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DocEdge 17 | Max Gimblett : Original Mind

Australia / United States | 2017 | 50 min | English | Rhys Mitchell

‘Max Gimblett : Original Mind’ is a glimpse into the life of Max Gimblett – one of  New Zealand’s most outstanding living Artists – and gives us insight to the workings of his Loft Studio in New York, which he acquired in 1974.

Gimblett talks about some of his earlier inspiration; being influenced by Matisse and starting ink drawing while he was in San Francisco in the mid 60’s, and becoming more strongly influenced by Japanese Calligraphy a few years later, when he was in Indiana. This influence helps us understand perhaps why he moved to Buddhism; He is now an avowed Rensai Zen Priest. These concepts and belief systems are evident in much of his work, and his spirituality seems to be a driving force behind his studio practice, as well as his everyday life.

Gimblett’s approach of creating, doing and feeling before over-thinking results in much of his extraordinarily expressive yet minimalist paintings and drawings. Over the years he has built an impressive and immense body of work, and this is continuously growing – his creative genius seemingly no where near exhausted.

‘Max Gimblett : Original Mind’ is 50 minutes of enjoyment and insight into one of New Zealand’s most relevant and intriguing artists, and well worth viewing.

The 12th DocEdge Festival takes place Auckland 24 May – 5 June –

DocEdge 17 | Tokyo Idols

Canada / United Kingdom | 2017 | 89 min | Japanese / English Sub | Kyoko Miyake

Tokyo Idols focuses on idol culture in Japan and is more of an overview, rather than an in-depth look at what is a facinating subject.

We are introduced to young aspiring idols (some very young), and the journey that they inevitably will take on their road to success – or not. With so many eager would-be idols striving for the top spot, the competition is fierce and truly popularity based. A dominating factor of this popularity contest is based on a superficial image constructed by and for the individual. Innocence, youth, vitality, and cuteness are all key qualitites.

The fandom (and potential to profit from ‘super-fans’) is what seemingly drives this industry; However, once you start looking closer at this, questions start arising. Why are these sometimes significantly older men so emotionally invested in these young girls? Is it obsession? How healthy or unhealthy is this obsession?

With a constructed image of innocence and youth catering so blatantly to the personal desires of these fans, one has to consider some realities, such as safety of the idols (and perhaps a few other things).

This is cleverly illustrated with the characters we are introduced to; specifically Rio Hiiragi, or ‘RioRio’, to her fans. She is paving her way to hopeful success by doing her own promotional work, and utilises her small fan-base for support; you can truly see her earnest determination to succeed.

If you have little to zero knowledge of the subject, I would  highly recommend this as a introduction or taster if you will; It provides a fantastic overview as well as an objective take on Idol culture.

Absolutely recommend.


The 12th DocEdge Festival takes place Auckland 24 May – 5 June –

DocEdge 17 | Fallen Flowers, Thick Leaves

Netherlands / Germany | Chinese / English Sub | 2017 | 80 min | Laetitia Schoofs

‘Fallen Flowers, Thick Leaves’ subject matter is highly relevant and current, touching on sensitive issues not often discussed in Chinese culture and commonly considered taboo. In-depth sexual education for women is scarce and not as widely available in this setting, and we gain some insight into what is becoming more available in terms of education in modern Chinese culture, with the happiness and satisfaction of these women in mind.

Much is still suppressed in regards to the control the Government exercises, however this is being challenged  – we are introduced to some captivating women; intelligent, independant and attractive. Women whom are sometimes condisered ‘freaks’, as they are unmarried, single, without children and past their mid-twenties. They are subject to the cultural and societal pressures placed upon them, however the discovery and acceptance of the fact that they do not need to reply on a male partner for their sexual satisfaction is empowering to some.

Director Laetitia Schoofs has a sensitivity and gentle beauty to the treatment of her subject, which is felt throughout the viewing of “Fallen Flowers, Thick Leaves’. At times I was reminded of last years DocEdge screening for ‘Inside the Chinese Closet’, and in a way these films are both linked – hopefully creating some awareness and understanding of the juxtaposition of a culture held back by tradition, but propelling towards modernerty at a rate which highlights these shortcomings so blatantly.

Highly recommended.

The 12th DocEdge Festival takes place Auckland 24 May – 5 June –






humans of mac+mae: Michael Johnson

This is my library.  

My library is special to me as I grew up being placed in special classes at school after being told that I had learning difficulties and ADD and that I would struggle to learn for the rest of my life.

My library is a reminder of the belief I had to have in myself to follow my dreams and never let anyone tell me who I could and should be. I find it extraordinary that the thing I was told I would never be good at is the thing that inspires me the most in life, as I love to learn from extraordinary people and teach others how to be extraordinary.

It’s a daily reminder to me to keep inspiring people to live an amazing life and never let anyone else tell you who you can be and what you should do with your life.

The Mojo Master and his library

The Mojo Master and his library

Michael Johnson believes that everyone is truly gifted, but most people just never have the tools, confidence, motivation and self-belief to find what makes them come alive and live it daily.  Also known as The Mojo Master, he’s mentored and coached thousands of people including world champion athletes, national sporting teams, executives and business leaders.  His mission is to help millions of people globally to tap into their individual talents and become the masters of their own destiny, leading to more fulfilling, happier and more successful lives.

The Mojo Master is bringing his event The Next Level to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch next month.  Learn the exact steps to create a strong, powerful mindset and gain mental and emotional clarity so you can take control of your success, happiness and future goal.  Click here to buy a ticket.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae”

NZICF 17 | our top picks for NZ International Comedy Fest 2017

The New Zealand International Comedy Festival is back from Thursday 27 April to Sunday 21 May in both Auckland and Wellington.  Like previous years, the festival promises a line-up of both local and international comedy super stars!  With so many to choose from, you might not know where to begin.  To help, we’ve put together our list of top picks (in alphabetical order) for you to have a look at.

For more information, tickets and a bunch of other things, check out the Comedy Festival website.


Angella dravid

Love makes you do crazy things.

This is a love story. Well, kind of. Except it went a bit wrong. Really wrong. So wrong that Angella’s written a show about it. A story so intriguing she’s been nominated for the Billy T. So bizarre that it has to be seen and heard to be believed.


Anya & Saran

Anya Rzhevitskaya and Saran Goldie-Anderson (Saranya Asks) expected to solve the world’s problems (or at least their own) with their last show How Not To Be A Fuckwit. The show was a success, the self-help empire is booming, but fuckwits are still everywhere – look at 2016. What happens when you’re the agony aunt and you still have problems. Who do you ask?


Aunty Donna

Professional entertainment consisting of jokes & sketches intended to make an audience laugh.

With over 139K Subscribers, 19.3 million hits on YouTube and their own sketch series Trendy on Comedy Central you know you’re in good comedic hands.


Becky Lucas

Becky Lucas is a Little Bitch.

Writer, performer,  and fervent tweeter. She’s returning to the Comedy Fest after a successful debut last year as part of Breakout Comedy.

Becky is refreshingly real on stage and one of most exciting new voices on the comedy scene, quickly commanding worldwide attention.

It’s going to be very funny and exciting, however if you have a red rummy face and wraparound sunglasses don’t come, it’s probably not for you.


chris martin

After three years away, Chris Martin (the comedian!) is back in New Zealand with a brand new show.

“One of the UK’s best young observationalists” – The Guardian, has returned to discuss the key to happiness; how to tell you’re in a posh area and the importance of owls in your life.

Read our review of his 2013 show.



He may look like Big Bird after a buzz-cut, but Frenchy’s no Muppet!

The charming, self-deprecating crowd-work master has sold-out comedy festivals & theatres around Australia, NZ & the UK. His live show is where he really unleashes his anarchic wit.

Find out what two million social media followers love about Frenchy – and prepare to be offended!


Guy Williams

Guy Williams is back with more of his wrong opinions spoken confidently and loudly!

His revolutionary quantity over quality approach is “licensed to thrill”. Boy oh boy this is bound to be one of the shows in the year!

“The most unfunny comedian since Seinfeld” – Ivan Lloyd, Facebook


good guys

The 10th Good Guys comedy extravaganza is set to be a cracker. Each year a line-up of all-star headliners donate a set for SpinningTop charity, often prompting them to throw out the script and ‘go rogue’ in this hilarious gala style event.

In Auckland you’ll be treated to Dai Henwood, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Nick Rado, Jesse Griffin and more in this 2-hour show. A special event not to be missed!


Lou Sanders

Lou Sanders is a new force to be reckoned with on the UK Pro comedy circuit. Named one of the Top 10 comics to see in Vogue, Elle, Timeout, The Guardian, The Times and The Independent, we’re bringing The Best of Lou Sanders to The Classic Studio for just 3 late night shows only. Hold on to your seats!

Also see her in The Big Show.


Nazeem Hussain

Nazeem Hussain has a love/not-so-love relationship with Australia that is fraught with mistrust. And given the state of the world, the feeling’s mutual.

Public Frenemy is the latest show to come from one of the most in demand TV and radio personalities in Australia. If his 2015 & 2016 shows are anything to go by, this show will sell out in New Zealand. 

Read our 2016 interview with him.


Phil Jupitus

Phill Jupitus is heading to New Zealand with his new show Juplicity!  Join the stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions.  Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funnyman smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.  

Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly.



Romesh Ranganathan is heading to New Zealand for the first time with his current show exploring the rationality of his worldview.  Irrational will see Romesh examine the issues close to his heart, and explains why everybody else is wrong about them. 

humans of mac+mae: Craig David

What’s special to me is spending quality time with my friends and family.  

Enjoying those moments and those experiences because life is too short to be running around trying to get to the next thing all the time when you’ve got some of the most amazing things in front of you; your health, your friends, your family and the basics – clothes on your back, roof over your head, food on your plate, and you’re good to go.


Craig with manager, Colin Lester

Craig’s new single, Change My Love, is out now. 

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –

humans of mac+mae: Jupiter Project

This photo is one of the first photos of us jamming in our early days as Jupiter Project – as you can see, it’s no frills, bedroom musician stuff. Just having fun and making music for the love of it.

We didn’t have the most expensive gear or equipment but the music we made in that basic bedroom studio turned out to touch so many different people around the world. This photo allows us to look back at the time and gives us great perspective. We always worked hard and tried our best but at the core of it all was just a pure and simple love for music. To this day, we still make sure that is the reason why we do what we do.

To be able to share our art with with the world is something that we are truly grateful for. We’ve met so many beautiful people from all walks of life and had some crazy adventures along the way. It’s literally changed our lives. But we’ll never forget where we came from!


Gavin Correia and Marty Rich, otherwise known as Jupiter Project, are a Kiwi electronic R&B duo make waves around the world. They had international success with their single With You (featuring Jetski Safari & Helen Corry) achieving Gold Status in New Zealand, France and Belgium, and over 8 million streams globally.

Along with a Saturday night mix show on iHeart Radio and ZM, they’re regulars on the festival circuit, playing on the main stages of Rhythm and Vines and Our House.  They’ve also shared the stage with the likes of Flume, and Jason Derulo.  Following on from their latest hit single, ‘Sweet Disguise’ which peaked at #1 on the NZ Music Charts, they’ve just released ‘My Girl’, a collaboration with Daniel Richard.  Listen to it here.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –