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A New Beginning: The National Writers Forum 2016

Jackie Dennis, New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) CEO says in her welcome note: ‘an idea has become a reality.’ The inaugural National Writers Forum, held on 17-18 September in Auckland, was the start of what will hopefully be a long-lived reality for the many aspiring, successful and established writers of Aotearoa. The two day programme was packed with 44 talented presenters including…



The Secret Life of Pets has to be one of my favourite films this year. In fact, it’s probably one of the most enjoyable wagging tales of four-legged beasts minus all the bad puns. This is New York, New York and everything we love about it is highlighted in its opening scenes – the bike rides, Central Park, the sunset…


Shot Bro – Confessions of a Depressed Bullet | Kōanga Festival 2016

Let’s be clear: Shot Bro – Confessions of a Depressed Bullet is not drama therapy. Any therapeutic effect that may eventuate as a result of watching a brilliant writer and performer share his most personal stories is a result of not merely absorbing and reflecting upon the details of the story but basking in the world of how the story is told. Rob Mokaraka…


Boys Will Be Boys | Silo

Dione Joseph reviews Silo Theatre’s production of BOYS WILL BE BOYS, written by Melissa Bubnic and directed by Sophie Roberts. A scathing satire of the male-dominated world of the financial trading industry with an all female-cast. Click here to listen to Dione’s live review on Radio New Zealand.  


Boys Will Be Boys | Silo Theatre

Forget Sex in the City. This is Melissa Bubnic’s scathing satire of sexism in the city and it’s a crackling ninety minutes. In a strong female-driven narrative, Boys Will Be Boys exposes not just the multiple glass ceilings that women face in the industries and systems wrought by men but, equally, how such institutions breed desperation, ruthlessness and betrayal in power games that…


Scarlet & Magenta | Lindsey Dawson

According to author Lindsey Dawson, Scarlet and Magenta is only loosely based on the kernel of truth but there is something very attractive about stories inspired by this land and the women and men who came to be here. This is historical fiction, New Zealand historical fiction but also Victorian historical fiction – and yes, if you have a penchant…


Power and Privilege: The Role of the Reviewer in Responding to Indigenous Theatre

Indigenous performance is powerful. While embracing commonalities, it can: dislocate dominant cultural constructions of reality, time and place; interrogate the distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘them’; and carry the ability to refute cultural homogeneity. The latter is especially relevant when applied to critical analyses of Indigenous performance. These are often laced with challenges of power and privilege, for example: varying degrees…


Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms | Anita Heiss

War stories take us back to a place where truth, honour, loyalty and courage all come into play in a grand chess game orchestrated by paper architects who never have to face the firing line. As a result, the stories and indeed the histories, that are handed down are often constructed to tell a particular narrative that favours a particular…


Bridget Jones´s Baby

Bridget Jones’ Baby is everything a not-a-girl-every-inch-a-woman-chick-flick should be. Forty-three, single, career driven, unafraid to show off a few wrinkles and not giving a hoot about whether her thighs resemble tree trunks, this is our Bridget Jones and yes, it’s every bit the goofy, feel good rom-com drama that you would expect from the ongoing saga of finding love in…

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