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DocEdge 17 | This Air is a Material

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New Zealand | 2016 | 49 min | English | Becky Nunes

Ann Shelton, originally from Timaru, is one of New Zealands foremost female photojournalists; Her hyper-real large-scale works blur the lines between documentary and fine art photography, and have received international acclaim.

‘This Air is a Material’ provides wondeful insight into Ann Shelton’s vast bodies of work, with input from other industry professionals (artists, writers, etc.) whom provide further observations (some full of wisdom) in regards to her work. Driven by Becky Nunes (Photographer and Director), ‘This Air is a Material’ pays close attention to many finer details, and delves into Shelton’s work thoroughly, notably the historical and conceptual importance of said work.

Relevant to any creative – especially those in New Zealand – I would highly reccomend this for your DocEdge 17 shortlist.

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The 12th DocEdge Festival takes place Auckland 24 May – 5 June – www.docedge.nz

DocEdge 17 | Max Gimblett : Original Mind

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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 – www.docedge.nz

NZICF 17| Hal Cruttenden – Straight Outta Cruttenden

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Last night Hal Cruttenden made a strong initial impression entering stone-faced to NWA – his nod to the show’s title. He then opened his mouth, broke the spell, and treated the audience to some very British humor.

Interestingly, the naming of the show can be credited to Hal’s recent re-immersion to hip hop music after a hiatus of a few decades; In fact my favourite aspects of the show were perhaps his musings on age and the passage of time. Shakespeare talks about the 7 stages of man; He cleverly condensed it to about 3.

Hal also unabashedly interacted with the audience, ribbing them mercilessly but, for the most part in a non-combative tone (though maybe the biggest laugh of the night came when, on learning about the presence of psychiatrists in his audience, Hal ordered them to “LEAVE NOW”).

The choice of material, and his intelligent commentary on most of it were all fantastic, however his greatest strength is that he seems truly relatible. Scattered with the occasional segue and rant, Hal transitioned smoothly from Brexit to the folly of youth to parenting teenagers to his own upbringing and relationships – the night studded with many a groan or laugh of recognition from the audience. He is clearly intelligent, and clearly concerned with the state of the world – that said, the fact he left America well alone was actually rather refreshing (perhaps it provides too much easy material). He is a comedian who certainly knows how to read the audience and their responses.

The evening passed quickly and energetically, and I can’t recommend you go see him enough, as he really is a true comedic professional.

Get tickets to experience Hal Cruttenden in all of his glory HERE.

4/5 Stars

HAL CRUTTENDEN performs at The Classic until Saturday May 20th as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival from 27 April – 21 May. For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to the Comedy Fest website!

 

NZICF 17 | Guy Williams – Why Am I Like This?

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This year at the NZ International Comedy Festival, Guy Williams managed to impress with a lively (albeit slightly shouty) sell-out show at the Basement Theatre with self-deprecating ease.

The Basement provided a comfortable setting for Williams’ featured show, engaging the audience seamlessly, and keeping the atmosphere buoyant with a spirited performance. ‘Why Am I Like This?’ begins confidently, with him keeping his material relevant and current throughout.

Williams’ undeniable talent for political heckling remains, and we are updated in regards to his recent antics on social media – blessed. He communicates raw comical honestly which is refreshing when compared to the rehearsed-mood sometimes encountered in the current comedy scene. Although some of the show feels a little rehearsed with music cues and whatnot, he handles improv with ease (twice his performance was interrupted by late-comers, which is possibly not a great thing to happen to the late-comer, but can really work to a comedians advantage).

I have to recommend Guy Williams’ show – go and see him while you can readily acquire tickets; His reach and audience appeal continue to grow, as does his obvious comfort on a larger visible public platform. Also he treats us to more texts from his Mum. Thumbs up.

4/5 Stars   Get tickets for his show HERE.

GUY WILLIAMS performs at the Basement Theatre; His last show Sun 7 May as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival from 27 April – 21 May. For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to the Comedy Fest website!

NZICF 16 | Tim Batt – Vote Batt

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Tim Batt brings his show, Vote Batt, to this years NZICF, in what was a worthwhile satirical political rally. Downstairs at the Montecristo, quite a bit of buzz had built up. The waiting area was relatively full and the atmosphere was a little thick – possibly because things were running behind and the wait was less than ideal.

Batt started off strong, and was solid throughout. His confidence was tangible during the show, although some of his delivery was  a little off, and his tangents became a little distracting during the 45 minutes. Due to time restraints and the late start, Batt had to self edit, and I feel like we missed out on parts that would have really helped the overall body of his performance.

Dressed in AC/DC-esque school shorts and tie, we were on the ultimately on the receiving end of a campaign rally crossed with a stand-up routine, scattered with misguided insight and slogan building. He even managed to convince the room there was a fifty-bag taped beneath a lucky audience members’ seat. He lied.

See? He’s already on the fast-track to the Beehive.

3.5/5 Stars

Get your tickets for Tim Batt, and see him dressed as Angus Young HERE.

NZICF 16 | Guy Williams – Started From the Top

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I entered the Montecristo venue half-heartedly, expecting Guy Williams to subject us to the style of humour he’s known for on the Jono and Ben show.  Thankfully, he didn’t meet expectations.

Williams opened his show with flashing lights and a rehearsed rap-intro and didn’t fail to impress.  But I’ll say this – I never thought I’d have to listen to the Numb/Encore Linkin Park/Jay-Z collab ever again. Thanks, Guy.

He covered pretty much everything locally-political; his trolling of NZ Politicians, the flag referendum, Twitter, the TPPA, John Key, and Kinder Surprises (because, of course). The show was recognisably ‘Kiwi’, accessible, and comedically relevant.

I was pleasantly surprised by his confidence; he saved his stage-goofs with unique flair, and delivered one-liners with ease. He would lead you to believe he’s a small-town kiwi,  slightly crass, and offensive – it appeals to his audience and reinforces his sarcastic edge. I got the distinct impression however, he had dumbed-down many of his jokes for the crowd, and beneath his exterior is a rather witty, intelligent individual, well-versed in politics and satire. I also found his awkward-clumsiness endearing, which was rather unsettling.

3/5 Stars

Watch Guy Williams talk about his Mums’ e-mails, and get tickets for his show HERE.

NZFW2015 | ITZME & Julian Danger

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Designers: ITZME (Shuai Zhang) / Julian Danger (Amy-Rose Goulding)

Season: Autumn/Winter 2016

About the Designers: Shuai Zhang worked with Karen Walker after graduating from Massey University with a fashion degree. She eventually left her role to travel the world then returned to create and debuted her label ITZME in 2014 at NZFW.

Amy-Rose Goulding the lady behind Julian Danger is inspired through pop culture, everything from art, music to film. Amy is based in Dunedin, her garments are hand made with love in China working with a small factory in an ethically sound community.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing:  ITZME uses elements of traditional men’s tailoring in her strong feminine designs. Her goal is to produce a style that is delicate and daring, “Itzme is playful and empowering”. Her garments match the young and determined, fun and flirty.

Julian Danger’s collection titled Honey is romantic, her garments are both soft, elegant and powerful. She states that she is “fuelled by romantic power of youth and the discord between the worlds of urban sportswear, the street and rock culture”. Honey is a very warm and light collection with delicate pinky-peach, sandy and cream colours paired with grey, navy and black.

Overall Impression: The show was light and fun, overall I really enjoyed both collections. I was extremely impressed with the detail and tailoring in Itzme’s range. However, I am personally drawn to Julian Danger as I can imagine wearing most of her collection.

Favourite looks:

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Cute, playful and whimsical designs by ITZME.

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Pretty, flowing, elegant pieces by Julian Danger.

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Makeup by M.A.C & Hair by Wella Professionals.