Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Which New Zealand films are the important ones - the ones that film academics call "canon", meaning the undoubted milestones in our comparatively brief history of internationally accliamed films? Massey University's Dr Brian McDonnell is about to launch a series of books, each one devoted to the most important New Zealand films. And he's kicked it off with a film that many critics agree may very well be the greatest - Brad McGann's In My Father's Den. Apr 30, 2017 02:40 pm
A young woman is enslaved by a man she must call Master. Her fate lies with an army vet, Hunter, once he comes across her - lying more than half dead - in the Northland bush. She's known only deprivation for years, and never feels truly safe even after her escape. Can Hunter protect her from those who seek her out? This is Tina Clough's scenario in her latest novel, The Chinese Proverb. The Swedish born-New Zealand writer explains to Lynn Freeman where the idea for the novel came from? Apr 30, 2017 02:25 pm
Peter Conway was the Secretary of the CTU in tandem with then President Helen Kelly. He tragically took his own life in 2015 after a long struggle with depression. Pete was a great muso and outside of work he had his union ensemble Not The Day Job. The album will be released, appropriately, on May 1st - International Workers' Day, at PSA House in Wellington. Simon Morris talks to Ross Teppett from the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, and musician David Long, producer of the album about how it all came about and the future of political songwriting. The album will be available on Spotify and iTunes on Monday and you can find more information on their facebook page. Apr 30, 2017 01:50 pm
Once again the Documentary Edge International Film Festival will challenge and inspire audiences with 49 feature length films and 20 short films, representing the very finest of international and New Zealand-made documentaries. Simon Morris talks to Dan Shanan, the executive director of the Documentary New Zealand Trust. Doc Edge is heading to Wellington 10 May - 21 May, and Auckland, 24 May - 5 June and you can find out more on their website. Apr 30, 2017 01:40 pm
To mark the release of the feature documentary by acclaimed filmaker Roger Donaldson on New Zealand motor-racing legend Bruce McLaren, Irene Gardiner has picked a real petrolhead edition of Screen Gems for Simon Morris. Apr 30, 2017 12:42 pm
After many years working in Children's publishing, Christine Dale and Jenny Nagle had started to notice a decline in the numbers of independent New Zealand publishers catering for children and young people. After a chance conversation, they resolved to do something about it and have this week launched OneTree House publishers. They tell Simon Morris all about it. Apr 30, 2017 12:35 pm
What does it take to get your film in front of an audience? We're very used to hearing about the skills of actors and directors but what about that of the producers? A new course developed by the New Zealand Film Commission, in conjunction with the Australian Film Television and Radio School is teaching a group of New Zealand producers what they need to know to produce a feature film, and enable them to build a production slate ready to take to market. Simon Morris talks to Dave Gibson, Chief Executive of the NZ Film Commission and the course facilitator, accomplished Australian producer, Sue Maslin. Apr 30, 2017 12:15 pm