creative. “Jackson admittedly, does not consider…

Stunning NZ Films You Should Know About

Stunning NZ Films You Should Know About

“New Zealand certainly brings a fair few ‘bests’ to the table. Aside from being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, responsible for some of the greatest exploratory and scientific minds,…

NZ Selects ‘A Flickering Truth’ for Foreign-Language Category

NZ Selects ‘A Flickering Truth’ for Foreign-Language Category

New Zealand has selected Afghanistan-set documentary A Flickering Truth, which was produced and directed by Pietra Bretkelly, for the best foreign-language film category for the 2017 Academy Awards, as reported in The…

Cliff Curtis Joins Warner Bros’ Shark Pic ‘Meg’

Cliff Curtis Joins Warner Bros’ Shark Pic ‘Meg’

New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis has joined the cast for Warner Bros’ Shark Pic ‘Meg’, as reported in Deadline. The film is based on Steve Alten’s 1997 novel, Meg: A Novel of…

The Naked and Famous Lay Low

The Naked and Famous Lay Low

“All The Naked And Famous do is deliver hits,” according to Boston-based online music magazine, Vanyaland. “The New Zealand-, Los Angeles-based electronic pop group first crashed our playlists with 2010’s incredible Passive Me, Aggressive…

Photographer Roger Shepherd Dreams of United Korea

Photographer Roger Shepherd Dreams of United Korea

New Zealander Roger Shepherd, who holds the record of being the first foreigner to walk in many of the remotest mountains of North Korea since at least the 1950-53 Korean War, dreams of the…

Apple’s Zane Lowe Securing the Big Interviews

Apple’s Zane Lowe Securing the Big Interviews

Apple’s super-DJ is the most powerful player in music – and the man who can bring Britney to London. New Zealander Zane Lowe tells the Evening Standard about working with Calvin Harris, Drake and…

Actor Michelle Langstone Getting on with It

Actor Michelle Langstone Getting on with It

From McLeod’s Daughters to Power Rangers and Legend of the Seeker, Sydney-based New Zealander Michelle Langstone, 37, is a quiet achiever of television, according to the Daily Telegraph. Most recently, she’s one of the stars…

How Andrew Dominik Relayed Nick Cave’s Trauma

How Andrew Dominik Relayed Nick Cave’s Trauma

New Zealand-born director Andrew Dominik said he made the Nick Cave documentary One More Time With Feeling, expecting viewers to see it only once, and not many viewers at that. The new album by Nick…

Marlon Williams Celebrates Where He’s From

Marlon Williams Celebrates Where He’s From

Marlon Williams’ renown started spreading outside of New Zealand in 2015 when the highly renowned Bloomington, Ind./Austin-based label Dead Oceans released his excellent, self-titled solo debut, Justin Joffe reports for the Observer. Williams, 25,…

Lyall Bay’s Unique Time Cinema For Sale

Lyall Bay’s Unique Time Cinema For Sale

Movie buff John Bell has decided to sell up one of Wellington’s best kept secrets: the Time Cinema in the suburb of Lyall Bay, a fully fledged 38-seat picture theatre where he lovingly screens…

Taika Waititi’s Creative Journey

Taika Waititi’s Creative Journey

”The vast majority of us lack the happy-go-lucky charm of New Zealand’s favourite writer/director,” writes Clarisse Loughrey for The Independent. She is talking about Taika Waititi, who currently is working on one of…

Mikey McCleary Subtly Redefining Bollywood Music

Mikey McCleary Subtly Redefining Bollywood Music

Mumbai-based New Zealand composer and producer Mikey McCleary, 47, has been steadily changing the face of Bollywood soundtracks since he moved to India in 2007. His latest movie project is Aditya Chopra’s upcoming film, Befikre…

Crowded House to Be Inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame

Crowded House to Be Inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame

Cherished rock-folk group Crowded House will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame during the ARIA Awards in Sydney on 23 November. Crowded House’s induction has a touch of serendipity about it. This year,…

Simon Denny Bitcoin Shows Open in NY and Berlin

Simon Denny Bitcoin Shows Open in NY and Berlin

Two shows by New Zealand artist Simon Denny, in New York and Berlin, look at competing views on how the little-understood technology underpinning the digital currency bitcoin should develop – and helps translate them…

Raewyn Hill Making Dance Accessible to All

Raewyn Hill Making Dance Accessible to All

Chances are if you visited the Art Gallery of Western Australia recently you would have seen New Zealand-born Raewyn Hill and the Co3 dancers rehearsing for The Cry. The contemporary performance, that sees each…

New Zealand’s Most Exciting Young Poet

New Zealand’s Most Exciting Young Poet

Hera Lindsay Bird, who “has become a cult favourite for her explicit, cutting and often funny writing” was “catapulted from respected but anonymous graduate writer to semi-cult status” after publishing her first book of…

Dayna Grant on Life As A Stuntwoman

Dayna Grant on Life As A Stuntwoman

Kiwi stuntwoman Dayna Grant has “worked as a double for A-list actors including Charlize Theron and Tilda Swinton during her thrilling 20-year career, but to the easy-going Kiwi, it’s all in a day’s work,”…

Producer Joel Little Teams up with Ruth B in LA

Producer Joel Little Teams up with Ruth B in LA

Lorde’s former producer, Grammy-award winning New Zealander Joel Little, 33, is now working with Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B on her first LP, Vine. Little became intrigued with Ruth when a friend sent a demo of…

Mel Dodge Gets Her Brontë on in Canberra

Mel Dodge Gets Her Brontë on in Canberra

New Zealand playwright and actor Mel Dodge depicts the personal passions of Jane Eyre author Charlotte Brontë in Miss Brontë, on at Canberra’s Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Despite living most of her life in an…

Witi Ihimaera on Writers and the Conscience

Witi Ihimaera on Writers and the Conscience

Gisborne-born author Witi Ihimaera, 72, feels the real role of a writer is to become the conscience of the nation and that Indian writers have set a “fantastic example” by using literature to address…

Simon Denny Explains Blockchain with Pokémon

Simon Denny Explains Blockchain with Pokémon

New Zealand-born artist Simon Denny’s forthcoming exhibition – Blockchain Future States – opens on 8 September at Petzel Gallery in New York City. The exhibition tells the story of blockchain visionaries, bitcoin and the…

Len Lye Centre Offers a Place of Reflection

Len Lye Centre Offers a Place of Reflection

“‘Art,’ wrote the -born artist Len Lye, ‘is the most valuable and least useful of all things ever made.’ Bearing that in mind, how might you make a museum dedicated to the artist?” Financial Times’…

Collector Alan Gibbs Combining Passion and Purpose

Collector Alan Gibbs Combining Passion and Purpose

The art world has opened up to welcome new collectors and dealers defined by their zeal, Monocle reports in a profile story, which includes New Zealand-born Alan Gibbs, entrepreneur and founder of Gibbs Farm…

NZ the Way US Used to Be Says Robert Redford

NZ the Way US Used to Be Says Robert Redford

Hollywood film star Robert Redford, 80, came to New Zealand to expand his Oscar-winning résumé with children’s film Pete’s Dragon, but what he found was an idyllic paradise reminiscent of his own childhood. Redford says he felt…

Pietra Brettkelly’s A Flickering Truth Opens in NZ

Pietra Brettkelly’s A Flickering Truth Opens in NZ

When New Zealand-born director Pietra Brettkelly visited Afghanistan in 2012 she heard tell of a secret film archive, constructed during Taliban rule to protect the country’s old films from being destroyed by the regime….

Julliard’s Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson to Graduate

Julliard’s Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson to Graduate

Christchurch dancer Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, who is understood to be the first New Zealander to be accepted by the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, according to the Press, will graduate in May 2017. Guillemot-Rodgerson…

Niki Caro Directing Anne of Green Gables Series

Niki Caro Directing Anne of Green Gables Series

Wellington-born filmmaker Niki Caro will direct the latest adaptation of the classic children’s novel Anne of Green Gables with production beginning in Canada this month. The series, Anne, may prove to be an edgier incarnation…

Fear the Walking Dead’s Michelle Ang Diversifies

Fear the Walking Dead’s Michelle Ang Diversifies

Christchurch-born actress Michelle Ang, 32, made her debut on the web series Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462, earning an Emmy nomination for the role. This year, she’s trying her hand as a producer…

Conductor Gemma New Makes Music Holistic

Conductor Gemma New Makes Music Holistic

The newest classical music rising star, New Zealander Gemma New’s reputation continues to ascend internationally. New takes up the resident conductor role at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) on 6 September. New’s duties include…

Scotland Inspires Who’s Afraid? Author Maria Lewis

Scotland Inspires Who’s Afraid? Author Maria Lewis

When New Zealand-born TV host Maria Lewis was penning her debut urban fantasy novel, Who’s Afraid? from her desk in Sydney, she surprised many by setting the story 11,000 miles away in Dundee, Scotland’s Daily…

David Farrier Uncovers Surprise Turns in Tickled

David Farrier Uncovers Surprise Turns in Tickled

Squarely of the “truth is stranger than fiction” category, New Zealand journalist David Farrier’s debut documentary Tickled has touches about it of thriller, mystery, and true-crime genres – even, at times, horror, the Guardian’s…

Anna Paquin to Star in Margaret Atwood Adaptation

Anna Paquin to Star in Margaret Atwood Adaptation

True Blood and Roots star New Zealander Anna Paquin has been tapped to topline an adaptation of Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s novel Alias Grace, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Published in 1996, Alias Grace follows Grace…

Actor Rhys Darby Taking NZ Comedy to the World

Actor Rhys Darby Taking NZ Comedy to the World

New Zealander Rhys Darby is an actor slash writer slash stand-up slash globetrotting monster hunter. And if he’s not the only one, he’s certainly the busiest, according to Seth Simons writing for Paste Magazine. In…

Future Soul Singer Wallace Looks Ahead

Future Soul Singer Wallace Looks Ahead

When it comes to jazz and soul in Australia, few are on the same level as future soul singer Wellington-born Wallace Gollan, aka Wallace onstage. With her smooth and dusty tone reminiscent of the…

Teeth and Tongue is So It Right Now

Teeth and Tongue is So It Right Now

Teeth & Tongue, the “cheeky moniker” of New Zealand-born Jess Cornelius, is one of 10 new artists “you need to know”, according to Rolling Stone, who recommend the musician to fans of Blondie, Kate…

Tom Hutchins’ Remarkable Images Provide Rare Glimpse of 1956 China

Tom Hutchins’ Remarkable Images Provide Rare Glimpse of 1956 China

“In 1956, New Zealand photographer Tom Hutchins traveled to the People’s Republic of China on a freelance assignment, earning a rare opportunity to document what was then one of the world’s most isolated countries,”…

“Rose Matafeo Is Finally Dead” – Review

“Rose Matafeo Is Finally Dead” – Review

“We have all, at some stage, thought about our own funeral. But it is probably not something to dwell on. Unless, of course, you’re Rose Matafeo, in which case you construct a step-by-step guide…

NZ Musicians To Pay Homage To Bob Marley

NZ Musicians To Pay Homage To Bob Marley

Reggae music has always found favour in the music market of New Zealand, and 35 years after the death of reggae star Bob Marley the country continues to pay homage to the man and…