Navigation for Standing Room Only

12:15 NZ Film takes out award at Moscow Film Festival

A New Zealand feature film looks set for release throughout the Eastern Block, and beyond, after premiering at the Moscow International Film Festival and taking out a top prize.

Dustin Feneley's independent movie STRAY has already made history, the first New Zealand feature film selected for the world's second oldest film festival.

STRAY's male lead, Kieran Charnock took out the award for Best Actor.

You can watch the festival’s STRAY press conference here.


12:30 Josie McNaught at the Sydney Biennale

The Sydney Biennale is a significant international contemporary art event, important for New Zealand artists selected to represent us - they can open doors to other arts events as well as dealers.

Art writer, biennale veteran and now solicitor Josie McNaught has just been looking around the Sydney Biennale but had to search for New Zealand work this year.


12:40 Māori taonga around the world

The producers of the new Dame Anne Salmond hosted Māori TV series Artefact were offered unprecedented access to collections and taonga here and overseas.

One of the issues explored is how many taonga remain hidden away in institutions around the world, despite efforts to bring them home. Lynn Freeman spoke to the producer of Artefact, Jane Reeves, to discover the logistics behind this ambitious series.


1:10 At The Movies

Simon Morris goes to children's holiday movies Peter Rabbit, Sherlock Gnomes, and also checks out the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty.

Amy Schumer and Sasheer Zamata in I Feel Pretty.

Amy Schumer and Sasheer Zamata in I Feel Pretty. Photo: STX Films


1:30 Burning Up Years: Aotearoa Music History

Curator Ben James is working on the exhibition called Burning Up Years: Aotearoa Music History at the Wellington Museum.

It’s a collaboration with Audio Culture showcasing the Wellington music scene from 1960 to 1978.

There'll be rare vinyl, posters, album art, NZ made music equipment and music videos - as well as a series of concerts.

One such show will feature 1960s and 70s kiwi rock guitar legend Billy TK who is re-uniting with his band from that time - The Powerhouse.


1:45 Robbie Ellis’ comedic Pumpkins

Musician Robbie Ellis.

Musician Robbie Ellis. Photo: Supplied

Robbie Ellis made his name in New Zealand as a serious composer, including time as the University of Otago's Mozart Fellow - but his latest work shows he's just as adept at writing comedic tongue twisters matched with pretty much every musical genre you can think of.

He was a presenter on RNZ Concert and is now working at WFMT Chicago, but he came home to record his album Pumpkins with members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.


2:06 The Laugh Track – Andrew Maxwell

Comedian Andrew Maxwell

Comedian Andrew Maxwell Photo: Supplied

The NZ International Comedy Festival has just gotten underway and comics are swarming into our fair nation. One returning visitor is a mainstay of the UK TV, radio and stand-up circuit. Andrew Maxwell has been twice nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award and selects comedy picks from Becky Lucas, Rhys Nicholson, Dave Allen and Patrice O’Neal.




2:25 US v THEM - Tony de Lautour

Three decades of art ranging from pop and underground street culture to his more recent interest in typography are canvassed in Christchurch artist Tony de Lautour's first major retrospective.

The painter, ceramicist, sculptor and Arts Foundation Laureate calls the show US V THEM.

His early work investigated issues like identity and New Zealand's colonial history and recurring motifs included lions, kiwi, guns, teardrops , lightning bolts, and syringes.

But his focus started changing about ten years ago into what he now loves to create - colourful abstraction.

Works from Tony de Lautour's US V THEM


2:35 The Vanishing Act

Jen Shieff's The Vanishing Act

Jen Shieff's The Vanishing Act Photo: Mary Egan Publishing

By setting her new crime novel in 1960s New Zealand, writer Jen Shieff reminds us of the distant past where lesbians were forced to keep their sexuality secret.

In The Vanishing Act, Fine Arts tutor Rosemary Cawley is dispatched from the UK and her embarrassed parents to New Zealand.

She hopes she'll find a more enlightened society here. She doesn't. But she does meet the intriguing and beautiful Judith, who's in a relationship with a Hungarian refugee. When his dead body is discovered not long afterwards, she's a suspect.


2:48 Clay artist Wi Taepa’s retrospective

For more than 30 years senior Māori clay artist Wi Taepa has loved getting his hands dirty.

His approach is determinedly low-tech. He builds his vessels by hand, fires them in sawdust, and uses oxides and other clay slips that have served him well during his long career.

He moved from carving wood to clay while working with boys in reform school back when he was a social worker.

Wi incorporates Māori design elements into his work and is respected as a significant figure in New Zealand art,

Auckland Art Gallery has just opened a retrospective exhibition of his working covering those three decades and Lynn Freeman speaks to curator Nigel Borell.


3:06 Drama at 3 – The War Artist (Part 2) and Te Wherowhero (Part 4)

New Zealand’s first official war artist George Butler accompanies two Kiwi soldiers as they search for a suitable spot to bury their comrades in France 1918.

The Ngati Toa chief, Te Rauparaha enters the fray in our epic story of Te Wherowhero. Both Te Rauparaha and Te Wherowhero gain experience as fighting leaders in the series of reprisals and counter-reprisals between Ngati Toa and the Waikato  tribes, and we hear what led to Te Rauparaha composing his now famous haka, 'Ka Mate, Ka Mate' on the shores of Lake Rotoaira.


Music this episode

Artist: Natalia Dudkina

Song: Doktor Olya

Composer: N/A

Album: The Rough Guide To The Music of Russia

Label: Music World rgnet1107

Played at: 12:10


Artist: Shona Laing

Song: Soviet Snow

Composer: Laing

Album: South

Label: Epic 471546

Played at: 12.57


Artist: Emma M

Song: Beautiful Life

Composer: N/A

Album: Beautiful Life

Label: Warner Music Russia

Played at: 1:08


Artist: Billy TK’s Powerhouse

Song: Dance with the spirit

Composer: Billy TK

Album: Move On Up

Label: EMI

Played at: 1:44


Artist: Mark Bernes

Song: Temnaya Noch

Composer: N/A

Album: The Rough Guide To The Music of Russia

Label: Music World rgnet1107

Played at: 1.57


Artist: Vladimir Vysotsky

Song: Dialog Y Televisora

Composer: N/A

Album: The Rough Guide To The Music of Russia

Label: Music World rgnet1107

Played at: 2:04


Artist: Academic SO of St Petersburg Phil

Song: Waltz of the Flowers  - Academic SO of St Petersburg Philharmony

Composer: Tchaikovsky

Album: Tchaikovsky Greatest Hits

Label: MLK 64055

Played at: 2:58


Artist: The Flight Of The Conchords

Song: Petrov, Yelyena and Me

Composer: Clement, McKenzie

Album: I Told You I Was Freaky

Label: Sub Pop

Played at: 3.57pm