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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.

[audio:–1242-dan_slevin-048.mp3|titles=Dan Slevin reviews films show­ing at this year’s NZ International Film Festival. (14?13?)]

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.