A Doll’s House

by Emily Perkins adapted from Ibsen's original
30 April - 23 May

Nora appears to have a picture-perfect marriage. Her husband is ambitious, successful and sexy, and their two children are bundles of joy. But all is not what it seems in the Helmer household. As they prepare to celebrate their first Christmas in the new home they are renovating, events from the past come crashing in on the festivities. Nora's seemingly idyllic domestic bliss suddenly becomes a suffocating trap of secrets, lies and bald truths. And Nora is left dancing for her life.

The world premiere production of Emily Perkin's compelling contemporary adaptation promises to be one of the year's theatrical highlights. A must-see modern masterpiece.

featuring Laurel Devenie, Damien Avery, Nicola Kawana, Paul Glover and Peter Elliott
direction by Colin McColl

for more information and to book tickets visit the Auckland Theatre Company website

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to pop up in NZ

Taken from NZ Herald.

William Shakepeare's famous Globe Theatre is heading to Auckland next year; as the world marks 400 years since the playwright died.

A full-scale temporary pop-up theatre will be located in the central city and open to the public early next year. It will be a full-size working replica of the second Globe Theatre in Bankside, London, and is a world first.

The man behind the idea is UK-trained doctor of Shakespeare, Miles Gregory.

Read the full article here.

Born to Dance trailer now out

New Zealand's first feature length Hip Hop film, Born to Dance, has released its first trailer.

Directed by Tammy Davis, and starring Stan Walker, the film was choreographed by internationally acclaimed Hip Hop choreographer Parris Goebel.

Watch the trailer below.


I Survived a Zombie Holocaust released next month

Taken from Screen NZ.

Guy Pigden's I Survived a Zombie Holocaust will release on many platforms simultaneously next month.

The Dunedin-shot feature had its world premiere on home ground as part of the city's Dundead pop culture festival last August. It's also been a winner overseas at Sydney's A Night of Horror and was named #1 in the top ten list at Frightfest in London last year.

It was the first film to be shot in Dunedin with a local cast and crew since Scarfies. I Survived a Zombie Holocaust will be available in cinemas, on VOD and DVD and, in a NZ first, via the Cinema on Demand website Tugg.

Read the full article here.

Emily Perkins takes on A Doll’s House

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dionne Christian.

The interview with Emily Perkins starts off like most others. A couple of years ago, Perkins moved from Auckland to Wellington, where she is a senior lecturer at Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters, so we've negotiated a time for a telephone chat to fit in with our respective work and childcare commitments. The irony of this is not lost on either of us as we talk about the award-winning author's first venture into playwriting: a "re-imagining" of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House for Auckland Theatre Company.

The play, which debuted in Copenhagen in 1879, made polite society shudder with its audacious critique of gender roles in 19th century Europe. Married couple Nora and Torvald Helmer appear to have a picture-perfect life but Nora has a secret and its exposure explodes blissful domesticity. She quickly realises there will be no happily ever after for her, Torvald or their children.

Fast forward 136 years and A Doll's House is as provocative as ever with its sucker-punch conclusion making a supposedly more enlightened and modern audience gasp nearly as loud as their 19th-century counterparts.

Read the full article here.

Take a deep breath

Taken from NZ Herald, by Linda Herrick.

It opens with a baby's first cry and the inhalation of a first breath, and ends 35 seconds later with the final exhalation of a human being and another cry. Samuel Beckett's Breath, surely the shortest play in existence, has never before been staged in New Zealand but, next week, it comes to life at Q Theatre.

"It's life, death and everything in-between," says director Paul Gittins. "In the spirit of all Beckett's work, it's a serious comment, a metaphor for existence."

With lighting and sound by Michael Craven, actor Edward Newborn will follow the recorded cry of the baby with his own big intake of breath which he holds before letting it go. The work packs a lot of emotion into those short seconds, he says.

"For me, it's an installation work of art. It proves Beckett was ahead of his time."

Breath has an interesting genesis. In 1969, English critic Kenneth Tynan was putting together a revue which would become the then-scandalous Oh Calcutta! and Beckett contributed a sketch written on a postcard.

Read the full article here.

Kiwi films kick butt at SXSW

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dominic Corry.

Following in the footsteps of Housebound's breakout success at the same event last year, two upcoming Kiwi genre films have received a rapturous response at SXSW 2015, the film, music and interactive media festival held in Austin, Texas.

The world premiere of Jason Lei Howdon's gonzo metal horror comedy Deathgasm, winner of the Make My Horror Movie competition, went so well that extra screenings had to be organised.

Sci-fi action '80s throwback Turbo Kid, a New Zealand / Canada co-production written and directed by filmmaking collective RKSS, arrived with good buzz from its recent premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win SXSW's Audience Award.

Read the full article here.

Slow West trailer

Taken from Indiewire, by Nigel M Smith.

Slow West was one of the highest profile films to premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival based on one factor alone: it stars Michael Fassbender. The western - from first-time feature director John Maclean, who previously worked on the shorts Man on a Motorcyle and Pitch Black Heist with the actor - won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic section of the event and garnered mostly favorable reviews.

Today, distributor A24 has released the first trailer for the award-winner.

Read the full article here.


SXSW film: casting directors lift the secrets of their profession

Taken from The Guardian.

Four top casting directors revealed some of the secrets of their industry at a SXSW panel in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.

Christian Kaplan from Fox, Joseph Middleton from Paramount, Paul Weber from Weber Casting and Randi Hiller from Disney, whose job is to find the right actors for the right roles in the films they work on, discussed attempting to find new film stars on Vine; why having greater acting talent than a rival may only account for 7% of the reason an actor is cast in a particular role; and exactly how independent filmmakers can snare the stars that will ensure their film gets funded.

An independent filmmaker in the audience, who said that his first film had enjoyed some success, asked the panel whether he would be able to get the star he wanted in a second movie with a $650,000 to $1m budget.

Middleton said that for that money he was unlikely to get Brad Pitt. The director admitted that he had Marisa Tomei in mind, nominated for an Oscar for her role in The Wrestler.

“Marisa Tomei you can get,” declared Middleton. “I would pay her $150,000 from a $1m budget and a point or two from the back end” – in other words, 1% or 2% of the profits. “Everyone wants money up front,” he added.

Read the full article here.
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