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On Standing Room Only, the end of an era, as Bill Gosden, long-time Director of the New Zealand International Film Festival, calls it a day after four decades bringing us the best movies in the world.  He retires as the Festival has never been bigger - last year boasted the highest attendance ever.

Also on the show, The Art Of Healing - a panel of health professionals who are also poets and artists - and a new play inspired and informed by real-life stories by New Zealand young people - Permission To Speak.  An inspiring book of the writings of women with disabilities, past and present - Here We Are: Read Us - gets a high-profile launch and Auckland's historic Gus Fisher Gallery reopens with an ambitious exhibition, We're Not Too Big To Care.

All this and two South Island comedians on the Laugh Track Ian Loughran and Dan Brader, and an afternoon of musical "Bills"!


12:35  Bill Gosden leaves the Film Festival after 40 years

That phrase "end of an era" gets bandied around a lot.  But in this case it's absolutely applicable.  When he started out in his job, New Zealand was one way.  Now he's going, it's quite different, far better - and mostly because of him. 

"Him" is Bill Gosden, Director of the New Zealand International Film Festivals, who's retiring this month, due to ill-health.

In the 40  years he's been helping shape New Zealand's taste in movies, the landscape has changed incredibly.  And he's going out on a high - last year the attendance of the Festivals was the highest it's ever been.

Simon Morris is going to notice his absence most keenly on At the Movies.  No longer will Bill dazzle us with his annual preview of an entire festival - 100 titles, 30 minutes, no notes!  Simon talks to Bill Gosden about an amazing ride.

1:10 At The Movies

Simon Morris reviews Destroyer, Isn't it romantic and the independent New Zealand film Hang Time.

1:31  The Art of healing

Can the arts heal us when we are broken?  That's one of the questions being put to a panel of doctors who're also writers and artists -  a panel created long before the events of March 15th in Christchurch.

The Art of Healing is part of the Bay of Islands Upsurge Festival next month. Lynn Freeman talks to the three panelists - poets Glenn Colquhoun and Art Nahill, and Kerikeri GP and photographer Chris Reid who's published a book of portraits of his patients.

Glenn Colquhoun reads a poem from his new collection, in the shape of letters to young people he works with at a youth health clinic. And Art Nahill reads from his book called Murmurations.

Lynn asked them whether being artists makes them better doctors -  and vice versa.

Upsurge Bay of Islands Arts Festival starts on the 2nd of April and The Art of Healing panel is on Sunday the 7th at James Kemp Hall in Kerikeri.

1:50  Youth is encouraged to speak up

Gender equality in sport, body image and the role of social media are among the topics New Zealand's high school students have been asked for their views on, to build into a play called Permission to Speak.

It's going to premiere at the Festival of Colour in Wanaka. Rehearsals involving a large cast of young actors are well underway, as they bring together  the words of canvassed students with music and movement.

Director Fiona Armstrong has devised the show with the local high school students.  Lynn Freeman spoke to her and to two of the cast, Ollie and Siena. 

Permission to Speak premieres at the Wanaka Yacht Club on the 2nd of April as part of Wanaka's Festival of Colour.

2:06 The Laugh Track - Ian Loughran and Dan Brader

Ian Loughran

Ian Loughran Photo: supplied

Dan Brader

Dan Brader Photo: supplied

Fringe festivals are often fascinating looks at acts and performers you wouldn't usually find elsewhere.  The Dunedin Fringe offers another example - a chance to see the Kiwi comedy that exists away from the usual clubs of Auckland and Wellington.

Two examples are hard-working standup guys Ian Loughran and Dan Brader, about to launch their new shows at the Dunedin Fringe - with a view to the rest of the world!

Ian's picks include Monty Python and Peter Cook & Dudley Moore.  Dan's choices included Shayne Hunter and Corey White.

2:25 The Gus Fisher Gallery reopens with a bang

After a comprehensive refurbishment of its Grade 1 heritage-listed interior, Auckland University's Gus Fisher Gallery is about to throw open its doors once again with what it describes as its most ambitious exhibition yet.

The show features the work of 16 Kiwi and international artists, and the title, We're Not Too Big to Care, is  taken from a Four Square ad of all things!

Lynn Freeman speaks to one of the artists commissioned to produce a work for the show, Aroha Novak from Dunedin, and to the gallery's curator,  Lisa Beauchamp who gives a potted history of the Gus Fisher Gallery:

We're Not Too Big to Care has it's big opening night party on Friday 5th of April.

2:37  Women writers with disability - read us!

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Here we are, read us: Women, disability and writing is about to be launched, offering readers an insight into the relationship between writing and disability.

It's a little book with big ideas, featuring diverse,  well-known and emerging women writers.  The  important thing they have in common is that they all share the lived experience of disability. 

Eight novelists, poets, essayists, playwrights, memoirists and bloggers have contributed to the book, including Charlotte Simmonds, Tusiata Avia, Michele Leggott and the late Robin Hyde.

Lynn Freeman speaks with Charlotte, and to the co-founders of Crip The Lit, who published the book, Robyn Hunt and Trish Harris.  Trish has also contributed to Here we are, read

2:49 A UK duo turns scientific data into moving art

Images of the Kaikoura earthquake are included in a new exhibition of seismic data by a UK artist duo called Semiconductor.

It's called The Technological Sublime, including five massive patterned screens.  The screens feature seismic data from around the world that show how landforms develop over millions of years.

Over the past 20 years Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt have collaborated with top science agencies including  NASA, CERN, the Smithsonian and the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands

Lynn Freeman visited them at City Gallery, Wellington,  where the exhibition has just opened.

3:06 Drama at 3 - Speed of light by Angie Farrow

Speed of light examines the pressures faced by young people in the world of competitive athletics.


Music played in this show

Artist: Whitney Houston
Song: Million dollar bill
Composer: Dean-Harris
Album: I Look To You
Label: Arista
Played at:  12.35

Artist:  The Marvelettes
Song: Don't mess with Bill
Composer:  Robinson
Album: The Motown Box
Label: Motown
Played at:  12.58

Artist:  Bobbie Gentry
Song: Ode to Billy Joe
Composer: Gentry
Album:  The Delta Sweete
Label: Raven
Played at:  1.08

Artist:  Peggy Lee
Song: Bill
Composer: Kern-Hammerstien-Wodehouse
Album: Miss Peggy Lee
Label: Capitol
Played at:  1.46

Artist: Destiny's Child
Song: Bills bills bills
Composer: Briggs-Handy-Knowles
Album:  Number Ones
Label: Columbia
Played at:  1.58

Artist: Patsy Cline
Song:  Bill Bailey won't you please come home
Composer: Cannon
Album: Live at the Cimarron Ballroom
Label: MCA
Played at:  2.04

Artist: P J Harvey
Song: C'mon Billy
Composer:  Harvey
Album: To bring you my love
Label: Island
Played at:  2.58

Artist:  Robert Preston
Song: Ya got trouble
Composer: Wilson
Album:  The Music Man
Label: Warner
Played at:  3.04

Artist:  Tom Petty
Song: Billy the Kid
Composer: Petty
Album: Echo
Label: Warner
Played at:  3.58