Lumière 1, Winter 2003

THE LUMIÈRE READER publishes film criticism, arts journalism, and digital documentaries by leading New Zealand writers and filmmakers. As a print magazine and online journal, it has strived to elevate the discourse on film and arts culture in New Zealand since 2003. The website is currently on hiatus from publishing. Read More »

After seven print issues, The Lumière Reader established its first website in 2004, supplementing its dedicated writing on film festivals, film societies, national cinemas, and cinephilia with features and reviews curated around the country’s books, music, theatre, and visual art scenes.

In recent times, its editorial focus has shifted to long-form criticism; in-depth interviews and profiles, particularly conversations on artistic practice and creative process; and special publications such as “Against Efficiency and other texts”, the result of a writing residency in collaboration with Dunedin’s Blue Oyster Art Project Space, and “The Lumière Reader presents”, a web series of original essay films and digital documentaries made with funding from NZ On Air.

Other fruitful partnerships and initiatives include our association with the New Zealand International Film Festival as a long-time media sponsor; commissioned illustration and photo essays; the hosting of a Campaign for Censorship Reform; and a Creative Writing series, which provided an exciting space for both new and established writers of poetry and short fiction to share their work.

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    The Lumière Reader gratefully acknowledges funding from NZ On Air and the past financial support of Massey University and The Church; founding members David Levinson, Jitsuko Ikutani, Josh Hans Olsen; and our supporters and friends who’ve made Lumière in print and online possible.