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Tickled: “Compelling, Enthralling and Very Entertaining”

Tickled: “Compelling, Enthralling and Very Entertaining”

A lot of people think of documentaries as “ultra somber, serious cinema exercises”, writes Jim Batts in a WeAreMovieGeeks review.  Tickled is different. It’s “entertaining, just as funny as many…

Flight of the Conchords Aimless and That’s Okay

Flight of the Conchords Aimless and That’s Okay

There was a time, about 10 years ago, when this unassuming pair seemed to have it all figured out in their own quiet way. The Flight of the Conchords had a well-received HBO series…

Star Trek’s Karl Urban Meets Hero Harrison Ford

Star Trek’s Karl Urban Meets Hero Harrison Ford

A perk of working for producer J.J. Abrams on Star Trek Beyond was the chance for Wellington-born actor Karl Urban, 44, to visit his boss’ other set. And for Urban, a lifelong Harrison Ford…

Dancer Kexin Li Reviving an Ancient Art Form

Dancer Kexin Li Reviving an Ancient Art Form

Before Kexin Li, a Chinese New Zealander, came to New York in 2008 to receive systematic training in classical Chinese dance, she cared little for performing arts or even physical exercise. It was after Li,…

New BBC Doco Explores Our Mythical Islands

New BBC Doco Explores Our Mythical Islands

“In New Zealand, you’ll be interested to learn, there are more species of penguin than anywhere else in the world,” the Independent’s deputy managing editor Sean O’Grady writes in a preview of BBC Two…

Judith Hereford Pens Book Focusing on Elderly Care

Judith Hereford Pens Book Focusing on Elderly Care

New Zealand-born Judith Hereford, who lives in Herefordshire in the UK, may be over the age of 70, but that isn’t stopping her from taking on the publishing world with her first self-penned book,…

Québec Music Fans Enjoy Neil Finn’s Summer Set

Québec Music Fans Enjoy Neil Finn’s Summer Set

Neil Finn performed at the recent Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) playing a mixture of Split Enz and Crowded House favourites, as well as some of his own tracks, “in smooth style” according to…

Rose McIver on Her Early Acting Days

Rose McIver on Her Early Acting Days

Kiwi actress Rose McIver, who plays lead character Liv Moore in the iZombie series, recently said she wasn’t satisfied with her early acting performance. When the actress, who is required to take on an American…

Getting to Know Thomston

Getting to Know Thomston

Auckland-based musician Thomas Stoneman, aka Thomston, 20, is gearing up to release his highly anticipated debut album, which is “shaping up to be a really interesting, emotive release”, according to Australian entertainment site Howls…

How Flight of the Conchords Outlasted the Hipster

How Flight of the Conchords Outlasted the Hipster

“Despite breaking out at a specific cultural moment – an era during which America, at any rate, was seething with ironic hauteur and fetishised authenticity – penchant for loving…

Nelson St Cycleway Shortlisted for World Architecture Awards

Nelson St Cycleway Shortlisted for World Architecture Awards

Auckland’s pink Nelson Street Cycleway, designed by Monk Mackenzie architects and landscape architecture firm LandLab, has just been shortlisted for the World Architecture Awards. “The 0.37-mile offramp turned bike path cuts through the…

Te Reo Hit Topples Justin Timberlake

Te Reo Hit Topples Justin Timberlake

Pop tune Maimoatia, sung entirely in Te reo and released for Maori Language Week, shot straight to the top of the iTunes chart in New Zealand, knocking Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling from…

Rhys Darby On What It Takes To Be Funny Everywhere

Rhys Darby On What It Takes To Be Funny Everywhere

“NZ actor-comedian Rhys Darby may have burst to fame in the United States playing Murray on Flight of the Conchords, but Darby has been honing his strange brand of comedy on multiple continents for…

NZ Tattoo Artist’s Incredible Sport Stars Tattoos

NZ Tattoo Artist’s Incredible Sport Stars Tattoos

“New Zealand tattoo artist Steve Butcher has set the bar extremely high when it comes to inking sport stars from around the world,” as reported in an article in the Irish Examiner. He…

Hollywood Is Finally Ready For Taika Waititi

Hollywood Is Finally Ready For Taika Waititi

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi “has been put at the forefront of Disney’s push toward diversity. But that doesn’t mean he’s committing to a career in studio movies,” writes Alison Willmore in an article…

Tucson Teen Discovers Love of Writing

Tucson Teen Discovers Love of Writing

Nineteen-year-old New Zealand-born Samara Attridge, who has always been more of a “centre-stage type, acting and tackling musical theatre,” tells the Arizona Daily Star that she never pictured herself as a writer. Born in Palmerston…

Yumi Zouma on Album Release Tour in US

Yumi Zouma on Album Release Tour in US

New Zealand band, Yumi Zouma, performed recently in McAllen, Texas as part of a US tour promoting their latest album Yoncalla. “Even though it’s our third release, this is the first full-length release we’ve done,…

Keisha Castle-Hughes Speechless When Cast Against Jaime Lannister

Keisha Castle-Hughes Speechless When Cast Against Jaime Lannister

Kiwi actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, who plays Obara Sand in “Game Of Thrones”, said that she felt really nervous and excited when she was given the chance to act against the character of Jaime Lannister…

Broods “I Think We’ve Become More Determined”

Broods “I Think We’ve Become More Determined”

New Zealand duo Georgia and Caleb Nott, known as Broods, are back with “a more defiant record Conscious”, which is “concise, somewhat introverted and, thematically, very closely interlinked,” writes Alim Kheraj in an article…

Max Gimblett – Part of the Living History of Artists in NY

Max Gimblett – Part of the Living History of Artists in NY

Max Gimblett is a “true maverick” and “part of the living history of artists in New York”, writes Australian photographer Paul Barbera, who caught up with the Kiwi artist for a shoot…

Emma Bass Selected to Exhibit at The Summer Exhibition Royal Academy London

Emma Bass Selected to Exhibit at The Summer Exhibition Royal Academy London

Kiwi photographer Emma Bass has been selected to exhibit her work at the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. This year’s edition of the Summer Exhibition, from 13 June to 21 August 2016,…

Wilderpeople Lavished with Praise in US

Wilderpeople Lavished with Praise in US

“Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can’t believe your luck. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is such a film,” Los…

Courtney Sina Meredith Doing What She Loves

Courtney Sina Meredith Doing What She Loves

Fear can block our creativity or turn our creative practice mediocre. So what makes some artists “fearless”? New Zealander poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician Courtney Sina Meredith, 30, has a reputation as a…

Prince Fan Mr G Completes Minnesota Mural

Prince Fan Mr G Completes Minnesota Mural

New Zealand artist Graham Hoete, known as Mr G, has just completed an 8m high mural of music icon Prince on the wall of Chanhassen Cinema in Minnesota. Hoete, who is based in…

Taika Waititi on Marvel’s First Female Supervillain

Taika Waititi on Marvel’s First Female Supervillain

In October New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi “landed the biggest job of his career when Marvel handed him the reins to their superhero threequel Thor: Ragnarok,” writes Jen Yamato for The Daily…

Conchords Kick Off US Tour on High Note

Conchords Kick Off US Tour on High Note

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie have begun their highly anticipated Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour in the United States with a sold-out gig in Cleveland. “The duo kicked off their…

NZ Radio Wins at NY Festival Awards

NZ Radio Wins at NY Festival Awards

Radio New Zealand and Newstalk ZB have taken out several awards at the New York Festivals® International Radio Program Awards, which honour the World’s Best Radio Programs℠. “This year’s entries focused on the critical issues…

Taika Waititi Relates Wilderpeople Scene

Taika Waititi Relates Wilderpeople Scene

Director Taika Waititi narrates a scene for the New York Times from his comedy adventure film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which opens 24 June in the United States. “At this point in the film, Ricky…

Matt Couper and JK Russ Show Desert Martrys in Texas

Matt Couper and JK Russ Show Desert Martrys in Texas

Las Vegas-based artists, New Zealand couple Matt Couper and JK Russ present six collaborations as part of a new exhibition called “Salon of Desert Martyrs” on in Houston, Texas at the Zoya Tommy Gallery. In…

Smoothly Shot Tickled Undeniably Compelling

Smoothly Shot Tickled Undeniably Compelling

“About half an hour into the queasily entertaining documentary Tickled, we’re introduced to a Florida man named Richard Ivey, who runs a lucrative video website catering to those who share his highly specific fetish,”…

Ballet Dancer Harrison James Impresses in Giselle

Ballet Dancer Harrison James Impresses in Giselle

National Ballet of Canada stars, Paraparaumu-born Harrison James, 25, and Russian Svetlana Lunkina “bring beautiful dancing and dramatic depth” to the 175-year-old production of Giselle, Toronto Star reviewer Michael Crabb writes. “Just because Giselle is…

Jono Rotman’s Mongrel Mob Portraits

Jono Rotman’s Mongrel Mob Portraits

Photographer Jono Rotman’s most recent series “Mongrel Mob Portraits” – “depicts a unique vein in the tissue of New Zealand society, bringing up questions about national narrative and the perspectives of its inhabitants,” as…

Greg Semu Restages Colonial Raft Art with Actors

Greg Semu Restages Colonial Raft Art with Actors

In a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) called, The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific), Auckland-born photographer Greg Semu presents a series of powerful photographic works, using…

Glowworm Images Capture Caves Illuminated in Blue

Glowworm Images Capture Caves Illuminated in Blue

British photographer Shaun Jeffers spent up to eight hours submerged in cold water to capture the tranquil and illuminated blue scenes at Ruakuri Cave in the Waitomo area. The worms light up the cave as…

Ladyhawke Back with Vibrantly Glam Wild Things

Ladyhawke Back with Vibrantly Glam Wild Things

“In 2016, when pop has never sounded moodier or more austere, Ladyhawke an unabashed explosion of colour and…

NZ Artist Spray-Paints Steven Adams Mural in Downtown Oklahoma City

NZ Artist Spray-Paints Steven Adams Mural in Downtown Oklahoma City

Famed New Zealand graphic artist Graham Hoete, known as Mr G, has spray-painted a huge mural of fellow New Zealander Steven on Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City on the side of The Paramount…

SLSO Appoints Gemma New As Resident Conductor

SLSO Appoints Gemma New As Resident Conductor

“The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of resident conductor Gemma New, originally of New Zealand,” as reported in an article on St. Louis Post-Dispatch. New stands “out as a musician…

Josh James to Star in Dual Survival Season 8

Josh James to Star in Dual Survival Season 8

Josh James an “experienced outdoorsman from New Zealand’s South Island” will join the cast for Dual Survival Season 8. The Kiwi has “lived off the grid for years, hunting and fishing to provide for…

Marvel-lous Opportunity for Niki Caro

Marvel-lous Opportunity for Niki Caro

New Zealand independent director Niki Caro is one of two frontrunners to oversee Captain Marvel, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The other possibility to helm the film is Australian Jennifer Kent. Wellington-born Caro and Kent…

Julia DeVille’s Taxidermied Chicks Wins Prize

Julia DeVille’s Taxidermied Chicks Wins Prize

Melbourne-based, New Zealand-born artist and jeweller Julia DeVille has received the A$30,000 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, which was presented to her at the South Australian Museum. The award was for her work Neapolitan Bonbonaparte,…

Connan Mockasin Joins Big Lineup at Meltdown

Connan Mockasin Joins Big Lineup at Meltdown

New Zealand musician Connan Mockasin joins Elbow frontman Guy Garvey’s Meltdown festival – in a lineup which includes Femi Kuti, Laura Marling and Howe Gelb – playing at the Royal Festival Hall on 15…

Author Damien Wilkins’ Novel Max Gate Tantalises

Author Damien Wilkins’ Novel Max Gate Tantalises

Lower Hutt-born author Damien Wilkins’ “surprising” novel Max Gate, which explores the question of why novelist Thomas Hardy’s body was buried in Westminster Abbey and his heart in Dorset, is reviewed in the Daily…

Andrew Dominik Helms New Nick Cave Doco

Andrew Dominik Helms New Nick Cave Doco

In conjunction with forthcoming Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Skeleton Tree, Wellington-born director Andrew Dominik, 48, has made a documentary, One More Time With Feeling, which focuses on the tragic circumstances that…

Sam Neill Cuts to the Chase

Sam Neill Cuts to the Chase

In a Q&A with the Guardian, New Zealand actor Sam Neill talks about his father’s war medals, the Fifa film and a secret about his real name. Born in Northern Ireland, Neill, 68, grew up…

Mime Sam Wills Stuns on America’s Got Talent

Mime Sam Wills Stuns on America’s Got Talent

New Zealand mime Sam Wills, 37, aka The Boy With Tape on His Face, has wowed judges, the live studio audience, and an estimated 11 million viewers, at his audition for America’s Got Talent. Judge…

Adventurer Captures Antarctica Through iPhone Lens

Adventurer Captures Antarctica Through iPhone Lens

Most of us would rarely get the chance to see Antarctica let alone share an intimate session with the barren landscape’s environment. New Zealander John Bozinov is a man who does just that for…

Marlon Williams: Americana Doesn’t Belong Just to America

Marlon Williams: Americana Doesn’t Belong Just to America

“If you don’t know you’re listening to a 25-year-old New Zealander, you might think you’re listening to an old recording of a crooner from the American Midwest,” writes Kierran Petersen for PRI. “The…

Singer Tiny Ruins Earning Noted Admirers

Singer Tiny Ruins Earning Noted Admirers

Since alternative-folk singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook’s debut as Tiny Ruins in 2010 with the Little Notes EP, the Aucklander has forged both an identifiable sound and a career built on faithful and growing followings in…

Anna Paquin Returns to the South in Roots

Anna Paquin Returns to the South in Roots

Forty years after the original Roots gripped half the United States, a more violent and more accurate remake is here, the Hollywood Reporter’s Marissa Guthrie writes, gambling on big stars including New Zealander Anna…

Top of the Lake Two Never Meant to Be Says Campion

Top of the Lake Two Never Meant to Be Says Campion

New Zealand-born director Jane Campion has said she never expected to be working on Top Of The Lake again and that she was surprised by the success of the original 2013 BBC miniseries that…

Miami Exhibit Features Susan Te Kahurangi King

Miami Exhibit Features Susan Te Kahurangi King

New Zealand artist Susan Te Kahurangi King’s debut museum exhibition in North America opens on 8 July at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Miami. The exhibition includes some 60 works, many of which…

The Kiwi Film You Need To See

The Kiwi Film You Need To See

The New Zealand smash hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople has knocked Batman vs Superman off number one and has beat Boy to become the highest grossing film of all time in New Zealand. According…

Karl Urban to Star in Thor: Ragnarok

Karl Urban to Star in Thor: Ragnarok

Kiwi actor Karl Urban will join the cast in the upcoming Taika Waititi-helmed Thor: Ragnarok as Skurge. “It’s a fantastic story and a really great character who has got a wonderful arc. I’m super excited…

From Koi Boys to Rat Pack

From Koi Boys to Rat Pack

“Practising their Rat Pack posing, as well as their swingin’ harmonies is all part of the preparation for The Voice favourites the Koi Boys” – New Zealand-born trio Kevin Keepa, Danny Faifai and Nuz…

Ten Things You Never Knew About Ladyhawke

Ten Things You Never Knew About Ladyhawke

Synth-pop singer Pip Brown, aka New Zealand-born Ladyhawke, tells Spin magazine about her love of sci-fi, UFOs, and Disneyland. Turns out Brown – who will release her third record, Wild Things, on 3 June has…

Photographer Matt Draper Dives Deep

Photographer Matt Draper Dives Deep

From turtles and manta rays, to whales and sharks, New Zealand-born photographer Matt Draper, a former carpenter, has spent the last two years photographing marine animals from the water, the Weather Channel’s Simone Scully…