After what seems like weeks of holidays, Summer Noelles and Matinee Idles, Radio New Zealand National is pretty much back to normal which means the return of my fortnightly movie reviews. Let this be a little placeholder now that Rancho Notorious has become a fortnightly release.
As an added bonus, here’s Rancho Notorious co-host Kailey Carruthers talking to Lynn Freeman on Sunday’s Standing Room Only arts show.
Plus, New Zealand International Film Festival director Bill Gosden and I talking to Lynn earlier this summer about the future of New Zealand film under the new film commission régime of David Gibson.
Last Thursday I managed to stop the car somewhere with four bars on the phone and chat to Lynn Freeman (sitting in for holidaying Kathryn Ryan) about The Dark Horse and a couple of other NZIFF titles on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon.
Kathryn Ryan and the team at Nine to Noon started back earlier this week after the long summer break. This week, I spoke breathlessly about the big summer movies including Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle — and also took a moment to talk up The Pa Boys which opens on Waitangi Day.
I managed to fit in a couple of appearances on Radio New Zealand National in the busy late-December period.
Firstly, The Listener’s Helene wong and I joined Simon Morris on the Arts on Sunday for a chat about the state of New Zealand cinema in 2013 prompted by the recent New Zealand Film Awards (or “Moas”).
Then, just before everyone broke for the Christmas break I paid Kathryn Ryan a visit at Nine to Noon
to discuss my highlights of the year and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.