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.
Joker a study in cruelty and whiteness
‘Joker’ expects viewers not only to understand its cruelty, but to understand the justified violence of a white man when the protests of black men and women in the US are regularly met with condemnation, vilification and exclusion.
Shut out from an inclusion conference
Why some participants at a conference on inclusion lambasted organisers for paying lip service to the subject.
Old bums too much for Auckland Transport
A photograph featuring the bare bottoms of an elderly couple for the Doc Edge film festival won’t be appearing on AT Billboards or bus backs.
Academy Awards’ self-inflicted implosion
After a litany of public-relations disasters, backtracks and missteps, the Oscars are in a full-on revolt.
‘Colourism’ reveals shades of Hollywood prejudice
The breakthrough representation of minorities in Hollywood has ignited a discussion about whether prejudice isn’t just about the colour of a person’s skin, but the shade.
Vineyards to satellite city - the new Kumeu
Kumeu is experiencing unprecedented growth. It’s good for business - but bad for residents who just want their country life.
When art imitates American politics
The start of ‘Sicario: Rise of the Soldado’ plays out like some kind of fever dream for Donald Trump, writes Darren Bevan.
Show biz is big business in Auckland
Figures show the Auckland Council’s involvement in the film industry is paying off.