Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Sigh, Paris! - Frontseat this Sunday

Frontseat, 11.10pm this Sunday 19th November on TV ONE after “Gosford Park”

It’s Frontseat’s final episode for the year and it’s a corker! Oliver strolls amongst the sculptures and gardens at the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Manurewa with award-winning designer Xanthe White, while our director John Hagen strolls the streets of Paris with author Chad Taylor.


What’s the line that’s on everybody’s lips? Who’s responsible for writing it? The Greatest Line in Kiwi Film is unveiled this week. It was a closely-fought race between Once Were Warriors, two Geoff Murphy films and two Peter Jackson films, and you, the public, have spoken.


Oliver Driver and Josie McNaught hit the streets to find out what people are looking forward to in the way of live music over the coming summer. Josie’s on a bus with the NZ Symphony Orchestra, who get to tour with Burt Bacharach in January, and Oliver’s outside the St James on Queen Street talking to emo fans about Big Day Out headliners My Chemical Romance.


Opinionated comment from recognisable faces with plenty to say including Naked Samoan Mario Gaoa, artist Dick Frizzell, broadcaster Noelle McCarthy, actor Joel Tobeck.

This week: New Zealand’s prince of noir, author Chad Taylor, is in the libraries and jazz clubs of Paris for Les Belles Etrangeres. This is a major literary festival that’s chosen to focus on New Zealand literature this year. Imagine the Big Day Out, but with books, where the headline acts include Albert Wendt, Vincent O’Sullivan and Alan Duff. Plus, there’s the new Museé du quai Branly, and the All Blacks are there, too.

With thanks to the Embassy of France for helping us get there.


Nah, we don’t mean this Spring weather. “Overnight Downpour” is musician-broadcaster-poet Andrew Fagan’s newest poetry collection, and he takes the dinghy out for a few rounds of the harbour as he recites especially for Frontseat.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>