Loose Canons: Miriama Mcdowell
From Dwelling to Destination: On New Zealand’s House Museums
Nothing Like Family

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Loose Canons is a series in which we invite artists we love to share five things that have informed their work. Meet the rest of our Loose Canons here.

Two short years after graduating form Toi Whakaari, Miriama McDowell had starred in various films and and television series: Toa Fraser’s debut feature No. 2, television series Interrogation and Taonga. Since then, her screen credits include sci-fi thriller...

Art

Sebastian Clarke on the character and reputation of our most idiosyncratic institutions. 

I will eschew any suspense and begin with an admission: I’m a hound for house museums. I seek out these introspective havens peppered throughout Aotearoa with great fervour. My self-appointed role as loyal advocate for our house museums emerged not by epiphany, but thanks to a scratchy, woven basket. Said basket...

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Doug Dillaman and the unlikely, unconventional and uncommon family as featured in the New Zealand International Film Festival.

With 150 films in the New Zealand International Film Festival, it’s a fool’s game to declare a central theme to the programming and yet, over and over, the films I’ve previewed keep returning to the theme of unconventional families. Perhaps it’s a sign of the world’s current...

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Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Miriama Mcdowell
Art
From Dwelling to Destination: On New Zealand’s House Museums
Screen
Nothing Like Family
We the Uncanny: Reading A New Zealand Book of Beasts
Read Time: 13 mins
Published at the end of last year, 'A New Zealand...
Literature
We the Uncanny: Reading A New Zealand Book of Beasts
By Matt Harnett
Review: Joseph Moore, Young Comedy Billionaire
Read Time: 3 mins
Joseph Moore's Comedy Festival set is clever, ambitious...
Reviews
Review: Joseph Moore, Young Comedy Billionaire
By Joe Nunweek
Internet Histories: 5 May
Read Time: 4 mins
This fortnight: How the press ran with a gay dog-whistle...
Internet Histories
Internet Histories: 5 May
By Pantograph Punch
Review: Reginald D Hunter
Read Time: 3 mins
American comedian has some ascerbic and very funny...
Reviews
Review: Reginald D Hunter
By Joe Nunweek
Review: James Acaster - Recognise!
Read Time: 2 mins
James Acaster presents a deadpan set that's at once...
Reviews
Review: James Acaster - Recognise!
By Rosabel Tan
Why You Shouldn't Ever Review Good Stand-up
Read Time: 4 mins
Is reviewing a great stand-up comedy gig the most...
Reviews
Why You Shouldn't Ever Review Good Stand-up
By Rosabel Tan
Review: The Goldfinch
Read Time: 7 mins
Kyle Rainsford reviews this year's Pulitzer Prize-...
Literature
Review: The Goldfinch
By Kyle Rainsford
Bringing Up Bully: 'Penny Arcade' and Growing Up on the Internet
Read Time: 18 mins
The internet's first creative boom was heralded as...
Art
Bringing Up Bully: 'Penny Arcade' and Growing Up on the Internet
By Rory MacKinnon