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Difficulty in the holy land

Difficulty in the holy land

Dame Kiri in Israel “to do music”. “I love things that are difficult. I love looking for new arias and presenting them to the public,” said edge voice Dame Kiri.

Rock art

Rock art

New Zealander Chris Grosz designed tour posters for promoters Michael Coppel and Zev Isaac, producing pop art-influenced images. “I wanted the posters to stand up and be proud – bright and strong, in full…

Cutting Edge Commercials

Cutting Edge Commercials

Saatchi & Saatchi’s “Bugger” ad shows the creativity that will save TV advertising says Jim Aitchinson’s Cutting Edge Commercials.

Docu Prize

Docu Prize

New Zealand co-production Wild Asia: Creatures of the Thaw wins Canada’s Banff Television Festival President’s Prize, worth C$25 000 .

The loved one

The loved one

Yale University based NZ playwright Julie Mckee’s one-act play about death and two maidens, Invitation to a Funeral, well reviewed in NYT: “a wonderfully wry trip to the funeral parlor” about two women…

Thought for Today

Thought for Today

“I do believe one ought to face facts. If you don’t they get behind you and may become terrors, nightmares, giants, horrors. As long as one faces them one is top dog.” –

Pregnant pause

Pregnant pause

Hold the show, my wife’s having a baby cried Jeff Knight of Christchurch’s Court Theatre.

All that is golden…

All that is golden…

The Lord of the Rings (the book) – boyish fantasy or “true myth” that is a modern masterpiece?

Foxing the censors

Foxing the censors

“Marvel at the ever-brilliant Kerry Fox” in style bible i-D mag’s guide to the ‘future of cinema’. Fox’s raw performance in Intimacy won her best actress at the Berlin Film; i-D suggests that the…

Intimacy and anguish

Intimacy and anguish

New Zealand actress Kerry Fox’s award-winning work in Intimacy continues to generate curiosity, awe and pursed lips: Getting Intimate in the Sunday Times; Truely, madly, explicitly in The Observer and Hanif…

Vintage reporter

Vintage reporter

Eric Young: kiwi journalist with one eye on the game, one on his glass.

A Piece of Martin

A Piece of Martin

Ex-Shortland Streeter Martin Henderson toplines indie A Piece of My Heart and plays opposite Nicolas Cage in Windtalkers, currently in production. Register and search under Archives

At home on the edge

At home on the edge

Sam Neill talks acting, wine and why New Zealand is home: “I just love going back – I feel comfortable there, I am entirely relaxed there and I feel I do much my best…

Life full of words

Life full of words

Alison Waley, Hokitika-born poet, artist and writer died aged 100. Most famous for her marriage to Arthur Waley, Waley also had “strength of purpose and character, and a way with words, written and spoken,…

A day in the life

A day in the life

Margaret Mahy’s 24 Hours confirms her place among the “world’s best”. Her books for young adults “are not easy reads, but they are hugely rewarding, emotionally and intellectually”. Also, Mahy at The Hub…

Get it right

Get it right

In the unsettled paradise that is the Pacific, accuracy and local knowledge are a reporter’s only hope says seasoned island-hand, New Zealand journalist David Robie.

Wellywood

Wellywood

Dead oliphants at Plimmerton, hobbit cities and epic battles: just the beginning for “Wellywood”.

Rings Actors Awestruck

Rings Actors Awestruck

“It seems that those involved are only starting to realise just how big a movie project with which they have been involved. The actors were awe-struck by look of the movie and the spectacular…

Rings pics

Rings pics

A gallery of stills from the preview.

Drawing Blood

Drawing Blood

David Low: outsider, radical, New Zealander. Last century’s greatest political cartoonist.

In Over His Depth

In Over His Depth

Sam Neill stars as the ingenious and courageous Lt. Commander Charles “Swede” Momsen in New England submarine drama Submerged.

Goodbye Xena

Goodbye Xena

Xena, shown in 120 countries, focus of fan-mania and Star Trek-like devotion, comes to an end. “We tried to take people on journeys that you won’t go through in your real life,” says Lucy…

Godzone country

Godzone country

US-based Kiwi hunk Keith Urban keeps pulling the accolades, most recently, Best New Male Performer at the American Country Music Awards in Nashville.

Toasted!

Toasted!

Wellington artist Maurice Bennett toasts fine art – his latest piece, the Mona Lisa, took 2124 slices.

Campion cuts Kidman

Campion cuts Kidman

New Zealand director Jane Campion nabs red-hot Nicole Kidman for upcoming In the Cut.  

Lording it at Cannes

Lording it at Cannes

Which was hotter – the Rings preview or the bash after? Twenty minutes of Rings footage had seasoned critics standing to applaud; the party, complete with sets shipped from New Zealand, was the one ticket…

Buzz From Cannes

Buzz From Cannes

“This will be the biggest movie of all time” – John Rhys-Davis in National Post preview and cast interviews; Rings “hottest show at Cannes” in The Age; BBC reports “gargantuan bash”;…

Shrek at Cannes

Shrek at Cannes

Kiwi Andrew Adamson is co-director of Dreamworks’ hit Shrek, the first animated movie to make competition at Cannes since Dumbo 50 years ago. Guardian picks it as a Cannes top ten. Shrek “deliciously…

Phil’s Crazy Club on Oprah

Phil’s Crazy Club on Oprah

Kiwi Phil Keoghan chats with the first lady of US TV about how “passion became his purpose” after a near-death experience as a 20-yr old. Talking Oprah through a group bungee, dinner atop a…

Donovan puts a hit on Roger

Donovan puts a hit on Roger

Inflation may have lowered the stocks of ex-Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, but his new lease on life as an aging hit-man in NYC Kiwi director Brendan Donovan’s “Here” has helped the film…

Crowe’s Anzac

Crowe’s Anzac

Stan Wemyss, Russell Crowe’s Grandfather, was a soldier and cinematographer – a key influence on the star.

Seven Worlds will Collide

Seven Worlds will Collide

“It’s like stumbling into your own birthday party – you don’t know where to look first. Centre stage is Neil Finn, hair greying but still a hint of that haphazard Crowded House quiff, a…

Actress Remembered

Actress Remembered

International tributes continue for “cucumber-cool” New Zealand-born Forsyte star Nyree Dawn Porter.

Curtain falls for Nyree Dawn Porter

Curtain falls for Nyree Dawn Porter

“Forsyte sex symbol who conquered the world”, Kiwi-born and raised star of the 60’s TV show The Forsyte Saga (watched by 100 milllion people in 26 countries) remembered in The Telegraph, The Guardian and…

Knickers name

Knickers name

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sang with the late Harry Secombe, who found her name tricky, so re-christened her “Tin Knickers”.

Fashioning humour

Fashioning humour

Kiwi comedy queen Cal Wilson on frocks and laughter in the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Edgey writing gets richer

Edgey writing gets richer

Las Vegas casino-king and edge-devotee Glenn Schaeffer has established what will be New Zealand’s richest literary prize, a biennial award of $60,000 to a new writer of literary merit. Schaeffer wants to bring writing from…

Kan 007

Kan 007

Secret Asian Raybon Kan infiltrates the Melbourne comedy scene with a “sharp, contemporary and observant” show.

Bare tour

Bare tour

New Zealand playwright Toa Fraser’s Bare tours Sourthern England. Madeleine Sami reprises her award winning role.

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty

Kiwi comic Cal Wilson  brings home the laughs: “God’s Little Poppet verges on brilliance, as does Krystalle the exotic dancer. Krystalle is close to a work of art; a lap dancer who forces her…

Neil Finn World

Neil Finn World

Dotmusic launches Neil Finn World to be updated through Finn’s UK tour.

And to Finn-ish With

And to Finn-ish With

“The most prolific writer of quality songs around at the moment” says Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien. How about Finn as New Zealand’s Paul McCartney? Or Eddie Vedder singing backing at “a small club…

Billion dollar Bevan

Billion dollar Bevan

Bridget Jones producer Kiwi Tim Bevan nudges the billion dollar mark with Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and now Bridget Jones, due to be Britain’s biggest hit this year.

Creamy romance

Creamy romance

“In New Zealand we mostly make quite brutal social-realist films. I think American audience are stunned to see something that romanticizes New Zealand…I want to make films that no one else is making.” Harry…

Just the ticket

Just the ticket

mticket – (London-based kiwi entrepreneurs Tony Coyle, Nick Howard and Jason Cooper) is a revolutionary service taking advantage of the popularity of text messaging to help punters beat the rope into the club…

Inside the Frame

Inside the Frame

Michael King’s biography of Janet Frame, “laureate of the musing inner-self,” is “elegantly written, densely researched and remorselessly long” – but does it over-expose its subject?

Upside-down Edge

Upside-down Edge

A photograph of the New Zealand sky projected onto a mirror on the floor of the Glasgow School of Art “allows people to look down to see the sky, as if the earth were…

Memoirs from the Edge

Memoirs from the Edge

NZ-edged novelist Fay Weldon sits down to write her memoirs – “All they do is make you self-centered,” she says.

Serve Up Sam

Serve Up Sam

Sam Neill, currently showing in The Dish, is major star material: “Like Harrison Ford, he’s an Everyman with gravitas. Like Tom Hanks, he engages our sympathy innately. He’s masculine without being macho, handsome without…

Along came Lee

Along came Lee

Along Came a Spider, edge-director Lee Tamahori’s Kiss the Girls follow-up “skillfully builds the action” and “gives sequels a good name”.

Finn-cast

Finn-cast

The Finn and Friends concert goes live over the web.  

Finn in Review

Finn in Review

“One Nil grows in stature with each listening.”  

Knox them out

Knox them out

The Vintner’s Luck takes the Tasmanian Pacific Region Prize, Australasia’s richest literary prize. “There’s all this stuff in Vintner about anxiety and authenticity that’s very New Zealand,” says author Elizabeth Knox, noting that, like…

Must do Today: Production, Script, Light

Must do Today: Production, Script, Light

Wellington-born Richard Curtis penned the Bridget screen adaptation: one of Britain’s “cleverest screenwriters” in LA Times and “a virtuoso at devising horrific embarrassments for his protagonists,” in Slate. Rounding out the kiwi trio, Stuart…

Kiwi batter?

Kiwi batter?

Will Russell Crowe step up to the crease for Somerset this season, or is it just that funny time of year?

Camera king

Camera king

‘Khmer Kings’ won New Zealander Matthew Kearns first prize in the Nikon Photographic Competition run by the Dubai International Arts Centre.