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Lumière, Issue 2.5, April 2004

The Lumière Reader, New Zealand’s leading online journal of film criticism and the arts review, is also a New Zealand Media Award-winning website. (Best Feature Website, 2009.) Based in Wellington—but with writers also contributing from Auckland, Australia, and as faraway as Asia, America, and Europe—it produces intelligent and eloquent arts journalism that is read globally, with an emphasis on long-form criticism and feature writing.

Founded in August 2003 as a zine, Lumière Magazine (ISSN 1176-4082) spanned seven print issues before migrating permanently online in 2004. Rechristened The Lumière Reader, the film-centric journal has since spread its wings to incorporate the country’s lively arts scene; books, music, theatre, and visual arts coverage now supplement the site’s dedicated writing on film festivals, film societies, national cinema, and cinephilia.

Other past and continuing initiatives include the curation of illustration and photo essays; the hosting of an ongoing Campaign for Censorship Reform; and a Creative Writing series, which provides an exciting space for both new and established writers of poetry and short fiction to share their work.

The Lumière Reader’s web design underwent a major overhaul in February 2010. The original website (lumiere.net.nz/reader), although no longer updated, remains in an archival capacity until its content can be fully migrated.

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The Lumière Reader is published by a collective of New Zealand writers. We welcome expressions of interest from perceptive writers drawn to film, literary, music, theatre, and visual arts criticism, as well as up-and-coming photographers and illustrators. Introductions, writing samples, and submissions for consideration can be emailed to: editor@lumiere.net.nz.

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Back Issues

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Lumière 1, Winter 2003
Sponsored by The Church

  • 1, 2, 3: Punch-Drunk Love, Kikujiro, The Good Thief / By David Levinson
  • Stephen Chow / By Dominic Amos
  • The Decalogue / By Mubarak Ali
  • Arbitrators of Violence: Irréversible, Funny Games, Ichi the Killer / By Tim Wong
  • New Zealand International Film Festival 2003: All the Real Girls, Blissfully Yours, City of God, Infernal Affairs, Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, Tape, Turning Gate / By Sky Hirschkron, David Levinson, Tim Wong
  • Guest Illustrator / Gene Purvis

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Lumière 1.5, Winter 2003
A commissioned film festival companion

  • Mahi ata mahi ahua: Women’s Work in Film / By David Levinson and Tim Wong

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Lumière 2, Summer 2004—Asian Cinema Special
Sponsored by the Asia New Zealand Foundation, The Aro St. Video Shop, Domination Chow Mein, The Church

  • Asian Rays within the Land of the Long White Cloud (intro) / By Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park
  • A Personal Journey Through Asian Cinema / By Tim Wong
  • Shyam Benegal and the New Indian Cinema / By Mubarak Ali
  • Picture This: Asian Cinema on DVD etc. / By Tim Wong
  • Revisited: Tsai Ming-liang’s What Time is it There? / By David Levinson
  • The Last Video Shop: Aro Street Video / By Tim Wong
  • Aro Video’s Asian Cinema Highlights: choice selection, Made-in-Asia
  • Asia Film Festival Aotearoa 2004 Preview (intro) / By Tim Wong
  • AFFA Reviews: Princess in Wonder, Men Suddenly in Black / By David Levinson
  • Asian Cinema Online / By Alistair Kwun
  • New Movies: Lost in Translation / By David Levinson
  • Consider This: The Lizzie McGuire Movie / By Sky Hirschkron
  • Killing William etc: A Belated Year in Review / By Tim Wong
  • Milking a film for all it’s worth / By Matthew Fairweather
  • Just Another Top Ten List (for 2003) / By Mubarak Ali
  • More Belated Top Ten Movies
  • Footnotes
  • Guest Illustrator / Martin Wilkinson

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Lumière 2.5, April 2004
Sponsored by Domination Chow Mein

  • World Cinema Showcase Issue
  • The Grudge / By Tim Wong
  • Capturing the Friedmans, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer / By Tim Wong
  • I Vitelloni, Sweet Smell of Success / By David Levinson

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Lumière 3, May 2004

  • Elephant, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / By David Levinson
  • Kill Bill Vol. 2 / By Tim Wong
  • Out Takes 2004: Madame Satã, The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti / By Tim Wong

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Lumière 4, Winter 2004—The Film Festival Companion
Sponsored by Massey University, the Asia New Zealand Foundation

  • Zatoichi, Hero / By Tim Wong
  • Last Life in the Universe, Memories of Murder / By Mubarak Ali, Caleb Starrenburg
  • Kung Fu Chivalry: A Shaw Bros. Retrospective / By Caleb Starrenburg, Aaron Yap
  • A Hayao Miyazaki Retrospective / By David Levinson
  • The Cat Returns / By Mubarak Ali
  • The Triplettes of Belleville / By Calen Starrenburg
  • The Corporation / By Kim Lesch
  • The Art of Walking Backwards / By Sándor Lau
  • Kaikohe Demolition / By Tim Wong
  • Homegrown / Presented by the Moving Image Centre
  • Closer: An Interview with David Rittey / By Sándor Lau
  • Ticket Stub Scrawlings #1: Old Boy, One Missed Call, Silmido / By David Levinson (intro), Tim Gray
  • Free Radicals, A Thousand Months / By Kunal D’Souza
  • Event Listings, International Cinema Links
  • Footnotes
  • Original Works / By Andy Palmer, Tim Wong, Amanda Gray, Jitsuko Ikutani, Mike Hope, Martin Wilkinson, Neville Yanko
  • Guest Illustration / Amanda Gray, Jitsuko Ikutani, Martin Wilkinson, Mike Hope

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Lumière 4.5, May 2005
A commissioned film festival companion
Published with the assistance of Auckland City

  • Asia Film Festival Aotearoa 2005 / By David Levinson and Tim Wong

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    Editor
    TIM WONG
    editor@lumiere.net.nz

    Editors-at-Large
    ALEXANDER BISLEY
    alexander.bisley@gmail.com
    BRANNAVAN GNANALINGAM
    brannavan@gmail.com

    Contributing Editors
    ALICE MAY CONNOLLY
    ALIX CAMPBELL
    ANDY PALMER
    JACOB POWELL
    JOAN FLEMING
    KIMAYA MCINTOSH
    SAM BROOKS
    SAMUEL PHILLIPS
    SARADHA KOIRALA
    STEVE GARDEN
    THOMASIN SLEIGH

    Staff Photographers
    AMBROSE HICKMAN
    CATHERINE BISLEY
    DANIEL ROSE
    JAMES BLACK
    RATH VATCHARAKIET

    Illustrators
    ELINA NYKÄNEN
    HIKALU CLARKE
    MATT KAMBIC
    NATALIA DEYR

    Fellows
    EMMA ADAMS
    GABRIELLE MENTJOX
    JAMES MANNING
    JIHEE JUNN
    KSENIA KHOR
    LAURA SUZUKI
    MELINDA JACKSON
    SAIYA GUO

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    The Lumière Reader gratefully acknowledges subsidised accommodation from the five-star Pullman Auckland; the past financial support of Massey University and The Church; founding members David Levinson, Jitsuko Ikutani, Josh Hans Olsen; and our advertisers, sponsors and friends who’ve thus far made Lumière in print and online possible.