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The Living Room is back!

28 October 2005

The Living Room is back!

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Devilish debauchery illustrates the opening titles of The Living Room


Successful award winning arts show returns in November

After two successful series, New Zealand’s fresh innovative award winning arts TV show The Living Room is back for it’s third series. This time in an earlier timeslot! It goes to air on Sunday 13th November, 10.30pm, on TV3.

The Living Room showcases inspirational and creative ‘homegrown’ New Zealand artists living here and overseas.

First aired in 2002, The Living Room received rave reviews from critics

“It's not often that I call viewers to action, but I shall do so here.
Tonight The Living Room - like always - is a spectacle to behold.
Harnessing the power of 16mm film and allowing the talent to tell their own stories, it's time everyone woke up good and proper to The Living Room” Phil Bostwick Bostwick’s Box, June 2004,

“Each segment, as should be the case with arts shows, was a small
work of art in its own right”. Diane Wichtel, Listener June 2004
The two previous Living Room series won Best Television Magazine/ Lifestyle Programmed, Qantas Media Awards 2003, Best Lifestyle Series New Zealand Television Awards 2003, Best Director Factual/ Entertainment New Zealand Television Awards 2003, Finalist Best Television Magazine/ Lifestyle Programme, Qantas Media Awards 2004, Achievement in Directing Factual Programming/ Entertainment New Zealand Television Awards 2005, Best Lifestyle/ Entertainment Programme, New Zealand Television Awards 2005.

Mark Albiston, creator of the Living Room, comments:

“We aim to make each Living Room series slightly better than the last. In series three we got more creative and had more fun with the talent we chose to host each show.

For instance, in episode six the cast and crew from 'Wooleyman' - (a cult lo-fi' action spoof from Wanaka) - were cut up and blown to smithereens by a spider puppet. In episode five director Ed Davis fronts the show from his virtual 3D world created for his award winning music videos.

In episode one controversial artist Wayne Youle straps a generator to his back and takes his living room chair to dark alleyways and inner city parks to project his artwork on to the surfaces of inner city Christchurch.

The artists are so much fun to hang out with and film. We found them extremely generous with their time and ideas. Generally our crew works with the featured artists to 'create' each piece so when we cut something together it has ideas from both the artists and directors within it.

The creative talent is endless in New Zealand and so far we've only tapped into a couple of veins but we've still got the rest of the body to explore. I hope people have as much fun watching it as we've all had making it!”


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