Author Archives: Alexander Bisley
By Alexander Bisley | March 10, 2014
Dave Armstrong—the funny three-time winner of Best New Zealand Play—on scripting the lively relationship between Rita Angus and Douglas Lilburn for the stage.
By Alexander Bisley | March 3, 2014
J.C. Chandor and Robert Redford’s bold new collaboration; plus, thoughts on this year’s Oscar race.
By Alexander Bisley | March 2, 2014
A korero with inspirational soul survivor Charles Bradley.
By Alexander Bisley | February 27, 2014
A dialogue with Neko Case, one of today’s greatest singer-songwriters.
By Alexander Bisley | February 25, 2014
Jim Moriarty talks about Battalion, Jake Heke, The Lifestyle versus whanaungatanga, and how theatre and Tino Rangatiratanga can empower all New Zealanders.
By Alexander Bisley | February 23, 2014
Marc Labrèche, star of Needles and Opium, on addiction, Miles Davis, Robert Lepage’s humour, and the problem with Paris.
By Alexander Bisley | February 7, 2014
Directors Joel and Ethan Coen share thoughts on Inside Llewyn Davis at the 51st New York Film Festival.
By Alexander Bisley | February 1, 2014
Naomie Harris, fearless force of nature, on playing Winnie in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
By Alexander Bisley | January 30, 2014
Film review of Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
By Alexander Bisley | January 26, 2014
The American soprano introduces us to Osvaldo Golijov’s powerful opera ahead of its one-off New Zealand Festival performance.
By Alexander Bisley | January 24, 2014
Choice quotes from the movers and shakers at the 51st New York Film Festival.
By Alexander Bisley | January 7, 2014
Selected highlights from the forthcoming New Zealand Festival for 2014.
By Alexander Bisley | December 26, 2013
The former Mint Chick turned Opposum on making music and staying positive. Plus, selected Big Day Out highlights.
By Alexander Bisley | December 20, 2013
At the close of his New Zealand tour, brief notes on the great Leonard Cohen in concert.
By Alexander Bisley | December 13, 2013
A friendly catch up with Wellington musician and producer Mike Fabulous, aka Lord Echo, on the eve of the release of his sophomore album, Curiosities.
By Alexander Bisley | December 5, 2013
Vincent Ward, New Zealand auteur, reflects on a singular career in film, his creative “instinct” as an artist, and the exciting prospect of returning to directing after a long absence.
By Alexander Bisley | November 29, 2013
A dialogue with trombonist Jerry Zigmont at the famous Carlyle Hotel, stomping ground for Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band. Plus, seven New York cultural highlights.
By Alexander Bisley | November 7, 2013
At the 51st New York Film Festival, Tom Hanks on pirates, high seas, and being a nice guy.
By Alexander Bisley | October 21, 2013
Paul Greengrass on the romance of New York, and how it inspired the gripping Captain Phillips
By Alexander Bisley | September 2, 2013
In his introduction to A Complete Dagg, Barry ‘Dame Edna’ Humphries describes John Clarke as Australia’s greatest comedian.