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Alexander Bisley

Alexander Bisley is an editor-at-large who has contributed in-depth interviews and more to The Lumière Reader since 2004. A backup film critic for Radio New Zealand, he’s written extensively for all of New Zealand’s leading publications, including North and South, the New Zealand Listener, and the New Zealand Herald. He also makes his living freelancing for top international publications, such as The Guardian, with outlets ranging from The Samoa Observer to The AV Club via Crikey and Informed Comment.

To describe with intense clarity

The Auckland Writers Festival refracted through a dialogue with Haruki Murakami interviewer John Freeman.
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Jon Stewart Directs

The Daily Show host on condescending to young people, leather, absurd comedy, and directing Rosewater.
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“The war zone over women’s bodies is something that rages and I’m sure will continue to rage”

An encounter with Keira Knightley at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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The Frontman

Shihad’s Jon Toogood is still New Zealand’s best frontman.
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Hot Seven

Alan Gilbert, Simon Rattle, and Rokia Traoré were among New York City’s cultural highlights in autumn 2014.
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“That you can’t beat out of them with a tire iron”

Gone Girl’s Tyler Perry. Plus, a New York Film Festival Top Five.
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“The Heat”

A few stray questions with Jemaine Clement. Plus, a Toronto International Film Festival top five.
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Always been in my blood, in my core

Expat New Zealand singer Patrice Tipoki on Melbourne’s re-energised, rousing production of Les Misérables, waiata, and whanau.
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Bogart and beyond

A catch up with film culture tsar Adrian Wootton, back at the Melbourne International Film Festival to talk Humphrey Bogart, Patricia Highsmith, John le Carré, and Katharine Hepburn.
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A little recklessness, a little wildness

An interview with Joe Swanberg, down under at the Melbourne International Film Festival for his latest film, Happy Christmas.
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My Dinner With Gary

Chewing the fat with Gary Shteyngart at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, plus some highlights from Vivid Sydney’s opening week.
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Steve James on Life Itself

A conversation on gun control in America, perceiving truth as a filmmaker, and the life and legacy of Roger Ebert with esteemed documentarian Steve James.
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An Interview with Reza Aslan

The acclaimed writer and scholar of religions on comedy, Iranian cinema, and the problem with fundamentalists.
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Kris Kristofferson: The Fighter

At 77, the iconic country musician and actor is still struggling for a better America. Plus, a Steve Earle review.
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Liam Finn, Wide Awake

For his cinematic third album, The Nihilist, an in-depth conversation with Liam Finn.
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“I would love to gorge on all your country’s meats”

A muscular discussion with hilarious writer/satirist Gary Shteyngart.
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“The game’s the same, just got more fierce”

An interview with legendary rapper The Tuna, aka Chali 2na, aka Jurassic 5’s Charles Stewart.
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The Third Man

An interview with passionate American actor Denis O’Hare, seen recently on stage in An Iliad, and on screen in Dallas Buyers Club.
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Dave on Rita and Douglas

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.
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All Is Lost in fragments

J.C. Chandor and Robert Redford’s bold new collaboration; plus, thoughts on this year’s Oscar race.
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