The Lumière Reader publishes film criticism, arts journalism, and digital documentaries by leading New Zealand writers and filmmakers. Based in Wellington, it has strived to elevate the discourse on film and arts culture in New Zealand since 2003.
Originally founded as a print magazine, The Lumière Reader became an online journal in 2004. Supplementing its dedicated writing on film festivals, film societies, national cinemas, and cinephilia are selected features and reviews curated around the country’s books, music, theatre, and visual art scenes.
Since 2014, the 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 “The Lumière Reader presents”, a web series of original of essay films made with funding from NZ On Air.
Shorter, standalone reviews are now being phased out, although the editors continue to organise wide-ranging coverage of such major arts events as the New Zealand Festival, the Auckland Writers Festival, and the New Zealand International Film Festival, of which The Lumière Reader is a long-time media sponsor.
Other past and ongoing initiatives include a partnership with Dunedin’s Blue Oyster Art Project Space on a Summer Writing Residency; 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.
The Lumière Reader’s web design underwent a major overhaul in 2010. The original website (lumiere.net.nz/reader) remains in archival stasis until its content can be fully migrated.
The Lumière Reader is run by a collective of writers, artists, and filmmakers residing largely in Wellington and Auckland, but also scattered as faraway as London and New York. The bulk of its content is produced by a current roster of contributing editors. A wider squad of contributors also write, edit, and produce its content in rotation.
At present we are not accepting guest submissions, although are always keen to hear from perceptive writers and critical thinkers, emerging photographers and illustrators, and film professionals for future collaborative projects. Introductions, work samples, and expressions of interest can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lumière Reader distributes an email newsletter to its subscribers spotlighting recent and popular articles, along with new special publications. To join the mailing list:
About Lumière Industries
Lumière Industries is a cottage industry specialising in print and web design, film and digital content, and is the creative enterprise behind not-for-profit online imprint The Lumière Reader. For design, publishing, and production enquires, email: email@example.com.
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
- 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
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
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
- Guest Illustrator / Martin Wilkinson
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
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
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
- 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
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