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Frontseat, Sunday 7th May

Frontseat, Sunday 7th May, 10.35pm on TV One (after ‘Dancing With The Stars’)

It’s the final episode of Frontseat’s Autumn season. We’ll see you again in spring after the winter series of TV One’s doco series, ‘Artsville’ (next week featuring Misery, who is extremely cool).

The Government is gifting the failing 100% NZ music station Kiwi FM (owned by the profitable CanWest network) some new 102FM frequencies. But those who’ve long championed the idea of a nation-wide Youth Radio Network say these frequencies were set aside for the young people of New Zealand, not a private commercial operator. New Zealand’s most successful musician, Neil Finn, tells Josie McNaught why this new development is an embarrassing indulgence.

Making a film about one of New Zealand’s darkest hours is not the easiest of tasks, and the producers of a movie about the Aramoana tragedy have been hugely sensitive about their project. Now that filming’s over, Julie Hill speaks to the film’s storytelling team: director Robert Sarkies, writer Graeme Tetley and biographer Bill O’Brien. Upon the producers’ request, residents agreed not to talk.

Gentrification of areas formerly populated by the fringes of society usually happens once artists have made a place ‘acceptable’. But though Auckland’s most famous red light strip, Karangahape Road, has had a spruce-up, sex workers still happily ply their trade amongst the new apartments and art galleries. In fact, they tell Steven Oates, the increase in galleries has only been good for business.

Painter and print-maker John Drawbridge died in Wellington last July. He left behind oodles of unfinished paintings and completed prints, and his widow Tanya Ashken and son Cameron are now showing in these in their new South Coast Gallery in Island Bay. The gallery will have a Drawbridge show each year, as well as showcasing other artists. And Cameron is continuing his father’s work in the meantime.

Frontseat is repeated at 8.00am on Saturday morning. This Saturday 6th: The stories behind New Zealand’s Greatest Painting, ‘Cass’ by Rita Angus; a documentary about Dunedin musician David Kilgour, and the dealer gallery association double-up.

Best regards,

The Frontseat Team
TV One, Sunday Nights
Repeat screening 8.00am the following Saturday


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