NZIFF done and dusted! What a great couple of weeks! The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden - 7 A fun documentary, with an intriguing story that was played up for maximum effect Frank - 8 Funny and entertaining romp with a lot of heart Housebound - 10 Awesome! Totally nailed both horror and comedy, this was heaps of fun Starred Up - 9 Gripping prison drama. Amazing characters that are well explored Jodorowsky’s Dune - 10 Amazing and fascinating doco about creativity and ambition. What a mind! The Congress - 9 Dazzling and layered. I loved it, but was very sleepy - it seemed more dreamy (?) than I think intended Locke - 9 A+ script, Tom Hardy, and voice acting. Unfolds beautifully We Come As Friends - 8 Stunning documentary making. Lets the people and images speak for themselves The Tale of The Princess Kaguya - 5 Far too long, with a simple story. Very dynamic when things happened, and looked amazing White God - 5 Stuck in-between horror and a coming of age. How could 300 dogs taking over a town be this boring? It Follows - 10 Beautiful, creepy, haunting, incredible soundtrack. Absolutely top notch Print the Legend - 8 Great doco, interesting characters that develops really well Consuming Spirits - 10 Monumental. Astonishing and layered story, incredible characters, breathtaking animation
My Top 7
1. Voices of the Land: Ngā Reo o te Whenua 2. Consuming Spirits 3. It Follows 4. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 5. Fish & Cat 6. Housebound 7. The Rover
Half way through the NZIFF! It’s been amazing. Part two and Best Ofs coming up soon
The Dark Horse - 10 Bold and powerful storytelling. High stakes throughout, great script, outstanding performances Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? - 6 Really inspiring animation. Overflowing with ideas from Chomsky, but it was often hard to follow his trains of thought Voices of the Land: Ngā Reo o te Whenua - 10 Astonishing. A wonderfully cinematic documentary. Moving story, music and film. A world premier with Richard Nunns in attendance - wow 52 Tuesdays - 8 Great story and great acting. An innovative production that came together spot on Particle Fever - 10 Awesome! Informative and entertaining, a well structured doco The Epic of Everest - 8 Incredible footage of the 1924 Mallory expedition. Classic Man & the Beauty/Terror of Nature. Great new soundtrack Hard to be a God - 4 A challenging watch. 3hrs of little plot and lots of stupid, gross stuff. Great costumes and sets though! Everything We Loved - 8 Great revealing of facts in this thriller. True to life acting Night Moves - 8 Great tension, slow taut scenes New Zealand’s Best 2014 - 8 A really strong mix of shorts, Cold Snap was my fav. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter - 10 Awesome. Wonderful character, compelling story, top notch soundtrack. So much melancholy and naivety The Rover - 10 Simple and taut. Tension way high, amazing performances. Director Michod is a star Concerning Violence - 7 Incredible archive footage and a good story. The essay ideas were hard to follow though Fish and Cat - 10 Amazing and ambitious single shot Iranian thriller. Very inventive, beguiling, tense, funny Goodbye to Language 3D - 7 Great use of 3D, visually amazing, art film Maps to the Stars - 9 Utterly contemporary, perfectly scripted and executed. Charmingly hateable characters
Awesome, it’s time for the NZ International Film Fest ‘14! I’m 29 this year, and I’m seeing 29 films. Outtacontrol. Here’s what’s on the cards over the next two weeks. Expect some short reviews every now and then
52 Tuesdays Concerning Violence Consuming Spirits Everything We Loved Fish & Cat Frank Goodbye to Language 3D Hard to Be a God Housebound Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? It Follows Jodorowsky’s Dune Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Locke Maps to the Stars New Zealand’s Best 2014 Night Moves Particle Fever Print the Legend Starred Up The Congress The Dark Horse The Epic of Everest The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden The Rover The Tale of The Princess Kaguya Voices of the Land: Ngā Reo o te Whenua We Come As Friends White God
I’m working on a monologue/public lecture performance at the moment. It’s going to be about science and how awesome learning and curiosity are, structured within a narrative of my life. I think it’s going to be great.
I’ve not really done something like this before, so am trying to make sure all the planning is there first, before diving in. That does mean though that I don’t feel like I’ve got much to show for now. But ‘hello’, and I hope you’re doing well.
What else is new? I’m seeing Janelle Monáe in two weeks and am flippin’ excited! Things are pretty fab
Haraklōn is a project that attempts to tie together two technologies and cultures - Maori and ancient Greek. Models of five polyhedra know as the Platonic solids are created using sticks lashed together.
Sticks and harakeke are collected on a walk along trails of Mount Victoria, Wellington. Harakeke is gathered as needed, and cut with a shell found in Breaker Bay. Maori customs are followed as closely as I understand, and are informed by library books, and (I’m on the search for) traditional teachers. The solids are made ideally in one sitting
The name Haraklōn is a neologism, combining harakeke (New Zealand flax) with the Greek word klōn, meaning branch or twig (and is also the root word of ‘cloning’) The whole project is a follow on from pastings and street art I’ve made, with a natural materials twist. I’ve realised that so much of what I’ve produced gets removed, degraded, or broken down. Keeping with this, these objects are left at spots along Mt Victoria trails, for nature to take its course
I’ve started up a couple of occasional tumblrs you might be interested in. mountvictoria chronicles my adventures around Mt Victoria, Wellington. audible glimpse records parts of conversations I’ve overheard and found interesting. Explore your surroundings /// don’t wear headphones. It’s a giving world
So Wellington Zinefest was a dream. A wonderful day, and I was fortunate to meet heaps of great people and share things we’d made. I’m supremely flattered people chose to buy or swap my workings. I have a lovely stack of treats that I’ll enjoy peeking through