Features & Reviews—Recent and Popular

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The Fiddler and the Arborist
JOAN FLEMING interviews American expat poets Steven Toussaint and Lee Posna.
Frederick Wiseman, Florian Habicht + more
BRANNAVAN GNANALINGAM leads a series of conversations with local and international filmmakers at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Making REALITi
Jonathan King takes DOUG DILLAMAN behind the scenes of his new sci-fi venture.
FEMEN and Me
Ukraine is Not a Brothel director Kitty Green tells LAURA SUZUKI about befriending the founders of the radical Feminist protest group.
Burden of Dreams
On the supreme sadness and power of escapism in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, the Zellner Brothers’ strange tale of an obsessive personal quest.
Boyhood’s Time Lapse
JACOB POWELL on Richard Linklater’s intimate 12 year odyssey of growing up.
Documentary Realities
MELINDA JACKSON learns about China co-productions, our obsession with time, fiction vs. reality, and the future of radio at the Screen Edge Forum 2014.
Auckland Writers Festival
LAURA SUZUKI and DOUG DILLAMAN spend time with Irvine Welsh, A.M. Homes, Eimear McBride, Alice Walker, Eleanor Catton, Jang Jin-sung, and others.
Conversations: Newer Testaments with Amy Brown
Lumière’s former creative writing editor talks to JOAN FLEMING about The Odour of Sanctity, sainthood, creativity through faith, and the line between poetry and prose.
Liam Finn, Wide Awake + The Nihilist
ALEXANDER BISLEY’s in-depth conversation with Liam Finn, plus JAMES MANNING on “a stunning album that keeps on giving.”
Spotlight on Sydney
Gary Shteyngart, Reza Aslan, Steve James in-depth, plus more from Vivid Sydney.
Reconsidering Funny Face
TIM WONG on the fashionable/unfashionable style of Stanley Donen’s 1957 musical. Plus, a digression on Rouben Mamoulian’s neglected Silk Stockings.
Odes to Variety: Old Hall Gigs + Camp A Low Hum
LEE POSNA on the musicians, artists, and communities behind the Old Hall Gigs project; plus, DAN KELLY bids a fond farewell to a singular summer music festival.
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.
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.
What Exactly is The Wolf of Wall Street Selling?
LAURA SUZUKI checks the fine print on Martin Scorsese’s razzle-dazzle new film.
Conversations: Novel Beginnings
BRANNAVAN GNANALINGAM and THOMASIN SLEIGH, authors of You Should Have Come Here and Ad Lib respectively, talk about the process of writing a novel.
A Correspondence with Eleanor Catton
JOAN FLEMING gathers exquisite thoughts on writing and reading from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Luminaries.
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.
Milestones in Film, Books, Theatre and Art
To mark ten years of Lumière online and in print, a selection of “personal milestones” from past and present contributors.

Film

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Alexander Bisley: All Is Lost, The Coen Brothers, Naomie Harris, Nebraska, Quotes from the 51st NYFF, Tom Hanks, Paul Greengrass, John Clarke, Guillermo Arriaga, Park Chan-wook, Toa Fraser, Mike Lerner, Alex Gibney.
Alice May Connolly: Scenes in My Head, Performance as spectacle in The Master.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Concerning Violence, Timbuktu, The Wonders, The Reunion, Force Majeure, Home from Home, Winter Sleep, Our Sunhi, Holy Motors, Outtakes 2014, Reel Brazil 2014, The Connection, Toomelah, Vanya on 42nd Street, Eureka, Zazie dans le Métro, Graeme Cowley.
Doug Dillaman: The Point of It, National Gallery, Borgman, Enemy, Unnatural History, Housebound, Snowpiercer, French Film Festival 2014.
Jacob Powell: Leviathan, Winter Sleep, It Follows, Land Ho!, Maps to the Stars, The Rover, The Double, Kung Fu Elliot, E-Team, Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, Frank, God Help the Girl, Short Term 12, Andrew Bujalski on Computer Chess.
Laura Suzuki: The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Patema Inverted, 52 Tuesdays, Hard to Be a God, Big Men, The beautiful emptiness of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.
Melinda Jackson: Big Screen Symposium 2013.
Nathan Joe: Wild Tales, The Reunion, Two Days, One Night, Venus in Fur, Under the Skin, Love Is Strange, Lilting.
Steve Garden: Crime and no punishment, The Tree of Life.
Tim Wong: Cold in July, Show People, Under the Skin, Manakamana, Hard to Be a God, The Congress, Snowpiercer, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Exhibition, Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Story of My Death, Fish & Cat, The World in Miniature, Black Moon, Bringing Up Baby, American Treasures, Breaking Bad’s bad habits.

Books

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Alexander Bisley: Masha Gessen, Pico Iyer, Sylvie Simmons.
Alice May Connolly: Alison Bechdel.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Marcus Chown, Pip Adam, Eleanor Catton.
Doug Dillaman: An Hour with Marcus Chown.
Joan Fleming: Craig Cliff on The Mannequin Makers.
Kimaya Mcintosh: Scarlett Thomas, Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her.
Laura Suzuki: Eimear McBride, Sandor Katz.
Saiya Guo: Anne Kennedy.
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.

Music

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Alexander Bisley: Chali 2na, Kris Kristofferson & Steve Earle, Jessica Rivera, Kody Nielson, Leonard Cohen, Jerry Zigmont, Lord of the Echo, Lil B, Anna Coddington, Mark Turner, Luke Buda, Mara TK, Fat Freddy’s Drop.
Barney Chunn: Estère Rising, Nesian Mystik, The Bads.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Ludwig Treviranus.
Doug Dillaman: Wellington Jazz Festival, Yo La Tengo, Frente Cumbiero.
James Manning: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Homegrown, Booga Beazley, Eminem.
P.R. Harris: Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas, Hopkinson Smith, Leonard Cohen.
Tim Glasgow: E/N/T’s Central Complex, Timothy Blackman on This Country.

Theatre & Performing Arts

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Alexander Bisley: Dave Armstrong, Jim Moriarty.
Alice May Connolly: Riddiford Street: Season 3, The Road That Wasn’t There, Needles and Opium.
Charles Bisley: A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay.
Ksenia Khor: War Horse, Coriolanus.
Maggie White: Revelations, Wild Man.
Michael Boyes: The Pianist, Black Faggot, The Flying Dutchman, Madame Butterfly.
Mohamad Atif Slim: Wicked, Reimagining La Belle et la Bête.
Nathan Joe: Blood Brothers.
Samuel Phillips: All Your Wants and Needs, Pasefika, Paniora!, Bullet Catch.
Sam Brooks: Belleville, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Terror Highway, Verbatim, An Unseasonable Fall of Snow, The Wilderness, Mana Wahine, Hoki Mai Tama Ma, Once on Chunuk Bair, Seed, Always My Sister, The Motherfucker with the Hat.
Steve Wakeem: Equivocation, An Iliad, My Stories, Your Emails.
Stacey Knott: Nelson Arts Festival, Renee Lyons on Nick: An Accidental Hero.

Visual Arts

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Alexander Bisley: Ans Westra.
Andy Palmer: Peter McLeavey, Condemned, the grass is awfully green, Old New World, River-Road: Journeys Through Ecology.
Renee Gerlich: Site + Story + Object: A Theory of Engagement
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

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•  Illustration: “Naomie Harris” by Elina Nykänen / “Noam Chomsky” by Matt Kambic.
•  Out of the Past: Newspaper illustrations, 1892-1929.
•  Illustration: “Tilda Swinton” by Anna Tokareva / “Denis O’Hare” by Hikalu Clarke.
•  The Lumière Photo Essay: SJD and band, shot by James Black.
•  Selected portraits by our staff photographers from the past 12 months.