Lockdown Film Festival
The Show Means Something and Absolutely Nothing
Online Free Festival: The Definitive Pantograph Punch Lockdown List

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As a cinematic salve to the current situation, Auckland-based film critic Amanda Jane Robinson has curated a film festival you can host from your couch.

Each mini-programme consists of one short film and three feature films. The films are on a variety of online platforms – some free, some paid – all accessible in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It’s not even one week into lockdown and it already feels like...

Theatre

On not-finishing.

Before you open a show you think a lot about the audience. You dream about them; you wonder what they like; you obsess about how they’ll read a moment onstage. Your relationship with your imagined audience becomes intimate, like a teenage crush, and it’s all completely in your imagination until there are bodies in the room.

Covid-19 has affected so many lives in ways immediately...

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Welcome to lockdown. You’ll be wanting some culture to consume.

There’s now a growing amount of cool free art stuff online, from national theatre institutions streaming live recordings to authors doing readings on Instagram. So we thought we'd collect up all the free online ephemera we’re most interested in – podcasts, online theatre recordings, Youtube wormholes – and put them in one place.

This list...

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Lockdown Film Festival
Theatre
The Show Means Something and Absolutely Nothing
Society
Online Free Festival: The Definitive Pantograph Punch Lockdown List
On Some Qualities of Respect
Read Time: 18 mins
Philip Catton on respect - and what New Zealand lacks...
Society
On Some Qualities of Respect
By Philip Catton
Catton, Criticism, and The Great Cringe
Read Time: 13 mins
Eleanor Catton described a 'bullying' tone to some...
Literature
Catton, Criticism, and The Great Cringe
By Ross Brighton
The Past Matters: Reflections on Tangata Whenua
Read Time: 14 mins
Hautahi Kingi reflects on last year's mammoth illustrated...
Literature
The Past Matters: Reflections on Tangata Whenua
By Hautahi Kingi
How to Make Your Urine Glow in the Dark
Read Time: 2 mins
Society
How to Make Your Urine Glow in the Dark
By Rosabel Tan
Landmarks and Features: Henrietta Harris
Read Time: 8 mins
We chat to New Zealand artist Henrietta Harris about...
Art
Landmarks and Features: Henrietta Harris
By Rosabel Tan
The Walters Prize: This Year, Art is the Winner on the Day
Read Time: 18 mins
Works that are mysterious, bold, and comments on real...
Art
The Walters Prize: This Year, Art is the Winner on the Day
By Janet McAllister
I’m Sick of Words Like ‘Diversity’, ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Representation’
Read Time: 10 mins
Julie Zhu challenges empty rhetoric in her speech...
Screen
I’m Sick of Words Like ‘Diversity’, ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Representation’
By Julie Zhu
Relax, Don't Do It: A Review of Pleasuredome
Read Time: 11 mins
The big-budget 80s spectacle currently playing in...
Theatre
Relax, Don't Do It: A Review of Pleasuredome
By Kate Prior