Features & Reviews—Recent and Popular

Jon Stewart Directs
ALEXANDER BISLEY interviews The Daily Show host, discussing condescending to young people, leather, absurd comedy, and directing Rosewater.
I, Clodia and Other Portraits
Anna Jackson on poetry, portraiture, and mourning a Dorking.
The long, friendly shadow of My Neighbor Totoro
On the lineage and legacy of Hayao Miyazaki’s most enduring film.
Horst, Late Turner, Gerhard Richter, et al.
JIHEE JUNN on iconic fashion images, Turner’s late masterpieces at the Tate Britain, new and recent works by Gerhard Richter, plus more.
The Best of Film in 2014
Thoughts on how (and how not) to be a cinephile in New Zealand, plus the cinematic year as remembered by our editors and contributors.
Ida and Interstellar
MOHAMED ATIF SLIM on the pictorial beauty of Pawel Pawlikowski’s formally brilliant film; plus, Christopher Nolan’s introspection on fatherhood, an empathetic study of human emotions and relationships.
A Birthday Lecture
LANA DOYLE’s account of the fifth annual Birthday Lecture of the Katherine Mansfield Society at the Keynes Library, 46 Gordon Square, London.
BOT OR NOT: An interview with Oscar Schwartz
A conversation with the Melbourne-based poet and researcher on robot poetry and what humans can learn from computers.
Facing the Music
Ian Jorgensen (Blink), trailblazing founder of A Low Hum and Puppies, on music as a commodity, the death of live music, mainstream media, and the problem with APRA.
Bogart and beyond
ALEXANDER BISLEY interviews film culture tsar Adrian Wootton on Humphrey Bogart, Patricia Highsmith, John le Carré, and Katharine Hepburn.
Championing The Stranger and The Lady from Shanghai
Two Orson Welles films still vital and almost joyful in their imposed messiness.
Contemplating National Gallery and PRISMISM
The parallel spaces of Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery documentary and Auckland artist Emil McAvoy’s first exhibition of paintings.
The Fiddler and the Arborist
JOAN FLEMING interviews American expat poets Steven Toussaint and Lee Posna.
Frederick Wiseman, Florian Habicht + others
BRANNAVAN GNANALINGAM leads a series of conversations with local and international filmmakers at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Conversations: The Tone of Things
Talking Jake the movie, scriptwriting as a means to an end, collaboration vs. authorship, and finding the right tone with DOUG DILLAMAN.
FEMEN and Me
Ukraine is Not a Brothel director Kitty Green tells LAURA SUZUKI about befriending the founders of the radical Feminist protest group.
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.
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.
What Exactly is The Wolf of Wall Street Selling?
LAURA SUZUKI checks the fine print on Martin Scorsese’s razzle-dazzle new film.
A Correspondence with Eleanor Catton
JOAN FLEMING gathers exquisite thoughts on writing and reading from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Luminaries.


Alexander Bisley: Kiera Knightley, Jemaine Clement, Denis O’Hare, Tyler Perry, Joe Swanberg, Steve James, All Is Lost, The Coens, Naomie Harris, Nebraska, Quotes from the 51st NYFF, Tom Hanks, Vincent Ward, Paul Greengrass, John Clarke.
Alice May Connolly: Scenes in My Head, Performance as spectacle in The Master.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Eden, Harun Farocki, Beatriz’s War, 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.
Doug Dillaman: The Point of It, National Gallery, Borgman, Enemy, Unnatural History, Housebound, Making REALITi, Snowpiercer, French Film Festival 2014.
Jacob Powell: Leviathan, Winter Sleep, It Follows, Boyhood, 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: Screen Edge Forum 2014, Big Screen Symposium 2013.
Nathan Joe: German Film Festival 2014, 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, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, The Congress, Snowpiercer, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Exhibition, Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Story of My Death, Fish & Cat, Reconsidering Funny Face, The World in Miniature, Breaking Bad’s bad habits.


Alexander Bisley: Gary Shteyngart, Reza Aslan, Masha Gessen, Pico Iyer, Sylvie Simmons.
Alice May Connolly: Alison Bechdel.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Marcus Chown, Pip Adam, Eleanor Catton.
Doug Dillaman: Global Letters, An Hour with Marcus Chown.
Joan Fleming: Craig Cliff on The Mannequin Makers.
Emma Adams: Terry Castle, Rebecca Macfie.
Kimaya Mcintosh: Scarlett Thomas, Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her.
Laura Suzuki: Insight and Inspiration, Eimear McBride, Sandor Katz.
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.


Alexander Bisley: Jon Toogood, Seven NYC cultural highlights, Chali 2na, Patrice Tipoki, Liam Finn, Kris Kristofferson & Steve Earle, Charles Bradley, Neko Case, Jessica Rivera, Kody Nielson, Leonard Cohen, Jerry Zigmont, Lord of the Echo, Lil B.
Barney Chunn: Estère Rising, Nesian Mystik, The Bads.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Ludwig Treviranus.
Doug Dillaman: Wellington Jazz Festival, Yo La Tengo, Frente Cumbiero.
James Manning: Live in Sydney, George Clinton, Jurassic 5, Charles Bradley, Lake Street Dive, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Nihilist, 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: Marc Labreche, Dave Armstrong, Jim Moriarty.
Alice May Connolly: Riddiford Street: Season 3, The Road That Wasn’t There.
Charles Bisley: A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay.
Deborah Eve Rea: Wellington Theatre, Summer 2015.
Ksenia Khor: War Horse, Coriolanus.
Maggie White: Bus Ticket, Moving On, 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: The Non-Surgeon’s Guide to the Appendectomy, Shepherd, Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ladykillers, One Man, Two Guvnors, Stag Weekend, Blood Brothers.
Sam Brooks: The Blind Date Project, Hauraki Horror, At the Wake, HeLa.
Samuel Phillips: Isaac’s Eye, The Pitman Painters, Tut, God-belly.
Steve Wakeem: Equivocation, An Iliad, My Stories, Your Emails.

Visual Arts

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’.

Gallery—Photography, Illustration and A/V Excerpts

•  The Lumière Photo Essay: Robert Fisk, by Catherine Bisley / Homegrown 2015, by Amy Highton / Joey Bada$$ and Run the Jewels, by Ambrose Hickman / Rhythm and Vines, by James Black / Estère by Daniel Rose.
•  Illustration: “John Clarke” by Elina Nykänen / “Iceland” by Hikalu Clarke / “Noam Chomsky” by Matt Kambic / “Tilda Swinton” by Anna Tokareva.