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Long Hot Summer puts the heat on readers

Long Hot Summer puts the heat on readers

Kiwi Barbara Anderson’s latest novel gets praise in Times review, “a fine and sharp intelligence infuses Anderson’s characters and dialogue … Long Hot Summer demands attention from the reader, but it is worth it”.

The truth about bed: Fleur Adcock: Poems 1960-2000

The truth about bed: Fleur Adcock: Poems 1960-2000

“This very welcome collection of her verse confirms her status as arguably the most distinctive writer to have come out of New Zealand since Katherine Mansfield.”

Film Fatale: Chris Kraus

Film Fatale: Chris Kraus

“Yet by affirming the “weakness” of her under- appreciated spiritual heroes, Kraus may have found an idiot-proof formula for this book to work whether it works or not.” Village Voice book review of Kraus’s…

“Hi-ho hi-ho, it’s Off to Work We Go …” Fay Weldon and the New Ergonarchy

“Hi-ho hi-ho, it’s Off to Work We Go …” Fay Weldon and the New Ergonarchy

New Zealand raised Fay Weldon takes time-out to ponder the future, “We could have the leisure society if we wanted it. But Samuel Smiles won; our lives are ruled by a work ethic and…

Call me Mr Comedy

Call me Mr Comedy

New Zealand-born Four Weddings and a Funeral/Blackadder creator, Comic Relief co-founder and top scriptwriter Richard Curtis discusses his career on BBC Radio4. Register and search to view Archives

Russell Crowe gets inside his character’s head

Russell Crowe gets inside his character’s head

Jeffrey Wigland, real-life whistleblower says Crowe, 22 years junior and a native of New Zealand “did a remarkable job .. he did things that made it feel very surreal for me, emotionally retching and…

A sting in the tale

A sting in the tale

“When the New York Times says of your second novel that it “constructs a sturdy web of silken prose”, you might reasonably conclude that, as a novelist, you have arrived. When into the bargain,…

Forget About the Brass Ring

Forget About the Brass Ring

Some 1.7 million fans hit the movie’s new website in its first 21 hours up, compared with only 1 million downloads the first day the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace site was open for…

Legend Kiri Te Kanawa Opens on Stage in Montreal

Legend Kiri Te Kanawa Opens on Stage in Montreal

Kiri Te Kanawa enjoys almost unique prestige in the public eye. She attracted a VIP crowd (including Prime Minister Jean Cretien) to the Centre Pierre Peladeau.

Kiwi blows her bassoon as single-sex barriers make the news

Kiwi blows her bassoon as single-sex barriers make the news

New Zealand woman Rosamund Allison became the first woman to be recruited to the previously all-male Scots Guards Band.

New Zealand Wilderness a Hit with Big-budget Filmmakers

New Zealand Wilderness a Hit with Big-budget Filmmakers

Ever since Jane Campion brought the surging savage West Coast of Auckland’s Karekare beach and the rain-soaked bush to the world in her award winning film The Piano nearly a decade ago, more and…

Tolkien Teaser Runs

Tolkien Teaser Runs

“Attention fantasy fans: New Line Cinema is about to lift the veil of secrecy — just a little bit — that has shrouded Peter Jackson’s massive adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the…

Theo Ray – Kiwi Indie singer hits LA

Theo Ray – Kiwi Indie singer hits LA

From Indie chart success in New Zealand and Australia, to a #2 single ‘Smell’ in Europe, to the darker side of Asia and beyond, Theo Ray is now based in Los Angeles, playing with…

Countless billboards proclaim there’s a new hero: Russell Crowe, bigger than Ben Hur.

Countless billboards proclaim there’s a new hero: Russell Crowe, bigger than Ben Hur.

From Auckland Grammar to singing on 80’s pop show Shazam. From Oscar nominations to the violent centre of a decadent ancient Rome. He’s one-sixteenth Maori and registered on the Maori voting poll, but he lives…

Pompidou lyes down to get kinetic

Pompidou lyes down to get kinetic

Renowned New Zealand film-maker, kinetic sculptor and animator Len Lye is honoured with a show at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, France.

When in Rome … Russell Crowe fights on in

When in Rome … Russell Crowe fights on in

Kiwi editor of Oscar winning documentary paints LA pink

Kiwi editor of Oscar winning documentary paints LA pink

Director of the acclaimed “One Day in September” Kevin McDonald recounts his poolside adventures at the Oscars: “At 2pm, Justine Wright, the brilliant editor who cut our film arrives to get changed with us….

“Fresh Talent” Chad Taylor sends sophisticated shivers in Shirker

“Fresh Talent” Chad Taylor sends sophisticated shivers in Shirker

“With a tight and observant style, Taylor has weaved an engaging tale reminiscent of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy and with peripheral detail as obsessive as Easton Ellis’s American Psycho. He may touch upon…

Now, if we could just send some of those country singers to New Zealand

Now, if we could just send some of those country singers to New Zealand

Tim Finn, Say It Is So (review). (1–16 March 2)  

Spider pic hatched – New Zealander to direct

Spider pic hatched – New Zealander to direct

Hollywood: the duo behind Independence Day and Godzilla are producing “Arch Attack”, an f/x driven comedic thriller about a toxic waste spill that causes giant spiders to go on a rampage.  Will shoot in…

Russell Crowe: Heroic gladiator rises from the burger-pits of

Russell Crowe: Heroic gladiator rises from the burger-pits of

“The people who brought you World War II now think that you are ready for really ancient history: the Roman Empire. And, even though they’re leaving out the orgies, they may be onto something”.

One for the connoisseurs: Kiwi crime writer weaves a seductive web of existential anomie

One for the connoisseurs: Kiwi crime writer weaves a seductive web of existential anomie

New Zealand crime-fiction writer Chad Taylor makes a big impact on Guardian reviewer Maxim Jakubowski, “Shirker: a fascinating and obsessive novel from New Zealand with shades of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy…” …

Looks Wonderful

Looks Wonderful

“It’s not always easy to flow the tortuous intrigues, passions and deceits, but it looks wonderful, with photography by the gifted New Zealand cinematographer and director Chris Doyle”. BBC2 film preview of Temptress Moon…

Xena: motherhood becomes her

Xena: motherhood becomes her

Lucy Lawless’ pregnancy not only changed scripts on Xena: Warrior Princess, but the costume department had to ‘expand’ with the times too. New to the show: Spandex.

Nabokov’s Pale Fire Still Smoulders

Nabokov’s Pale Fire Still Smoulders

38 years later, the mystery continues to intrigue… Auckland University’s Professor Brian Boyd attempts to solve the enigma.

Bugger

Bugger

A Cultural phenomenon has reached Asia, and it has bugger-all to do with Bulgarians or heretics, but something to do with a car advertisement, a racehorse and climbing Mt. Everest.

Justine Wright Nominated For Oscar

Justine Wright Nominated For Oscar

New Zealander Justine Wright has been nominated for this year’s Oscar Awards for her editing of a dramatic documentary One Day in September, an account of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972…

Piping up a storm down under

Piping up a storm down under

Cultural history was made as the massed bands of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo played in front of a sell-out crowd in New Zealand, the first time in its 50-year history that the event has…

Jane Campion is a model profile of a working artist

Jane Campion is a model profile of a working artist

Anthropologist, artist, and award winner, internationally acclaimed New Zealand director exercises an organic approach to her craft …

Child Superstar Anna Paquin’s Vampish Turn

Child Superstar Anna Paquin’s Vampish Turn

Anna Paquin has got something tucked away in her closet: an Oscar … becoming the second-youngest Academy Award winner is a tough act to follow.

“I Love Dick”

“I Love Dick”

Interview with Kiwi writer and avant-garde filmmaker Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick (the spare-no-prisoners tell-all that scandalised the Soho Intelligentsia) talks about anorexia, romance, and faking it.

Russell Crowe: Inside Story

Russell Crowe: Inside Story

Playing a 52-year-old tobacco company executive in The Insider is all in a day’s work for 35-year-old Russell Crowe; giving up the smokes is not.

When Substance Puts Style in its Place

When Substance Puts Style in its Place

There’s more to the web than pornography, semi-literate navel-gazing and slick shopping sites, but finding quality information can be difficult … a site that makes it easy.

New Zealand writer nominated for Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

New Zealand writer nominated for Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

Kapka Kassabova, regional winner for best first book in Commonwealth Writer’s Prize to be decided in April.

Russell: The Prequel

Russell: The Prequel

Oz comment: “Crowe is a national hero” (despite “inconveniently managing to get himself born in New Zealand”); jokes from the Katzy kitchen; Crowe, Hillary and Rutherford make Australia green; Crowe “a…

The Rumours began about a year ago…

The Rumours began about a year ago…

Comix 2000 New Zealanders Dylan Horrocks (whose extraordinarily moving comic novel Hicksville was 1998’s breakout alternative hit) and Chris Knox each contribute wonderful strips.

Artist and Architect with a Childlike Love of Embellishment

Artist and Architect with a Childlike Love of Embellishment

The straight lines of modern architecture particularly incensed him.

Youth TV Prepares for the Digital Challenge

Youth TV Prepares for the Digital Challenge

Interview: Brent Hansen: MTV Europe’s president has seen the network flourish in his 13 years there.

Who are you? What the Audi ad says about you

Who are you? What the Audi ad says about you

The wakeboarder depicted is a chap called Gavin Broadbent, who is New Zealand’s wakeboarding champion. The ad was filmed in the Tasman Sea off the west coast of NZ.

Notes from Ian McKellen

Notes from Ian McKellen

“What a congenial country New Zealand is for visitors from what used to be called “the home country … It all seems half-familiar with a style of friendliness that is a change from English…

Not Crowing About Stardom

Not Crowing About Stardom

Russell Crowe was the darling of the early awards season, picking up a slew of accolades for his role as a tobacco industry whistle-blower in The Insider.

Small town toilet with big flushing power

Small town toilet with big flushing power

Kawakawa, New Zealand: flushing the toilet has forever changed in this tiny township as hundreds of tourists flood in – to go to perhaps the most triumphant public loo in all the world. A…

New Zealand architect  designs gastronomic gateway to newly re-opened Centre Pomidou

New Zealand architect  designs gastronomic gateway to newly re-opened Centre Pomidou

When the  Pompidou Centre in Paris was closed for two years for a refit, a competition was held to design the Centre’s restaurant. Beating entries from the elite of European architecture, the prize went…