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WATCHING OUT FILM & CINEMA Dating Amber; Bye Bye Morons; The Godmother; Waiting For Anya; Become Who You Are; Gunpowder Milkshake; Black Widow; Spirited Away; Space Jam: A New Legacy, plus more 7 Old if we only had time 15 The Justice of Bunny King a change is gonna come ENTERTAINMENT 35 Firebird with Paquita Royal New Zealand Ballet WATCHING IN SKY HIGHLIGHTS Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Arts, Vice, Rialto Channel, Sky Sport 19 Oceans Apart: Greed, Betrayal & Pacific Island Rugby Daniel Leo featured interview 23 Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story 24 Tokyo Olympics special faster, higher, stronger FREE TO AIR 26 Prison jailed birds STREAMING 29 The Pursuit of Love what’s love got to do with it? WATCHING NOW VIEWPOINT
14 Mahé Drysdale a brave new world 19 Daniel Leo oceans apart, worlds away 36 Rikki Swannell champion sports journalist what are you watching? 42 Directory cinemas nationwide WATCHING SOON
The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 Sky & TV page 22
Valerie Adams Champion Olympian page 24
Mahé Drysdale Olympic Champion page 14
Daniel Leo Pasifika rugby Champion page 19
Rikki Swannell Champion sports journalist page 36
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It's perhaps the ultimate feat in determination, both physically and mentally... prepare to be inspired by the XXXII Summer Olympics in Tokyo. This COVID-19 affected Olympics will perhaps be the most inspirational yet, as athletes have not only had to delay their Olympic dreams for a year, but they will also be playing in, and experiencing, a very different arena. Less crowds, less ceremonies, means a lot more self-awareness, and relying more on the ability to self-support! Our interview with NZ Olympic legend, Mahé Drysdale, gives an incredible insight into the mind of an Olympic athlete leading up to the games, at the games itself, and how this year's Olympics will be a particular challenge to all the world's elite athletes. As Jack Frost defiantly announces his arrival, VIEW has everything you need to know about your best choices for television, streaming, cinema and, if you feel the need to venture outside, the best events in your postcode.
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BYE BYE MORONS A woman finds out that she is seriously ill and decides to find the child she was forced to abandon when she was a teen. She forms an unlikely alliance with a man having a mid-life crisis, and a blind archivist prone to over-enthusiasm, and the trio set off on a search mission. French comedy drama. Virginie Efira. PREMIERES 1ST SEE MORE THE GODMOTHER An underpaid, overworked translator for the police narcotics unit takes an unexpected chance to change her life. Using her insider knowledge, and police resources, she reinvents herself as a flamboyant drug lord, staying ahead of the cops until, one day... French crime-thriller dark comedy. Isabelle Huppert. PREMIERES 15TH SEE MORE WAITING FOR ANYA Inspired by the actions of French villagers during WWII, who helped Jewish children escape the Nazis by smuggling them across the mountains into Spain. Based on the popular YA book by Michael Morpurgo – a sincere, but over-simplified lesson about the Holocaust era for a younger audience. Noah Schnapp, Tómas Lemarquis, Jean Reno, Anjelica Huston. Four Drivers, Four stories. One race. A fast paced and intimate documentary focusing on the lives of the drivers on and off the track – Scott Dixon, Bruno Senna, Memo Rojas, Jules Gounon – and their journey to the pinnacle of sportscar racing, the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”: 24 Hours of Le Mans. PREMIERES 29TH SEE MORE THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING New Zealand film – feature story page 12 PREMIERES 29TH SEE MORE PREMIERES 22ND SEE MORE BECOME WHO YOU ARE
LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE DATING AMBER Set in Ireland during the mid- 90s, when homosexuality had only just been decriminalised, Eddie & Amber’s friendship blossoms when they start ‘fake dating’ in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. However, their their faux romance begins to fall apart as their journeys of self-acceptance diverge. Poignant, honest and funny depiction of the angst and awkwardness that can be a part of teenagers’ struggles with finding their identity. PREMIERES 8TH SEE MORE JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, JIFF NZ NZ premieres of six Israeli & Jewish themed films screening in Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch 22nd July–4th August; Dunedin 5th– 15th August. SEE MORE
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BLACK WIDOW This action-packed spy thriller is the first film in Phase Four of theMarvel Cinematic Universe. Dark past, relentless forces, broken trust, dangerous conspiracy... Pay attention people! Scarlett Johansson. PREMIERES 8TH SEE MORE ROLL OF THE DICE SNAKE EYES: GI JOE ORIGINS A tenacious loner saves the life of one of the leaders of the Japanese Arashikage clan who offer him a home, and teach him the ways of the Ninja Warrior... Secrets revealed, tested loyalties, broken allegiances. A spin-off from the G.I. Joe franchise. Henry Golding. PREMIERES 22ND SEE MORE FOR FILMS SHOWING NEAR YOU SEE OUR NATIONWIDE CINEMA DIRECTORY PAGE 38
GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE Three generations of women, tied by deed to a ruthless crime syndicate, must learn to trust each other, stand up to ‘The Firm’ and their army of henchmen, and raise hell against those who could take everything from them. Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Chloe Coleman, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett. PREMIERES 15TH SEE MORE THE MISFITS A renowned international thief is recruited by an unconventional group of modern-day Robin Hoods planning an elaborate heist to steal gold bars, stashed underneath one of the world's most secure prisons – from people far worse than them. Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Chung, Nick Cannon, Tim Roth. PREMIERES 29TH SEE MORE ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS The survivors of the first round of escape rooms attempt to confront the tormentors who locked them in there to begin with, but instead find themselves trapped together in a new, increasingly elaborate, and terrifyingly deadly game. Psychological horror-thriller with plenty of twists and turns. PREMIERES 1ST SEE MORE
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SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY Taking the pass from Michael Jordan, basketball icon LeBron James must make a play and save the day – with a little help from Bugs Bunny and a motley team of Looney Tune characters – after he and his son become trapped in a digital world by a rogue A.I. Animated/live-action film about family bonds and the power of being yourself. PREMIERES 15TH SEE MORE ROLLING DOWN THE RIVER JUNGLE CRUISE An intrepid scientist and awise- cracking riverboat captain face innumerable dangers – both natural and supernatural – on an expedition down the Amazon to find the Tree of Life & discover its healing powers. Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson. PREMIERES 29TH SEE MORE
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Twentieth-anniversary release of the Academy Award-winning masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli. An animated fantasy, created with seemingly limitless imagination, the film is depicted from a child-sized perspective, and puts the outlook of young people to the fore. Ominous undertones are tempered with determinaton and hope – and, like many Ghibli films, the underlying themes centre around appreciation for the natural world, respect for spirit realms and concerns about the future. PREMIERES 22ND SEE MORE WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY New release of the original, somewhat unnerving, musical fantasy classic film, marking its 50th anniversary. Gene Wilder. PREMIERES 22ND SEE MORE MOONBOUND The adventures of a young boy who must take a magical space journey to rescue his sister from the evil Moon Man. Based on the popular German children’s book. PREMIERES 8TH SEE MORE
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Jungle Cruise Premieres 29th
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A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING DIRECTED BY GAYSORN THAVAT
Bunny King is a mother of two, who is best described as a rough-cut diamond with a sketchy past. Attempting to leave this past behind, she works intersections as a ‘squeegee bandit’ using her quick wit to charm money from motorists. However, Bunny finds her frustrations difficult to contain, which leads her to clash with both the public and the police. She is battling the system to regain custody of her children, and struggling to find a permanent place to live in a city with a housing crisis – to top it off, while staying at her sister’s place, Bunny finds her sister’s boyfriend is sexually abusing her young niece. Needless to say, a full on confrontation makes things even more complicated, and Bunny’s fiery temper doesn’t help the situation. As she tries to work out how to best help her niece – while still desperately searching to be reconciled with her children – some questionable choices paint Bunny as the villian... Her battle has only just begun. Essie Davis, Thomasin McKenzie. IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE, 29TH SEE MORE
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A BRAVE NEW WORLD MAHÉ DRYSDALE
THE OLYMPIC ROWER TALKS TO WRITER HÉLÈNE RAVLICH ABOUT THE VERY DIFFERENT PLAYING FIELDS AWAITING YOUNGATHLETES ARRIVING IN TOKYOFOR THEGAMES THISMONTH.
With just a few weeks to go until the Tokyo Olympics, New Zealand rowing great Mahé Drysdale is looking forward to observing from afar – with no pressure resting on his shoulders and no immediate plans on the horizon. The father of three is currently enjoying spending his days on parental duties, after announcing his retirement from compet- itive rowing this year, aged 42. “I’m mainly being dad at the moment,” says the veteran of no less than four Olympic games, “and I’m looking forward to doing that for the next few months at least.” When quizzed about the future he admits that at this point in time, he really has no plans on the horizon, after years of being so laser focused on his sport. “I always knew when rowing finished I’d have plenty of time to think about what I really want to do,” he adds, “and at the moment I’m really look- ing for-ward to going and trying a few new things out to see if one fits.”
One wonders if the life of a successful pro- fessional sports-person is akin to delaying adulthood, with none of the pressures that come with turning up every day to an office and counting down the hours until five o’clock.
“Well it hasn’t always been like that,” says Drysdale with a laugh, “and it’s changed a lot since the days when
I first began in sport. Back then it was pretty much an unpaid hobby, now it’s a viable career.
“YOU REALLY HAVE TO LEARN TO ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES AND RELAX, AND FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL.”
Olympics is like nothing else,” says the rower, “and comes with so much excitement but also such a fear of the unknown. You just want to know what’s in store, how it all rolls out. Then, when you mature as an athlete and there’s the possibility that you might win a medal, the pressure goes on and it becomes important to just focus on what you have to do to make sure that you perform.” The double-gold medalist explains that once you know the day and the time of your event, laser focus really kicks in, “and you’re doing everything possible in the lead up to make sure you’re ready at that moment”.He says that from a rowing perspective, your workload tapers off as you get closer to D-day, “with more short and sharp stuff and hours training slightly less. You get a real surge of energy as a result, and you have to keep your mind active and watch what you’re eating because you’re not training as much”. Drysdale talks about the Olympic environment once you’ve checked in, which is awash in factors that are totally out of your control. “You really have to learn to roll with the punches and relax, and focus on what you can control. Control the controllables and you’ll be ready when your moment arrives.”
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Getting paid to do what you do best has been a game changer for sport because it means that athletes can compete for longer because the financial pressure isn’t there.” He admits that his rowing career has been his biggest passion for the longest time, and that it will take a lot of soul searching to find some- thing that drives him to get out of bed each day in quite the same way. “I’m confident I will though,” he says, “and that’s why I don’t want to rush into the first thing I get offered. I want to take the time to make those calls.” Drysdale competed at his first Olympic Games in Athens 2004, missing out on this year's Tokyo Olympics after Jordan Parry earned the single sculls spot. His career saw him dominate single sculls to an unprecedented level for more than 12 years, spanning three Olympic games. Highlights include winning bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics followed by back-to-back Olympic gold medals in London 2012 and Rio 2016, and the lanky athlete won the Halberg Supreme Award in 2006 and was Sportsman of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2016. With all that in mind, it’s safe to say that he knows exactly what the lead up to a major event like the Olympics is like for the athletes traveling soon to Tokyo to compete. Taking place from Friday July 23rd to Sunday August 8th, this year’s Olympics will be like no other, after being delayed a year due to the pandemic. How does he think our newest ath- letes will be feeling right about now? “That first
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With so much uncertainty already a factor for many competing for the first time, this year’s event in a pandemic-ruled world will add just another level of weirdness to the whole experience. “It will definitely be the strangest Olympics ever,” agrees Drysdale, who says that it was one he was personally looking forward to the challenge of tackling. He thinks the event will see some very strange results emerge given the unusual nature of sport and training over the last eighteen months, “with some people deal- ing with that very well and really thriving because they focus on those controllables, while others are going to lose it completely”. Our New Zealand athletes will be effectively locked in their rooms for anything up to five weeks’ time, given that they’ll arrive well in advance, do their time in the Olympic Village and then have to undergo MIQ once they return home. “That’s a lot of time to spend by yourself,” says Drysdale, “and some athletes will deal with that really well while others won’t. There will be some frustra- tion but they’ll just have to try their best to blank it out.” Lastly I ask him: what does he think competing will be like with- out the welcome roar of the crowd? “It is going to be very strange, competing in front of a limited local crowd that aren’t allowed to cheer. You’re not concentrating on them but you know they’re there. When I competed at the London Olympics on the Eton course, you could hear them 500 metres away, it was just exceptional. It definitely lifts you, and for the athletes at this year’s Olympics, that lifting will be up to the individual to do for themselves.”
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DANIEL LEO THE PROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYER-TURNED DOCUMENTARY MAKER TALKS TO WRITER HÉLÈNE RAVLICH ABOUT WORKING TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR PASIFIKA PLAYERS WORLDWIDE. Prior to watching the docu- mentary Oceans Apart: Greed, Betrayal & Pacific Island Rugby , I was not aware that a quarter of the world’s rugby players come from the Pacific nations, or that Pacific Islanders are more than thirty times more likely to have a career in rugby than any other nationality. As a non-sports follower however, this didn’t surprise me, with teams throughout the world applauding the power and talent of their Pasifika players. When I talk to the film’s maker, ex-professional rugby player and now coach, Daniel Leo, he is in Brisbane after relocat- ing his family from the United Kingdom during the chaos of 2020 to be closer to his parents. In the UK he was coaching a semi-pro team, until the arrival
“IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING THINGS DIFFERENT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION… TO LEAVE A JERSEY IN A BETTER PLACE THAN WE FOUND IT.”
of COVID-19 saw the remainder of the season cancelled. “Returning home was always on the cards though,” he says optimistically, “as I’d been away a long time and wanted to see mum and dad. The plan is to head back to the UK within the next six months to a year, but as with everything, that’s pretty up in the air.” The documentary itself was completed in the first big lockdown, after being filmed as a labour of love over the course of a couple of years. One of the co-directors is a young Englishman called Callum Drummond, who had been doing volunteer work in Fiji when he heard about what Leo was doing with the Pacific Rugby Players Welfare (PRPW), an organisation he had helped found several years ago. “He said why not start document- ing the work we’re doing a little bit at a time and see where it goes from there,” says Leo, “we definitely didn’t plan on it being a full- length documentary.” The former Manu Samoa international adds that interviewing subjects on camera and presenting a documentary was never some- thing on his radar, and unnecessarily apologises for the rawness of the footage. I assure him it’s quite the opposite, and that the organic nature whereby the film rolled out only adds to its authenticity and easy relatability. He laughs that the doco’s ten thousand pound budget went solely on travel to and from the islands, but after it was initially released on Amazon Prime, he began to see how massive an impact it was making worldwide. The documentary has already opened up a lot of dialogue about the treatment of Pasifika rugby players around the world, and the issues of finance, governance and player eligibility that are holding back the growth of rugby union in the Pacific islands. “It has started people talking about World Rugby’s role as a whole and the way forward for the Pacific Islands,” he explains, “and the aim is to create a follow up that examines possible solutions rather than just talking about the problems.” With that in mind he has approached the powers that be at World Rugby, “who give the appearance that they are just a closed shop
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full of old boys in suits, drinking champagne and eating tiny prawn sandwiches. That might not be the case but it is the perception, and if they are willing to throw open their doors and let me in we’ll have access to the Tier One nations as well.” The closest he gets to the lat- ter in the documentary is a brief interview with then-CEO of World Rugby, Brett Gosper, who resigned from his role just three weeks after the documentary was released in the UK. “That for me spoke volumes,” says Leo, “but it’s important that we go forward focusing on the positive, and offering solutions to the current situation.” Another major journalistic coup for the self- described ‘amateur’ in the documentary is an audience with Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. A decade ago Leo was dropped from the national team after he called out the Samoa Rugby Union over corruption allegations, and was labelled as "stupid" by the Chairman, AKA the PM. During the initial controversy, in response to Leo’s complaints about Samoan national team players not getting their dues for international matches, the ex-Manu Samoa player was warned not to ‘swim in his waters’ lest he should drown. The film also talks to somewhat of a who’s who of Pacific Island greats currently playing internationally, as well as a number of former players now back home in Samoa, Fiji and Tonga. Leo says that he is eternally grateful for their ongoing support and willingness to speak openly given the retribution that he and others have received for speaking out, citing their personal and professional achievements in the sport as a reason that they could be so free with their comments. Former Samoa midfielder, Eliota Fuimaono- Sapolu – now a lawyer and activist – is amongst the most outspoken of the bunch, which isn’t unexpected given his career addressing issues of racism in education and sport. His com- ments liken Tier One teams and World Rugby to early colonialists, running roughshod over developing countries and extracting riches with little return. He also asserts that rugby has never protected human rights, which becomes abundantly clear when the docu- mentary focuses on the work of the PRPW to support Tongan player, Sione Vaiomo’unga.
He is seen trapped and suffering in the grim winter of Europe’s deep east, where his club rather unceremoniously ditched him after the discovery of an ongoing kidney problem. PRPW ended up funding his kidney transplant, a happy ending for a player who was the only player in Tonga’s 2011 World Cup squad to still be active in rugby for Tonga at the time, but who was left cold, sick, and struggling to survive on the other side of the world. The film takes aim at several key points: firstly, that the one player, one nation eligibility rule means the Pacific Islands lose all their best players forever, secondly, that this is in no small part due to the way the Pacific Islands fill the teams and the stadia of tier one nations but get barely so much as to pay their bills. “With the amount of international players coming out of Tonga you would think that the amount of money being generated by the sport would be reflected back in the country,” says Leo. “It would be enough to totally transform a small nation not just in terms of new stadia and rugby balls, but new schools and hospitals.” A poignant moment in the film is when Leo visits his father in Samoa, after years of the family being tainted somewhat by the ex- player’s willingness to speak out. When his father finally gave his son’s work his blessing, was that an important breakthrough for Leo? “My father is in the matai system alongside the likes of the Prime Minister, and it’s pretty dangerous to be seen to stir the pot. We had a lot of chats over the years and that was just one of them, but I think he has finally understood what is at the heart of the work we’re trying to do. “It’s all about making things different for the next generation... as players we all want to leave a jersey in a better place than we found it.”
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RIALTO CHANNEL PREMIERES REEL PEOPLE. TRUE STORIES. THROUGHOUT JULY. RIALTO SELECTION SEE MORE PREMIERE FILMS EVERY SATURDAY AT 8:30. I Am Woman Helen Reddy’s rise from broke solo mum to global superstar & feminist inspiration. 3rd Kursk political obstruction leaves survivors trapped after “unsinkable” 2000 K-141 submarine disaster. Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Max von Sydow. 10th Seberg French New Wave film icon Jean Seberg – yet another Civil rights sympathiser targeted by Hoover's FBI in the 1960s. Kristen Stewart. 17th Shirley renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson cultivates a young couple for inspiratiion. Thrilling psycho-drama. Elisabeth Moss. 24th Peterloo 1819 massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester. Directed by Mike Leigh. 31st + Mike Leigh retrospective 8:30 Wednesdays RIALTO PRESENTS SEE MORE RIALTO BRITISH SEE MORE SUNDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 RIALTO DOCUMENTARY SEE MORE THURSDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 This month: Inside Sports Liverpool FC: The End of the Storm inside story of the 2019/20 Premier League-winning season. 1st Oceans Apart: Greed, Betrayal & Pacific Rugby 8th – PLUS see feature interview page 19 Busby iconic Manchester United manager. 15th The Russian Five 1980s players from the USSR create an American ice hockey revolution. 22nd Strokes of Genius Federer vs Nadal, &Wimbledon 2008: the greatest tennis match ever played. 29th RIALTO WORLD SEE MORE MONDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 The best of independent international film and filmmakers. This month: Reel People. True Stories. RIALTO FILM SEE MORE This month: In Honour of the Cannes Film Festival
SKY MOVIES PREMIERE SEE MORE PREMIERE FILMS AT 8:30 Escape from Pretoria two white South Africans, imprisoned for working with the ANC, are determined to escape from the notorious Pretoria Prison. Daniel Radcliffe. Friday 9th More to watch: Ride Like a Girl, 4th; Spontaneous, 5th; Tenet,11th; Babyteeth, 14th; Jungleland, 25th; How to Build a Girl, 28th SKY ARTS SEE MORE The Prophet and the Space Aliens why is a story about a man who talked to a burning bush more acceptable than the story of a man who received a prophecy from extra-terrestrials? Thought-provoking, but light-hearted, documentary about the Raëlian ‘UFO’ religion. 8pm, Saturday 3rd The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 a mosaic of images, music & words, chronicling the rise of a movement, using footage shot by Swedish journalists. 7pm, Thursday 8th Photos That Changed the World how history was made. 7:45, Thursdays from 15th Upstage a dress rehearsal for a musical goes horribly wrong... NZ film, 8:30, Monday 26th VICE SEE MORE VICE Versa: College Sports, Inc college sports makes a lot of people rich – just not the student-athletes. Host Jeremy Bloom, pro-football player & Olympic skier, is on a personal mission to expose the NCAA system that wronged him, and seek justice against the exploitation of young athletes. 7:30, Tues 6th SEE MORE sky.co.nz
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RIALTO CHANNEL, 8:30 SUNDAY 4TH SEE MORE Chris Sievey was a true maverick; his life a subversive piece of performance art. In the 1980s the talented Manchester guitarist, songwriter, artist, and comedian, found fame – if not fortune – as Frank Sidebottom, a wacky comedy character who only ever appeared wearing a huge papier-mâché head. With a fanatical fan-base and cult status achieved, Sievey completely subordinated his own identity, and existence, to his bizarre creation, who was part of the Manchester music and comedy scene for over 25 years. Absorbing documentary, an inspiring exploration of ubridled creativity, appropriately funded through a grassroots Kickstarter campaign.
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TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS SPECIAL FASTER , HIGHER, STRONGER
XXXII SUMMER OLYMPICS, 23RD JULY–8TH AUGUST The Olympic Games have always been about numbers. The motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” doesn’t mean much without seconds, meters and kilos. How fast? How high? How strong? Prepare to find out as over 11,000 athletes – with over 200 repesenting New Zealand – go for gold. Sky is the official broadcaster for Tokyo 2020 (the established Olympic year has been retained in the name) and is offering twelve Olympic channels with live content everyday, noon until 2 am. There will also be a 24-hour Olympic news channel. You can catch all the action on Sky Sport (on your Sky Box), and stream coverage on Sky Go and Sky Sport Now. The Sky Olympic Video Player app will make content from every event at the Games available to Sky Sport customers. Coverage and analysis will be presented by the ‘away’ team Rikki Swannell, Storm Purvis, Kirstie Stanway and Kristina Eddy, with the ‘home’ side captained by Stephen McIvor, alongside Laura McGoldrick and Goran Paladin. TVNZ is an Olympics broadcast partner and will be showing 12 hours of free to air coverage each day on TVNZ 1. Presenters Toni Street, Scotty Stevenson and former Olympian Sarah Cowley Ross will be focusing on live events featuring Kiwi athletes, with delayed coverage of other highlights and special moments. Other free access content will be available on Sky Sport’s YouTube channel. Kiwis competing are confirmed in swimming, rowing, cycling, canoe/kayak, rugby 7s, diving, football, gymnastics, hockey, rugby, equestrian, track and field, sailing, golf, boxing, surfing, shooting, weightlifting, taekwondo, triathlon. Check out Sky’s Olympic Games webpage for more details. TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS SEE MORE Featured interviews with Rikki Swannell on page 34, + double Olympic gold medalist Mahé Drysdale page 14
New Zealand Olympic medalists , at right, from top: Peter Snell, triple gold; Paul MacDonald, quadruple gold, & Ian Ferguson, triple gold; Danyon Loader double gold; Valerie Adams, double gold. Tokyo Olympics Sky presenters , above from left: Laura McGoldrick, Goran Paladin, Stephen McIvor, Kirstie Stanway, Storm Purvis & Rikki Swannell.
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TVNZ 2 SEE MORE Taskmaster Jeremy Wells returns to his throne and, with his loyal assistant Paul Williams, sets the somewhat arbitrary rules for the challenges that the new cast of five (very competitive) comedians have to complete. Matt Heath, Urzila Carlson, Guy Montgomery, David Correos and Laura Daniel will fight it out to be crowned Taskmaster Champion. Season 2, 8:30, Wednesdays from 7th. Also available on TVNZ OnDemand. THREE SEE MORE The Block NZ catching up with a few changes on the reality show DIY-ers after filming of the show was interrupted for a year by the pandemic. Sundays at 7pm and continuing Mon–Wed at 7.30. Also available on ThreeNow. PRIME SEE MORE Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic a decade on, Louis revisits Joe Exotic – ‘gay hillbilly’, convicted felon and cult figure. He digs deep into Joe's background, meets Carole Baskin, and asks what made the Tiger King. 9:30 Wednesdays from 7th MA¯ ORI TELEVISION SEE MORE Te Ao Toa bilingual sports news – from a Ma¯ori perspective – presented by Erena Mikaere & Stacey Fluhler. 5pm Sundays Pacific Island Food Revolution cooking competition, on location in Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Tonga, with contestants creating new takes on traditional Pasifika cuisine. 7:30, Fridays
TVNZ 1 SEE MORE DIANA’S DECADES
She was the most photographed woman in the world. Her life brought joy to millions of people, and her death sparked mass hysteria. This three-night event marks what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. Each episode of this documentary explores a different decade in Diana’s life – witnessing her transformation from a shy teenager to become the most famous woman in the world. The mini-series looks back at the radical changes she lived through during her 36 years, and how Diana channelled – as well as influenced – the zeitgeist at the end of the 20th Century. Tuesday 13th at 8:45, and Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30.
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TV EXPERT WALTER IUZZOLINO HANDPICKS COMPELLING SERIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Recoil after doing time in prison for smuggling narcotics, Robin wants a fresh start, but the cops keep harassing him, and his old gang is waiting for him – wanting the drug money that’s gone missing... When a scary pattern of police corruption is uncovered, the gang starts their own investigation – into the police. Norwegian thriller series with English subtitles. Standing Tall a former policeman starts an unofficial investigation into his son’s alleged suicide – his last chance to come to terms with his troubled past, both as a man and a father. Italian crime series with English subtitles. AMAZON PRIME VIDEO SEE MORE Making The Cut New city. New designers. New styles. New judges. Same hosts: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are once again on a mission to find the next great global fashion brand. Season 2, 16th The Tomorrow War The world is stunned when a group of time travellers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to volunteer to be transported to the future and join the battle. Chris Pratt, J.K. Simmons. 2nd FILMSTREAM SEE MORE A COLLECTION OF THE VERY BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE CINEMA. Dede One Woman. Three Men... Feminism meets fatalism in this starkly beautiful Georgian melodrama about love, tradition, and fate. Clash a disturbing and technically daring thriller puts the viewer on the inside of an Egyptian police van in 2013. As post-revolution tensions boil over, the van becomes a microcosm of the tumultuous world outside.
NETFLIX SEE MORE Fear Street Part 1: 1994 a group of teenagers discover that the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected – and they may be the next targets. Based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series following the sinister history of Shadyside through 300 nightmareish years. Horror film trilogy with Part 1 releasing July 2nd. Fear Street Part 2: 1978, releases 9th, and Fear Street Part 3: 1666, releases 16th Dogs four episode documentary series, and; Cat People six episode series – both from 7th Dogs may get credit for being man’s best friend, but for many people cats are simply the best – let the debate begin (again). The Last Letter From Your Lover a pair of interwoven stories, set in the present and past, follows an ambitious journalist who discovers a trove of secret love letters from 1965, and becomes determined to solve the mystery of the forbidden affair at their centre. As she uncovers the story behind the liaison between the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and the financial journalist assigned to cover him, a love story of her own begins to unfold – with the help of an archivist who is assisting her to track down more letters. Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Callum Turner, Nabhaan Rizwan, Joe Alwyn. Film releasing 23rd Virgin River more “twist-packed” drama, including a funeral, a fire, a divorce, a hurricane, and a new romance. NZ’s own Martin Henderson. Season 3 releases 9th
The Last Letter From Your Lover Netflix
Standing Tall Walter Presents
The Tomorrow War Amazon Prime Video
Fear Street Part 1: 1994 Netflix
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THE PURSUIT OF LOVE – AMAZON PRIME VIDEO SEE MORE In 1920s England, two young cousins yearn to escape from the isolated country house where they have grown up, and to find love. On the hunt for the ideal husband, their friendship is put to the test as one settles for a steady life and the other decides to follow her heart, to increasingly outrageous places. As social and political divisions split the nation, their diverging choices raise questions about freedom, love, and sex – and the mystery of the human heart. Gorgeous adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s perennial bestseller. Lily James, Emily Beecham. Dominic West, Andrew Scott. Written and directed by Emily Mortimer. Series from Friday 30th
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Post-revolution Egypt, 2013. Tensions boil over and detainees from different political and social backgrounds are thrown together in the back of a police van – a microcosm of the world outside: chaotic, out of control, cruel – but with glimpses of humour and humanity.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE VERY BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE CINEMA. DISCOVER A COLLECTION OF CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED, AWARD-WINNING MOVIES FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE. TVNZ ONDEMAND SEE MORE
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PULSE TV SEE MORE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORIES & DOCUMENTARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. In Search of the Last Action Heroes A comprehensive retrospective of the 1980s action film genre, detailing its evolution over the past 50 years, from early Westerns to contemporary kiss-ass thrillers. The documentary examines how studios turned outrageous concepts into genre-defining tropes, and how the one-man-army sub- genre produced the superstars of the era. The Brainwashing of My Dad the director examines the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her father, whose immersion in its daily propaganda had radicalized him. His new fanaticism rocked the very foundation of their family. Born Strong the four strongest men on the planet are putting in the hard yards to take out the crown at The Arnold Strongman Classic. Eddie Hall, Brian Shaw, Zydrunas Savickas and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain from Game of Thrones ). Forced Perspective Derek Hess has had a 'knack' for drawing ever since he was a boy – and with discipline, his art has helped him to work through some personal demons. SKY GO SEE MORE Sky TV customers can watch live sports, news, box sets, and catch up on movies, shows, and entertainment, online, anywhere in NZ. MAORI TELEVISION ON DEMAND SEE MORE THREE NOW SEE MORE Lego Masters USA host Will Arnett demands bigger builds, and makes insane challenges, for a competition like no other. New series from 15th
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NEON SEE MORE WE ARE LADY PARTS An irreverent six-part musical comedy series following a Muslim female punk band – subversively called Lady Parts – who are on a mission to find a lead guitarist and maybe, just maybe, get a proper gig. The highs and lows of the band’s progress are seen through the eyes of a geeky PhD student who is recruited to be the unlikely new guitarist. She gets caught up in the joyful, anarchic energy of the band, and finds herself torn between two worlds: the straight-laced world of academic achievement, and the freedom of punk spirit. Available 9th The Girlfriend Experience inspired by the Steven Soderbergh film, and set amidst London’s tech scene, each series explores the varied experiences of exclusive escorts and their clients – ‘transactional’ relationships that are both sexual and emotional. Series 3 available from 5th The White Lotus a social satire about the holiday exploits of various guests and employees at a tropical resort, with each passing day bringing a darker complexity to the seemingly picture- perfect scenario. Series available 19th
Forced Perspective Pulse TV
The Brainwashing of My Dad Pulse TV
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In Search of the Last Action Heroes Pulse TV
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DISNEY+ SEE MORE and Disney+ with Star Monsters at Work Tylor Tuskmon graduates top of his class from Monsters University and arrives at Monsters Inc. to begin his dream job as a Scarer... or not. The day he’s set to begin, he learns that they don’t want Scarers... they want Jokesters! 7th Turner & Hooch Deputy Marshal Scott Turner's life is turned upside down when he inherits Hooch, a slobbery mess of a dog. His new pet is aggravating, but he turns out to be quite good at helping Scott catch criminals, find love, and maybe even solve the mystery of Scott's Dad's last case. 21st Behind the Attraction an all-access pass to look at the workings and history of Disney’s beloved theme park attractions. Ten-part Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth; Most Wanted Sharks; Secrets Of The Bull Shark; Shark Vs Surfer; Shark Vs. Tuna; Shark Vs. Whale; Sharkatraz; Sharkcano; What The Shark?; Playing With Sharks APPLE TV+ SEE MORE Schmigadoon! while on a backpacking trip planned to reinvigorate their relationship, a couple discovers the magical town of Schmigadoon, where everyone acts like they’re in a 1940s musical. The only problem is that they can’t leave until they’ve found “true love”. Series from 16th original series available on 16th Adventure Month on Disney Something’s a bit fishy: Ted Lasso a fish-out-of-water comedy about a US college football coach who takes a job as head coach for a UK Premiere League team. Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddington, Juno Temple. Season 2 episodes releasing from 23rd.
TVNZ ONDEMAND SEE MORE BATWOMAN
New season, new Batwoman... In Gotham, chaos and uncertainty proliferate as the people grapple with the idea that Batwoman has deserted the city. Meanwhile Kate Kane's Batsuit is discovered by ex-con Ryan Wilder, who has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. However, she soon realises just how much the symbol on the suit means to Gotham, which launches her on a personal journey that takes her from fledgling substitute to confident caped crusader; from living in her van with her pot plant to chasing villains in the Batmobile. Javicia Leslie. Begins Saturday 3rd Young And... a series of six stand-alone documentaries, each by a different filmmaker, featuring young New Zealanders and the issues that matter to them. The stories are diverse, and often confronting, centering around sexuality, culture, gender, and social identity from a 20-something perspective. Thursday 8th
Turner & Hooch Disney+
Monsters at Work Disney+
Ted Lasso Apple TV+
Schmigadoon Apple TV+
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Lucy Takiora Lord; a woman of consequence In 1868 Lucy returns to her turangawaewae to work alongside the Militia in the Taranaki Land Wars. Ambitious & independent, she is living a life outside of the social expectations for women of the time. But at what cost? Ku¯papa examines the complex world of the first-generation of Ma¯ori/Pa¯keha wa¯hine who contributed significantly to the creation of a shared newworld. TE POU THEATRE, 3RD–10TH SEE MORE FLYING NUN 40 YEARS ANNIVERSARY The legendary record label is celebrating with a multi-stage show featuring many of the label’s most iconic artists including Aldous Harding, Straitjacket Fits, Reb Fountain, The Subliminals, Superette, The Bats, Mermaidens, Wax Chattels and Voom – more to be announced by venue. Auckland 24th, Wellington 7th August + more TBA (Dunedin?!). SEE MORE
BALLET NOIR WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED Cabaret sensibilities and classical virtuosity come together in Mary-Jane O'Reilly’s reimagining of Act 2 of the classic ballet Giselle. A darkly elegant melodrama that blends dance, music, filmic imagery and fantasy through the edgy lens of 1940s Film Noir. Part of Elemental AKL , 23rd–24th SEE MORE ARETHA TOGETHER WITH APO Celebrating the Queen of Soul Ms. Franklin’s greatest hits perfomed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, featuring Boh Runga, Bella Kalolo and Vanessa Stacey with The Jubilation Choir. Aotea Centre, Saturday 24th SEE MORE L.A.B. WINTER TOUR Wellington 2nd & 3rd, Hamilton 17th EVERYTHING AFTER award-winning NZ play about HIV/AIDS, a lost generation, and a call to live right now. Q Theatre, 2nd–18th
Aretha Together with APO 24th
Everything After 24th
L.A.B. Winter Tour
Flying Nun 40th Anniversary Show Aldous Harding
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WITH PAQUITA ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET, TOURING NATIONALLY FROM 29TH SEE MORE When it was first performed in 1910, Firebird changed the direction of ballet. The grandeur of Stravinsky’s iconic score created an exotic fairy tale universe full of wild enchantment that was worlds away from the classics of Russian ballet. This new RNZB production reimagines the Firebird for a different time: one in which the natural world is threatened and humanity is staring into the abyss of extinction. Captured, the Firebird offers the possibility of redemption to those brave enough to follow her path. Paquita , balances the ballet ledger with a dazzling display of 19th century Russian classic techniques taking centre stage.
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WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING? WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? CHAMPION SPORTS JOURNALIST RIKKI SWANNELL
If you’re an avid sports watcher, chances are high that you know the name Rikki Swannell. A permanent fixture in commentary boxes and on side-lines around the country, name a sport and the talented journalist has most likely covered it. A fan of everything competitive from snooker and darts, to cricket and rowing, she has also reported from no less than three Olympic Games, and is about to start packing for her fourth. I think this is your third Olympics am I right? Yes! I’ve covered two summer Olympics in the past, and one winter games. Tokyo is definitely shaping up as one to be remembered. How are you preparing for the weirdness that will be an Olympic Games held in the shadow of a pandemic? I think you just have to roll with it, and be as informed as you can be without scaring yourself. I was with the crew last night and we were talking about preparing for a worst case scenario in that it’s really restrictive, and figure it can only get better from there. It’s going to be an incredibly different Olympics to anything that’s been before, which from a journalistic point of view is kind of cool! And it looks like you may be an all-woman team of reporters from Sky New Zealand, along with Storm Purvis, Kirstie Stanway and Kristina Eddy. This is so amazing to hear, yet really shouldn’t be a big deal! It shouldn’t, but it’s great! It’s the first time I’ve been involved in an all-female line up of sports reporters and it should be exciting and a lot of fun. It’s a first time covering the Olympics for a couple of the girls, which is great for them but also a little weird given the circumstances. When you’re not watching live sport, what are you watching? I’m a binge-watcher, and have the multiple streaming services to prove it. I’ve just finished Mare of Easttown , which was amazing, and The Handmaid’s Tale . Now I’m onto Start-Up on Netflix, which initially I was unsure about but now really like.
IT’S GOING TO BE AN INCREDIBLY DIFFERENT OLYMPICS TO ANYTHING THAT’S BEEN BEFORE, WHICH FROM A JOURNALISTIC POINT OF VIEW IS KIND OF COOL!
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