Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide: Dressing…,

    Baudrillard, Bathes and Derrida are for real men.

    As in regular bathing maketh the man? I think you mean Barthes. But such an ignoble end--being run over by a laundry van (the kind of connection that Ian Dalziel would relish?)

    As for philosophers, give me Raymond Williams any day. Very generous in spirit, and he became more radical as he grew older (as we all should).

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  • Hard News: Changing Times,

    I defy you to point out a band that sounds like The Phoenix Foundation from anywhere else. Or The Chills for that matter. Or early Enz.

    I know I was being provocative (have I been taking lessons from Robbie?) but I think it is a legitimate question. You hear it in The Phoenix Foundation; I don't (but I hear echoes of Arcade Fire and Grizzly Bear). I hear it in the Patea Maori Club and Little Bushman. I don't know if that makes it less or more valid. But don't worry, for I do follow NZ music (bought a The Eastern CD just recently and have just sent off for a copy of Buffalo)

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  • Hard News: Changing Times,

    As Steve Allen once famously declared Imitation is the sincerest form of television , is it also the case with the great majority of popular music? What is intrinsically 'New Zealand' about New Zealand music--other than te reo Maori and Pacific Island influences, of course?

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  • Random Play: Police. Security. Screams.…,

    fuck those clowns at NZoA treating us like dumbed down peasants who think we can't choose what we want to listen to and see ourselves.

    This just sounds like a peevish, unsuccessful applicant for funds. I need a more considered explanation of NZOA's failings if you want my attention.

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  • Southerly: Phar Lap and Me,

    You wouldn't ever think of taking to the trots*, I suppose?

    * I used to think they had something to do with Trotsky.

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  • Random Play: Police. Security. Screams.…,

    The two girls who stole his hat at the airport are students of my beloved. As Josephine said, she didn't know whether to laugh or cry--especially as they were bunking off school to engineer the hat theft.

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  • Hard News: We invented everything,

    A question for a Friday: my colleague Ben Goldsmith at AFTRS in Sydney is currently writing an article about Australian characters in non-Australian films & TV. He has asked if I know of any Aussies (characters rather than actors) in New Zealand films. For the life of me, I can't really think of any, except for Flight of the Conchords. All suggestions or guidance gratefully accepted!

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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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