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Critic Iain Sharp.

Critic Iain Sharp. Photo: Supplied

12:40 An uncritical critical culture - Iain Sharp

One of the big cliches about this little country of ours is our Tall Poppy Syndrome - the famous Clobbering Machine that reduces our so-called betters to the mundane and ordinary. To which critic Iain Sharp can only say "if only"! He complains that our literary critics tend to be "tame, dull, lazy, cowardly and predictable” and wrote about it for The Spin Off.

1:10 At The Movies

Simon Morris notes that when a big hit movie, like Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, hits the cinemas, all the competition decided to wait out this week. So, he popped along to his local video store to see what recent movies were snubbed by the cinemas and went straight to DVD. Why shouldn’t American Ultra and Z for Zachariah get their moment in the sun?

1:33 MechBass


Mechbass. Photo: Supplied

Bass players have often been dismissed as the boring ones in any band; hidden side of stage, robotically plucking away, overshadowed by the singer and the lead guitarist.

That situation might just be getting worse for them with the arrival of the MechBass; an actual robotic bass guitarist that can do everything they can and more - and won’t drink the rest of the band’s beer. Ahead of the MechBass’s live debut, Justin Gregory spoke to its creators.

1:45 NZ On Screen – Taika Waititi

To say Taika Waititi's new film Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a hit is putting it mildly.  It's broken the record for an opening weekend in New Zealand - a record previously held by Taika's own Boy. But how did it all start for Taika Waititi? Irene Gardiner from NZ On Screen has had a look through Taika's back pages.

Taika Waititi on set for Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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2:06 The Laugh Track – Lords of Strut

Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally are Irish circus performers who are also Sean and Seamus - Lords of Strut; two fictional fame hungry brothers out to change the world through the power of light entertainment and dance. They’re bringing their show Chaos to Wellington and Auckland for the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.  They've chosen clips from Father Ted, Alan Partridge, The Fast Show, and Lano and Woodley for The Laugh Track.

Lords of Strut.

Lords of Strut. Photo: Supplied

2:25 Kate Sylvester talks career, inspiration and making mistakes

At iD Fashion Week 2016 New Zealand designer Kate Sylvester was invited to show her AW16 collection 'A Muse' inspired by the work of Picasso. Kate also presented a talk at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery about her connection with art and literature and the way it informs her collection, plus the highs and lows of starting out in the fashion industry and making mistakes along the way.

Kate Sylvester revisits a  Beecroft-esque presentation during NZFW 2015

Kate Sylvester revisits a Beecroft-esque presentation during NZFW 2015 Photo: Sonia Sly

Love as a Stranger by Owen Marshall.

Love as a Stranger by Owen Marshall. Photo: Supplied

2:40 Owen Marshall – Love as a Stranger

Owen Marshall is best known, perhaps, as our premier short-story writer, but his range is astonishing. He's an award-winning novelist, a poet, an anthologist - and one of our most distinguished, and awarded, general authors. But his subject matter is often the ordinary - like his new novel Love as a Stranger. It's a modern-day version of that oldest of literary genres - the obsessive romantic triangle.


2:49 NZIFF's Autumn Events serves up classic films

The New Zealand International Film Festival is the once-a-year celebration of cinema for the cognoscenti - festival fare, challenging art-films and the occasional gob-smacking spectacular. But Festival Director Bill Gosden likes to warm us up with a tribute to classic film-making. This year his Autumn Events feature a fabulous new print of The King and I...but do they make 'em like that any more?

International Film Festival Director Bill Gosden in the RNZ Wellington studios.

International Film Festival Director Bill Gosden in the RNZ Wellington studios. Photo: RNZ/Shaun D Wilson

3:06 Drama at 3 – I Own U

I Own U by Brian Hotter - A successful young man is kidnapped from his home and forced to drive to an automatic tellers as his wife and baby are held hostage.

Music played in this show

Artist: Joannie Summers
Song: Johnny Get Angry
Composer: Edward, David
Album: Sealed With A Kiss
Label: Old Gold 233207
Played at: 12:12

Artist: The Cadets
Song: I Want You
Composer: Davis, Josea
Album: I'm Ready: The Modern Story
Label: Modern 181836
Played at: 12:38

Artist: Linda Ronstadt
Song: You're No Good
Composer: Clint Ballard Jr.
Album: Greatest Hits
Label: Asylum 253055
Played at: 12:43

Artist: Willy Porter
Song: Angry Words
Composer: Willy Porter
Album: High Wire Live
Label: Six Degrees 361094
Played at: 12:58

Artist: Catatonia
Song: Road Rage
Composer: Roberts, Matthew
Album: Road Rage EP
Label: Blanco Y Negro 423231
Played at: 01:09

Artist: Joan As Policewoman
Song: Furious
Composer: Wasser
Album: To Survive
Label: Pias 400063
Played at: 01:45

Artist: Marvin Gaye
Song: Anger
Composer: Marvin Gaye, Delta Ashby, Ed Townsend
Album: Here, My Dear
Label: Motown 530253
Played at: 01:58

Artist: Paul McCartney
Song: Angry
Composer: McCartney
Album: Press To Play
Label: Parlophone 789269
Played at: 02:04

Artist: Julia Andrews
Song: Just You Wait
Composer: Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
Album: My Fair Lady
Label: Columbia 405 090
Played at: 02:45

Artist: Headless Chickens
Song: Gaskrankenstation
Composer: Matthews
Album: Give It A Whirl
Label: Propeller 999632
Played at: 02:58

Artist: The Everly Brothers
Song: I'm Not Angry
Composer: Jimmy Howard
Album: The Everly Brothers
Label: Real Gone Music 133922
Played at: 03:04

Artist: Imogen Heap
Song: Angry Angel
Composer: Heap
Album: I Megaphone
Label: Almo 318642
Played at: 03:55