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Welcome to Widescreen!

By Cinema, meta and Video

After a few weeks of development, testing, angst and aggro, I can finally announce the new project I’ve been cooking up at Radio New Zealand. Here’s a short trailer video explaining what it’s all about.


As an added bonus, if you can name all the films and TV shows featured in the above clip, email the list to and go into the draw to win a DVD prize pack featuring half a dozen of those included.

You can also contact us with suggestions and comments at the same address, or you can give us 140 character feedback at @WidescreenRNZ on Twitter.

Here’s the page at the RNZ site.

Rancho Notorious is included in the RNZ deal but still available here (of course). I’ll be posting all my other Widescreen content here too because, why not?


By Cinema and Video

On Tuesday night I was privileged to host a new initiative from the Light House Cinema chain — a brief survey of a director’s career prior to a special preview of their latest film. In this case, the director was Danny Boyle and his new film, Trance, will be reviewed here on Monday. I had a jolly good time re-watching the films and sourcing clips and even managed to produce this little montage video by way of introduction. (Warning: the audio is the opening monologue from Trainspotting and so is almost certainly NSFW.)



It’s not the first time that I have fooled around with iMovie this way. Last year I was asked by Downstage Theatre to produce a short video introducing Sam Neill before his fundraiser Q&A, An Innocent Abroad.



They are very enjoyable, these little projects, even though I have to re-learn iMovie every time I do them. Perhaps, if I don’t get one of the two dream jobs I want here in New Zealand I could be put to work on those In Memoriam videos they play at the Oscars every year.

Trailer spotlight

By Cinema and Video

Checking out the latest updates at Apple’s online trailer repository, slogging through the mostly forgettable content, I came across this and got very excited indeed:


If this doesn’t show up in this year’s Film Festival someone should take their license away.

But the (potential) riches didn’t end there. What kind of year is it that has new films by Malick and Monte Hellman?