Features & Reviews—Recent and Popular

Simon Starling: In Speculum
The Turner Prize-winning conceptual artist discusses his practice with THOMASIN SLEIGH on the occasion of a major survey of his work.
Denis O’Hare, Charles Bradley,
Neko Case, Marc Labreche
ALEXANDER BISLEY interviews a quartet of great artists at the New Zealand Festval.
An Interview/Hour with Marcus Chown
The engaging writer walks BRANNAVAN GNANALINGAM through the wonderful world of science, fiction, and Twitter; plus, DOUG DILLAMAN on Life, the Universe, and/or Everything at New Zealand Festival Writers Week.
Terry Castle, Rebecca Macfie
EMMA ADAMS’s fascinating correspondence with a celebrated literary critic; plus, reflections on an eye-opening account of the Pike River Mine tragedy.
Sandor Katz, Anne Kennedy
LAURA SUZUKI talks fermentation and food politics; SAIYA GUO unravels a New Zealand poet/novelist/scriptwriter.
New Zealand Festival at a glance
Interviews and reviews from Lumière’s extensive arts festival coverage in 2014.
What Exactly is The Wolf of Wall Street Selling?
LAURA SUZUKI checks the fine print on Martin Scorsese’s razzle-dazzle new film.
Camp A Low Hum: An Obituary + Keeping Track
DAN KELLY bids a fond farewell to Blink’s singular summer music festival; plus, MARTIN PEPPERELL selects fourteen fresh New Zealand tracks.
The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer
ANDY PALMER on the legacy of the charismatic Peter McLeavey.
Conversations: The Novel
BRANNAVAN GNANALINGAM and THOMASIN SLEIGH, authors of You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here and Ad Lib respectively, talk about the process of writing a novel.
I’m working on a building with Pip Adam
A conversation about Christchurch, engineering, and being a lover of mess with the exciting debut novelist.
A Correspondence with Eleanor Catton
JOAN FLEMING gathers exquisite thoughts on writing and reading from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Luminaries.
The Year in Review + Milestones
The best in film and theatre in 2013; plus, to mark ten years online and in print, a selection of “personal milestones” from past and present contributors.
Vincent’s Hands
Vincent Ward reflects on a singular career in film, his creative “instinct” as an artist, and the exciting prospect of returning to directing.
Ludwig Treviranus + Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas
BRANNAVAN GNANALINGAM talks to the promising German Samoan concert pianist; plus, on P.R. HARRIS on Michael Houston’s historic cycle of sonatas.
Site + Story + Object: A Theory of Engagement
RENEE GERLICH with an exploration of harmonious museum spaces, from Vienna’s Kunst Haus Wien to Wellington’s Carter Observatory.
American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive
TIM WONG on the silent era discoveries from New Zealand’s nitrate treasure trove.
Two Little Birds: Jeff Mangum, Chris Knox and how broken nerves get better
MURDOCH STEPHENS considers Neutral Milk Hotel’s 2013 reunion tour of New Zealand across three nights and three distinctive moods.


Alexander Bisley: All Is Lost, The Coen Brothers, Naomie Harris, Nebraska, Quotes from the 51st NYFF, Tom Hanks, Paul Greengrass, John Clarke, Savage, Guillermo Arriaga, Park Chan-wook, Toa Fraser, Mike Lerner, Alex Gibney, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Yves Montmayeur.
Alice May Connolly: Performance as spectacle in The Master.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Eureka, Zazie dans le Métro, Gardening With Soul, Blue Jasmine, Graeme Cowley on Utu Redux, Stranger by the Lake, The Missing Picture, Kira Muratova, Cannes, Berlin.
Jacob Powell: Short Term 12, Only Lovers Left Alive, La jaula de oro, Upstream Color, Leviathan, Cheap Thrills, Lessons of the Evil, Stories We Tell, Andrew Bujalski on Computer Chess.
Laura Suzuki: The beautiful emptiness of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.
Melinda Jackson: Big Screen Symposium 2013, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Robert Metcalf: It Boy, The Past, The House I Live In, After May.
Sam Brooks: Sophie Henderson on Fantail, Starlet, Much Ado About Nothing.
Steve Garden: Crime and no punishment, The Tree of Life.
Tim Wong: Bringing Up Baby, Breaking Bad’s bad habits, Life after Miyazaki, Opening/Closing Shots at NZIFF, Daniel Borgman, Like Someone in Love, Dial M for Murder, The Crowd, Museum Hours, The Act of Killing, Sydney, Rotterdam.


Alexander Bisley: Masha Gessen, Pico Iyer, Sylvie Simmons.
Alice May Connolly: Alison Bechdel.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Eleanor Catton on The Rehearsal.
Joan Fleming: Craig Cliff on The Mannequin Makers.
Kimaya Mcintosh: Scarlett Thomas, Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her.
Saradha Koirala: Rising to the Surface, Stuff I’ve Been Reading, A History of Silence, Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley, How to Speak New Zenglish, Shehan Karunatilaka, Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, I’m Your Man.


Alexander Bisley: Jessica Rivera, Kody Nielson, Leonard Cohen, Jerry Zigmont, Lord of the Echo (Redux), Lil B, Anna Coddington, Mark Turner, Luke Buda, Mara TK, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Antoinette Halloran, Sweetman on Simmons.
Andy Palmer: Mistaken for Strangers, Big Star, Fandango.
Barney Chunn: Nesian Mystik, The Bads.
Doug Dillaman: Yo La Tengo, Frente Cumbiero.
James Manning: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Homegrown, Booga Beazley, Eminem.
P.R. Harris: Hopkinson Smith, Leonard Cohen.
Tim Glasgow: E/N/T’s Central Complex, Timothy Blackman on This Country.

Theatre & Performing Arts

Alice May Connolly: Needles and Opium.
Kimaya Mcintosh: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It).
Liberty van Voorthuysen: The Quiet Volume.
Michael Boyes: Black Faggot, The Flying Dutchman, Madame Butterfly.
Mohamad Atif Slim: Wicked, Reimagining La Belle et la Bête.
Samuel Phillips: Pasefika, Paniora!, Bullet Catch.
Sam Brooks: Paniora!, Daffodils, Girl in Tan Boots, Sea, Black Faggot, The Slapdash Assassin, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, They Saw A Thylacine, Fallen Angels, Lantern, 360 – A Theatre of Recollections, Zen Dog, Between the Sheets, Live at Six.
Steve Wakeem: An Iliad, My Stories, Your Emails.
Stacey Knott: Nelson Arts Festival, Renee Lyons on Nick: An Accidental Hero.
Tim Wong: Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Maids.

Visual Arts

Alexander Bisley: Ans Westra.
Andy Palmer: Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis, the grass is awfully green, Old New World, River-Road—Journeys Through Ecology.
Thomasin Sleigh: 5th Auckland Triennial, The Stuttering Conversation: Art New Zealand in 2013, Watermarking at the Liverpool Biennial.
Tim Wong: Minutes from ‘The Clock’.

Scrapbook—Audio/Visual Excerpts

•  From the Archives: Selected portraits by our staff photographers from the past 12 months.
•  Stills from photographer Richard Avedon’s opening title sequence to Funny Face.
•  The Lumière Photo Essay: Ambrose Hickman’s images from WOMAD 2014.
•  Out of the Past: Fancy Dress Youth Dance St John’s Hall, Trentham.
•  The Lumière Photo Essay: Five bands, five portraits from Homegrown 2014, shot by Ambrose Hickman.
•  Out of the Past: Women queue for ballet tickets at Opera House, Wellington.