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WATCHING OUT FILM & CINEMA Cruella; June Again; Ligante; The United Way;

VIEWPOINT 12 Film James & Isey , a celebation of life & aroha 14 James Cross wairua at work 21 Steve Braunias on crime & punishment Kate Camp what are you watching? A few words 36 Directory cinemas nationwide James & Isey; Son of the South; AQuiet Place: Part II; Josee, the Tiger and the Fish; Finding You, plus more 6 Those Who Wish Me Dead ring of fire ENTERTAINMENT 27 NZ Music Month celebrating our music 32 Auckland Writers Festival 33 Royal New Zealand Ballet: Giselle the good the bad & the ghostly WATCHING IN SKY HIGHLIGHTS Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Family, Neeson V Butler Pop-up, BBC UKTV, Rialto Channel 17 Deerskin killer style 18 Sky Arts special trials & tribulations FREE TO AIR 24 Second Chance Charlie don’t dream it’s over STREAMING 26 Waiata Anthems national anthems 29 The Woman in the Window through the glass darkly WATCHING NOW

National Anthems – Hollie Smith Streaming page 26


Made For Love Streaming page 28

Teine Sa¯ Free to Air TV page 25

Cruella Cinema page 8

Locked Down Cinema page 11




This month in VIEW there’s a lot to say about music and words, and music and writing, and writing music (and writing about writing)... May is NZ Music Month , with gigs and special music events happening throughout the country. We chatted to musicians Hollie Smith and Annie Crummer about their gigs on the new TVNZ OnDemand series Waiata Anthems , find out more about that and NZ Music Month on page 26. The UK sensory sensation music presentation Pitchblack Playback is making its NZ debut at The Capitol Cinema on the 19th, which you can read out about on page 32. May also brings the Auckland Writers Festival , and writer & journalist Steve Braunias, and poet Kate Camp, who are both appearing at the Festival, speak to VIEW about their new work – and you have a chance to win a copy of their latest books. VIEW gives you the must-do 'gig' guide – for cinema, streaming, television, and entertainment throughout May. Enjoy!









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JUNE AGAIN A twist of fate gives the family matriarch, June, a reprieve from a debilitating illness. Much to their amazement, she re- enters the lives of her adult children, and learns that ‘things haven’t gone according to plan’. With limited time but plenty of pluck, she sets about trying to put everything, and everyone, back on track. When her meddling backfires, June discovers she needs help from the very people she was trying to rescue. Noni Hazlehurst, Claudia Karvan, Stephen Curry. PREMIERES 6TH  SEE MORE LITIGANTE Between raising her young son, taking care of her ill-tempered, cancer-battling mother, navigating her career as a top- notch lawyer dealing with a major corruption scandal, and plenty of shouts and tears along the way, a woman could very well be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Colombian drama. Carolina Sanín, Leticia Gomez. PREMIERES 13TH  SEE MORE THE UNITED WAY The epic story of Manchester United – ‘The Red Devils’ – a football club, a city, and a man who did more than most to bring success to both. Presented by superstar Eric Cantona, featuring football legends including David Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ryan Giggs, stunning archive and never-before-seen footage – and celebrating the making of a global phenomenon: a club for the people, by the people. PREMIERES 13TH  SEE MORE JAMES & ISEY An uplifting celebration of Northland, family and aroha. Feature story page 12 – PREMIERES 6TH  SEE MORE

BRILLIANT. BAD. A LITTLE BIT MAD. In 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, a young grifter – a clever and creative girl named Estella – is determined to make a name for herself with her fashion designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they build a kind of life for themselves on the streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman,

a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, but their

relationship sets in motion a chain of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side, and become the raucous, fashionable, revenge-bent Cruella. Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong. PREMIERES 27TH  SEE MORE

June Again Premieres 6th

The United Way Premieres 13th

Litigante Premieres 13th

Cruella Premieres 27th

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A QUIET PLACE: PART II Director John Krasinski’s follow-up to his post-apocalyptic horror hit, which pitted Earth's last remaining souls against fierce extra-terrestrials that hunt by sound. After the deadly attack on their home, a family (now with a new baby!) hit the road in search of safety. Heading into unknown territory, they soon find out that the aliens are not the only threat they have to face. Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou. PREMIERES 27TH  SEE MORE SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW Police investigating grisly murders find they are trapped at the centre of the killer's morbid game – and a deepening mystery – when the sadistic criminal mastermind unleashes a gruesomely twisted form of justice. Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Rock. PREMIERES 13TH  SEE MORE NO MAN’S LAND When the son of a vigilante rancher on the US/Mexico border accidentally kills an immigrant boy, he is forced to flee into danger in the south. While avoiding officials as an ‘illegal alien’ in Mexico, the young man seeks forgiveness from the dead boy's father – while falling in love with the land, and its people that he was taught to hate. Jake Allyn, Frank Grillo. PREMIERES 27TH  SEE MORE 48HOURS FILM FESTIVAL Grand Finals night Saturday 22nd  SEE MORE


THE SOUTH Set in the 1960s during the Civil Rights movement, a Klansman's grandson is forced to face up to the rampant racism of his own culture. Defying his family and white Southern norms, he embraces the fight against social injustice, repression and violence, to change the world he was born into. An emotionally charged biopic that is a timely reminder that, more than a half-century later, there’s still a long way to go. Based on the true story of Bob Zellner, from his memoir The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movemen t. Lucas Till, Julia Ormond, Cedric the Entertainer, Brian Dennehy. PREMIERES 20TH  SEE MORE

A Quiet Place: Part II Premieres 27th

Spiral: From the Book of Saw Premieres 13th

No Man’s Land Premieres 27th

Son of the South Premieres 20th

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FINDING YOU A story about how easy it is to get caught up in the things that don’t really matter in life. A talented young violinist meets a heartthrob movie star shooting his latest medieval fantasy blockbuster in a small Irish village. Sparks fly between the unlikely couple, but as their feelings grow stronger, the pressures of stardom threaten to crush their dreams... Rose Reid, Jedidiah Goodacre, Katherine McNamara, Vanessa Redgrave. PREMIERES 13TH  SEE MORE LOCKED DOWN Just when they decide to call it quits. an antagonistic couple are forced into lockdown together. Co-habitation proves to be a challenge, but with plenty of time on their hands they decide to call a truce – and hatch a plan to commit a little diamond heist on the side. Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor. PREMIERES 6TH  SEE MORE + MOVIE PASSES TO WIN CRANSTON ACADEMY At an elite Hogwartsian science school called Cranston Academy in London, Danny, an awkward genius, who prefers to work solo, is forcibly teamed up with prissy but whipsmart Liz. Together, they get the school’s nuclear reactor working, but it opens a portal to another dimension, and their class project unleashes all manner of monsters. Animated family horror comedy. Voices of Jamie Bell, Ruby Rose. PREMIERES 20TH  SEE MORE SEE NATIONWIDE CINEMA DIRECTORY PAGE 36

JOSEE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH Spending most of her days reading and painting, shut-off from the world, a young woman, and wheelchair user, Josee finds herself with a new caregiver. An ordinary college student and avid diver, Tsuneo, has taken the job in order to raisemoney for his dream: to go diving in Mexico. Josee seems sullen and demanding, but as they get to know each other, Tsuneo begins to to appreciate her unique perspective. As he helps her overcome fear and interact with the outside world again, romance blossoms. Produced by Bones, the studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist. PREMIERES 13TH  SEE MORE NZ VISION FEAST FILM FESTIVAL Awards screening, Academy Cinemas, Friday 14th, then available online.  SEE MORE

Finding You Premieres 13th

Locked Down Premieres 6th

Cranston Academy Premieres 20th

Josee, The Tiger and the Fish Premieres 13th

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A CELEBRATION OF LIFE & AROHA JAMES & ISEY DIRECTED BY FLORIAN HABICHT Isey lives with her adult son James in rural Kawakawa, Northland – descendants of Nga¯ti Manu, the Bird People. Filmmaker Florian Habicht follows the duo over the incredible week leading up to a very big event – Isey is turning 100-years-old, and James is organising a celebration worthy of the occasion. James has devoted the last 20 years to looking after his mum, and is focused on getting Isey to her momentous milestone. Florian was ‘the crew’ during filming which allowed him to shoot on an intimate level and capture the essence of their special relationship – James’ unconditional love for his mum, Isey’s wicked sense of adventure – and their shared humour. The pair come across as natural movie stars in the documentary as they reveal their unique world: a spiritual relationship with the everyday, mixed with the art of dreaming, and a great appreciation for what they have. “Don't Worry, Be Happy” quips 99-year-old Isey when asked about the future. The World Premiere of James & Isey took place on April 3rd this year – the day of Isey’s 102nd birthday. IN CINEMAS NATIONWIDE, 6TH  SEE MORE

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New Zealand director and filmmaker Florian Habicht’s latest work, James & Isey , is billed as “a Northland celebration of life and aroha like no other”. Former actor James Cross stars alongside his now 102-year-old mum, the force of nature known as Isey. The project first came about two years ago, when James was organising an ‘epic’ party at home in Kawakawa for his mum's 100th birthday. He wanted to find someone who would record the celebration for posterity, sending the idea out into the universe and relying on his role as a tohunga to bring it to life. At the same time, Habicht, with a track record of filming real people rather than actors, had been hired to film an Instant Kiwi ad campaign, and had cast a net into the Far North community looking for talent. James sent the story of Isey’s upcoming milestone to the director via a postcard, and what began as a commercial shoot soon developed into so much more. James has devoted the last twenty years to looking after Isey and bringing the spirit world onboard to get her over 100, and Habicht was able to follow the duo in their incredible week leading up to the big event. The end result is a true celebration, and fittingly, the premiere for the film took place in Auckland on the day of Isey's 102nd birthday. The pair travelled with friends


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and family from Kawakawa for the event, which saw a packed Civic Theatre rise as one to celebrate alongside them. It was overwhelming and amazing as an audience member, and presumably even more so for the stars. Talking to James almost a month later one wonders: did he envisage a premiere like the one that took place at the Civic, and the associated emotions emanating wildly from everyone who saw it? “Absolutely. I planned the whole event myself, and it was a matter of trusting in myself and my gift,” he says. “If you show faith, the people will come... and they did. Everything in the universe can be at your beck and call if you approach it with the right intentions.” The event at The Civic was James’s vision bought to life, “From the way the po¯whiri was done to the placement of the red carpet. People questioned why I wanted to dress the interior when it’s already such a flash building, and I said ‘it has its own mana, but that’s not my mana or mum’s mana’”. The Civic became the pair’s whare for the night, and was decorated accordingly. The after party-meets-Isey’s 102nd birthday took place in The Civic’s Wintergarden, which James also decorated to the n th degree with treasured taonga and one incredible cake. He says he and Isey felt like the premiere was a true Hollywood-like experience, which was particularly poignant for James as he had walked away from a career as an actor in the US when he returned to Northland twenty years before to care for his ailing father. “I never thought that one day I’d be in a movie with my mum, let alone that we’d be the leads. As an actor you dream of being a lead, but achieving that is a lot harder than you could possibly imagine.” The pair had been told when they were on the way that there would be a big crowd, but to actually see it? “That was incredible. That is true wairua, and like I said before, faith at work.” He says that both he and Isey felt so uplifted but also drained after the celebratory premiere, with James still recuperating, but that hasn’t stopped him planning a second, ‘mini-premiere’, closer to home in Whanga¯rei. Like the Auckland event he wanted he and Isey to have a suitably fabulous vehicle in which to arrive, so reached out to a local classic car club to see what they had on offer. “I asked for maybe a vintage or classic car, and said I’d know if it was the right one the minute I saw it,” he says. What was offered? A mint Holden Premier of exactly the same year as the beauty that Isey owns and is showcased in the movie. “How amazing is that? Mums is pink but this one is blue, and all done up. That is spirit at work, right there.” “This has always been all about my mum, and when you do something with the right intentions? Miracles really do happen.” JAMES & ISEY IN CINEMAS, 6TH  SEE MORE


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RIALTO CHANNEL PREMIERES RIALTO SELECTION  SEE MORE PREMIERE FILMS EVERY SATURDAY AT 8:30. American Woman a woman's teenage daughter goes missing, leaving her to raise her grandson alone. Sienna Miller, Aaron Paul. 1st Angel of Mine traumatised by the death of her daughter, a woman begins doubting her reality. Psychological thriller. Noomi Rapace. 8th Luxor after meeting her former lover, a British aid worker struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present. 15th Deerskin French comedy horror satire. 22nd Military Wives with men off in Afghanistan, the women form a choir – and find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement. Comedy based on true events. 29th RIALTO BRITISH  SEE MORE SUNDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 RIALTO DOCUMENTARY  SEE MORE WEDNESDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 This month: Visual Artists Martha: A Picture Story a record of graffiti. 5th Tomorrow is Saturday hoarder artist declutters.12th Shooting the Mafia point & shoot photos. 19th My Rembrandt people’s passion for paintings. 26th + THURSDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 This month: Controversial Figures RIALTO WORLD  SEE MORE MONDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 The best of independent international film and filmmakers. This month: Films for Francophiles . RIALTO FILM  SEE MORE INDIE FESTIVAL FAVOURITES FRIDAYS AT 8:30 The Other Lamb male leader, all-female cult... 7th Sweet Thing teens seek escape from home. 14th Driveways finding home is where the heart is. 21st Saint Frances a nanny finds she has a lot to learn – adult/child, rites of passage, role-reversal. 28th  SEE MORE




Nomadland Academy Awards Winner 2021 for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress – plus Oscars for cinematography, editing, and adapted screenplay. A woman lives as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad after losing everything in the recession – an elegy to the broken American dream. Frances McDormand. Weds 12th Force of Nature trouble ahead for a cop and an ex-cop battling a gang of thieves searching for $55 million inside an evacuated building during a hurricane. Phew! Mel Gibson, Kate Bosworth. Sunday 9th The King of Staten Island suffering from arrested development since his firefighter dad died, a slacker spends his days smoking weed and dreaming of opening a tattoo restaurant – until events force him to take his first steps forward in life. Comedy drama. Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei. Sunday 2nd PLUS : Hard Kill, 23rd; The Boy With the Topknot, 11th; The High Note, 16th; Oh Mercy, 18th; Outback, 19th; The Burnt Orange Heresy, 28th SKY MOVIES FAMILY  SEE MORE Trolls World Tour animated fun. 7pm Sun16th NEESON V BUTLER POP-UP  SEE MORE Pitting Liam against Gerard... Taken 1, 2 & 3 vs 300... 4pm Friday 14th – 12pm, Monday 17th BBC UKTV  SEE MORE 2021 Brit Awards top of the music calendar. NZ Premiere, 9:30, Thursday 13th  SEE MORE

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My Rembrandt Rialto Documentary Wednesday 26th

Saint Frances Rialto Presents 28th

Shooting the Mafia Rialto Documentary Wednesday 19th

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DEERSKIN RIALTO SELECTION – NZ TELEVISION PREMIERE, 8:30 SATURDAY 22ND  SEE MORE A man’s love for his vintage deerskin jacket becomes a dark and dangerous obsession – a fiendish fetish that leads him way off piste. Posing as a filmmaker he pursues his crazy quest to ensure his jacket is the last one standing – performing ever more outrageous acts – and augmenting his suede wardrobe with boots, pants, gloves, and a hat he steals from a corpse. The movie’s tone flips from silly to shocking, from love story (albeit between a man and his jacket) to horror. Academy Award Winner Jean Dujardin convincingly plays the middle-aged anti-hero in this dark comedy horror satire. Written and directed by Quentin Dupieux.

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HEMINGWAY Acclaimed director Ken Burns, and Lynn Novick, examine the visionary work and the turbulent life of literary genius Ernest Hemingway. Interweaving his eventful biography – a life lived at the ultimately treacherous nexus of art, fame, and celebrity – with excerpts from his iconic work, and personal correspondence. The three-part series by reveals the brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and complicated man behind the myth. Narrated by long-time collaborator Peter Coyote. Hemingway’s words are brought to life by Jeff Daniels, his four wives are voiced by Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Patricia Clarkson, and Mary-Louise Parker. 8:30, Fridays from 21st Exhibition on Screen: Frida Kahlo A prolific self-portraitist, Kahlo used the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her passionate, turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Guided with interview, commentary, Frida’s own words, and privileged access to her works. 7:30 Saturday 29th Her Name Was Grace Kelly Behind the star’s well documented public life, was the private woman and mother – revealed here through private family archives and home films, made available through an exclusive agreement with the Principality of Monaco. 8: 30, Monday 10th Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace Recorded in June 2020, as a reaction to the confinement and isolation of the UK lockdown. Nick Cave plays his songs – from earliest Bad Seeds to their most recent album – alone at the piano in a rarely seen stripped back form. 8pm, Saturday 8th African Renaissance radically new vision of Africa – the most culturally diverse place on Earth. Series, 7:30, Fridays from 7th Musee D’Orsay: A Great Metamorphosis 9:30, Monday 10th Black Art: In the Absence of Life some of the foremost African American visual artists working today. 8pm, Saturday 22nd SKY ARTS, NZ TELEVISION PREMIERES  SEE MORE

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Photographer Letizia Battaglia reflects on a life documenting

– and surviving – the violence in mob-controlled Sicily


With the phone as his only tool, a demoted police officer races against time to save a kidnapped woman, and finds himself caught up in a web of intrigue, dealing with a crime far bigger than he thought. Laser-focused, multi award-winning Danish thriller.



WRITER STEVE BRAUNIAS ON CRIME & PUNISHMENT the author and columnist talks with Hélène Ravlich about death, courtrooms, and what he’s reading in the lead up to this month’s Auckland Writers Festival. “I like courtrooms,” says Steve Braunias in a recent article for Newsroom . “I like the careful and meticulous examination of random, mean, brief, and violent events. I like the idea of order and the ideal of justice. Mainly of course I like writing about courtrooms. They contain so many unhappy stories and none of them have a beginning and most of them end in death.” All of the above is explored in his latest book, Missing Persons: Twelve Extraordinary Stories of Death and Disappearance in New Zealand , which was released in March this year. It’s fitting that we are chatting not long after three guilty verdicts were handed down to Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, but it’s a fact that has completely passed the writer by. “I’ve been working on another book,” he explains, “and I feel a little dizzy from the whole thing. This respite from it is welcome, and that’s a great outcome!” His respite kicks off by talking about his up- coming appearance at the Auckland Writers Festival, where he’ll be appearing on what he describes as a “panel about death”. Called Pathologies and hosted by Mark Sainsbury, it features Braunias alongside forensic patholo- gist Judy Melinek, co-author (with TJ Mitchell) of the memoir Working Stiff , and the Jessie Teska medical thrillers, First Cut and Aftershock . The pair will be discussing what draws them – and readers – to such dark subject matter (of which I most definitely am one). “Judy deals in death and I deal in writing about death,” he explains, “so we’ll call it The Death Panel.” Has his fascination with death been a long time coming, or was it something that preoc- cupied the author from a young age? “Not

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OF THE PERSON ACCUSED...” really. I’m not a morbid person and was never really a true crime reader, but around 2005 I started sitting in on criminal trials.” One of the first that really grabbed Braunias’ attention was that of Antonie Dixon, who while on a heck of a lot of meth, went on an 11-hour spree of violence in 2003, in which he com- pletely or partially severed the hands or arms of two women with a Samurai sword, shot a man dead with a homemade sub-machine gun, and kidnapped another. “It was a very long trial and I became fascinated with it, and with the trial process,” says Braunias. “It was wonderful to see how a courtroom functions, and to discover that in a good courtroom, there is no ‘drama’. They are very bureau- cratic and almost exist to eliminate drama, with a lot of very boring, very necessary atten- tion to detail that I find fascinating.” He says it’s the “irrelevant, incidental” detail that he laps up the most, “because life really is just an accumulation of irrelevant details”. Talking again about the Derek Chauvin trial and its potential ramifications, I ask if he’s at- tended any trials in New Zealand where he feels like justice really has been served. With- out hesitation, the author names the murder trial of serial rapist and murderer Malcom Rewa, saying “watching him finally being found guilty after Teina Pora’s wrongful con- viction for the death of Susan Burdett was very satisfying. I know the family of Susan Burdett were very satisfied with that outcome too, that her killer had at last been brought to justice”. He describes the Rewa trial as one that was “very clean and precise, delivering the result that everyone wanted apart from Rewa and his wretched lawyer. It’s seldom you attend a murder trial as an observer and are absolutely sure of the guilt or innocence of the person accused, but that one was resolutely basic.” Whatwas it like to sit in a courtroomwithMalcom Rewa, someone who had perpetuated hideous acts for such a long time? Was it like being in the presence of pure evil, or someone that was just a really bad egg? “Both I suppose… I actually did attend his first trial for multiple rapes in 1997,

and to see him again in 2019 and how much he’d aged, the degree to which he’d become weaker and more fragile, was interesting. He was still very much a nasty person, in court and in life. He persisted in telling this wicked lie that hurt others, and the nastiness he could still conjure up was extraordinary.” When asked to name one controversial figure – guilty or not –that he would love to sit down with and get their story, he names David Bain as his interviewee of choice. “I don’t have a firm view on this guilt or innocence,” he ex- plains, “but I’d very much like to meet him. To go to a murder trial is to witness history, and cases like the Bain murders were a substantial event for the whole country.” When Braunias is not hard at work writing he’s reading, his latest pick being Charlotte Grimshaw’s memoir, The Mirror Book , which he says is “full of amazing and astounding writing, it’s compelling and completely first-class”. And watching? “I’m working day and night on my book, but I take time off later in the night to eat dinner and watch Lost , which I missed the first time around and find absolutely fascinat- ing. Most television is emphatic, but I find Lost enigmatic. Recommend it.” STEVE BRAUNIAS, LIVE AT THE AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL  SEE MORE

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SERIES PREMIERES ON THREE, 9.30 THURSDAY FROM 6TH  SEE MORE What would you do for a second chance? Meet the five young rugby players who are on amission to resurrect what could have been. Over eight weeks, we follow the dreams of these promising young Kiwis as they compete to win the ultimate 2nd chance – three months of personalised training, mentoring and development, designed by the winning Super Rugby Team, and a $15,000 cash prize. Featuring All Black legends such as Stephen Donald and Liam Messam, who join forces with 2nd Chance Charlie trainer, and ex-rugby player, Joe Ngafahu, to whittle down the applications and select the players. Also available on ThreeNow.

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TVNZ 1  SEE MORE The Apprentice Aotearoa new series with 14 candidates competing for $50,000 investment in their business, and mentorship with self-made multi-millionaire, Mike Pero. Who will be fired? And who will be hired? 8:30 Monday 10th Meet the Bears amongst the largest animals on earth, they need more than just the ‘bare necessities’ to survive... how bears across the world have overcome the challenges of life – from finding food and raising cubs to confronting rivals and habitat loss – all thanks to brains, brawn, and a remarkable ability to adapt. Special 7:35 Saturday 1st Fight For the wild with more than 4000 natives on the threatened species list, this new series explores the notion of a ‘Predator Free 2050’ and asks whether this grand initiative is achievable – and if so, how? 7:35, Saturday 15th TVNZ 2  SEE MORE Comedy Gala kicking off the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Expect big laughs from this fast-paced live show with bite-sized sets from some of Aotearoa’s comedy superstars, hosted by the multi award-winning Queen of NZ comedy, Justine Smith. 8:30, Monday 3rd RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under in a world first, three Kiwi queens – Kita Mean, Anita Wigl’it and Elektra Shock – are in the race, as we count down from ten to one to find the queen of the crop... New series premieres 8:30pm Saturday 1st, also available on TVNZ OnDemand MAORI TELEVISION  SEE MORE


PRIME  SEE MORE Teine Sa¯ – The Ancient Ones series of five supernatural horror stories based on a cross- section of Pasifika legends. After centuries of slumber, ancient goddesses are evoked by ordinary modern-day women in need, putting a chilling spin on these twisting tales of the unexpected, and the awesome powers of these aitu of the Pacific Islands. NZ premiere, 9:30, Thursday 13th THREE  SEE MORE The Masked Singer NZ our very own version of the hit global reality singing series, with a star-studded guessing panel, and twelve kiwi celebrities belting out chart-topping favourites – all while wearing extravagant head-to-toe costume disguises. Premieres 7pm Sunday, 9th – continuing 7:30 Mondays. Also available on ThreeNow

The Masked Singer NZ Three & ThreeNow Sunday 9th

Meet The Bears TVNZ 1 Saturday 1st

NZ Best Foods Comedy Gala TVNZ 2 Monday 3rd

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under TVNZ 2 Saturday 1st

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HOLLIE SMITH In your episode of Waiata Anthems you said that it's important for more and more pa¯keha to see and hear te reo Ma¯ori spoken and sung in public, what are some ways you think people can make that happen? I think normalising te reo Ma¯ori across all platforms, and in and around businesses, is a good start. This is definitely happening more andmore, but that can be overwhelming for a lot of people. Individually for me, if I see English and te reo Ma¯ori together, I try to absorb what I’m seeing, take note of the English sentence, and then say the te reo out loud or in my head. When I’m driving, especially on my own, every time I see a Ma¯ori place name I say it out loud, and with both of these exercises I take note of pronunciation and repeat until I think I have it right. You have said in the past that you’ve been scared of speaking – and singing – te reo Ma¯ori in public, why is that? Mainly just because I don’t want to get it wrong, and then because I’m so aware of not getting it wrong, I overthink it, and more than likely will stumble over my words. Obviously with singing, that’s in public, and I think speaking te reo Ma¯ori in front of an audience – or on particular platforms like TV and radio – you have a responsibility to make sure your pronunciation is correct, and you are leading by the correct example, so I feel the pressure of that too. The atmosphere in the studio when you were recording the new version of Bathe in the River looked electric. How did it feel to record it this time around? Haha like a second chance!!! When I first sung Bathe , I walked into the studio, sung it five times and walked out. Don (McGlashan) and I had no idea it would become what it did. This time round there was a lot more ko¯rero around the meaning behind the song, what drove it, and then discussion around the translation and the use of te reo Ma¯ori, and the power of some of the words. It just created a more powerful environment as all of us wanted to get it perfect. NATIONAL ANTHEMS


HOLLIE SMITH & ANNIE CRUMMER SPOKE TO VIEW ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE SERIES WAIATA ANTHEMS – LAUNCHING IN MAY FOR NZ MUSIC MONTH Waiata Anthems chronicles the jouneys of seven major Kiwi artists as they prepare to either record a brand-new track, or re-record one of their biggest hits, in te reo Ma¯ori. The musicians confront their hopes and fears of singing in te reo Ma¯ori – and along the way explore aspects of their personal connection to Te Ao Ma¯ori and Aotearoa – before revealing their waiata in a live performance. Featuring : Che Fu, Bic Runga, Katchafire, Hollie Smith, Drax Project, Annie Crummer, MELODOWNZ WAIATA ANTHEMS TVNZ ONDEMAND FROM 1ST  SEE MORE

Che Fu Fade Away E Kore E Motu

Bic Runga There Is No Time Ka¯ore He Wa¯

Katchafire 100 Karawhiua

Don McGlashan writer Bathe in the River Ko¯rukutia

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NZ Music Month 2021 Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa CELEBRATING OUR MUSIC & THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT May is NZ Music Month: Access All Aotearoa – celebrating great local music for all New Zealanders, in every place, for every age, and in every genre – with new releases, artist tours and special events happening across the country. Throughout the month there is a stellar line-up of local acts performing nationwide, and events happening in all kinds of public spaces across Aotearoa. Art of the Record , a touring exhibition marking 21 years of NZ Music Month, showcases 21 iconic album covers – Auckland 1st, Wellington 10th, Christchurch 17th, Dunedin 24th. The Music Commission’s Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme will see musicians working in classrooms at over 50 schools nationwide. NZ Music Month Summit will return with discussions and presentations from Kiwi artists and music industry professionals on topics including working with international stars and touring in Aotearoa – Auckland Saturday 29th + streamed online. NZ Film On Demand is streaming a collection of Kiwi music films. NZ Music T-Shirt Day – wear a favourite NZ music t-shirt and donate to the MusicHelps Live appeal for

ANNIE CRUMMER How does singing your own words in te reo Ma¯ori feel, in what way is it different from the original delivery? My translator, Pania Papa, took my lyrics and reinterpreted them for this te reo Ma¯ori version of the song. She just makes the most beautiful sounds to tell my story, and it just sings so beautifully! It’s hard to explain – but it isn’t a literal translation of the original words, and yet her lyrics still allowed me to capture the original feeling of the song. My job is to get the audience to feel the emotion of the song, so even though I’m singing in a different language, the most important thing is that I have to mean it – that’s how I make a connection with the audience as a performer. Musicians often hear subtleties in sound and pitch – did this help you with your pronunciation of te reo Ma¯ori? I actually went to university – just for one semester back in 2006 – and studied Cook Island Ma¯ori, which was really helpful when I was going to churches, and any Cook Island functions, as it meant I could understand just that little bit more. Also I was taught to sing in Cook Island Ma¯ori with my father, so I was already familiar with that. But when it came to singing in te reo Ma¯ori, I found it had to be just a bit altered, in terms of the enunciation and pronunciation, and my ears had to really pick up on the differences. I paid really close attention to Pania – she is the most beautiful singer, and she knows how to sing in te reo Ma¯ori – which helped me get it right.

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NETFLIX  SEE MORE Monster a seventeen-year-old honour student’s world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. Filmed from the inside out, the story follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school, through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Hudson. Film releases 7th Ferry criminal mentor, drug lord, gang member, brutal mugging, estranged family, charming neighbour, tested loyalty… unexpected outcomes. Dutch action thriller film, 14th Jupiter’s Legacy Superhero parents and their Superhero children… adventure series 7th Halston 1970’s & 80’s New York as the legendary fashion designer creates a brand synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame – until a hostile takeover means a battle for control of the name Halston itself. Ewan McGregor. Limited series 14th AMAZON PRIME VIDEO  SEE MORE P!NK: All I Know So Far behind-the-scenes look at award-winning musician P!NK as she balances family and life on the road, leading up to her first Wembley Stadium performance on her 2019 Beautiful Trauma world tour. 21st The Underground Railroad Based on the desperate bid for freedom from slavery in the South of 1850s’ US. She discovers the rumored Underground Railroad escape route is no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Ten-episode limited series, premieres 14th Panic each year graduating seniors compete for a life-changing, winner takes all, prize in a series of challenges – their ticket out of town – but this year the rules have changed... how far will they go to win? Series, 28th Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, chronicles Cora Randall’s



NEON  SEE MORE Made for Love dark, absurd and cynically- poignant series about divorce & revenge. 1st Shrill Annie – a young woman who wants to change her life but not her body – tries to juggle her career, a perfectionist boss, bad boyfriends, a sick parent... and the rest. Season 3 from 7th Intergalactic going boldly where no woman has gone before... a motley crew of female prisoners flee from an authoritarian society on a hijacked transporter ship. They must forge new bonds and battle to survive, as they face the great unknown on their quest for freedom. Sci-fi adventure series. 18th FILMSTREAM  SEE MORE A COLLECTION OF THE VERY BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE CINEMA. The Divine Order 1971, and a young Swiss housewife organises the women of her town to petition for the right to vote (women’s suffrage at the federal level really wasn’t passed into law in Switzerland until that year). The Guilty a police officer must prevent a crime without leaving the emergency call- centre phone. Nerve-shredding Danish thriller WALTER PRESENTS  SEE MORE TV EXPERT WALTER IUZZOLINO HANDPICKS COMPELLING SERIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Perfect Places Danish drama – series 1, 2 & 3 – following a relationship as it develops from a first, magical chance encounter and the euphoria of new love, to discovery and romance, then to a deeper level – and, inevitablely, the intrusion of hard reality...

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NETFLIX – FILM RELEASES 14TH  SEE MORE It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening... is it? An agoraphobic woman lives alone, a reclusive prisoner in her New York City home. Unable to venture outside she fills her days with prescription medicines, drinking wine, watching old movies, recalling happier times... and spying on her new neighbours. However, when Anna sees something shocking happen to the the family next door, her world begins to crumble, and its disturbing secrets are revealed – nothing and no-one are what they seem – in this twisty, Hitchcockian thriller. Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore.

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South Auckland pensioner Saia Mafile'o has an unshakable faith in the church, and an unbreakable love for his country – Tonga. A moving story about family, tradition, generational divides, cultural clashes, resentment, resilience – and unconditional love.



PULSE  SEE MORE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORIES AND DOCUMENTARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Real Fake: The Art, Life and Crimes of Elmyr De Hory master criminal or brilliant artist? He created thousands of fakes – not copies, but original works in the style of artists such as Picasso, Matisse & Modigliani – many of which hang, unidentified, in major museums and private collections around the world. Viewer Direction Advised we want to watch what we want, when we want, where we want, and how often we want... A son follows his TV-obsessed dad to LA to find out why television – something that used to bring people together – is now tearing us all apart. Zulu Summer a radio DJ in small-town Montana receives a suspicious email from an African prince... Sounds like a ‘Nigerian’ scam... However what happened next was a surprising, cross-cultural exchange that changed the lives of people continents apart. DISNEY+  SEE MORE and Disney+ with Star Star Wars: The Bad Batch The Clone Wars spin-off with unique clone soldiers, each with a singular, and very effective skill. Original animated series from ‘May the 4th’ Marvel'sM.O.D.O.K Mental OrganismDesigned Only for Killing is out to conquer the world – but the supervillain has a few personal problems to deal with first. Series premieres on Star, 21st High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 2 releasing 14th 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.


1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything in a tumultuous era, 1971 was a standout year for musical innovation – the soundtrack at the time helped define, and reshape the political and cultural landscape. This eight-part docuseries looks at, and listens to, the most iconic artists and influential songs of 1971, including: The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed and more. 21st Mythic Quest the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all-time find the hardest-fought battles don't occur in the game – they happen in the office. Season 2, 7th TVNZ ONDEMAND  SEE MORE Starstruck a drunken New Year's Eve hook-up becomes more complicated when a woman discovers her one night stand is actually an international film star. Rose Matafeo, Nikesh Patel. Six episode series available now. In the Long Run British comedy-drama set in the milieu of London’s housing tower blocks in the1980s, created by & featuring Idris Elba, 26th THREE NOW  SEE MORE MAORI TELEVISION ON DEMAND  SEE MORE

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WRITERS FESTIVAL Presenting more than 200 events featuring national and international award-winning authors and arts practitioners. Live events include conversation, readings, debate, and performance – in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, theatre, culture, art, and more. Four NZ Poets Laureate make an appearance, as well as international guests such as Booker and Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, and renowned artist, activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and author Ai Weiwei. Appropriately featured in NZ Music Month, are talks and performances by musicians including Reb Fountain, Tom Scott, Marlon Williams, and Moana Maniapoto (pictured above). There’s a combination of ticketed and free events – both live and live-streamed in venue. 11th – 16th  SEE MORE

Auckland Writers Festival: A Celebration of Song: Reb, Tom, Marlon & Moana. 13th

SIT BACK WITH PITCHBLACK PLAYBACK Listening to music stirs a range of emotions wherever you are. Imagine if there were no other distractions around you – just you and the music, in the dark – would you hear it differently? Pitchblack Playback puts you in a dark cinema with an eyemask – no lights, no visuals, no distractions – just you and a cinema sound system blasting an album from start to finish. NZ premiere at The Capitol Cinema 7pm, Weds 19th, featuring Tame Impala, with new presentations every month  SEE MORE THINKING IN THE PINK Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying, by celebrating diversity and promoting a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected. Speak up, stand together – register now to join the movement! 21st  SEE MORE  2021 NZ INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL Most of the action is happening in Wellington and Auckland, but some comedians will tour across the country. 4th – 23rd  THE SWEET CAROLINE TOUR: A TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND Nationwide: Kerikeri to Invercargill and plenty in-between.  GALILEO – SCIENTIST, ASTRONOMER, VISIONARY Waikato Museum is the first venue in the world to showcase this interactive exhibition by The Artisans of Florence. Until 7th June

Sweet Caroline Tour: A Tribute to Neil Diamond 11th May – 13th June

Pitchblack Playback 19th

Pink Shirt Day 21st

2021 NZ International Comedy Festival

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GISELLE – ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET, TOURING NATIONALLY  SEE MORE This dance about dancing is a ghost-filled, tragic, romantic story of innocent love and betrayal: a beautiful girl, a mysterious stranger – enchantment, heartbreak, madness, death... The vengeful ghosts of jilted brides, and the promise of forgiveness and redemption. RNZB tours their signature production of Giselle with a new generation of dancers taking on some of ballet’s most iconic roles. Performances : Wellington 12th – 15th, Palmerston North 19th, Napier 22nd – 23rd, Auckland 27th – 29th, Christchurch 4th – 5th June, Dunedin 9th June.

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WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING? WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? Award-winning poet, essayist and literary commentator Kate Camp will be on stage, more than once, at the upcoming Auckland Writers Festival, so Hélène Ravlich quizzed her about her work – and the power of a good binge-watch. You’re a poet, which isn’t something you normally see written under ‘profession’ on your average application form. How long have you been writing poetry? Mum was an English teacher who recited poetry from memory all the time, so I was always surrounded by poetry as a kid. I used to write poems for family birthdays, and one of my most treasured items is a poem my grandmother wrote for me, on my twelfth birthday, in response to the ones I’d written for her. My latest book, How to Be Happy Though Human , includes poems from through my whole career, going back to stuff I wrote when I was at university. It was interesting to pull the book together and look back on 20+ years of poems. You’ve been able to travel a bit with your work. Where is the most magical place you have written, and why? I’ve been fortunate to write in Berlin, Iceland, and in Menton in the South of France, among other places. The apartment in Menton was high up on a hill looking out to the Mediterranean. I worked in my bedroom, which was very shabby chic: high ceilings, battered, white-painted furniture, shutters to keep out the heat of the day – the armoire was full of threadbare, mis- matched sheets and towels – I loved it. But although it’s not very exotic, probably the most magical place I’ve written is where I am now, at our family bach in Waikanae. It’s so steeped in childhood memories, and I love being down on the beach here, looking out at the so-familiar the shape of Kapiti Island. VIEW is all about watching inspiring film and shows, what is capturing your imagination at the moment? I am an American politics nerd and I’ve just re-watched all of House of Cards . The last season is a bit silly, but it really stands up. The last film I saw at the cinema was Cousins , which was great. I love the way colour is used in the film. Are you a binge watcher, or do you like to dip in and out? I am definitely a binge watcher. If I’m watching something dark I like to have something safe and reassuring on the go – like Kath & Kim or Schitt’s Creek – for when things get too full on. Lastly, you’re in Wellington, which I’m assuming is beginning to feel a bit chilly around now. What is your go- to attire for fighting those brutal gusts? We have a new puppy, and I absolutely love my dog- walking clothes: a mustard-coloured coat from the Cornwall brand Seasalt, and some khaki gumboots from Hunter. I look like I’m going shooting on an English country estate! The coat says on its label “Tried and tested in horizontal Cornish rain”, so it is very suited to Wellington conditions.


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