Chewing the fat with Gary Shteyngart at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, plus some highlights from Vivid Sydney’s opening week.
Previously at the Wellington Film Society: the radical cinema of Shirley Clarke.
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.
Victoria University’s theatre programme mount a production of Gao Xingjian’s contemporary Chinese spoken drama.
Notes on Irvine Welsh, A.M. Homes, Eimear McBride, Alice Walker, Eleanor Catton, and other luminaries at the Auckland Writers Festival.
A new play about the 1957 Oscar race for Best Supporting Actress.
Faith and family at the Outtakes Film Festival.
Previously at the Wellington Film Society: an unflinching portrait of an Australian community.
Sessions on North Korea, fascist Italy, and the Arab world compelled at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival.
Auckland Theatre Company presents Jon Robin Baitz’s “knock-out domestic dust-up.”
At the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2014: Trygve Wakenshaw’s genius double act.
The acclaimed writer and scholar of religions on comedy, Iranian cinema, and the problem with fundamentalists.
Previously at the Wellington Film Society: reexamining Brazil’s decades of dictatorship.
Irish writer and Goldsmiths Prize recipient Eimear McBride on her debut novel, A Girl is a Half Formed Thing.
Acts of note at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2014. Reviews by MICHAEL BOYES, BRANNAVAN GNANALINGAM, SAMUEL PHILLIPS.
Previously at the Wellington Film Society: Louis Malle’s swansong through the world of Chekhov.
At the Reel Brazil Film Festival, two films address the political tumult of their country’s dictatorial past.
On The Odour of Sanctity, sainthood, creativity through faith, and the line between poetry and prose.
At the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2014: American comedian Reginald D. Hunter’s New Zealand debut; Stephen K. Amos returns with What Does the K Stand For?; plus, Jackie Van Beek and Jonny Brugh’s sketch act.
Little Red Riding Hood comes to Mangere in this irrepressibly silly show.