Nothing Easy To Digest: A Review of Risk
Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2017
The Artist as Technician: Considering China’s Van Goghs and Art and Craft

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Doug Dillaman considers the elusive character of Julian Assange in Risk at this years New Zealand International Film Festival.

“A movie is never finished, only abandoned.” George Lucas’s famous riff on da Vinci has been invoked repeatedly over the years, but it’s rare to encounter a film that so fully illustrates both sides of that aphorism as Laura Poitras’s long-gestating documentary Risk. Born of...

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Consisting of seven short films from Māori and Pasifika filmmakers, 2017’s Ngā Whanaunga programme boasts a strong line-up that explores modern city, country, and island life for indigenous people. With a focus on the challenges of youth, the selection offers thoughtful comment on a wide range of topics including culture, whānau, gender and sexuality.

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Renae Maihi’s Mannahatta follows...

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Who gets to be considered an artist?

The debate between art and craft is a long-standing one and is often characterised by another debate entirely, between intellect and ability. The Greek word tech, which is often translated to mean art and the associated human ability to make and perform, is the root word for ‘technique’, ‘technology’ or ‘technical’, and suggests an intrinsic connection between art and skill. When looking for...

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Nothing Easy To Digest: A Review of Risk
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Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2017
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The Artist as Technician: Considering China’s Van Goghs and Art and Craft
Eight Contemporary Poets I Love and Two Dead Guys I
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In anticipation of National Poetry Day this Friday...
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Eight Contemporary Poets I Love and Two Dead Guys I
By Hera Lindsay Bird
Truth and Reconciliation
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How does a nation go about 'replacing myth with fact...
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Truth and Reconciliation
By Matt Harnett
Urban Legend: An interview with Dove-Myer Robinson's Biographer
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He's best known to the 21st century as central Auckland...
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Urban Legend: An interview with Dove-Myer Robinson's Biographer
By Joe Nunweek
Those Smaller Reverberations: Fictional Meals
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Novels can sometimes have a profound impact, while...
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Those Smaller Reverberations: Fictional Meals
By Rosabel Tan
I Watched An Entire Episode Of TV3's Hit New Sitcom Golden
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Pilots usually suck, so we don't read reviews of them...
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I Watched An Entire Episode Of TV3's Hit New Sitcom Golden
By Joe Nunweek
This Is Actually What A Job Description For Working At ACC Says
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The scandal-stricken Accident Compensation Commission...
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This Is Actually What A Job Description For Working At ACC Says
By Joe Nunweek
Codex Seraphinianus
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Cryptic art that frustrates even as it captures your...
Art
Codex Seraphinianus
By Matt Harnett
Love Letters to The Critic II: Duncan Greive & Chip Matthews in Conversation
Read Time: 24 mins
In 2003, Duncan Greive wrote a damning review of Opensouls...
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Love Letters to The Critic II: Duncan Greive & Chip Matthews in Conversation
By Rosabel Tan
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