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Cinematica Extra: Ant Timpson

By Audio and Cinema
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It’s opening night of the New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland and, to celebrate, here’s an extended interview with Incredibly Strange programmer and Film Head, Ant Timpson.

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Some Cinematica updates

By Audio, Cinema and Cinematica

Cinematica logoIt’s over a week since the last time I published a Cinematica podcast update and we’ve recorded and released two episodes since then.

Last week we spoke to Gerard Smyth, director of When a City Falls about his documentary and life in shuddery Christchurch. You can listen to that episode here:

In that show we also eviscerate Twilight but talk up Project Nim.

Last night Kailey, Simon and I reviewed Arthur Christmas, Immortals, Tomboy and Rest for the Wicked. We had able assistance from NZ actor John Leigh (Stickmen, We’re Here to Help, The Two Towers). It was fun.

Feel free to subscribe via iTunes (or if you are an Apple agnostic there’s a Feedburner subscription option), leave us feedback or ratings. There’s even a Facebook page where you can commune with other Cinematica fans — see the link to the right.

Cinematica: Contagious!

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Here’s Episode #005 of Cinematica.This week I talk to James Croot from The Press and writer Rachael King, two Christchurch film fans, about being cinephiles in a city that’s lost several movie theatres to earthquakes. Contagion, Beginners, Last Train Home and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan are also reviewed.

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New Cinematica episode

By Audio and Cinema

Last night Kailey, Simon and I recorded Episode 4 of the new Cinematica podcast. In it we argue about The Debt, Anonymous and basically agree on The Thing and I Don’t Know How She Does It. I was the only poor bugger who saw Conan the Barbarian. There’s news and banter in there too.

Here it is.

I recommend you head along to iTunes and subscribe so that you never miss an episode. And in a few weeks we’ll be broadcasting each episode live so keep an ear out for that.

Vinyl Vault – “NZ Music”

By Audio, Music and Vinyl
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Weird Culture — Weird Custom: National Student Radio compilation LP (1986)

Weird Culture — Weird Custom (1986) was, as far as I know, the first record release co-ordinated by the entire New Zealand student radio network. There were twelve tracks on the album, two chosen by each of the six member stations.  Radio Active selected the two  to represent Wellington: cow-punk combo the Crawbilly Creeps with “A Day in Lucky Gulch” and feminist-folkies Putty in Her Hands gave us “NZ Music” which became an instant favorite and was oft-requested for a long time afterwards.

Putty in Her Hands were a duo consisting of Charlotte Yates and Christine Jeffs. Yates continues to write and record, continuing to release solo records and also putting together the acclaimed compilations of NZ poetry set to music, Baxter (2000),  Tuwhare (2008) and Ihimaera (2011).

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Feeling upbeat

By Audio, Cinema and Radio

I just got in from a blustery journey to Radio New Zealand to appear on (what we used to call) the Concert Programme to talk about this year’s Film Festival. Concert FM has an excellent daily magazine show called Upbeat, hosted by Eva Radich, and I suspect this is the first time that Merle Haggard has been played on that earnest station.

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For radio nerds like me this was a very enjoyable visit. The Concert FM booth is just like the old ZM one I worked at in the late 80s, very manual, faders and CD players, etc. The Nine to Noon booth at Radio New Zealand National is for voice only and Kathryn Ryan has an operator in another room pushing all the playback buttons. I want the Concert studio in my own home. Swoon.