Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: We invented everything,

    A Friday offer (not quite where else to put it):


    For filmies: if you go to the Directory of World Cinema site www.worldcinemadirectory.org, you can download a free copy of the just-published American Independent Cinema directory (337pp of it), edited by John Berra. A magnificent deal--I hope Intellect do the same with the Australia & New Zealand directory (edited by Ben Goldsmith and myself), later this year,

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  • Hard News: We invented everything,

    Don't dish NZs Hottest Home Baker

    Oh. the tension! Oh, the drama! Oh, the cupcakes!

    re Popstars

    It certainly influenced the development of Pop Idol (as well as the nasty rash of boy/girl bands through the 1990s). By all accounts, the format was sold (to Freemantle?) for diddley-squat, partly because the NZ producers didn't really realise the financial potential.

    Where is Fiona doing her panel (so to speak)? I am doing something similar (as the 'academic/political' contributor) for a Screen Directors Guild forum in Ponsonby on Monday afternoon.

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  • Cracker: About a Boy,

    the past decade has been particularly bad.

    You are forgetting about Black Sheep and Second Hand Wedding, which were a giggle or two. The problem is to do with distribution, publicity budgets + the fact that all our major film distributors/exhibitors are overseas owned, with no particular loyalty to local film. I'm Not Harry Jensen (2010) is a New Zealand-made, well-formed and effective little thriller but it has already disappeared without a trace. In 2008, for example, NZ films earned a miserly 1.6% of the total NZ box office.

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  • Cracker: About a Boy,

    incidentally what previous comedy did Boy just surpass to be more successful than

    Sione's Wedding

    I saw Boy at a preview and the audience laughed up a gale. Another example, I guess, of what Sam Neill now refers to as a New Zealand cinema at ease-- (revising his former judgement of __cinema of unease?) I must say that Taika is a very generous fellow--I sent him a whole bunch of questions, for a profile I am doing for the Australia media magazine Metro and fullsome replies came back within a week.

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  • Hard News: Catching up with the future…,

    And set in the Waikato to boot.

    Then, Miserable Chief(s) might be more appropriate. The only teepee I have seen around any parts is the one perched on a hillside in Upper Takaka, Golden Bay.

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  • Hard News: Climate science and the media,

    Kyle: Hmmm. Is bewilderment also a characteristic of social scientists? I do remember the time I thought I would buck conventions in a large survey (of journalists, incidentally) and put the gender question as Female/Male, rather than the usual Male/Female. Only to to realise half-way through the data entry stage that I had coded all this information incorrectlly.

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  • Hard News: Climate science and the media,

    The more knowledge there is, the less of a proportion anyone can know of it. If you seek to broaden your knowledge, you also tend to make it shallower as well, and when the depth of the knowledge is increasing all the time, this means people are more and more out of their depth about anything outside of specializations.

    Very well put, Ben. This is the reason I admire PAS and remain in awe of the knowledge displayed here. I try to keep up with debates and wonder, as many do, whether aberrant weather and natural disasters are indicators of a larger pattern of irreversible climate change. Nevertheless (and to be perfectly honest), much of my unwillingness to listen to counter-arguments from climate change deniers (Wishart et al) is more to do with a strong distaste for their general politics, rather any arguments (spurious or otherwise) which they might offer.

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  • Hard News: RT: Eyjafjallajokull,

    What fools we mortals be.

    Precisely what I thought as tidied up the vege garden yesterday, listening to the roar of V8s in downtown Hamilton. Had a dour laugh or two when I saw a HCC sign suggesting that spectators take a 'green' route by walking to the track--so they could watch expensive cars going round and round in circles, burning up finite fossil fuel!

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  • Hard News: RT: Eyjafjallajokull,

    Interesting to see all the news reporters around the globe studiously avoiding pronouncing the real name of that which will forever be known as That Bloody Volcano in Iceland

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  • Hard News: McVicar and the media,

    Excellent interview with McVicar, Russell. Perhaps you could have thrown him the line ...common sense is just what we call our prejudices...

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