Film Festival Diary: Final Entry for Auckland

Nga_WhanaungaThat’s it! All over! The Auckland leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival is finished for another year. Clayton Barnett, Margie Cooney, Marty Duda, and Veronica McLaughlin take a look at the last of the films from the weekend. This is a diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed between 31st July and 2nd August.

Today’s reviews:

  • The 50 Year Argument
  • Banksy Does New York
  • Coming Home
  • Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2015

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Watch Holly Arrowsmith’s 13th Floor Video Session

Holly ArrowsmithHaving just moved north from Queenstown to Auckland, singer-songwriter has just released her debut album, For The Weary Traveller. Inspired by classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, Holly infuses her experiences of living in the deep South along with her roots in the US. Here she is talking to The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda about her life and her music and performing three songs…two from the album, plus a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s The River.

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Listen To Wrecking Crew Bassist Carol Kaye (Interview)

WreckingCrewLogoFor music fans, one of the most intriguing documentaries on offer at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival is The Wrecking Crew. The film shines a light on the group of session musicians who worked in Los Angeles in the 1960s in Los Angeles and played on just about every hit record to come out of LA including those by The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher and Paul Revere & The Raiders. Members of this elite group of musicians included Hal Blaine (drums), Leon Russell (piano), Glen Campbell (guitar), Carole Kaye (bass) and Tommy Tedesco (guitar)…to name a few. The Wrecking Crew was directed by Denny Tedesco, Tommy’s son. About a decade ago, 13th Floor’s Marty Duda visited Carol Carol-KayeKaye at her home in Los Angeles and talked to her about her life as a session musician. The resulting programme aired on Radio New Zealand National. Now, for those who want to know more about Carol Kaye, here it is again, available on The 13th Floor, courtesy of Radio NZ.

Click here to listen to First Call: Carol Kaye:

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Film Festival Diary: Day 15

holding_the_man13th Floor’s intrepid team – Steve Austin, Clayton Barnett and Marty Duda – have been hunkered down in cinemas around central Auckland enjoying everything the New Zealand International Film Festival has to offer. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on Thursday 30th July.

Today’s reviews:

  • A Poem is a Naked Person
  • Holding the Man
  • Love 3D
  • Rams

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Additional Film Festival Screenings Announced

NZIFF SCreeningsOver 100,000 people will have attended the 2015 New Zealand International Festival as the Auckland leg of the festival closes next Wednesday August 4. 2015 has seen high attendance across the board this season for both local and international titles. Due to popular demand and several sell-out screenings, festival organisers have added extra screenings, including The Wolfpack, Banksy Does New York, Ex Machina, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Iris and more.

Click here to read the entire press release for more details. 

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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Powerstation (Concert Review)

DSC_6533It’s been a lean few weeks for live music…thankfully, the film festival is taking up the slack…so that made the anticipation of seeing Camden siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis even greater. The trio have performed there before…Kitty celebrated her 18th birthday there in 2011. This time is was Lewis’ turn to blow out the candles on stage.

Click here to read the entire review along with the complete set list and view a photo gallery by Michael Flynn.

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Introducing Holly Arrowsmith!

for_the_weary_travellerrgb-01-01Singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith releases her debut album, For The Weary Traveller today. Holly was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in Queenstown. She now resides in Auckland and is about to set out on the road to promote her new album, including a show at the Tuning Fork on Saturday, September 5th. Holly stopped in to The 13th Floor this week to talk about her music and to play a few songs. We’ll have the entire video session ready very soon, but in the mean time, watch Holly Arrowsmith perform Mouth Of The Morning

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Film Festival Diary: Day 14

mavisSteve Austin and special guest Sarah McMullan have been enjoying the New Zealand International Film Festival and a few titles of the it has had to offer. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on Wednesday 29th July.

Today’s reviews:

  • Cemetery of Splendour
  • Finders Keepers
  • Mavis!

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Rescheduled!

 

Jon SpencJON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION Powerstation show has now been rescheduled for Wednesday August 5th.

After getting the all clear overnight from the docs to fly and perform, we’re pleased to have been able to reschedule the AUCKLAND Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show for next Wednesday August 5th.

All tickets purchased for the original date remain valid. Tickets still available to purchase NOW for Wednesday August 5th at www.powerstation.net.nz/jsbx

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Holly Arrowsmith To Play Tuning Fork

Holly ArrowsmithVector Arena presents Holly Arrowsmith in celebration of her debut album For The Weary Traveller, with special guests Skyscraper Stan and Tom Cunliffe at the Great South Pacific Tuning Fork, Saturday 5 September 2015.

Holly Arrowsmith is the new name in folk worth keeping your eye on. This South Island songstress has been turning heads all over New Zealand, with her acoustically driven stirring sound, poetic, thought provoking lyrics, and distinctively haunting voice. Born in the desert city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Arrowsmith’s nostalgic style echoes Americana-Folk legends, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

Click here to read the entire press release for more details. 

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The Fall Coming To NZ!

The FallSolid Entertainment is proud to announce that seminal English group THE FALL will return to New Zealand for two shows in October. A peerless and totally original group The Fall and its leader Mark E Smith have a place as one of the most pre-eminent groups in any discerning musical history across the last four decades. The Fall, more than any other group are definitive and transcendent of a whole musical world and pop culture post-punk.

Auckland Powerstation – Saturday 17 October

Wellington – Bodega Sunday 18 October

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST 9AM

Click here to read the entire press release for more details. 

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Weekend Deeds July 30 – August 2 2015 (Auckland Gig Guide)

Dedee1This will be my last gig guide for a while, as I’m heading off to Europe for a bit. I’ll be in amongst the crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and checking out Berlin while I’m there. In the meantime, plenty for you to be getting on with! This weekend we’ve got Kitty Daisy and Lewis who are in town again, and why not head to The Golden Dawn for The All Seeing Hand while you’re at it? By crikey, that could get interesting. Also, lucky you if you’re going to see Lydia Lunch next Wednesday.

Click here to read this week’s Weekend Deeds column.

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Cancelled

jsbx_a3_cancelledThis message was posted on the Powerstation’s website:

Due to circumstances beyond control The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion New Zealand tour has been cancelled. An illness resulting in the band not being able to travel means the shows will not be able to go ahead as planned and efforts made to postpone the dates have unfortunately been unsuccessful due to scheduling issues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Ticket purchasers will be contacted directly from your ticketing provider to process refunds.

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Watch Liz Gunn Talk to Sarah Watkins of NZTrio

NZ Trio 2On Sunday 9 August at 5 pm, you can bask in some heartfelt Parisian romanticism with the music of Ernest Chausson performed by NZTrio. They will also offer a brand new homegrown offering, as part of their commitment to honour New Zealand composers  This work, a dramatic image-and-sound-scape work by Cantabrian Chris Cree Brown, will be followed by an elegiac piece from Sergei Rachmaninoff. The Q Theatre Loft concert will finish with a post-show meet-and -greet with the ensemble’s three members, Justine , Sarah and Ashley

NZ TRioLiz Gunn caught up with their pianist, Sarah Watkins, in the 13th Floor Studio to discuss the upcoming concert , as well as her richly challenging 14 years of study and travel before she repatriated in 2004 and committed to the Trio . The interview covers her time at the Julliard School, from which she earned both a Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters in Collaborative Piano ( She went on to serve as a staff pianist at Julliard as well as at Yale and for the Aspen Music Festival.)  And she also talks of the initiatives taken by the NZTrio to nurture a love of music in the next generation of young Kiwis, including a newly-instituted competition they are fostering.

Watch the interview here:

Click here for more information about the NZTrio’s upcoming show: Loft Series: Fragment

 

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Film Festival Diary: Day 13

dopeSteve Austin and special guest Sarah McMullan have been enjoying the New Zealand International Film Festival and a few titles of the it has had to offer. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on Tuesday 28th July.

Today’s reviews:

  • Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
  • Dope
  • Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld

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