Features & Reviews—Recent and Popular

Frederick Wiseman, Florian Habicht, Brian Knappenberger, Paul Wolffram + 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: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
On the supreme sadness and power of escapism in 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.
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.
The World in Miniature
Aotearoa as widescreen spectacle in This is New Zealand & South Seas Adventure, two long-lost films finally remastered on DVD.
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 reflects on the musicians, artists, and communities behind the unique Old Hall Gigs project; plus, DAN KELLY bids a fond farewell to Blink’s 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.


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: Show People, Under the Skin, Manakamana, Hard to Be a God, The Congress, Snowpiercer, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Exhibition, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Story of My Death, Fish & Cat, Of Horses and Men, Black Moon, Bringing Up Baby, Dutch angles and The Third Man, American Treasures, Breaking Bad’s bad habits, Museum Hours, The Act of Killing.


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.


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, Antoinette Halloran.
Barney Chunn: Estère Rising, Nesian Mystik, The Bads.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Ludwig Treviranus.
Doug Dillaman: 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

Alexander Bisley: Dave Armstrong, Jim Moriarty.
Alice May Connolly: The Road That Wasn’t There, Needles and Opium.
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, Sunday Roast, Auckland International Cabaret Season, Shadowland, Luncheon.
Steve Wakeem: Equivocation, An Iliad, My Stories, Your Emails.
Stacey Knott: Nelson Arts Festival, Renee Lyons on Nick: An Accidental Hero.

Visual Arts

Alexander Bisley: Ans Westra.
Andy Palmer: Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer, Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis, 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

•  The Lumière Audio File: NZIFF Preview in association with Best Worst Podcast.
•  Out of the Past: Elsdon Best watching Aporo of Gisborne play the nose flute, 1923.
•  The Lumière Photo Essay: SJD and band, shot by James Black.
•  “Luke Buda” / “Miles Davis” illustrated by Elina Nykänen.
•  Selected portraits by our staff photographers from the past 12 months.
•  The Lumière Photo Essay: Ambrose Hickman’s images from WOMAD 2014.