David Downes


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  • View on NZ On Screen David Dallas

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "Papatoetoe-born hip hopper David Dallas (Samoan, European) began his career in duo Frontline. Since going solo, he has released three albums: Something Awesome (2009), The Rose Tint (2011) and Falling into Place (2013). Something Awesome won the Best Urban/Hip Hip Album Tui in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Taite songwriting prize, and the acclaimed Falling into Place was nominated for five Tuis in 2014. Rose Tint was released in the US on NYC’s Duck Down Music label. In Feb 2014 he was featured by Billboard as a Kiwi artist who could make “a Lorde-like leap”." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen A Flock of Students

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Nature ; Documentary ; Comedy ; Television

    "Nature documentary A Flock of Students captures footage of a species rarely caught on camera: a colony of young human 'freshers' who have migrated south to Dunedin. Over footage of nesting, university pie-eating contests and social gatherings, narrator Sydney Jackson provides insights into student display rituals, social groupings and early, "somewhat unfocused" attempts at courtship. As winter bites, temperatures fall below zero, and the male of the species builds up resistance by exposing itself to all available germs. David Kilgour (The Clean) provides the music." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Heavenly Pop Hits - The Flying Nun Story

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Television

    "This documentary tells the story of the legendary Flying Nun music label up to its 21st birthday. The label became associated with the 'Dunedin Sound': a catch-all term for a sprawl of DIY, post-punk, warped, jangly guitar-pop. The Guardian: "[it's] as if being on the other side of the world meant the music was played upside down". Features interviews with founder Roger Shephard and many key players, the spats and the glory. The label's influence on the US indie scene is noted, and Pavement's Stephen Malkmus covers The Verlaines' 'Death and the Maiden'. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen A Small Life

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Drama ; Music ; Māori ; Film

    "Little known in its homeland, but an award-winner overseas, director Michael Heath's tragic portrait of mother and child confronts "intense emotion without flinching" (as Lawrence McDonald wrote). Largely bypassing dialogue in favour of a more elemental approach, the filmmakers combine sound and song (courtesy of composer David Downes and singer Mahinarangi Tocker) with lyrical imagery of the family revelling in their rural backblock (shot by Stephen Latty). There is added poignancy in the fact that Tocker — playing the mother who loses her boy — herself passed away in 2008." (NZ On Screen summary)


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