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Last Night in Soho; Venom: Let There Be Carnage; A Boy Called Christmas; Breaking Bread, plus more 6 The Many Saints of Newark return to the scene of the crime 12 The Power of the Dog ENTERTAINMENT 39 TENT off the wall, on the wall 40 Film Festivals coming to some kind of screen near you WATCHING IN SKY HIGHLIGHTS Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Country TV, Living, Universal TV, Rialto Channel 21 Belushi blues control 22 Stars in the Spotlight lust for life FREE TO AIR 24 Doctor Who time warp STREAMING 27 Cowboy Bebop some kind of blues 28 The Great how great thou art WATCHING NOW VIEWPOINT

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FALLING FOR FIGARO Hilarious and heartfelt romantic comedy set in the brutal world of opera singing competitions. The story unfolds in a tiny Scottish village where the most sought-after (and most feared) singing coach in Europe must prepare her two students for the same competition. However, only by manipulating their love lives can she get the best performances out of them. Joanna Lumley, Danielle Macdonald, Hugh Skinner. PREMIERES 18TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE PETIT MAMAN An eight-year-old girl who is helping clean out the family home after her grandmother dies, meets a girl her own age in the woods where her mother used to play... Based on a very simple idea: the meeting and friendship between a little girl and her mother as a child, the film offers a new approach to the time travel story – it’s an intimate journey where the issue at stake is neither the future nor the past, but shared time. PREMIERES 25TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE THE RESCUE The enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. Oscar-winning filmmakers Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin ( Free Solo ) keep viewers on the edge of their seats, using a wealth of never- before-seen material to piece together one of the most perilous, courageous and extraordinary rescues in modern times. PREMIERES 18TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE THE POWER OF THE DOG Award-winning NZ film written and directed by Jane Campion. – Feature page 12 – PREMIERES 11TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL Women were clearly central to legendary photographer Helmut Newton’s work. Many of the stars of his iconic portraits and fashion editorials

– from Anna Wintour to Grace Jones, Charlotte

Rampling to Isabella Rossellini, and Claudia Schiffer – give candid interviews about their experiences with Newton, and their interpretation of the work of this controversial genius. A portrait of the artist by the portrayed. Provocative, unconventional, subversive, Newton’s depiction of women has always posed the question: were they subjects or objects? PREMIERES 25TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE – See feature on page 14


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VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE Eddie Brock is still struggling to coexist with the shape-shifting alien Venom. When deranged serial killer Cletus Kasady also becomes host to a symbiote, Brock and Venom must work as a team to stop his reign of terror. Directed by Andy Serkis. Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, WoodyHarrelson, Naomie Harris. PREMIERES 25TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE ETERNALS “Throughout the years we have never interfered, until now.” A race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to battle the evil Deviants. Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan Richard Madden, Kit Harington. PREMIERES 4TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE


LAST NIGHT IN SOHO An aspiring young fashion designer is mysteriously able to time- shift into the 1960s where she forms an eerie psychic bond with a dazzling night club singer. However the glamour of London’s Swinging Sixties is not all it appears to be, and soon time and strange dreams of the past – or present? – start to crack and splinter together into something far darker. Psychological horror thriller by director Edgar Wright. NZ’s Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp. PREMIERES 11TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE MY HERO ACADEMIA: WORLD HEROES’ MISSION Japan’s greatest heroes must stop the mastermind behind a deadly chemical attack that has caused people’s abilities to spiral out of control. Third instalment in the Manga series. PREMIERES 11TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE


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BREAKING BREAD Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef , founded the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival where Arab and Jewish chefs unite to celebrate their shared culinary traditions – exchanging stories, techniques & mouth-watering recipes – free from political and religious boundaries. PREMIERES 18TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniverasy re-release AUCKLAND PREMIERE 25TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE Juniper New Zealand feature film AUCKLAND PREMIERE 25TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE FOR FILMS SHOWING NEAR YOU SEE OUR NATIONWIDE CINEMA DIRECTORY PAGE 44

A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS Live action re-imagining of the Father Christmas origin story, where an ordinary young boy named Nikolas sets out on anextraordinary adventure into the snowy north, in search of his father who is on a quest to find the fabled village of the elves. Destiny awaits in this magical, comical and endearing story that shows that nothing is impossible... Henry Lawfull, Toby Jones, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig, Stephen Merchant, Jim Broadbent, Maggie Smith PREMIERES 25TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE HITLER VERSUS PICASSO AND THE OTHERS Examining the Nazi regime’s two 1937 exhibitions in Munich: one to stigmatize “Degenerate Art” (which they systematically looted and destroyed) and one, personally curated by Hitler, to glorify “Classical Art” (which they systematically looted and hoarded – many of which are yet to be returned). The documentary reveals an incredible array of masterpieces, intertwined with human stories from the most infamous period of the twentieth century. PREMIERES 25TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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The latest accomplishment fromDame Jane Campion – already an award-winner, and heralded as a contender for next year’s Academy Awards – The Power of the Dog was filmed in New Zealand, with a cast of A-listers lead by Benedict Cumberbatch as the severe but handsome Phil Burbank. The story follows Phil and his brother George who are wealthy ranchers in 1920s Montana. All of Phil’s charismatic power is inextricably tied to the past the land: he can castrate a calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as the hides he wears. When the brothers meet Rose, a widow, and her son Peter, Phil’s cruelty drives them both to tears – he revels in their hurt and rouses his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother. When George and Rose marry, Phil swings between fury and cold cunning, his taunting of Rose takes a sinister turn, and his remorseless mockery of Peter is amplified by the cheering of his disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing – but is this unexpected gesture a softening, or a plot twisting further into menace? Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Thomasin McKenzie. PREMIERES 11TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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One of the major projects filmed in New Zealand in 2020, The Power of the Dog marks Jane Campion’s return to feature film, and has inevitably attracted a serious Oscar buzz for both the director, and her lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Campion’s first film in over a decade, The Power of the Dog has been billed as a book- end to her 1993 Palme d’Or-winning drama, The Piano , in its portrait of caged sensuality and repression. However for the first time in Cam- pion’s career, the film’s protagonist is a man. Always driven by story, it was Campion’s re- sponse to Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name that saw her begin to develop the adaptation for film. It was a book that long haunted her, and when she began to reflect on a new project, her mind returned to the

story again and again. The phrase “the power of the dog” comes from the bible, Psalm 22:20: ‘Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog’. “The extraordinary thing about the psalm is how visceral and sav- age it is,” says Campion. “It’s a blistering psalm about passion in a very gutsy, animalistic way. The power of the dog is something to do with that sort of passion – an animal-inspired instinct that’s sexual and vicious and strong and dan- gerous.” With that in mind, she describes the deeply complex central character, a brilliant but cruel man, as one of the “all-time great characters of American fiction”.

Sweetie 1989, Campion’s debut feature film

An Angel at My Table 1990 Janet Frame biopic, Auckland Online Film Festival _– see page 40

The Piano 1993, Academy Award Winner Best Original Screenplay, Nominee Best Director

Top of the Lake 2013 mini-series TVNZ OnDemand – see page 31



Writer Hélène Ravlich takes a closer look at Helmut Newton, and the latest documentary to shine a light on the iconic photographer Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful. Responsible for more than his share of contro- versy throughout the history of fashion photog- raphy, German shooter Helmut Newton and his legacy of boldly erotic imagery have fasci- nated generations. His nudes were less shock- ing than his fashion-meets-fetish escapades, and it is apparent from his early imagery that the photographer had a definite “type”. The Newton woman was Amazonian and pro- jected strength, and more often than not she was unapologetically nude. He regarded the men in his images as “accessories”, and other favourite props included cigarettes dripping in phallic symbolism, and butchers’ specialties POWER, FINANCIAL POWER, OR SEXUAL POWER, THEY ARE PRETTY GOOD SUBJECTS FOR MY CAMERA.” “WHAT INTERESTS ME IN MY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY IS POWER AND SEX. SEX & POWER. HOW SEX BEQUEATHS POWER. I THINKWHEN I TAKE PORTRAITS OF PEOPLE, WHO HAVE POLITICAL

Photographs by Helmut Newton, Courtesy of The Helmut Newton Foundation

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Top: Crocodile, Wuppertal, 1983 Left: David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini,

Los Angeles 1988 Opposite page: Grace Jones and Dolph Lundgren, Los Angeles, 1985

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his Jewish family were forced to weather the rise of Nazism. In 1938 the Newton family fled Germany, but not before the Aryan beauty standards and photography of Leni Riefen- stahl (the German film director, photographer, and actress, known for her seminal role in pro- ducing Nazi propaganda) left an indelible im- pression on the future artist. Eventually arriving in Australia where he would meet his long-time wife June, it has been said that Newton took the trauma of his upbringing and processed it through the confronting style that would make him a star. Once he settled in Paris his style became fully formed, and unabashedly sexy, like no other photographer at the time. It’s interesting that while many acclaimed fashion photographers now face a reckoning for their predatory behaviour, Newton is re- membered fondly as a gentle genius with a childlike penchant for mischief. Many of his top female subjects from the worlds of film and fashion have their say in the film, and gladly reinforce this notion. The likes of Claudia Schiffer, Grace Jones, Anna Wintour, Carla Sozzani and Charlotte Rampling recount the stories behind many of his famous – and infa- mous - images, describing a convivial artist whose true personality seems to run counter to the controversial persona generated by his works. Also included is his wonderful wife, June Newton, and more critically, activist Susan Sontag, in a memorable exchange on French television where she accuses him directly of being a misogynist. When Grace Jones de- scribes Newton as “a little bit perverse”, she immediately qualifies this observation by say- ing: “But so am I, so it’s okay.” Vogue’s Anna Wintour says she used his photographs as “a stopper” in her magazines because she knew they’d be powerful enough to stop readers from merely flicking through the pages. It’s clear that Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful ’s all-female cast list is very much by “I’M OBSESSED WITH CUTTING IMAGES OUT OF NEWSPAPERS... ONLY THE NEWS OR PAPARAZZI PHOTOS, THINGS THAT ARE REALLY INTENSE... I ALSO LOVE CRIME SHOWS. SOMETIMES I TAKE PICTURES OF SOMETHING I SEE ON TV ON MY SCREEN AT HOME...”

like chicken and raw meat. Followers of fash- ion from the swinging sixties onwards will be fa- miliar with his often imitated style: the aforementioned strong female figures in stylised scenes of eroticism, elements of the fetishistic pushing against social mores. Domi- nance and submission were recurring themes, but his narratives were suggestively open- ended. We may think we know all there is to know about Newton, but in Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful , we get to see his work through a very different lens. In the soon-to-be-released documentary, well- known author, journalist and director Gero von Boehm examines one of the photography world’s most provocative artists, through the eyes of the women who knew him best: those who lived with him, inspired him and un- dressed for his lens. And although he is up front about being a friend of Newton’s, he allows these women to tell their stories – and therein lies its charm. The film begins by recounting Newton’s early life in the decadent Weimar Republic before

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design. “Why did I pick ten women? Because there were almost no statements from women about Helmut,”Von Boehm told an interviewer. “There were many brilliant scholarly essays by male journalists, male gallerists and male curators – and there were some anecdotes from [female] assistants he’d worked with – but I’d rarely heard women speak or write about him. So I thought: ‘Why not give carte blanche to women who really knew him well and had worked with him?’” The women von Boehm speaks with are at pains to emphasise that the snapper’s kink came with heaping servings of (very black) hu- mour. Though at one point in the film Newton says he never thinks about death, ingrained in him was an awareness of its closeness; he was Jewish and vividly remembers his escape from Germany while still a youth. “I grew up knowing that if you cross the street at a red traffic light, the Nazis can snap you up.” Newton’s lens was a portal to fetishistic and fictional fantasies, but it was also a protective barrier between the man and the world. There is a lot to be said about Newton’s photo- graphic practice and continuing influence on industry and the art world, but van Boehm has said that is not the film’s primary concern. In- stead, audiences are treated to an array of affectionate remembrances from those who wonderfully represent the look and ideals that so entranced the daring artist. Roger Ebert said it best when he wrote: “To know Helmut Newton was to know his work, and to know his work, you need to know the women who helped craft it”. And what fascinating women they are. “I LOVE VULGARITY. I AM VERY ATTRACTED BY BAD TASTE – IT IS A LOT MORE EXCITING THAN THAT SUPPOSED GOOD TASTE, WHICH IS NOTHING MORE THAN A STANDARDIZED WAY OF LOOKING AT THINGS.”

Helmut at home, Monte Carlo, 1987. Below: Newton with Sylvia Ramatuelle, 1981. Photos by Alice Springs Opposite : Rue Aubriot, Paris, 1975, Helmut Newton

HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, PREMIERES 25TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE Premiere dates exclude Auckland, and are dependant on Covid-19 restrictions

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RIALTO CHANNEL PREMIERES RIALTO SELECTION  CLICK TO SEE MORE PREMIERE FILMS EVERY SATURDAY AT 8:30 Above Suspicion Chilling true story of an F.B.I. poster boy, a star informant, an illicit affair, murder, and a huge scandal for the nation’s top law enforcement agency. Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston, Johnny Knoxville, Thora Birch. 6th Belushi the comedy and the tragedy. 13th – see feature on opposite page The Secrets We Keep a WWII survivor settled into a new life in the US, thinks she recognises a former German soldier and seeks drastic vengence. 20th Another Round a dark comedy about four teacher friends who all feel stuck in a rut. They decide to embark on a wild experiment to see if a constant level of alcohol will give them greater happiness, and inevitably serious choices must be made. Mads Mikklesen. 27th RIALTO BRITISH  CLICK TO SEE MORE SUNDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 RIALTO DOCUMENTARY  CLICK TO SEE MORE WEDNESDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 This month: home grown docos The Man on the Island , 3rd; Revolt She Said ,10th; Return to Gandhi Road , 17th; The Pinkies Are Back , 24th THURSDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 The best of independent international film and filmmakers. This month: spotlight on Scandinavia Tom of Finland , 1st; Dogs Don’t Wear Pants , 8th; Britt-Marie Was Here , 15th; Aniara , 22nd; The Food Club 29th RIALTO SERIES  CLICK TO SEE MORE FRIDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 The Unusual Suspects 4-part Aussie crime caper with a feminine touch. Miranda Otto. From 5th This month: stars in the spotlight – see special feature next page RIALTO WORLD  CLICK TO SEE MORE MONDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30




American Nightmare new murder-mystery series in which real life home movies and photos are matched with actual crime scene video and stills. 9:30 Mondays from 1st ANIMAL PLANET  CLICK TO SEE MORE The Last Alaskans residents of the vast and remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge struggle to survive the rugged terrain and frigid conditions. 8:30, Tuesdays from 2nd ZOO-vember the latest season of The Zoo explores the Bronx Zoo; brand-new The Aquarium dives into Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium, plus explore The Zoo: San Diego . Three hour specials from 6:40, every Saturday COUNTRY TV  CLICK TO SEE MORE Ageless Gardens a visual celebration of gardens & gardeners – and their vital role in health and wellbeing. S3, 7:30, Weds 10th Wild Things a lichenologist, a landscape gardener, and a botanist, follow the new survey of wild plant maps from one of the biggest British natural history projects ever undertaken. S1 premieres 8pm, Weds 17th Fightback Farmers: Feeding Australia Together small family farms and fishers co- operating to take on large corporations. Documentary premieres 8:30, Monday 29th LIVING  CLICK TO SEE MORE Escape to the Country long-running series. 9:30, Mondays from 1st UNIVERSAL TV  CLICK TO SEE MORE The best in crime and drama shows

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On his 30th birthday, John Belushi had the No.1 album, television show and movie in the US. Three years later he was dead – victim to his addictions, self-destructive impulses, and his fame. The story of Belushi’s rise, via National Lampoon and SNL to global superstardom in Animal House and The Blues Brothers , and his ultimate fall, is told through vintage audio interviews with those close to him, including Dan Aykroyd, Lorne Michaels, Carrie Fisher, Harold Ramis, Jim Belushi, Penny Marshall, John Landis and many others. This oral history, presented with rare home movies, archival footage, and clips from Belushi’s theatre, TV and film appearances, create a vivid portrait of a larger-than-life comedy genius, who was both charismatic and deeply troubled.

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RIALTO DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL STARS IN THE SPOTLIGHT 8:30PM, THURSDAYS IN NOVEMBER  CLICK TO SEE MORE LUST FOR LIFE OLYMPIA Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis lived life with blazing courage. The veteran of the stage and screen appeared in over 130 Broadway shows and starred in lauded films such as Moonstruck (for which she won the Oscar) and the unforgettable Steel Magnolias . This intimate documentary blends past and present, as Olympia opens her heart and exposes her truest self to the audience, revealing a passionate, uncompromising, truth-seeking rebel. Featuring Laura Linney, Diane Ladd, Whoopi Goldberg, Ed Asner, and Olympia’s cousin, Michael Dukakis. Olympia passed away in May 2021. 25th CREATING A CHARACTER: THE MONI YAKIM LEGACY Some stars prepare other stars for the spotlight. Moni Yakim was one who achieved just that. Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Kline, are but a few of the actors who have studied under him at Juilliard, America's greatest performing arts school. Featuring interviews with many of his famous pupils, this compelling portrait of the master teacher takes the viewer inside the drama classes where Moni and his wife Mina pour their love and passion into preparing the next Branded as the most hated man in wrestling after winning a highly controversial WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000 under bizarre circumstances, actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career. Dangerously determined to redeem his reputation, and reclaim his self-respect, Arquette will stop at nothing to earn his place in professional wrestling. Featuring both his sisters Rosanna Arquette and Patricia Arquette. 18th generation of actors for fame and fortune. 11th YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE

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MY DARLING VIVIAN – RIALTO CHANNEL  CLICK TO SEE MORE The little known story of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash’s first wife and the mother of his four daughters. Produced by their grandson, the film has exclusive access to never-seen-before footage, photos, and passionate love letters. The daughters share, for the first time, the entire story of their parents thirteen year marriage – the story of love at first sight, the pressures, the endless tours and separations, Cash’s descent into drugs and alcohol, and the eventual divorce – with heartbreak for them all. By the time Vivian and Johnny’s marriage had crashed and burned, he had already met the next Mrs Cash – June Carter. Premieres 4th

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DOCTOR WHO – TVNZ 2, 5:15PM FROM MONDAY 1ST  CLICK TO SEE MORE The Tardis is ready – are you? This time the menace looming over the Doctor are the Flux, who threaten to destroy the world as we know it. Plus there are other old enemies from across the Universe she must face, like the Sontarans and Weeping Angels, as well creatures known as the Ravagers. Jodie Whittaker returns for her third and final stint as the thirteenth Doctor (it’s also the thirteenth season into the Doctor Who revival – which means it’s the thirty-ninth season overall counting the years of shows from the olden days). This season, subtitled Flux , develops a central storyline over six episodes, new series premiering, 5:15, Monday 1st TIME WARP

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THREE  CLICK TO SEE MORE Our DNA Journey UK celebrities, including father and son Martin and Roman Kemp, delve into family history using cutting-edge DNA technology and genealogy to uncover the secrets of their past, with life- changing results. Series 9:30, Wednesdays. The World’s Biggest Druglord the rise and capture of criminal mastermind Tse Chi Lop, dubbed Asia’s ‘El Chapo’, documented with unprecedented access to law enforcement in the US, Canada, Australia and Thailand. Special premieres Sunday 14th Proof Award-winning journalist Guyon Espiner makes his documentary debut examining different angles on New Zealand’s drinking culture and alcohol industry. He talks to people who work in harm reduction, former- drinker and comedian Rhys Mathewson, Alcohol Beverages Council spokesman Robert Brewer, as well as reflecting on his own relationship with alcohol. 9:30, Monday 15th Bloodlands British procedural drama about a Northern Irish police officer who connects a kidnapping with an infamous cold case that has enormous personal significance. James Nisbett. 9:35, Sunday 7th – Also available on TVNZ OnDemand. MA¯ ORI TELEVISION  CLICK TO SEE MORE – Also on demand and on the MA¯ ORI+ app. PRIME  CLICK TO SEE MORE TVNZ DUKE  CLICK TO SEE MORE – Also available on ThreeNow. TVNZ 1  CLICK TO SEE MORE


Jim Belushi is an actor, a singer, a dancer, a writer, and a family man. Now, he’s ready to wear another hat – cannabis farmer! Jim believes the medicinal properties of cannabis can bring peace and healing to all who need it. Helping his business grow are Captain Jack, weed dealer for the cast of Saturday Night Live , a farm full of misfits, and fellow Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd. Jim sets off on a whirlwind mission to get a foothold in the oversaturated cannabis market. Will he be able to achieve his ultimate goal of healing people with medicine grown from the earth, or will his venture go up in smoke? Season 1 premieres 9:30pm, Thursday 11th TVNZ 2  CLICK TO SEE MORE Call Me Kat a woman’s every day struggles against society – and her mother – to prove that she can still live a happy and fulfilling life despite still being single at 39... Which is why she recently spent her entire savings to open a cat café in Louisville, Kentucky. US take on the British comedy Miranda . Mayim Bialik. New series 8pm, Wednesday 10th

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NETFLIX  CLICK TO SEE MORE Red Notice when an Interpol-issued ‘Red Notice’ – the highest level warrant – goes out, the FBI’s top profiler is on the case. His global pursuit finds him stuck in the middle of a daring heist where he’s forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief, in order to catch the world’s most wanted art thief. Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot. Action-comedy. 12th Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness the saga of Joe Exotic, one-time Netflix phenomenon and all-round not-great-guy, continues with season 2, catching us up on the aftermath of S1 and Joe’s incarceration. 17th tick, tick...BOOM! an adaptation of the auto- biographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the creator of the ground-breaking show Rent . On the brink of turning 30, a promising theater composer, waiting tables while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical, navigates life, love, and the pressure to create something worthwhile before time runs out. Andrew Garfield. 19th Bruised a mixed martial arts fighter reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone else has counted her out. Halle Berry. Film 24th Super Crooks from comic book legend Mark Millar, this super-powered heist story about eight super-villains is jam-packed with action and told in 13 x 30-minute episodes lushly produced by famed anime studio Bones. 25th WALTER PRESENTS  CLICK TO SEE MORE TV EXPERT WALTER IUZZOLINO HANDPICKS COMPELLING SERIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. SKY GO  CLICK TO SEE MORE Sky TV customers can watch live sports, news, box sets, and catch up on movies, shows, and




The Electrical Life of Louis Wain the extraordinary true story of the eccentric British artist, who sought to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of both the world, and of cats. His playful, sometimes psychedelic pictures transformed the public’s perception of cats forever. Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy. 5th The Wheel of Time a world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it. Rosamund Pike. Based on the epic fantasy books, series 1 from 19th Mayor Pete inside Pete Buttigieg’s campaign to become the youngest US President – he’s already the first openly LGBTQ Cabinet member in U.S. history. Documentary 12th


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COWBOY BEBOP – NETFLIX  CLICK TO SEE MORE An action-packed, jazz-inspired, genre-bending, sci-fi, space-western series about a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun their pasts, as they pursue the 22nd century’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world... for the right price. Spike Spiegel is impossibly cool, with a deadly smile, a wry wit, and style to spare. He travels the solar system with his ex-cop partner, Jet Black, an inveterate jazz enthusiast and Captain of the Bebop, and Faye Valentine, a bold, brash – and unpredictable – survivor. Live-action adaptation of Shinichiro Watanabe's classic anime. John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, Alex Hassell, Elena Satine, and NZ’s Rachel House. Available from 19th

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A satirical ‘anti-historical’ ride through 18th-century Russia following the wildly improbable rise of ‘Catherine the Nothing’ to ‘Catherine the Great’, in a chaotic, violent, sensual, odyssey, about the seemingly never-ending (albeit titillating) battle for power between the Empress Catherine and her husband Peter III. He wants bloodshed. She wants peace. He wants sex. She would rather choke on a tiny chicken. In Season 2, Catherine’s coup against Peter has reached a stalemate. However, organising a coup against her husband is nothing compared to liberating a country that doesn’t want liberation... Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Gillian Anderson.

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PULSE TV  CLICK TO SEE MORE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORIES & DOCUMENTARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Harry & Snowman Harry de Leyer, a post- WWII immigrant to the US, rescued a horse bound for the slaughter house. He named him Snowman , and in less than two years they won the ‘triple crown’ of show jumping, beating the nation’s elite, finding fame, and forming a bond that lasted a lifetime. Best of Enemies: Buckley vs Vidal about the legendary series of nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals; the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Intended as commentary on the issues of their day, these vitriolic and explosive encounters defined the modern era of public debate, when spectacle trumped content, and the complicity of the media in it. Kedi in Istanbul, there are more than just human inhabitants. There’s also the multitude of stray domestic cats who live free, but have complicated relationships with the people of the city. The film follows a selection of individual cats, each with their distinct personality, as they live their lives on the streets. However, the reality of an ancient metropolis changing with the times, means there’s less of a place for cats like them. Between Land and Sea exploring the burgeoning surfing scene on the wild Atlantic coast in the west of Ireland. Filmed in and around Lahinch in County Clare, near the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the documentary shows how, since the turn of the century, Ireland has become a prime surfing location, and how the sport has changed the sleepy town, providing new business opportunities for its inhabitants.


Yellowjackets a group of girls, top high school soccer players, survive a plane crash in the remote wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated, but thriving team, to savage clans. Twenty-five years later, they discover that what began in the wild is far from over. Part survival epic, part psychological horror, part coming-of-age drama. Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis. 16th Dark Side of the 90’s pop culture, personalities, social attitudes, trends; the excesses that captured the zeitgeist of the decade, explored through interviews with people who were there: Trash TV: Dirty and Deadly Talk ; TheViper Room: Hollywood's Sanctuary ; TV for Teens ; Beanie Babies Go Bust ; Grunge and the Seattle Sound ; Baywatch: Sex Sells ; A Tale of Two Cults ; Hip Hop: The East vs West Media War ; Secrets of the Runway ; Internet 1.0: Don't Believe the Hype . From 4th Yellowstone Kevin Costner in the rancher family drama. S4, Mondays from 8th A Mild Touch of Cancer could this be a cure for the big C? NZ documentary about one man’s experience with an innovative treatment, 2nd Recovery 29 the Pike River mine exploded on 19th November 2010, killing 29 men. From day one the authorities promised to get the men out, but they did nothing. In the face of obstruction and division, after ten years, the miners were finally allowed to attempt the recovery. NZ documentary made over three years. From 2nd

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TVNZ ONDEMAND  CLICK TO SEE MORE Chapelwaite horror series based on Stephen King’s short story Jerusalem’s Lot . Set in the 1850s, a man relocates his three children to his ancestral home in a small, seemingly sleepy town, after his wife’s death. However, he soon must confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and a darkness that won’t die. Adrian Brody. 1st Big Brother VIP Caitlyn Jenner, Omarosa Meghan Markle’s brother Thomas Markle Jr., and lots of Aussies all ‘locked in’ together. What could possibly go wrong? 2nd Top of the Lake Jane Campion’s critically- acclaimed New Zealand-set series about a detective, and her investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl. Elisabeth Moss. 2nd

A sixteen year old girl, Meis, lives with her stressed- out mother, unemployed father and her ailing grandmother, in the middle of nowhere. Their house is the only one in an endless green sea of Dutch flatlands, right at a dangerously sharp turn in the road. Meis hangs around the house, bickering with her parents, dreaming of boys, and wishing something, anything, would happen to break the boredom of the long hot summer... Tazzeka growing up in a Moroccan village, Elias learned the secrets of cooking traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother. Years later, after meeting a top Parisian chef, he is inspired to finally follow his dreams.

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DISNEY+  CLICK TO SEE MORE THE BEATLES GET BACK Director Peter Jackson takes audiences back to the band’s January1969 recording sessions – which became a pivotal moment in music history – revealing The Beatles’creative process as they attempt to write 14 new songs in preparation for their first live concert in over two years. Faced with a nearly impossible deadline, the bonds of friendship shared by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are put to the test. Three episode docuseries, 25th, 26th, 27th Hawkeye Clint Barton and Kate Bishop shoot a few arrows and try to avoid becoming the target themselves. Marvel Studios’ mini-series. Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld. Premieres Weds 24th, with episodes weekly. DISNEY+ DAY – SPECIAL EVENT 12TH Jungle Cruise all subscribers can adventure down the river with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt on Disney+ Day, 12th Dopesick how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. An intense and thrilling ride to the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction – from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson. Limited series, premieres 12th, then weekly on Wednesdays. Home Sweet Home Alone a resourceful young boy, left behind by a careless family gone on holiday, battles trespassers in hilarious hijinks of epic proportions. A new addition to the original franchise, 12th Olaf Presents from snowman to showman fronting an all-new series of shorts. 12th

APPLE TV+  CLICK TO SEE MORE Finch a robotics engineer – one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland – a dog, and a robot who has named himself Jeff, form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone. Tom Hanks. Releasing 5th Dickinson third and final season of acclaimed comedic series based around the great American poet Emily Dickinson. Hailee Steinfeld. 10 episodes, released weekly, Fridays from 5th Harriet the Spy animated adaptation of the 1960s’ book about an outspoken, perpetually curious 11-year-old girl who dreams of being a writer, and in order to be a good writer, she’ll need to know everything. And to know everything means she’ll need to spy... on everyone! Series releases 19th

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Now based in Auckland, UK-born DJ Dick ‘Magik’Johnson needs no introduction. The prodigious talent landed a residency at Manchester’s legendary Hacienda Club while still in his teens in the late 1980s, going on to hone his distinctive and much loved house sound until its closure in 1997. Before long he was producing tracks for Cream’s Olympic label, New Order’s Pleasure Recordings and Manchester’s Paper Recordings collective, and had set up his own record label, Shaboom, which went on to do over 100 releases from the likes of Joeski, Fred Everything, Doc Martin and DJ Sneak. As well as his own solo productions, Dick has remixed interna- tional artists like Fatboy Slim, Claude Von Stroke, Ian Pooley and Crazy P, as well as Kiwi artists L.A.B., Theia, The Naked & Fa- mous and Tiki Taane – to name but a few. His long standing, weekly George FM show is still one of the station’s most popu- lar, and had it not been for Covid-19, his dance card would still be full and seeing him behind the decks electrifying a crowd of dedicated followers around New Zealand and beyond. Never one to rest on his laurels however, Johnson is also the musical director for Synthony No.3 , a role which he was invited to assume in March of this year. The Synthony phenomenon began back in 2017 in Auckland, before quickly growing in popularity and going nationwide. Now owned by Duco Events, it combines the immersive joy of electronic dance music with a spectacular light and laser show as well as the richness of a full orchestra, for what has been billed as a “magical and up-

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lifting dance party experience” that has to be experienced at least once to be believed. A very special collaboration between orchestra, DJs, live guest vocalists and stellar musicians, Synthony No.3 features some of the best-loved dance tracks of the last 30 years – and the crowds keep coming back for more. As musical director, Johnson chooses the set- list, which this year he has updated consider- ably from the usual format. “There is definitely still a place for the real club bangers that everyone wants to hear,” he explains, “but I’ve tweaked it a bit and included new classics from the early 2000s, as well as some new talent.” After selecting the tracks he wanted to include in the set, he then went into the studio to produce the whole shebang, re-doing beats and like before joining forces with Synthony No.3 ’s arranger, Ryan Youens. Amusic arranger and copyist with years of experience working with composers, ensembles, publishers and musicians all over the world, the uber- talented Youens has produced music for the likes of the London Metropolitan Orchestra, Budapest Scoring Orchestra, Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra and Sydney SYNTHONY Orchestra; and also on movies such as The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug . Johnson calls Youens

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doesn’t seem like there’s an end in sight. It’s so hard to make any kind of plan, no matter how much you try”. He adds that he has been lucky in that he spends a lot of his time in music production, “so I can go into my studio and still get work done. I’m missing events so much though, and I really feel for big promoters like the guys behind Rhythm & Vines who need to be finalising things now and just don’t know whether they’re coming or going”. At time of writing all three upcoming Synthony shows have been shifted to 2022, and the team’s fingers remain crossed all round. With everything so up in the air right now, what kind of logistics have to be managed when dates like Synthony ’s are suddenly upended? “Oh, so many,” says Johnson wearily. “Avail- ability of venue, sound tech guys, the talent and most definitely the orchestra, who are often booked up quite far in advance. There is so much to put in place for the whole thing to happen.” When asked what he sees the future of events like Synthony and festivals looking like, the DJ and producer refers to the situation in his home country of the UK, “where it’s a bit of a free-for-all and there are still thousands of cases a day, but hospitalisations are dropping. The vaccines work no question about it, so perhaps we’ll have to have a vaccination passport for a while – even if it’s just to get us through summer”. Johnson adds that he is most definitely freedom of choice when it comes to the individual, “but people need to feel safe when they go out, and vaccinations right now are a key part of that”. SYNTHONY NO.3 – NZ TOUR 2021–2022  CLICK TO SEE MORE All dates are dependant on Covid-19 restrictions. Please check the website and register for updates. “I’M MISSING EVENTS SO MUCH THOUGH & I REALLY FEEL FOR BIG PROMOTERS WHO JUST DON’T KNOW WHETHER THEY’RE COMING OR GOING...”

“a classically trained, mega nerd, genius”, who takes what the DJ has created and or- chestrates it. “He keeps the melodies while creating new parts that work with those melodies across a sixty piece orchestra,” explains Johnson, “before I then de-construct the whole thing to ensure that it will work in an arena setting.” Johnson then chooses addi- tional musicians and singers to add to the vibe, before he mixes everything so that it flows well on the night. “The great thing about it all is that unlike a band, we don’t require too much rehearsal time. The orchestra gets the score literally the night before, they are just incredible to watch.” Johnson says that even if you’re not a fan of the Synthony genre of music, “this experience takes those tracks to a whole new place where they have a new life of their own. There is still a real festival-type vibe on the night, but the tracks develop into completely different, beautiful pieces of music that you can’t help but be swept away by.” Inevitably, talk turns to the pandemic, and the dire straits that are affecting the events world. As someone who has spent the better part of their life in the entertainment industry, the usu- ally upbeat Johnson says that quite honestly, “it’s hard to see a way out right now, there just

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COMISSION BREAK BREAD What it isn’t is a Zoom call – this is theatre experienced from inside your home. Performers play characters representing the best and worst of where minds go while bodies stay put – developing obsessions and ignoring realities. They help the audience find the levity in situations humanity has survived in the past: the Exodus, the eruption of Mt Vesuvius, the Great Fires of London, and the sinking of the Titanic... Ticketed worldwide, with daily sessions, 30th Nov – 19th Dec  CLICK TO SEE MORE 7 DAYS LIVE TOUR Part quick-fire standup, and part a completely un- censored and un-edited 7 Days show – and now officially an annual tradition – this year the (not very) brave comedians will smash out 13 shows in 13 towns around New Zealand with (nearly) no fear at all. Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood, Paul Ego and the team jump in a van and bring much-needed comedy to the nation, laughing directly in the face of Covid- 19 (wearing a mask of course). 20th Nov – 18th Dec  CLICK TO SEE MORE





Outdoor art trail the city centre becomes the canvas with art installations that have popped up in laneways and public spaces for Artweek Auckland. Despite restrictions there is still a great programme of works that have been installed to be on display safely, from lighting by La Lumiere in Khartoum Place to nature-inspired takeovers on the Freyberg Steps, lightboxes in Te Komititanga and more. Check out the details on the website and view the map for where to start exploring. The programme and website will be reviewed and updated over the coming weeks in line with any alert level changes.  DIWALI FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Diwali falls on the 4th this year – and while events have largely been cancelled due to Covid restrictions, some celebrations have gone online. There’s music, films, recipes and crafts, so you can learn more about Indian culture wherever you are.

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