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  • Lyrically written tale of dystopia may be next NZ Booker contender

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 115

    Although the Victoria University writing programme has its detractors, it has introduced several new and talented writers in recent years. My favourite book of last year was a product of this course, and The Chimes by fellow VU graduate Anna Smaill is definitely top of my list for 2015. Set in a dystopian future England, after an unspecified crisis known

  • 'Birdman' named best picture at Academy Awards

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 115

    The dark comedy "Birdman" held up a mirror to Hollywood and its struggling actors and in return received the film industry's highest recognition, the Academy Award for best picture. Director Alejandro G. Inarritu's story of a washed-up, former superhero actor attempting an improbable comeback on Broadway won four Oscars in its nine nominations, including

  • 'Tour of Duty' in the South

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 118

    Sir Tony (he was knighted in 2013) is probably best remembered as the terrific Baldrick in Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder, in which he came complete with the ''I have a cunning plan'' catchphrase. Since his Blackadder days, he has been most prominent in the Time Team series, doing time-limited archaeological digs in a show that was always entertaining and informative

  • Grim Fandango Remastered: Return to Land of the Dead

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 115

    Grim Fandango Remastered From: Double Fine For: PS4, PSVita, PC Three and a half stars (out of five) As with all Double Fine games, those who played them absolutely loved them. Games like Psychonauts and a personal favourite of mine, Brutal Legend, reviewed strongly, were well received by fans, but sank like the Titanic at stores. You are Manny Calavera

  • Super Stardust Ultra: '80s-style shooter retains its charm

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 143

    It really is that simple for those who dip into Super Stardust Ultra, a pleasantly simple little arcade title that's ideal for filling those gaps between more taxing gaming experiences. It's a remake of the original PS3 game, which in turn was an enhanced version of an old Amiga title. Essentially, you are piloting a little spaceship, controlling movement

  • Music like it used to be

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 133

    From brass bands to viols, from Shakespeare to Catherine de Medici, not to mention music by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Corelli and many less well-known composers, music lovers are in for a treat with 10 days of Renaissance and Baroque music, theatre and dance in the New Zealand International Early Music Festival from February 27 to March

  • Polanski testifies in extradition hearing

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 136

    Dariusz Mazur, the judge presiding over the case in the southern Polish city of Krakow, said the court could not make a ruling on Wednesday (local time) since it still had to consider additional documents submitted by Polanski's lawyers. Mazur said the filmmaker's lawyers had handed in preliminary documents in English and in German from his unsuccessful

  • Countertenor treat at All Saints

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 144

    The South African-born countertenor is singing in a concert on Sunday March 8 in All Saints Church as part of the New Zealand International Early Music Festival. Winner of the New Zealand Aria Competition and first runner-up in the Lexus Song Quest in 2012, the 27-year-old rising star came to New Zealand in 2003 with his parents at the age of 15. While

  • Evocative sound of viola da gamba

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 139

    Director of the Sydney-based Marais Project, an early music ensemble, she first heard it when she was completing her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium. The viola da gamba, also known as a bass viol, is an early string instrument played with a bow that preceded the cello and was played in the Renaissance and Baroque periods although, as the ensemble

  • Art seen: February 26

    1 January 1970 12:00 AM 145

    ''Parallel Play'', Frances Hodgkins and her contemporaries (Dunedin Public Art Gallery) The latest exhibition in the Frances Hodgkins wing of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is a clever assemblage of works by Hodgkins, each paired with a piece by one of her contemporaries. The juxtaposition of these artworks is intended to show similarities and differences