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Delayed gratification

By April 22, 2013April 30th, 201314 Comments

Well, it has taken a while to sort out but I can finally make a few announcements.

Exactly a month ago, I had a big whine about the closure of the Capital Times and what it meant for print reviewing and for me specifically. It was a shock, of course, but the impact turned out to be pretty gratifying. The feedback from readers was terrifically rewarding (“You like me, you really like me”). Even the one negative commenter out of the 25 who wrote to me here demonstrated that he cared enough to contribute, even if he did think that reviewers “were going to way of the dodo”.

And there were some pretty good offers too. Some from print publications, some online, some even involved getting paid which was a bit of a novelty.

So, after a month of sifting through the wreckage of the Capital Times, I am pleased to announce the following:

  • As of now-ish, I am the new Managing Editor of ONFILM Magazine and ONFILM is New Zealand’s screen production magazine and it’s been in print since 1983 (apart from the current hiatus, that is). We’re relaunching the magazine and the website and are going to work our nads off to get good quality, entertaining, informative content into the hands of the industry electronically, and with ink on paper. You can read more about this at the current ONFILM website where the formal announcement has just been made. You won’t see any changes until mid-May at least as we work through the lengthy to-do list.
  • As of the May issue, I’ll be providing a monthly film column for Wellington’s essential FishHead magazine. Richard at FishHead has been most excellent (and most wise) at picking up a few Capital Times cast-offs and I’m extremely pleased that I’m going to be writing for a publication where the ink stays on the page. The deadlines are punishing, though.
  • The weekly reviews of everything are continuing here at F&S and I’m working on various schemes to increase traffic here and get more online readers wherever those readers like to congregate. There have been some generous offers to syndicate these reviews so it looks as if you might stumble across them at various locations such as Scoop and Wellingtonista. ONFILM would also seem to be a no-brainer.

We live in interesting times. Three months ago, I was General Manager of a ticketing company and writing for a weekly newspaper. Now, I’m a fully-fledged part of the media and working from home five days a week. And working from home can mean only one thing — I will be updating you with kitten auditions very soon.

Thanks to everyone for your support.


  • Kowhai says:

    Fab! I am really happy for you.

  • Robert Catto says:

    Woo hoo! Way to land on your feet (no kitten audition pun intended), and glad the OnFilm role doesn’t involve any sort of Auckland move or suchlike. Hope it involves lots of travel, though!

  • Robyn says:

    Excellent news all around! The ONFILM editorship is very exciting, but the kitten news is even better!

  • Narelle says:

    Congratulations! And YEAY kitten auditions! 😉

  • Leonie Reynolds says:

    Congratulations Dan! That’s great news. Looking forward to a new and splendid ONFILM!

  • mel says:

    Congrats!!! Looking forward to it!

  • Steve Moore says:

    Hey Dan glad it’s all fallen in to place. This may just be the excuse I’ve needed to start buying FishHead more often! Can you film the kitten auditions for a webcast? Purr Factor? Kitties Got Talent?

  • MG says:

    Congratulations on the new and exciting developments,. Dan. You’ll, of course, be great at both ONFILM and FishHead — and both publications are lucky to have scooped you. Nice one. MG

  • Good to hear it has all fallen into place…

    Re: The ONFILM editorship. I hope you have some influence on the physical size of the magazine. I subscribed for many years when it was an A4 sized publication, but let it lapse when I no longer edited Sequence for the Wellington Film Society. More recently I have received a few complimentary copies but don’t know how to file them at the ungainly 24 x 34 cm size!

  • Brains Trust Chris says:

    Get a Birman!!!!


  • dfmamea says:


    (Kitten auditions? I am intrigued.)