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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.

More wireless

By Audio, Cinema and Radio

I’m filling for Graeme Tuckett on Nine to Noon for the next few weeks. This morning Lynn Freeman and I discussed Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Despicable Me (and 3D generally) plus Tom Reilly’s Gordonia. That was a lot to squeeze in to just over 10 minutes so it got a little breathless.

Listen here or download from the link below:



As an added bonus, here’s my review of the novel Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett from last Thursday’s show:



Decade in Review

By Cinema and Radio

Not by me.

Christ, I’m too busy with being on holiday and preparing for my forthcoming return to the Wellington stage to think about summing up a decade in cinema (particularly as I wasn’t watching much film for the first half of it).

Luckily, Ant Timpson has done the work for me. Check out his two lists (Best of the Decade and Best Horror Films of the Decade) and keep them in mind when you are next at the video shop.

Meanwhile, you can listen to myself and Auckland’s Dominic Corry talk to Arts on Sunday’s Lynn Freeman about the 2009 year at the movies (which was broadcast about ten days ago) and wait a day or two for me to post my Capital Times picks of the year right here.


Movie Panel — Dan Slevin and Dominic Corry

Start the Week is back

By Media and Radio

It’s October which means that the best radio programme in the world my favourite radio programme is back — Start the Week with Andrew Marr. The walk to work is made that much more intellectual when STW is on the iPod.

This week there was a lovely moment when Peter Maxwell-Davies (Master of the Queen’s Music), in conversation with thriller novelists P.D. James (Phyllis, I now learn) and Stella Rimington, compared the construction of a good plot to the composition of music — the organisation of it, the mathematics of it. I so enjoy hearing people from different disciplines find common ground — and uncommon ground. Great radio.