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MINARI Inspired by his own upbringing, writer-director Lee Isaac Chung creates an ‘American Dream’ story infused with authenticity, playful charm – and melodrama. The characters are vividly drawn, and Chung shows a knack for understanding the subtleties of human behavior. The father of a Korean American family is fixated on his dream of starting a farm and moves them all to rural Arkansas, throwing their finances, his marriage, and the stability of the family into jeopardy. The question of assimilation versus independence is never far from the surface, and they struggle with their new way of life, but in facing the challenges, they discover the undeniable resilience of family, and what really makes a home. PREMIERES 11TH SEE MORE

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THE NEST An ambitious entrepreneur – who’s always chasing ‘just a little bit more’– brings his American wife and kids to live in his native England. After abandoning the sanctuary of US suburbia, the family is plunged into a world of uncertainty, as they try to keep up appearances in their grand, but unaffordable new life. An eerie portrait of a family falling apart. Jude Law, Carrie Coon. PREMIERES 4TH SEE MORE AMMONITE Inspired by the life of overlooked British paleontologist Mary Anning, who eventually became renowned for her Jurassic-era marine fossil finds in the early 19th century. The film centres on the imagined, burgeoning relationship between Anning (Kate Winslet), and geologist Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan). A low-key, subtly-portrayed – yet romantic – love story. PREMIERES 4TH SEE MORE EARWIG AND THE WITCH A headstrong orphan discovers a world of spells and potions, after a mysterious couple take her to live with a selfish witch. Japanese computer-animated film produced by Studio Ghibli. PREMIERES 4TH SEE MORE SUPERNOVA Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci give heartfelt, and heartbreaking, performances as lovers in this UK drama about love and mortality. The couple are on a camper van road trip to visit friends and family. However, the journey is also about the pair spending as much quality time together as possible, as Tucci’s character slowly slips further away with early-onset dementia. PREMIERES 25TH SEE MORE RU¯ RANGI See feature page 14 – PREMIERES 4TH SEE MORE

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& Other Disasters Jeremy Irons as an autocratic, celebrity caterer, and Diane Keaton as his sight-impaired blind date provide the charm in this conglomeration of loosely interconnected storylines centred around a wedding. The crazy cast of disparate characters includes: the happy couple – a self- important mayoral candidate and his uptight fiancée; his shady brother and a Russian, mob-connected, stripper; a novice wedding planner a.k.a “the wedding trasher”; a hapless Duck Boat tour guide pining for his missing Cinderella; a bar band rocker – the grudging entertainment; and an overbearing game- showhost appropriatelyplayed by the director Dennis Dugan. PREMIERES 11TH SEE MORE

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IN THE CLOUD Chinese-New Zealand director Roseanne Liang’s surreal action-horror is a masterclass in tension-building and rug-pulling. Chloé Grace Moretz is dynamic as a female WWII pilot who joins the all-male crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress to transport a top-secret package. She’s soon kicking ass – defending herself against the pedictably boorish men, and defending them all from an evil presence on board. PREMIERES 4TH SEE MORE + MOVIE PASSES TO WIN THE FOOD CLUB It is never too late to start a new life, especially if you know how to make a good tomato sauce, and have some good friends to help you face the crappy realities of aging. Three women, life-long friends, all looking at life from a different perspective, travel to Southern Italy together to attend a cooking course in Puglia. Here they find a warm, Insta- worthy place full of fascinating men – and the opportunity to redefine themselves. Danish comedy. PREMIERES 25TH SEE MORE + MOVIE PASSES TO WIN

MORE FILMS TO WATCH Into the Labyrinth a kidnapped girl turns up, after 15 years imprisoned underground, where she was forced to play games for rewards – or punishments. A doctor and a private ‘mind investigator’ work to decipher the mystery. Italian dream-like, twisted thriller. Toni Servillo, Dustin Hoffman. 4th Boss Level a retired military operative is stuck in a time loop on the day of his murder – he dies painfully and frequently while working to solve the crime. Over-the-top action comedy. Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Michelle Yeoh. 18th Wrong Turn despite warnings to stick to the Appalachian Trail, hikers stray, crossing into land inhabited by a cult-like community with lethally strict ways of dealing with outsiders. Slasher horror that isn’t excessively gory – but it is effectively gory. 18th The Little Things a burnt-out deputy sheriff, a detective, and a serial killer. Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto. 18th Detective Chinatown 3 first they were on the case in Bangkok, next it was New York, now it’s happening in Tokyo... Baoqiang Wang and Haoran Liu are back as detective buddies ready to fight crime and solve mysteries. Chinese action-comedy. 12th Botticelli, Florence and the Medici 15th century art, culture, politics. Documentary, 25th

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HIGH GROUND Set against the vast and stunning landscapes of 1930s’ Arnhem Land (Northern Territories), a young Aboriginal man teams up with an ex- soldier to track down a feared warrior – his uncle – in a bid to save the last of his family. The story explores themes of identity, culture, and conquest – and shines a light on Australia's grim history of frontier wars and brutal colonisation. Revenge-thriller. Simon Baker, Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Jack Thompson, Witiyana Marika. PREMIERES 4TH SEE MORE

Occupation: Rainfall two years after an intergalactic invasion, survivors in Sydney fight back in a desperate ground war as the number of casualties continue to grow. Direct sequel to 2018 Australian film Occupation . Visually stunning, action-packed. 18th Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal unbearably adorable, eternally-optimistic Daisy wants to achieve the impossible – to win the annual ‘World's Scariest Animal’ championship. Australian animated adventure. 4th The Balance of the Five Elements the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Five Elements, Wu Xing, describes the genesis of the universe: Change is the only constant; Balance and harmony are the objectives. A journey through China discovers its relevance in contemporary times. NZ documentary. 12th NEVER TOO LATE Four War Veteran buddies, who once escaped the torture of a Vietnam POW camp, find themselves in a new prison – their retirement home. Together, they plan another breakout so they can chase some unfullfilled dreams – they may have lost their agility, and their memories, but it’s never too late for some unexpected adventures. Jacki Weaver, James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman, Jack Thompson. PREMIERES 18TH SEE MORE + MOVIE PASSES TO WIN

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LOVE STORIES WHAT'S IT LIKE WHEN YOUR BEST FRIEND TRULY SEES YOU? RU¯ RANGI DIRECTED BY MAX CURRIE IN CINEMAS 4TH SEE MORE After skipping town a decade ago, transgender activist Caz Davis returns home to the remote dairy community of Ru¯rangi, hoping to reconnect with his estranged father, who hasn’t heard from him since before Caz transitioned. Ru¯rangi explores themes from mental health and family dynamics, to political divisions and environmental issues, but at its heart, this is a story about love in its many forms. The film reflects society in Aotearoa through a trans lens – with 10 of the 24-strong cast identifying as gender-diverse, and all transgender characters have been performed by trans actors. As writer and co-producer Cole Meyers explains, “ Ru¯rangi provides a platform for trans people to see themselves in narrative and in pop culture, but also represents and validates trans people as respected and talented human beings to the general public. It's a lot harder to hate and hurt people you fully see.” Starring Elz Carrad, Arlo Green, A¯ whina Rose Henare Ashby, with Kirk Torrance and Ramon Te Wake.

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RIALTO CHANNEL PRESENTS DIRECTOR DAVID LEAN RETROSPECTIVE WEDNESDAYS AT 8:30 SEE MORE A consummate craftsman, widely considered one of the most influential directors of all time, whose sweeping historical epics were populated with larger-than-life characters, director David Lean helmed some of the grandest movies ever made by Hollywood. After receiving his start as an editor, Lean segued into directing, with more intimate films like Blithe Spirit and Brief Encounter (both 1945). The Rialto Retrospective takes us from these early ‘human scale’ films, through to the triumph of his epic masterpieces, the universally acclaimed The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), and his most iconic film, Lawrence of Arabia (1962), both of which won him the Ocsar for Best Director. The Bridge On The River Kwai POWs are forced to construct a bridge for the Burma Railway, however the project becomes a deadly obsession for their British commanding officer. Winner of seven Oscars. 3rd Blithe Spirit adaption of the Noël Coward fantasy-comedy play. 10th Brief Encounter clandestine lovers, torn between their unpredictable passion and their orderly middle-class marriages. The film earned Lean the first of his seven Academy Award Best Director nominations. 17th Lawrence of Arabia historical drama based on the life of T. E. Lawrence, the WWI British Army Lieutenant who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes against the Turks. Also won seven Oscars. 24th Plus the documentary Nostromo: David Lean’s Impossible Dream about Lean’s last years and his failed bid to make his adaption of the Joseph Conrad novel, Thursday 4th

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RIALTO CHANNEL PREMIERES RIALTO SELECTION SEE MORE PREMIERE FILMS EVERY SATURDAY AT 8:30. Come To Daddy a seemingly sentimental father-son reunion story that explodes into violent mayhem – because daddy has a very shady past and it has finally caught up with him... Gory black-comedy thriller with Elijah Wood, directed by Kiwi filmmaker Ant Timpson. 6th Who You Think I Am a ‘past-it’ fifty-something woman creates a fantasy life for herself in this exploration of the pleasures & perils of life online. French romantic thriller with Juliette Binoche. 13th Vivarium A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a labyrinth-like neighbourhood of identical houses. Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg. 20th True History of the Kelly Gang brutal portrait of the legendary Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, and the lead-up to the gang’s last stand in 1880. George MacKay, Nicholas Hoult, Thomasin McKenzie, Charlie Hunnam, Russell Crowe. 27th RIALTO PRESENTS SEE MORE DIRECTOR DAVID LEAN RETROSPECTIVE WEDNESDAYS 8:30 – FEATURE STORY PAGE 13 The Bridge on the River Kwai 3rd, Blithe Spirit 10th, Brief Encounter 17th, Lawrence of Arabia 24th. Plus documentary Nostromo: David Lean’s

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Three mediocre astronauts stationed at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator in the Arizona desert vie for a shot at going to the moon – only this is not NASA's primary moon simulator, nor are these NASA's primary astronauts. They work hard, completing menial tasks, and accumulating pointless data, as NASA authorities string them along with the hope of an eventual trip to the moon. The men encounter many obstacles during their ‘mission’ – especially their own incompetence. They discover that even on the Moon (or a fake moon in Arizona), there are some problems from which you cannot run, but in spite of it all, they remain determined to prove they have the right stuff. Six-part comedy series starring John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker.

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SEE MORE Kevin McCloud’s Rough Guide to the Future premiere, new three-part investigative series. The Grand Designs UK presenter sends his crack-team around the world to look at some of the issues threatening the future of humankind, and the technology that could offer solutions. With English comedian Jon Richardson, stand-up superstar Phil Wang and BBC broadcaster Alice Levine. 9pm Mon, Tues and Weds from 8th, also on ThreeNow. Holey Moley Australia there can be only one... the passionate and the professional – golfers battle it out on an epic mini-golf obstacle course, with all-star commentators including Greg Norman. Series premiere tees off 7:30 Monday 8th, also on ThreeNow.

THE WALKERS NEW SERIES, TVNZ 2, 8:30 MONDAY 15TH  SEE MORE Stan Walker shared the story of his family’s struggles and history when he published his biography in 2020. Now we get an access-all- areas look into the lives of the singer and song writer and his wha¯nau; the entertaining highs, the emotional lows and everything in between.

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TVNZ 1 SEE MORE When a City Rises – The People’s Story commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Christchurch earthquakes. Sequel to award-winning When a City Falls , and a decade in the making, this documentary feature chronicles the experiences of a group of people as they negotiate the road from despair to recovery. 8:30 Sunday 14th SEE MORE SEE MORE

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It’s 1981, the start of a new decade, and Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin begin a new life in London. They are young, they are gay, they are full of hope and ambition – but they walk straight into a deadly plague that most of the world is busy ignoring. Year by year, episode by episode, their lives are changed by a mysterious new virus that starts as a rumour, then becomes a threat, and then a terror. Star Olly Alexander, who plays Ritchie, talks about his experiences and what he’s learned working on the series It’s A Sin with director Russell T Davies ( Queer As Folk ). Tell us a little about your character, Ritchie. Richie is born and raised on the Isle of Wight. He’s one of those kids who wants to get out of his small town and escape to London as soon as he can. He’s very ambitious, likes to be the centre of attention and the life of the party. The drama is set almost 40 years ago what do you think young people today might be able to take from It’s A Sin ? At its heart, the story is so universal. Anyone that’s ever experienced growing up or falling in love, having their heartbroken, can empathise with what all these characters go through. Also, I personally have realised how many people are unaware of this specific moment of history and how people were treated, the lives that were impacted, and how those lives were im- pacted. I think it’s going to be quite eye open- ing for a lot of people. Just speaking as a gay man, it’s a really important part of our queer his- tory, and that we share it. And I think it’s really helpful to understand some of the ways in JOY &PAIN

which homophobia has persisted and the ways in which the AIDS crisis really, really impacted such a huge community. And in many ways the legacy still remains today, and I think it helps shed some light on a really complicated issue that doesn’t get spoken about very much. And it does that by telling a really moving and beautiful story about real people that I think anyone can relate to. The drama doesn’t flinch from some of the more challenging, unvarnished realities of the people’s experiences and responses to the virus during the time. Was that particularly challenging to play, as an actor? I think it’s so exciting to play a character that is so complicated and makes choices that sur- prise the audience and which surprised me reading it. Ritchie’s response to the AIDS crisis, his attitude and the way Russell portrays him, is so important because lots of people felt like that. Ritchie’s is not necessarily a voice you would expect to hear in a TV show about this topic. But Ritchie’s whole life is led by fear, and a deep shame, and he’s hiding so much from himself, from his friends, from his family. And to cover all of that up, he’s decided to be the fun- niest, best looking person in the room. He thinks if he can make people smile, get into bed with a boy, if he can get on stage and do a great performance, if he can shine in this way, then he can overcome all the other stuff that he’s hiding, and that, I 100%, related to. I just know what that feels like. I myself ama performer and I’m gay, and I’ve tried to think about my own shame and how that’s been internalised. And I thought tomyself, well it could have manifested at a different time and in another way and I would have been Ritchie. So, it was this wild process, and it really was kind of life changing. Human beings are complicated, and I think Russell is just brilliant at depicting that.

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audiences as well as straight audiences. And I think it will be a good opportunity to have some conversations between those groups. First and foremost, I hope people are moved by it. I think it will mean different things to different people too. I think we just need more queer stories, more queer storytellers, that would be amazing and this is an example of that. I hear you’re working on some new music for your band Years and Years. Can we expect some heavy 80s influence in any new music you might have planned? Yeah, it really has influenced it. In a big way. And I’m kind of annoyed because I see other people kind of doing that at the moment. I’m like “No! No, you’re not allowed!” I need to hurry up and bring the music out. Because I’ll tell you what, the music in the 80s is phenome- nal, but it was really the spirit of those songs that got played in the clubs and on the dance floor, and the spirit of crying, of dancing through the pain, and I really feel like this era epitomised that and that’s just so inspiring, and that really inspired me in the studio for sure. Now some 80s questions... What’s your favourite 80s band? I mean, it has to be the Pet Shop Boys . They’re amazing. Legends. They broke the mould. We’re standing in their shadow. Icons. And what’s your favourite 80s film? Labyrinth . Your favourite 80s fashion trend. Big hair! And finally your favourite 80s TV show. Saved by the Bell. AVAILABLE NOW TVNZ ONDEMAND  SEE MORE

On the flipside, there’s a huge amount of joy & fun imbued throughout the drama, which is unusual among many other works which have explored the AIDS crisis. What do you think this dimension adds to the experience of making (and watching) It’s A Sin ? I think that’s a really, really beautiful decision on Russell’s part. I think the moments of defiance and euphoria, amidst the loss and pain, is so well done. This period of time for a lot of people was so hard, but I think it’s the moments of joy that come to define it. It’s the resistance and the willingness for people to live on. And I think it’s really important to celebrate that. And that’s what I love so much about the show, that it really does breathe joy in life into a lot of these people. We want to remember the moments of joy and the moments where people pulled together and celebrated it. And I think that’s so powerful. You’re an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, through interviews and your work. What do you think a period drama like It’s A Sin can do for today’s LGBTQ+ community? Art has a huge capacity to change people's hearts and minds. I hope that the show encour- ages a conversation, and I hope that it brings some issues to a new audience, across queer

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APPLE TV+ SEE MORE Servant S2, the return of the supernatural, psychological horror series produced by M. Night Shyamalan. It continues from where the first season left off, with the chilling story about a couple in mourning after an terrible tragedy, who are plagued by a mysterious force that has entred thier home. New episodes land on Fridays. Losing Alice film director Alice becomes obsessed with the younger, femme fatale, screenwriter Sophie, and eventually surrenders her moral integrity in order to achieve power, relevance and success. Psychological thriller, new episodes land weekly on Fridays. Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry intimate documentary from 26th TVNZ ONDEMAND SEE MORE Premiere of full seasons of two new series: The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius the determined South African Paralympic sprinter, and inspirational international hero, was suddenly, and shockingly, at the centre of the murder investigation of his then-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, from Saturday 6th Coyote action-packed drama from the producer of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad . Starring Michael Chiklis as a US border patrol agent whose ideology is challenged when he must work for the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of America, from Weds 10th SEE MORE Bliss mind-bending love story with a sci-fi, global conspiracy twist. Amazon Original Movie Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson, from 5th I Care A Lot a crooked legal guardian finds trouble when the latest woman she tries to swindle is more than she seemsr. Black comedy. Rosamund Pike, DianneWiest, Peter Dinklage. 19th SKY GO SEE MORE Sky TV customers can watch live sports, news,

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WALTER PRESENTS TVNZ ONDEMAND  SEE MORE An epic The Crown -style mini-series about the life and reign of legendary 18th-century Empress- Queen Maria Theresa – the first, and only, female ruler of the Habsburg Empire. Two feature-length episodes follow the intrigue and political machinations that surrounded her 40-year rule. Maria Theresa’s accession resulted in widespread opposition and conflict, from which she emerged triumphant, to become a key figure in the power politics of 18th-century Europe. She ruled with considerable diplomatic skill, winning allies, instigating sweeping societal reforms, and revitalising an empire that influenced the rest of Europe for almost 150 years.

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SEE MORE The Kid Detective now grown-up and with his first ‘adult’ case – amurder, comedy-thriller 10th Tiger documentary about the famous – and infamous – champion golfer. Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham new documentary travel show with Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, stars of the romantic-fantasy time-travel drama Outlander . They set out on an epic adventure around Scotland, exploring their heritage, meeting the locals, and giving some context and texture to Highland life and history. 8-part series, from Tuesday16th SEE MORE Introducing Star – a new Disney brand featuring general entertainment movies, television, documentaries, and more, along with Star-branded new exclusive originals and local productions created for the service. Disney+ with Star launches 23rd Flora & Ulysses Ten-year-old Flora, comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, discovers that her rescue squirrel is in fact a superhero with an uncanny knack for helping her and the lovable but broken people in her life. Live-action comedy-adventure film from 15th Marvel's Behind The Mask a documentary special exploring the power of identity behind iconic superheroes, from 12th WandaVision continues with a new episode released each Friday in February. Pixar Popcorn Ten all-new mini shorts from Pixar Animation Studios featuring favourite characters from Pixar films.

PULSE SEE MORE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORIES AND DOCUMENTARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Frida: Viva La Vida the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: the revolutionary, pioneering artist of contemporary feminism; and the human being, victim of her tortured body and a tormented relationship. Her unrelenting work in the face of pain and cruelty were an inspiration to a generation of women – and also to the renaissance of Mexican nationalism. When she died in 1954, at the age of 47, Kahlo was a respected and successful artist, but nothing of her reputation during her life hinted at the global acclaim that would follow. American Grindhouse a definitive look at the history of the Exploitation film genre – from the silent movie era to the 1970s, ‘teenage rampage’ to Blaxploitation – with clips from over 200 films and interviews with Joe Dante, John Landis and Larry Cohen.

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He was the face – or perhaps more correctly, faces – that helped many of us endure a level four lockdown, but comedian, actor and writer Tom Sainsbury is that, and so much more, as Helene Ravlich discovers. He’s about to be seen on our screens in Dead , a movie written in collaboration with Hayden J. Weal, who also directed the comedy- horror which has already garnered much international acclaim. It’s the story of Dane “Marbles” Marbeck (Sainsbury), who can see dead people. It’s a “gift” he’s had since his own father’s funeral when, in his grief, he mixed marijuana with his dearly departed dad’s neuro meds. When injected, its potent combination allows him to act as a conduit between the living, and spirits that have failed to pass over. In true buddy cop movie-style, he hooks up with Tagg (Weal), a recently deceased wannabe super- cop, in order to track down a serial killer. The pair first got together to write the script in 2017, with filming taking place not long after the initial budget was secured. However, almost two years of post-production followed, mainly due to the fact that the considerable workload had to be accomplished via lots of favours, and friends giving their time, as is the nature of many a low-budget film. When I talk to Sainsbury in the living room of his Ponsonby home, he says he can still vividly remember filming parts of it, and that he actually relished the chance to look at it after a couple of years with fresh eyes. Weal carried out several test “FILM AND MY FACEBOOK CHARACTERS ARE DEFINITELY TWO DIFFERENT BEASTS, AND THE NATURE OF THE LATTER IS THAT PEOPLE CAN EITHER TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.” TOM SAINSBURY MAN OF MANY FACES

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screenings of the film before it was released, which proved to be a real asset when it came to getting things just right. Unfortunately the film hit cinemas just after the first New Zealand lockdown was lifted, meaning that venues could only be a quarter full. This didn’t stop it being shown in the US and the UK however, with film festivals running the film online and at drive-ins to considerable audiences. It was in the UK that it received some particularly glowing reviews, the writer and actor saying, “it definitely resonated more in the UK than the US, with the British critics likening it to films like Shaun of the Dead , which was great.” He and Weal filmed another of their collaborative scripts last year, this time spearheaded largely by Sainsbury as director. It’s still in the horror genre and has the title of Loop Track , as it follows four people on what sounds like a bloody stressful tramping holiday. “It was meant to be more serious than Dead but still ended up having some very funny bits in it,” he says al- most apologetically, “and could best be described as a psy- chological thriller.” He’s also contributing as a writer and actor to Wellington Paranormal , and admits to loving being extremely busy. He

“IT TAKES A DAY TO PROCESS A BAD REVIEW, AND I’VE GOT TOO MANY OTHER THINGS TO BE THINKING ABOUT OTHER THAN THAT,”

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The characters Sainsbury created during the first national lockdown definitely helped more than a few people endure a collective isola- tion with a smile on their faces, a role which must have come with a certain degree of pressure to perform. Did he feel that at the time? “I didn’t actually,” he says with a laugh, “I was blissfully unaware for most of it. The viewing figures definitely went up with a trapped audience though, and the more re- latable the scenario, the more people would gravitate towards it”. Numbers definitely dropped once we were all leaving the comfort of our homes again, but then the election came around along with a whole load of more possibilities. He says he tries not to focus on how popular certain characters are, and just creates what he does for himself, be it Gingerbread the cat, or a woman cutting her own hair during lockdown – a video which garnered a completely bonkers ten million plus views. When asked if he has a favourite character, Sainsbury says he’s been enjoying morphing into journalist Kim Hill of late, who along with Simon Bridges is a persona that he thinks he does particularly well. “Their voices and their facial structure really works with mine,” he explains, “which means that the transforma- tion is quite effective.” Paula Bennett and Grant Robertson are two other old favourites, as well as Tayn the toothy boy racer. As for the comments? Well he’s stopped read- ing them, along with negative critics’ reviews. “It takes a day to process a bad review, and I’ve got too many other things to be thinking about other than that,” he says. This includes the negative publicity he received from within the LGBTQI community after he appeared with Paula Bennett on the cover of Express and talked about their friendship. “In that situation you have to think about what you really believe and stick to your guns,” he says witha shrug. “You can have differing opinions to people and still respect their humanity.”

says he often has to remind himself to just stop and enjoy the moment, “and acknowledge that it really is a great time to be in indepen- dent film and TV”. Sainsbury’s personal work is quite the opposite of a film with a lengthy lead time, and is often filmed on the fly as a direct reaction to say, an event mentioned in the news or the rise of a new politician. “Film and my Facebook characters are definitely two different beasts,” he says, “and the nature of the latter is that people can either take it or leave it.” He first came into prominence in 2017 by using Snapchat and short video content to satirise New Zealand politicians, but it wasn’t until the pandemic made its presence felt that he really hit his stride.

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AUCKLAND PRIDE FESTIVAL There’s events all over the show: parties, performance, exhibitions, film, sport, talks, community events... 3rd – 28th Auckland Pride Party some of Aotearoa’s finest (and fun-est) queer acts, headlined by HalfQueen and Randa, to celebrate the final weekend of Pride in style. Saturday 27th WELLINGTON FRINGE open access festival for contemporary creative work in any art form imaginable – audio, visual, fashion, theatre... Feb 26th – March 20th NZ SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Soldier’s Tale – Stravinsky NZSO Ensemble & Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers. Feb, March, June. March dates: Paraparaumu 24th, Carterton 25th, Upper Hutt 26th ART DECO FESTIVAL NAPIER experience the razzmatazz and romance of life between 1920s & 40s in this uniquely Deco city. 17th – 21st

AUCKLAND LANTERN FESTIVAL Hundreds of elaborate handmade Chinese lanterns, plus performances, demonstrations, music, dance, craft, food – and lots of fireworks! Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th. SEE MORE + Hamilton Chinese Lantern Festival cultural performances, magic shows, and quite a few lanterns, event begins 6pm, (food stalls from 4pm), Garden Place, Saturday 27th (FREE) MOANA NUI FESTIVAL Noa'ia, Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ta¯lofa, Kia orana, Ma¯lo¯ e lelei, Ma¯lo¯ n¯i , Talofa lava, Te¯na¯ koutou katoa! Experience Dunedin's Pacific cultures at the inaugural Moana Nui Festival – a day of music, performance, food, crafts and more. Dunedin, Saturday 13th (FREE) SEE MORE AUCKLAND LIVE SUMMER IN THE SQUARE (FREE) Valentine's Day movie – People's Choice Will it be La La Land starring Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling – or Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot ?? 14th Auckland Latin Festival free salsa and tango dance classes, live music, Samba parades, Brazilian forro bands, Latin DJs, traditional foods from the market, and more. 19th – 21st

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GHOST MACHINE A show about life. Performed by a ghost. Heartfelt and hilarious, it’s presented entirely from under a sheet by comedian Laura Davis.

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14TH FEB – 6TH MARCH  SEE MORE This open-access arts festival is all about inclusivity, celebration of otherness, and having a good time. It’s region-wide, featuring over 100 events – both ticketed and free – and is the catalyst for some of the most exciting, creative, outrageous, and unique experiences in the Auckland cultural calendar, including such wonders as: a developer’s game-off, a musical odyssey, a show in a driveway, walking tours, theatre, music, dance, clowning, poetry, comedy, live flamenco... and even a little bit of bondage. + Auckland Live Fringe Town, Aotea Square 15th – 21st  SEE MORE

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WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE & FABULOSITY BUCKWHEAT The preternaturally glamorous Buckwheat is a New Zealand drag icon, entertaining and educating audiences the length and breadth of the country for over twenty years. Unabashedly positive and thoughtful, we couldn’t think of a better person to talk about LOVE with as we head further into 2021… How did you see the New Year come in? I was blessed to be with a small group of lifelong friends in an apartment with a direct view of the Sky Tower fireworks. It was the first time I had witnessed the fireworks – crazy but true! I’m normally working. This issue’s theme is LOVE, are you a bit of a romantic? Buckwheat’s a massive romantic! She’s been known to play cupid on more than one occasion. Helping people find love by way of an introduction, setting up a date or pointing out the obvious – why they’d be great for each other. Over the years I’ve come to realise love comes in many forms. Find the love that’s right for you and go for it! If you’re looking to impress a partner or date, what sartorial advice would Buckwheat recommend? Nothing comes from nothing, make sure you take the time to think about the impression you want to make. If you’re unsure, ask for some advice from someone you admire. Dress appropriately for the occasion and environment, keep it elegant, simple & smart. Finally gents – be sure to have that shirt pressed! What is your favourite love story when it comes to movies? I’m an old school hopeless romantic! I love a happy ending. Boy meets girl (or boy), boy loses girl, boy and girl get back together. There always has to be a little drama thrown in. Whilst I’ve seen these formulas over and over – I still love it when it all works out. The love story with the ‘happily ever after’ always wins! What are some of your hopes and dreams for 2021? After the shakedown 2020 gave the world, it’s given me time to pause and realise what’s important to me. Dedicating time to family, friendships and relationships with a twist of love, kindness and fabulosity thrown in. Treating people as I’d like to be treated and always doing the right thing is something that’s worked well for me in life. More of the same in 2021. I’m blessed to have two young daughters, so living by example and keeping them grounded and safe with loads of love and laughter will help to create values of kindness and love. More love for everyone in 2021!

“OVER THE YEARS I’VE COME TO REALISE LOVE COMES IN MANY FORMS. FIND THE LOVE THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU AND GO FOR IT!” Auckland Museum’s new Ta¯maki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland Gallery opens in March, and will feature a story about the iconic 1980s’ Staircase bar – a rainbow community- friendly space – told by Edward Cowley and his glamorous drag persona Buckwheat. SEE MORE

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