About The Lumière Reader
The Lumière Reader specialised in film criticism, arts journalism, and digital documentaries by leading New Zealand writers and filmmakers. Founded in 2003 as a print magazine and website, it strived to elevate the discourse on film and arts culture in New Zealand. It ceased publishing on March 31, 2016, although remains online in an archival state.
After seven print issues, The Lumière Reader was established as an online journal in 2004. Supplementing its dedicated writing on film festivals, film societies, national cinemas, and cinephilia were regular features and reviews curated around the country’s literary, music, theatre, and visual art scenes. At its peak, the website published six new articles a week, and was awarded Best Feature Website at the Qantas New Zealand Media Awards in 2009.
In more recent times, the editorial focus 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 included a long-running association with the New Zealand International Film Festival as a 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.
We gratefully acknowledge 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 family and friends who’ve helped make The Lumière Reader in print and online possible.
Release date: October 10, 2009