Closing notes on evil, activism, resistance, and the films that deserve a second chance at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Features & Reviews—Recent and Popular

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“That is what the ‘thing’ is”
LAURA SUZUKI interviews Irish writer and Goldsmiths Prize recipient Eimear McBride about her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.
“The game’s the same, just got more fierce”
An heart-to-heart with legendary rapper The Tuna, aka Chali 2na.
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.
New Zealand Fringe/Comedy Festival
Wellington Theatre Editor SAMUEL PHILLIPS and team on the hits and misses.
Ode to Variety: In Praise of Wellington’s Old Hall Gigs
LEE POSNA reflects on the musicians, artists, and communities behind the unique Old Hall Gigs project.
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.
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.
Conversations: Novel Beginnings
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.
A Correspondence with Eleanor Catton
JOAN FLEMING gathers exquisite thoughts on writing and reading from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Luminaries.
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.
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.
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.

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, Savage, 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: Outtakes 2014, Reel Brazil 2014, The Connection, Toomelah, Vanya on 42nd Street, Eureka, Zazie dans le Métro, Gardening With Soul, Blue Jasmine, Graeme Cowley, Stranger by the Lake, The Missing Picture.
Doug Dillaman: French Film Festival 2014.
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.
Sam Brooks: Sophie Henderson on Fantail, Starlet, Much Ado About Nothing.
Steve Garden: Crime and no punishment, The Tree of Life.
Tim Wong: Black Moon, Bringing Up Baby, Dutch angles and The Third Man, American Treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive, Breaking Bad’s bad habits, Life after Miyazaki, Opening/Closing Shots at NZIFF, Like Someone in Love, Dial M for Murder, The Crowd, Museum Hours, The Act of Killing.

Books

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Alexander Bisley: Masha Gessen, Pico Iyer, Sylvie Simmons.
Alice May Connolly: Alison Bechdel.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Pip Adam, Eleanor Catton.
Joan Fleming: Craig Cliff on The Mannequin Makers.
Kimaya Mcintosh: Scarlett Thomas, Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her.
Laura Suzuki: 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: 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

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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.
Samuel Phillips: All Your Wants and Needs..., Pasefika, Paniora!, Bullet Catch.
Sam Brooks: 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, Other Desert Cities, Polly Hood in Mumuland, Carousel and Clothesline, My Bed My Universe.
Steve Wakeem: Equivocation, 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

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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

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•  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.