Arts on Sunday

Sunday 4 April 2010, with Lynn Freeman

Standing Room Only has taken over from Arts On Sunday – it has the same team of presenter Lynn Freeman, producer Simon Morris and journalists Justin Gregory and Sonia Sly.

Listener favourites At The Movies and The Laugh Track aren’t going anywhere either. There will though be some new ideas, a broader range of stores and more music, as selected by Simon (of Matinee Idle fame).

Show notes

5 April 2010

12:40 Peter Graham

Anne PerryThe Christchurch Parker-Hulme murder case was one of the most talked about New Zealand crimes of the 20th century. After many years the woman who helped murder her friend's mother was tracked down to Scotland where she had carved out a successful career as a prolific crime writer under the name Anne Perry. Peter Graham, who is writing a book about her, comments on a documentary filmed about Anne Perry's very private life. Anne Perry - Interiors features in the World Cinema Showcase programme.

12:50 Dave Maddigan and Tandi Wright

The issue of what constitutes international stardom seemed to be at the heart of the recent uproar over the importation of American actor, director and writer Vincent Gallo to film an ad over here. Gallo became a media target, the more he ran the more they pursued him.

Spokespeople from the Technicians Guild and Actors Equity discuss the issues raised by the Gallo affair and whether there will be repercussions for the industry here once word gets out.

1:00 At the Movies with Simon Morris

Simon Morris reviews the new comedy by New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi, Boy. He also looks at French Drama Leaving and that rare thing, a comedy set in the Iraq war, The Men Who Stare At Goats.

1:30 Rene Auberjonois

As actors' CVs go, few are as diverse as American stage and screen star, René Auberjonois. In 1969 the New Yorker starred alongside Katharine Hepburn in Coco, his first Broadway musical which won him a Tony Award. Here in New Zealand you may remember as the officious Clayton Endicott III on the 1970s comedy series Benson. More recent TV credits include Frasier, The Practice and Boston Legal. But it's his seven years as the changeling Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the 1990s that has fans queuing up to meet him in Wellington this weekend at the Armageddon Expo.

Rene

Richard Kale1:40 Leilani Kake: Tino Rangatira Tanga

In 2004 artist Leilani Kake spotted her father Richard among the multitudes of people marching on the foreshore and seabed hikoi. She was filming the event but this changed her focus and she started to document her father s political activities. Richard was a staunch advocate for his Northland iwi He was also her Dad. The final scenes concern his death and tangi. The resulting footage, named Tino Rangatira Tanga, is now on exhibit at City Gallery in Wellington.

Right: The late Richard Kake, from Leilani Kake's video installation Tino Rangatira Tanga

1:50 Folk Tales

Near the top of Devonport's Mt Victoria is a small hand painted sign. Pointing to a goat track to the right the sign says, "The Bunker". Famous in certain musical circles, the Bunker is a venue to musicians from around the world, and home to the Devonport Folk Club, and more occasionally the Auckland Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Club. It's an unusual spot, with an unusually loyal following. During a club night, Lucy Orbell visits the Bunker and meets its patrons.

2:00 The Laugh Track: Nigel Collins

Nigel is a cellist, musician for his old mates the Flight of the Conchords, a member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and an actor and playwright.

Jennine 2:20 Christchurch Jazz & Blues Festival

The country's biggest jazz and blues festival features tributes to two great artists, Eva Cassidy and Louis Armstrong. The Cassidy tribute is by local singer, Jennine Bailey (right) - and her old jazz school tutor Tom Rainey. We talk to them both about Eva's magic and how jazz has caught on in New Zealand.

2:30 Chapter and Verse: Harvey McQueen

As well as mining his memories and experiences, Harvey has used his garden and his thoughts on aging, through to politics and terrorist attacks, as starting points for his latest poetry collection Goya Rules which is published by HeadworX.

Harvey McQueen and Goya Rules.

2:40 Review, Wayne Barrar: An Expanding Subterra

The idea of humans living underground is not only the stuff of post-apocalyptic sci-fi writers. An urban legend about a whole community in America living in old underground tunnels turned out to be true, and some Australians have made their homes in old opal mines. Professor David Pike studies underworld civilisations from Medieval times through to the present day, in fact and in fiction. He's a fan of New Zealand photographer Wayne Barrar's series of subterranean photographs which are currently on show at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Gallery: Wayne Barrar - An Expanding Subterra

Vehicle storage, Brady's Bend, Pennsylvania, USA 2006
Wayne Barrar: Vehicle storage, Brady's Bend, Pennsylvania, USA 2006

2:50 The Architecture of the Adam Art Gallery

Our third programme looking at architecture around the country leads Lucy Orbell to an unusual site in Wellington city. Purpose built to showcase collections of contemporary art, The Adam Art Gallery applies some unique design solutions to a tricky slice of land. Architect Guy Marriage provides his take on the building.

Adam Art Gallery
Interior space at the Adam Art Gallery at Victoria University, Wellington.

3:00 The Sunday Drama: An Enemy of the People

The works of the Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen have been performed for more than 150 years but they haven't always been popular - often incurring the ire of his contemporaries. In fact his 1882 classic An Enemy of the People was written as a direct response to the public outcry provoked by his previous play - one that dealt with the subject of syphilis. In the 21st century, An Enemy of the People has been transported to a modern Indian setting in a reinterpretation that we're featuring as an Easter special.

Audio

Audio from Sunday 4 April 2010

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  • Peter Graham ( 10′ 44″ )

    12:40 The Christchurch Parker-Hulme murder case was one of the most talked about New Zealand crimes of the 20th Century.

  • Dave Maddigan and Tandi Wright ( 14′ 50″ )

    12:50 Spokespeople from the Technicians Guild and Actors Equity discuss the issues raised by the Gallo affair and whether there will be repercussions for the industry here once word gets out.

  • Rene Auberjonois ( 33′ 59″ )

    13:30 Veteran American actor who is featured at this weekends Armageddon Expo in Wellington via his character of Odo from the Star Trek series.

  • Leilani Kake - Tino Rangatira Tanga ( 7′ 59″ )

    13:40 Artist Leilani Kakes' video installation 'Tino Rangatira Tanga' is being shown at the City Gallery Wellington.

  • Folk Tales ( 9′ 27″ )

    13:50 Lucy Orbell visits a folk club with a difference, a location like none other.

  • The Laugh Track - Nigel Collins ( 9′ 48″ )

    14:00 Nigel is a cellist, musician for his old mates the Flight of the Conchords, a member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and an actor and playwright.

  • Chapter and Verse - Harvey McQueen ( 8′ 46″ )

    14:30 As well as mining his memories and experiences, Harvey has used his garden and his thoughts on aging, through to politics and terrorist attacks, as starting points for his latest poetry collection Goya Rules which is published by HeadworX.

  • Wayne Barrar - An Expanding Subterra ( 19′ 31″ )

    14:40 Professor David Pike studies underworld civilisations from Medieval times through to the present day, in fact and in fiction. He's a fan of New Zealand photographer Wayne Barrar's series of subterranean photographs.

  • The Architecture of the Adam Art Gallery ( 10′ 57″ )

    14:50 Our third programme looking at architecture around the country leads Lucy Orbell to an unusual site in Wellington city. Purpose built to showcase collections of contemporary art, The Adam Art Gallery applies some unique design solutions to a tricky slice of land. Architect Guy Marriage provides his take on the building.