Documentary director/producer Tina Brown rolls in to talk about her feature, United Skates, a wonderfully engaging framing of US rollerskating rinks and their still-present concurrent threads of community, music, and racial segregation. Mary-Margaret Slack then recommends, while talking as-little-as-she-can [SPOILERS] about, another documentary feature, Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers. With limited sessions left as the festival draws to a close, don't sleep on these two. Eight-wheels-out-of-eight / three-strangers-out-of-three.
This week on bMovies, Director Eryn Wilson, joins us in studio to talk Dog's Best Friend. Talking about the harsh stories of these pup's pasts, Mikey's heart is warmed by the tales of our furry friends. And 95bFM's Viewmaster, Sam Sinnott, is back to review The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a topical and confronting depiction of teenagers searching for their truth. Sam sums up the film in two words. But no spoilers, please!
This weeks on bMovies, Director Andy Deere is one half of the brains behind Bludgeon, the documentary about competitive medieval combat in New Zealand. Swords. Axes. Armour. The name says it all. And 95bFM's Amelia Berry reviews The Green Fog, she reckons it encapsulates funny art. The film is a modern love letter to Hitchcock's Vertigo, cut together from clips of iconic San Franciscan films and TV shows. A surreal romp through cinematic history.
Flicks.co.nz's Editor, Steve Newall, pops in to preview the NZIFF quiz night and Nicholas Cage's new horror, Mandy. Think you know films? Take the quiz and find out. And 95bFM's Johnny Vahry reviews Brimstone and Glory, a beautiful, cinematic, fireworks display that documents the week-long celebration of San Juan de Dios. A film about fireworks, Mikey's excited.
Documentary director Pietra Brettkelly drops in (choosing bFM over The Oscars™, hah) to talk about her new feature, Yellow Is Forbidden, the story of fashion designer Guo Pei and her rise from Cultural Revolution China to independent Haute Couture threat. Penelope Noir, 95bFM's resident Fashun expert, reviews Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, a documentary on the notorious titular Ms. Vivienne that once had the Westwood family's co-operation... but now, upon release, does not. What went wrong?
Director Simon Ogston talks to us about his new documentary, Bill Direen: A Memory of Others, a portrait of its titular gentleman and the breadth of his talent and collaborators. Also serving as a love letter to the New Zealand landscape and to the dying art of creative collectivism, what made Ogston choose Direen for his latest deep dive into our country's musical underground? Sarah also weighs in to review the 2017 US indie Brigsby Bear. Encompassing her specialist subject of children's television and the always intriguing trope of simulated reality, what did she make of the VHS-era inspired flick?
Director Paul Oremland talks to us about his new documentary, 100 Men, which looks at 40 years of gay history via the lens of (and honest interviews with) Oremland’s list of past lovers. As people, societal norms, and countries age, how does that affect identity, community and freedom? Penelope Noir also joins us in the studio to review a doco that contains her specialist subject: feshun. Not just for couture hounds, the story of fashion designer Zac Posen is a classically American rise-fall-rise tale as told by Sandy Chronopoulos in her new documentary, House of Z.
Dr. Annie Goldson talks to Mikey about the inspirations and struggles of her new doco, Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web. Behind all the showmanship and flashy displays, did the MegaUpload founder really commit crimes that warranted a 70+ armed policeman strong raid? What was the message being sent in such a show of power? Who was it made by and for? One of our very own film experts, Amanda Jane Robinson, also joins the fracas to shed some light on the new Jonathan Olshefski documentary, Quest. Condensing a decade’s worth of filming into a mere 105 minutes, Olshefski’s documentary follows a young African American family and their working-class neighbourhood through their lens of the Obama years.
Director Julian Boshier gives the lowdown on his sensational new Head Like A Hole documentary, Swagger of Thieves. A mere ten years in the making, spanning twenty years of footage (converted to twelve terabytes of media), and hours of edit room ciggies, Julian's doco has its world premiere at the Mighty Civic this August 3rd. Our very own News and Editorial Director, Ximena Smith, also joins the melee to guide us through the contradictions and questions inherent within the new Laura Poitras documentary on Julian Assange, Risk. In the world of freedom of information activism, is the message always more important than its troubling messenger? Or is context _always_ key?
Veronica stops by to talk to Mike about the newly refurbished Hollywood Avondale - one of the country's oldest cinemas, now a brand-spanking-new venue in the New Zealand International Film Festival. Brought back to luscious life and connected with the Southern hemisphere's largest collection of celluloid films and trailers, what can punters expect from the Hollywood during NZIFF? Our very own bFM Creative Director, Amelia, also joins the fray to review some really great rugs (like, really great) and this week's NZIFF bFMpick, Anna Biller's The Love Witch.