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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Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Album Review)

Leon Bridges Coming HomeThis fella is a serious soul stylist. His snappy dress sense brought him to the attention that eventually led to him getting signed. So, what else has he got going on?

Click here to read the entire review and listen to a track from the new album.

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Film Festival Diary: Day 11 & 12

the_look_of_silenceSteve Austin, Clayton Barnett and Margie Cooney catch up on the last couple of days coming out of the second weekend at the Auckland leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th July.

Today’s reviews:

  • El Cinco
  • Far From Men
  • The Look of Silence
  • Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans

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Peace Officer or Killing Machine? (Interview)

Peace_Officer_(film)_POSTERDocumentary film makers Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber are in New Zealand to attend the screening of their film Peace Officer at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Peace Officer explores the militarization of the police department in the United States, particularly the SWAT teams. Their chief character in the film is Dub Lawrence, a former law man who set up the first SWAT team in 1975 and who later, had his son-in-law killed by that same SWAT team. With fatal encounters between police and private citizens seemingly occurring every day, Scott and Brad have made a film that has people talking. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to both of them about the making of Peace Officer.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber.

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Ginger Snort – Rangatire Q Theatre (Comedy Review)

snort bannerTonight’s performance by the Snort comedy crew really showed how far they’d come.  Since first starting in September 2013, they’ve developed a cult following with their Friday night improv shows at the Basement Theatre. Tonight they went large and put on a special ginger themed fundraiser at Q Theatre. They teamed up with sponsors All Good – who provided bottles of their Gingerella ginger ale, and as resident redhead, Nic Sampson was the obvious choice to host the show.  They managed to sell out Rangatira, Q’s main performance space, which seats 400 – that deserves applause in itself. Congratulations guys – you pulled it off, in a big theatre with flash lighting and even sound effects at one point (an eerie wind for a Polish tragedy scene).

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Film Festival Diary: Day 10

Phil Dadson: Sonics from Scratch

Phil Dadson: Sonics from Scratch

Steve Austin and Veronica McLaughlin, as well as special guest Sarah McMullan – have been hunkered down in cinemas in Auckland and Wellington, enjoying everything the New Zealand International Film Festival has to offer. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on, Saturday 25th July.

Most of the films being reviewed by the 13th Floor will have additional showings and most still have tickets available, so it’s not to late to catch some of the best of international cinema at the festival in Auckland. And of course the festival moves on to the rest of the country. Wellington has begun and the capitol is abuzz with film festival madness!

Today’s reviews:

  • The Assassin
  • Grandma
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Philip Dadson: Sonics From Scratch
  • Umrika

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The Last Western? (Interview)

western-chad-birdonwire-web-poster-sundanceFor their latest documentary, Western, co-directing brothers Bill and Turner Ross set their sights on the West Texas town of Eagle Pass to explore the current state of great American West. The Ross Brothers focus on Eagle Pass’s mayor, Chad Foster, a dynamic character who comes complete with a ten gallon hat along with local cattle broker Martin Wall and his 6-year-old daughter. They also venture across the Rio Grande to Piedras Negras, in Mexico and illuminate the relationship between these two small towns and how the Mexican drug cartels have imposed an atmosphere of danger over the area. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to Turner Ross, who is Auckland for the New Zealand International Film Festival where both Western and their previous film, Tchoupitoulas, about three young brothers in New Orleans, are both screening.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with Turner Ross.

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Film Festival Diary: Day 9

I_AM_THOR13th Floor’s intrepid team – Steve Austin, Clayton Barnett, Margie Cooney 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 Friday 24th July

Most of the films being reviewed by the 13th Floor will have additional showings and most still have tickets available, so it’s not to late to catch some of the best of international cinema at the festival.

Today’s reviews:

  • Censored Voices
  • I Am Thor
  • Mia Madre
  • Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
  • The Club
  • While We’re Young
  • Wolfpack

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