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Luit Bieringa on Signed, Theo Schoon, his doco portrait of a maverick artist
Theo Schoon, legendary artist and outsider that shook the culture of New Zealand.
Jan Oliver Lucks on his real-life relationship film There Is No “I” in Threesome
Documents a Kiwi couple trying to make a sexually explorative, open relationship work.
Succession is back, hitting the ground running in season three
Television’s most awful (and awfully watchable) family is back.
John Cena kills for justice in full trailer for Peacemaker series, coming soon to NZ
Murder. Eagle hugs. Cena dancing in his grundies. This show has it all.
Michelle Savill on her Ana Scotney-starring comedy-drama Millie Lies Low
Savill’s film follows someone trying to bluff their way out of a tricky predicament.
Firing on all cylinders, here’s why Eric Bana mystery drama The Dry works so well
The Dry set the box office alight – now it arrives in your living room.
One man’s very subjective list of their favourite music docos
If one thing is true of music docos, it’s that there literally cannot ever be enough.
It’s convoluted and overly long, but The Last Duel is a compelling examination of female victimhood
Ridley Scott’s medieval drama uses a compelling ‘he said, he said, she said’ structure to tell its (exhaustive) tale.
Todd Haynes doco on The Velvet Underground is disappointingly conventional
Jonathan Richman and John Waters elevate what can be a dour story told by jaded people.
Briar March on anti-nuke activism doco Mothers of the Revolution
NZIFF doco tells the story of the 19 year-long Greenham Common women’s peace camp.
The French Film Festival comes to you with new On Demand platform
Prices range from $5.99 – $9.99 per film rental.
Peter Brook Bell tells us about UFC champ Mark Hunt doco The Fight of His Life
“Mark has had to fight for everything he has in life.”
10 possibly under the radar picks for NZIFF 2021
Need a hand navigating the NZIFF programme? We’re here to help.
First trailer and release date for Peter Jackson doco The Beatles: Get Back
Jackson uses the same restoration techniques used in 2018’s stunning They Shall Not Grow Old.
We don’t know how to feel about Timothée Chalamet as a young Willy Wonka
Timothée/he will be/in a wooorld of pure imagination…here’s the best memes about Timmy’s sweet new role.
In the age of augmented reality, cult classic They Live is an even wilder film to rewatch
“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
Shirley Horrocks on new doco about the PM’s Chief Science Advisor
Started before COVID-19, Juliet Gerrard: Science in Dark Times captures the pandemic.
The Alpinist is a brain-feeding, occasionally nerve-shredding, cinematic experience
You’d be forgiven for thinking this latest feature, The Alpinist, was trying to out-solo Free Solo.
Florian Habicht tells us about the new colourised version of Woodenhead
Florian Habicht’s enchanting 2003 debut plays at this year’s NZIFF.
Win double passes to stunning documentary Becoming Cousteau
Becoming Cousteau chronicles the life of an ocean-mad filmmaker and pioneer.
The sensational Dune will swallow you whole, like some kind of subterranean invertebrate
Denis Villeneuve directs the hell out of this highly ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel.