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TELEVISION STREAMING ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS DECEMBER 2021

THE YEAR IN VIEW

VIEWPOINT: WES ANDERSON, EVA COMER, MATTIAS INWOOD, SOPHIE MATTHIESSON & MARY QUANT

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DECEMBER

WATCHING OUT FILM & CINEMA Delicious; Dune; Rose Plays Julie; Sing 2; The Matrix: Resurrections; Swan Song, plus more 6 West Side Story Stephen Spielberg 12 The French Dispatch ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS 41 Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings 40 World AIDS Day WATCHING IN SKY HIGHLIGHTS Discovery, Country TV, Animal Planet, Universal TV, Living, Rialto Channel 21 War of the Worlds 23 Works of Art light my fire FREE TO AIR TV 24 Bay Patrol Shark Special shark attack STREAMING 27 Swan Song looking at me looking at you 28 Don’t Look Up WATCHING NOW VIEWPOINT 13 Wes Anderson the life aesthetic 14 Mary Quant fashion revolutionary 34 Eva Orner heart on fire 44 Mattias Inwood what are you watching? 46 Directory cinemas nationwide WATCHING SOON

The Witcher Streaming, page 29

West Side Story Cinema, page 6

Wes Anderson People, page 13

Mattias Inwood People, page 44

The Matrix: Resurrections Cinema, page 8

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And breeeeeeeeeathe..... we've all made it to December, and what a way to wind up the year that was (insert your choice of emotion here)! And what a way to celebrate the fact that 2021 will soon be 2022, with the Greater Auckland region joining the team of cinemas opening around the country (albeit restricted). Yes, VIEW has all the information this month that you need to make your list, check it twice, and head along to the air-conditioned, popcorn-smelling, ice-cream-soothing ambience that is the big screen! Just remember, it's no longer slip slop slap, it's mask scan pass... and escape... through the best of entertainment and events. Our special edition December cover celebrates the many diverse faces that have graced our past covers – we hope you enjoy this end-of-year edition – our biggest yet! Season’s Greetings to you and yours, and we look forward to bringing you your 2022 VIEW!

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TELEVISION STREAMING ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS DECEMBER 2021

THE YEAR IN VIEW

VIEWPOINT: WES ANDERSON, EVA COMER, MATTIAS INWOOD, SOPHIE MATTHIESSON & MARY QUANT

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FILM

HIGHLIGHTS

DUNE The heir to a noble family is tasked with ruling Arrakis, an inhospitable planet where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug that expands consciousness and extends life – a priceless resource worth killing for... Adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel – a blend of adventure, mysticism, environmentalism and politics. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya PREMIERES 2ND  CLICK TO SEE MORE ROSE PLAYS JULIE In this intimate exploration of identity, trauma and power, a young woman, Rose, who has long dreamed finding her biological parents, seeks out her birth mother. When she finally tracks her down the response is shattering, but the rejection compels Rose to persist, inadvertently triggering a string of shocking events which change both their lives. PREMIERES 9TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE SING 2 Can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch a stage extravaganza in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch – he has to find and persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star to join them. What begins as Buster’s dream of big-time success soon becomes an emotional reminder of the healing power of music. A star-strewn voice cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlet Johansson, Halsey, Pharrell Williams... and Bono PREMIERES 26TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE THE FRENCH DISPATCH Wes Anderson’s love letter to the written word – and to France. – Feature page 12 – PREMIERES 9TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

BON APPETIT! DELICIOUS

Set in 1789 France where, prior to the Revolution, gastronomy was strictly the domain of the aristocrats and the prestige of a noble house was intrinsically tied to the quality of its table. When a talented but prideful cook goes ‘off-menu’ the repercussions are brutal; cue a retreat from the kitchen, a self-imposed exile, a mysterious woman, and the stage is set for a tale of reignited passion, mentorship, and revenge... and of the creation of France’s very first restaurant. This historical comedy comes with a warning: viewers should either eat beforehand, or have a reservation in place for afterwards. PREMIERES 26TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE FOR FILMS SHOWING NEAR YOU SEE OUR NATIONWIDE CINEMA DIRECTORY PAGE 46

Rose Plays Julie Premieres 9th

Dune Premieres 2nd

Sing 2 Premieres 26th

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RESURRECTIONS Plagued by strange memories, Neo’s life takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself back inside the Matrix. From visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski comes the long-awaited fourth film in the franchise that redefined a genre. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reunited as Neo and Trinity – the iconic roles they made famous. PREMIERES 26TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Our friendly neighbourhood hero has been unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous. Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya PREMIERES 16TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE THE SHOW A mysterious man, on a mission to locate a stolen artefact, finds himself in a strange town – a bizarre vaudevillian world populated with vampires, sleeping beauties, and masked avengers. Soon dreams and reality become blurred, and he finds there may no longer be a real world to go back to. PREMIERES 16TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE PROGRESSIVE: ARIA OF A STARLESS NIGHT “There's no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die...” Players find themselves trapped inside a virtual reality game where if a player dies in-game, they die in the real world. Anime PREMIERES 9TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

The Show Premieres 16th

Sword Art Online The Movie Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night Premieres 9th

The Matrix Resurrections Premieres 26th

DECEMBER 16 INCINEMAS

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ENCANTO A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only ordinary member of her extraordinary family without magical powers. Voice cast includes Stephanie Beatriz, Wilmer Valderamma, John Leguizamo. PREMIERES 2ND  CLICK TO SEE MORE HENCHMEN When the world is threatened by an evil supervillain, a teenager and his mentor team up to stop him. Voices include Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, James Marsden, Alfred Molina PREMIERES 9TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG A young girl's love for a tiny puppy named Clifford makes the dog grow to an enormous size, attracting unwanted attention from a greedy genetics company. Live action film based on the iconic children’s book. Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, John Cleese PREMIERES 30TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

SWAN SONG A formerly flamboyant, retired hairdresser escapes the confines of his small-town nursing home after learning of his former client’s dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. He embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past – and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job. A comical, bittersweet journey about rediscovering one’s sparkle, and looking gorgeous while doing so. Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans. PREMIERES 26TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE BEST SELLERS In a last ditch effort to save the boutique publishing house her father has left her, an ambitious young editor goes on a book tour with the bitter, booze-addled author who first put the publishing house on the map. Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza. PREMIERES 26TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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Encanto Premieres 2nd

Clifford The Big Red Dog Premieres 30th

Best Sellers Premieres 26th

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THE FRENCH DISPATCH DIRECTED BYWES ANDERSON

A love letter of sorts to The New Yorker magazine, and to the art of journalism, set in an outpost of a fictional American publication based in a fictional twentieth century French city. On the occasion of the death of its beloved founder and editor Arthur Howitzer Jr., the eccentric staff of The French Dispatch – a widely circulated magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé – convenes to write his obituary for what will be the final issue of the magazine. Memories of Howitzer flow into the creation of four stories: a travelogue of the seediest sections of the city itself from The Cycling Reporter; “The Concrete Masterpiece,” about a criminally insane, genius painter, his prison guard and muse, and his ruthless art dealer; “Revisions to a Manifesto,” a chronicle of love and death on the barricades at the height of a youth rebellion (a pantomime of the defining 1968 student protests in Paris); and “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner”, a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping, death threats, and fine dining. Each story is told in its own style, shifting from colour to black & white, embelished with illustration and animation. The landscape is inhabited by a star-encrusted cast, featuring familiar and new faces including: Bill Murray, Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Owen Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, Henry Winkler, and more. PREMIERES 9TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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WES ANDERSON THE LIFE AESTHETIC

Wes Anderson’s distinctive visual and narrative style is instantly recognisable with his highly specific aesthetic and catalogue of filmmaking quirks. Over the years his films have become increasingly complex, more excitingly varied, and alive in the richness of detail packed into every frame. There’s a kind of presentational quality to Anderson’s work – the heightened lighting, the rich colours, the precise framing, the pleasing symmetry – almost as if it’s theatre on film, but at the same time it’s always very much a cinematic experience. His films tell poignant stories that are unexpectedly funny, and even more unexpectedly moving, set in eccentric worlds populated with an ever-expanding gallery of familiar (and famous) faces. Anderson is an auteur in the true sense of the word – the writer-director and visionary storyteller behind a continuous string of critically acclaimed and award-winning6 films, such as The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Isle of Dogs (2018), and this year The French Dispatch , around which there is already Oscar-themed talk. Discussing this latest film in an interview with IndieWire , composer Alexandre Desplat, long time collaborator for this and many of Anderson’s films, called it the most ambitious thing the director had ever done, “maybe even bigger than The Grand Budapest Hotel . More stories, different locations, and so many ideas in every shot. So many!”

The Royal Tenenbaums

Moonrise Kingdom

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Isle of Dogs

WesFest : selected films at the Len Lye Cinema Govett Brewster Art Gallery  CLICK TO SEE MORE Moonrise Kingdom is available on SkyGo, The Grand Budapest Hotel screening at Academy Cinema

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AUCKLAND ART GALLERY TOI O TA¯ MAKI SENIOR CURATOR, DR SOPHIE MATTHIESSON TALKS TO WRITER HÉLÈNE RAVLICH ABOUT THE GALLERY’S UPCOMING EXHIBITION:

MARY QUANT FASHION REVOLUTIONARY

An international exhibition exploring the work of legendary fashion designer Mary Quant is set to open at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Ta¯maki this month, defying a pandemic and bringing a slice of Swinging Sixties London to a pandemic-battered City of Sails. Here from the V&A in London, Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary takes a look at the fashion icon who harnessed the youthful spirit of the sixties and em- braced new mass production techniques to create a new look for modern women. A look into Mary Quant World if you will, the sprawling show will examine the fashion revolutionary’s influence on the youthquake of the 1960s, through an exhibition that cleverly ex- plores Quant’s transformative effect on the freshly- minted fashion scene. Famously modelled by Twiggy, Grace Coddington and more, Mary Quant’s clothes personified the energy and fun of swinging London, and Quant be- came a powerful role model for the working woman. Challenging conventions, she is known as the face of the mini-skirt and popularising colourful tights and tai- lored trousers – encouraging a new age of feminism. Inspiring young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by their mothers and grandmothers, Quant played an essential role in encouraging women to break from what went before, and it’s an attitude that can still be felt by young designers today. When I talk to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Ta¯maki Senior

Mary Quant, 1966. Photo: Du ff y © Du ff y Archive

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Curator, International Art, Dr Sophie Matthies- son, there is a sense of palpable relief in her voice as the exhibition’s opening date looms. The show opened first at the V&A in London and then went on to the V&A in Dundee where it had incredible success, before trav- elling to the other side of the world, where it’s been wowing visitors to Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia between March and July. “It was of- fered to the incoming director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Ta¯maki, Kirsten Lacy shortly after she arrived back in 2019,” explains Matthies- son, “and we had no idea that Covid would come into the picture back then. These type of shows are so finely balanced. They are ex- tremely ambitious and expensive things to stage, so when a pandemic hits it’s really kind of nerve wracking stuff.” When asked if it has been a bit touch and go at times with the lengthy lockdown and ongo- ing disruptions, the curator agrees, saying: “Absolutely. You’re having to consider when you can get the public in to see an exhibition, what will happen if you have to close it pre- maturely... People were definitely on the edge of their seats at Bendigo because it was such a big deal for a regional gallery to put some- thing like that on”. And now it comes to Auck- land, “and we really thought this whole Covid situation would be done and dusted by now. It’s taken a while, and a lot of brains coming together, to stage a show with a lot of social distancing involved, including when it comes to our crews during the installation phase. It will truly be a triumph when it finally opens!” A veritable feast for the eyes for fashion fans, Matthiesson tells me that there are over 350 works in the show, “ranging from a makeup purse to a full outfit. There are around seventy complete looks on mannequins that include shoes and hats and all of the accessories, but also newspaper clippings, cosmetics, sun- glasses, ephemera... all of the trimmings re- ally”. It truly is the story of an entire brand as Mary Quant moved outwards from just designing clothes, “and we are getting a true slice of her full spectrum of invention as she designed from the smallest to the largest”. She adds that Quant was designing a whole new way of life for women, hence the tag “Fashion Revolutionary”. The experience of the show will be via a wind

“It’s taken a while, and a lot of brains coming together, to stage (this) show... It will truly be a triumph when it finally opens!” – Dr Sophie Matthiesson, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Ta¯maki

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ing pathway through ten rooms of Mary Quant creations, with twenty different themes to explore. “It’s really a story told in a chrono- logical order,” says the curator, “and there is a natural path to follow. We are hoping that the spaces are large enough that they can soak up people easily, so you can really get lost in your own world with Mary Quant as the story unfolds.” She adds that the aim is for every visitor to “emerge from the show having been in a completely absorbing, other world. There are so many different corners and hair- pin bends as you go through, moving into each new era of Mary Quant design”. As you travel through time you gain a better under- standing of fashion, and the mark that Quant left on the post-war modern world. Matthiesson talks about how much of Quant’s style is still felt today, “especially when you look at leisurewear and sportswear. Mannequins from the late sixties and early seventies are wearing fabrics like Lycra and Terry Towelling and velour, which were being used for the first time in the world of fashion”. It’s safe to say that many style pundits will also be spotting

Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon, 1964

© Ronald Dumont / Daily Express / Hulton Archive / Getty Images Top: Mary Quant Kangol beret advertisement, 1967. Courtesy of the Adver tis ing Archives

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stylistic elements constantly being reinvented over the years by other designers, such was Quant’s influence on women’s fash- ion as a whole. When asked if she has a favourite element from the show, Matthiesson immediately names a series of rain garments that Quant designed for a waterproof manufacturer called Alligator. “It includes colourful capes made from shiny PVC that sort of turn you into a beautiful coloured blob in the landscape, which against the background of an English winter would have looked extraordinary. I imagine people looking like huge colourful pop- pies floating around in a very grey part of the year, they were purely designed with fun in mind. There are even boots to match so you can go splashing around in puddles like a big kid!” When asked who she thinks the exhibition will appeal to beyond fashion fans, Matthiesson says that the audience will be far reaching and come from all walks of life. “I think it will of course appeal to fashion fans, but also to those who love nostalgia and the late Sixties era of movies and music which Quant cre- ated the look for. Those who appreciate modern, crisp design will also take away a lot from it, and those that appreciate the fun and glamour that comes along with everything she did.” When it comes to events planned around the exhibition, the curator says: “we have a huge schedule of events that will be announced and rolled out as the traffic light system unfolds. We have so many scenarios they can work within, so keep an eye on our social media for details.” “The show will definitely go on – and it promises to be a real highlight at the end of two very difficult years.”

MARY QUANT: FASHION REVOLUTIONARY Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Ta¯maki 10th Dec – 13th March 2022  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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Twiggy modelling Mary Quant, 1966

© Photograph Terence Donovan, courtesy Terence Donovan Archive. Opposite top: Mary Quant tights and shoes, about 1965. Image courtesy Mary Quant Archive / Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Opposite bottom: Stealing a March on the Guards , 1961. Photo by John Cowan © John Cowan Archive

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Shark Week the 24/7 channel takeover is a pop culture phenomenon. With so many big sharks attracting so many big celebrities... we’re going to need a bigger boat! 9:30 from Wednesday 1st – Tuesday 7th COUNTRY TV  CLICK TO SEE MORE Coop Dreams hilarious unscripted home- steading lifestyle series following a suburban family gone rural for a more sustainable lifestyle. Dad's dream is to try raising backyard chickens, but other family members are not as… enthusiastic. 7:30, Monday 20th The Wonderful World of Goats mischievous, loving, curious and unique – just like their owners. The film follows a group of youthful goat enthusiasts on the path to the Royal Agricultural Fair’s Dairy Goat Competition. Can these dairy goat breeder families juggle their farms, work, as well as an intensive show season? Premieres 8:30, Monday 6th Equestrian Performance Tuesdays show coverage, FEI events, lifestyle programmes 7:30–10:30pm, December – February ANIMAL PLANET  CLICK TO SEE MORE Attack of the Murder Hornets beekeepers and scientists band together to protect their quiet Washington community from the dangerous invasive species. 9:30, Friday 3rd UNIVERSAL TV  CLICK TO SEE MORE LIVING  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Merry Feastmas – special event favourite food shows whip up a treat, every day until Xmas. 3:45

Sheep Without a Shepherd Rialto World Monday 13th

Crikey! It's Shark Week Discovery 1st–7th

Mulholland Drive Rialto Film – Cult Indie Favourites Friday 31st

Coop Dreams Country TV Monday 20th

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WAR OF THE WORLDS RIALTO CHANNEL – 8:30, TUESDAYS FROM 28TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

A deep, dark and brutal reimagining of H. G. Wells’ classic 1898 novel, set in present-day Europe. After astronomers detect an inter-galactic transmission – definitive proof of intelligent extra- terrestrial life – the world’s population waits with baited breath for further contact. They don’t have to wait long. Within days, humanity is all but wiped out in an apocalyptic attack. The pockets of survivors left in the devastated, and eerily deserted, world – are forced to work together to escape the invaders that are bent on hunting down and killing those left alive. Epic eight-part drama suspense series. Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, Daisy Edgar-Jones.

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RIALTO DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL

WORKS OF ART 8:30PM, THURSDAYS IN DECEMBER  CLICK TO SEE MORE OTTOLENGHI & THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES History Meets Patisserie! A foodies delight, documenting the collaboration between world-renowned chef YotamOttolenghi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The film follows five visionary pastry makers as they endeavour to construct an extravagant food gala based on the art exhibit Visitors to Versailles , exploring the relationship between social media and the royal court of the French monarchy. 2nd AALTO Exploring the work of Alvar Aalto – one of the defining figures in Scandinavian design and one of Europe’s greatest modern architects – and his remarkable and loving partnership with his wife, Aino. Theirs was a profoundly humanist vision that put people at the centre of design, and they collaborated on an extensive portfolio of work ranging from furniture design, through to huge architectural projects. The film takes us on a tour through their creative processes and iconic buildings, including a library in Russia, a student dormitory at MIT, an art collector’s private house near Paris, and a pavilion in Venice, featuring never before seen archive footage. 23rd BANKSY MOST WANTED Banksy is a household name, his art and stunts attract intense media coverage and endless debates in all circles of society. The prevailing question dogging him, however, is not about his art, but something much more basic – who is Banksy? How can someone so provocative, who stirs up so much emotion, manage to stay so hidden? This inquiry presents several theories and leads us on a winding journey all over the world and into the weirdest corners of his work, until you ultimately understand that with Banksy it’s not about an artwork, or indeed the artist, but about the story. 16th FEELS GOOD MAN One of the most recognisable symbols of internet culture in the last five years, Pepe the Frog, was originally conceived by artist Matt Furie, who was horrified to watch as his harmless cartoon creation was hijacked and transformed into a symbol of online hate. The documentary follows the journey of the artist to take back his work and reclaim it for himself, as he fights to restore Pepe – away from the negativity he had come to embody, and back to being a positive symbol. 30th

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BURNING MAN: ART ON FIRE – RIALTO CHANNEL, 8:30, THURSDAY 9TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE An inspirational behind-the-scenes glimpse into the spectacular art at the centre of the Burning Man festival held every year in the Nevada desert, celebrating art, counterculture, radical self- reliance, and community. The documentary chronicles the trials and tribulations of the artists who construct their massive installations and sculptures, challenged by seemingly impossible timing and the punishing environment. Filmed just after Burning Man ’s legendary founder suddenly died, the richly cinematic, multi-character narrative unfolds over months, as they imagine, build, and ultimately burn, the extraordinary main structures in this temporary city of dreams. Galaxia Temple , by Arthur Mamou-Mani

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BAY PATROL SHARK SPECIAL – THREE, 7PM, SATURDAY 4TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE As shark week kicks o ff , local show Bay Patrol re-emerges with a special episode. Last summer saw an increase in shark sightings which had lifeguards under pressure to keep swimmers safe. At Mount Maunganui, the guards confirm two shark sightings in the notorious Shark Alley, and must act quickly to evacuate beachgoers from the water. Meanwhile the community is shocked by news of a shark attack leading to a death at the nearby Waihi beach, and then when the guards receive news of a juvenile great white hassling surfers down the coast, they’re on high alert as they race to locate the apex predator.

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THREE  CLICK TO SEE MORE Chasing Ghislaine investigation focused on Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend, and alleged accomplice, of accused sex- tra ffi cker Je ff rey Epstein. Three-part docu-series premieres 9:45, Wednesday 1st Mark of a Serial Killer delving into the sinister behaviour of the world’s most twisted serial killers. Each stand-alone episode explores a killer’s psychological profile, and motivations behind the disturbing ‘trademarks’ they leave behind at crime scenes, which often provide key clues for investigators. Kiwi true crime fans follow in closing the case alongside the – Also available on ThreeNow. BRAVO  CLICK TO SEE MORE experts. S3 premiere, 8:30, Monday 20th Framed by a Killer true crime series untangles twisted murder mysteries in which the killers frame innocent people for the crimes they committed. Exclusive, executive produced by Ice-T. Premieres, 9:30, Tues 7th TVNZ DUKE  CLICK TO SEE MORE Drug Wars the contemporary drug culture in the UK, featuring those who use, sell, research and provide support services for addiction. Interviews and real footage offer a unique insight into Britain’s relationship with a wide variety of illegal intoxicants from party pills and canabis, to psychedelic and prescription drugs. Four-part docu- series, 8:30, Wednesday 8th MA¯ ORI TELEVISION  CLICK TO SEE MORE – Also on demand and on the MA¯ ORI+ app.

TVNZ 1  CLICK TO SEE MORE Gordon, Gino & Fred's Great Christmas Roast Gordon Ramsay and Gino D'Acampo go head-to-head to create a Christmas banquet ‘thank you’ to members of the emergency services. Special 8:30, Friday 3rd Under Investigation reporter Liz Hayes takes an audience and panelists inside investigations into unsolved mysteries, social issues and news. Australian current affairs show, 9:30, Monday 29th – Also available on TVNZ OnDemand. TVNZ 2  CLICK TO SEE MORE Shortland Street world famous in NZ, season finale, cliff-hanger episode! 7pm Tuesday 21st – see interview with Mattias Inwood page 44 Naked Attraction: Naughtiest Bits the boldest bits from the boldest dating show, in a compilation of the most jaw-dropping moments from across all the series. Five episodes 9:35, fromMonday 29th Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses superfans of the franchise answer trivia questions about the intricately detailed Harry Potter universe, with the winner of the competition earning the title of House Cup Champion. Presnted by Dame Helen Mirren. Four-part event, 7:30, Sunday 5th PRIME  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Mark of a Serial Killer Bravo

Under Investigation TVNZ 1

Naked Attraction: Naughtiest Bits TVNZ 2

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses TVNZ 2

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HEART ON FIRE ACADEMY AND EMMY AWARD WINNING AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY MAKER EVAORNER TALKS TO WRITER HÉLÈNE RAVLICH ABOUT HER FEATURE FILM BURNING

Eva Orner is a woman that doesn’t shy away from turning a light on the darker side of hu- manity. Based in Los Angeles since 2003, her work is threaded with themes of social justice, human rights, and now, environmental issues. A producer, director and writer, she won an Academy Award for Taxi to the Dark Side (2008), about the US policy on torture following 9/11, and also produced and directed 2016’s riveting Chasing Asylum , on Australia’s treat- ment of refugees and asylum seekers. More recently, Orner has tackled yet another pressing problem in her native country: climate change, focusing on Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ of 2019 when bushfires burned 59 million acres, destroying over 5,900 buildings and enveloped Sydney in clouds of smoke. Even by today’s standards the footage is astonishing, with flames reaching over 60 metres high, creating new weather patterns of pyro-convective storms that shocked the most seasoned fire

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fighters. Called Burning , it follows Orner as she descends on locations including Kangaroo Island and the bushfire-ravaged country towns of Mallacoota and Cobargo, asking the ques- tion: why did nobody in Australian government listen when former fire commissioner Greg Mullins sounded the alarm months earlier? In April 2019, Mullins wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, warning of an “unprecedented dis- aster”. He received no response. Burning aims to pinpoint the bigger issue – how Australia has failed to confront the bur- geoning problem of climate change. Execu- tive produced by Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films – the power pair met when they were the only two Australians nominated at the Academy Awards in 2008 – the film is told through con- versations with a range of voices, including Mullins, scientist and author Tim Flannery, youth activist Daisy Jeffrey and tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes. There are clear villains in the film: Australia being the main one, closely followed by Rupert Murdoch and bum- bling Prime Minister Scott Morrison. When I speak to Orner she has been isolating at home after being exposed to an active Covid case on set, a regular occurrence as the world learns to live with the virus, but one that has hitherto not affected her work. As well

as wrapping Burning in August, she has multi- ple projects in production and has just finished a series. “I desperately need a holiday!” she says with a laugh, and I can believe it. A recent trip to the Glasgow Climate Summit involved a screening of Burning , “which was kind of amazing,” says the filmmaker, albeit fleeting. She admits that she was definitely preaching to the converted in this instance, saying “there were definitely no oil execs there. But it was interesting timing as I was there in the second week, whenAustralia’s appalling record when it came to climate change had really been exposed to many who had no idea. It definitely filled in a lot of holes for them”. She adds that “Australia was a pariah and Scott Morrison proved to be a bit of a buffoon, we were lumped in with the climate villains with good reason”. She said she had some interest- ing conversations with politicians and non- politicians alike, “and with policy wonks and heads of industry that were trying to do better, and some who were doing well. I think to work in that sort of role you have to be an optimist, and although I think I’m a realist, they were definitely calling me a pessimist! My job is to tell it like it is, and climate change is a pretty dark story with a terrible outcome at this point”. In Burning there is a focus on the next genera-

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tion of climate activists, like the aforementioned Daisy Jeffrey, of which there were many in Glasgow. Does she see the future of the planet literally lying in their hands? “I see Daisy as the Aus- tralian Greta Thunberg, a young woman who has spent the last two years of her time in high school rallying students and organ- ising protests,” says Orner, “but I’m acutely aware that more and more, we are putting pressure on these young people to save us. They probably will if anyone will, and I kind of love it when Daisy says in the film that it’s not her job to give older adults hope.” She adds that it “kind of breaks my heart that kids like Daisy and Greta can’t just be kids, but have to spend all of their time fighting stupid governments who betray them”. The film includes heart breaking images from Black Summer , as well as footage from the 1970s when fighting fires was defi- nitely all hands on deck as the bush began to burn. How did the filmmaker strike that fine balance between not putting off more sensitive viewers with shocking and distressing scenes, but also ensuring that the severity of the situation was most acutely felt? How did she steer clear of ‘disaster porn’, for want of a better phrase. “It’s always a challenge,” says the documentary maker with a wry grin, “and who knows if it will pay off? We re- ally wanted to avoid fire porn, but it’s hard because you have to capture fear and shock people to some extent, so that they are compelled to act.” Orner says that every person and every location in the film is there intentionally, “and the idea with any film is to have it mo- tivated by story and character for a good progression. Burning is not an easy film to watch but I think it’s a really important film to watch, and I haven’t had anyone tell me that they wished they hadn’t seen it. It’s made them angry which is a good thing, as that will hopefully inform the way that they vote. That is the most important thing right now.” She talks about the activists and ordinary people in the filmwho know how bad the situation is but are determined not to give up. She cites the likes of young billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, “who is putting a lot of his own money and time into developing renewables. He is completely against the current administration in Australia and their policies, and is seeing business and community leading the way. Now it’s up to the government to catch up with us, and that won’t happen until it changes”. As Orner sets out to confront the crisis we can no longer ignore, she stresses the importance of creating films like Burning that don’t hold back from telling the ugly truth. “I think there really is a need for tough films. We’re at a crisis point with climate and making a soft film about it is kind of irrelevant at this point. It’s not just a matter of telling the story of what has happened, it’s telling the story of why it’s happening and why we need to stop it.” “To not do that is just irresponsible.” BURNING – WATCH IT NOW ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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