Pandemic film-making in NZ
Sharon Brettkelly talks to the producer of Avatar, Jon Landau, about making a blockbuster in NZ during a pandemic.
Avoiding another cultural brain drain
How much more could NZ achieve in the creative sectors, how much richer could our country be culturally, if professional structures could be put in place, with decent amounts of central and regional funding? asks James Tibbles
Taonga: The original social distancers
Museum-held taonga became accustomed to a lifestyle of restriction long before Covid-19 forced us to isolate ourselves from one another, writes the University of Otago’s Jamie Metzger.
Hamish Coney: Before and after
The exhibition Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and NZ Art at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery opened a week before the world changed. It’s now open again - Hamish Coney suggests a post lockdown visit might provide a lens to view the future.
Don’t let hope be a casualty of the virus
Imagining our lives will get better again is part of the healing process as a nation, writes the University of Auckland’s Peter O’Connor.
Champion of actors is NZ’s champion
Actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira, a long-time champion of the arts, and te reo Māori is the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year for 2020. Mark Jennings reports on the night that honours the best of us.
A window to our past
After hours at the Waitangi Museum - The Detail gets a guided tour of the museum on the Treaty Grounds, including stories behind the stories.
Taika Waititi - the toast of Toronto
Film critic Kate Rodger talks about the kiwi director causing controversy - and garnering both acclaim and harsh criticism - for his latest project.
‘I was free ... I could paint’
Louise Henderson occupies a distinctive niche in NZ’s art history. Pat Baskett revisits an interview she did with the painter in 1991.