Flight of the Conchords

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  • View on NZ On Screen The Living Room - Series One (Flight of the Conchords)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Magazine ; Comedy ; Television

    "These excerpts from arts show The Living Room mark an early screen appearance for "jungle folk comedy duo" Flight of the Conchords. Starting in Wellington and building to performances at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the item sees longtime colleague Taika Waititi playing the duo's wisetalking manager, pre Rhys Darby. After meeting Jonah Lomu at the airport, dreams of fame face cramped digs and the intense competition of Edinburgh. The duo handle things with their droll resolve. The following year the Conchords were nominated for a Perrier Award, en route to stardom." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Feel Inside (and stuff like that)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Kids ; Music Video

    "In 2012 Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement sat down with some Kiwi children. They wanted to get back in touch with what the kids were about. Flight of the Conchords were creating a special song for health research charity Cure Kids; the children supplied them with lyrical ideas involving bowls, bubbles and a major overhaul of the banking system. A superstar team of Kiwi singers and rappers joined the Conchords in the studio. The chart-topping song's mix of deep concern and nonsensical rhyming celebrates and parodies previous charity efforts like ‘We are the World’. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Brunettes

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Lead Brunettes Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield became the poster boy and girl for Kiwi bubblegum pop with the 2002 release of debut album Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks. Signed to label Lil' Chief Records at home, growing international interest saw the band sign with American label Sub Pop (alongside Flight of the Conchords). The Brunettes put out four albums and three EPs, before calling it a day in 2009." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Video Kid

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The Video Kid was one of many outlets for the musical talents of Bret McKenzie, who has done time in pop-reggae outfit The Black Seeds, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and, as half of slightly successful folk-parody duo Flight of the Conchords. The Video Kid released his Prototype, his only album to date, in 2004. Described as folk-electronica-meets-synth-over-satire, it received a nomination at that year's b.Net Awards for Best Downbeat Release.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Living Room

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Series ; Documentary ; Magazine ; Arts/Culture ; Lifestyle ; Television

    "A magazine show with an edge, The Living Room did for arts television production what Radio With Pictures did for New Zealand music — it ripped open the venetian blinds, rearranged the plastic-covered cushions, and shone the light on Aotearoa’s homegrown creative culture. Often letting the subjects film and present their own stories, it was produced for three series by Wellington’s Sticky Pictures, who would go on to make another arts showcase, The Gravy. Amidst the calvacade of Kiwi talent, Flight of the Conchords  and musician Ladi6 made early screen appearances." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Living Room - First Episode

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Magazine ; Arts/Culture ; Television

    "Wellington band The Black Seeds present the debut episode in this TV series profiling creative Kiwi culture. They begin by going behind the scenes on their action-packed music video Hey Son (with Bret McKenzie donning a Captain Cook meets Freddie Mercury number). There’s an early profile of Auckland graffiti/ streetwear artist Misery (complete with cycle interview, and cameo from artist Elliot 'Askew' O'Donnell), London-based Ta Moko artist Te Rangitu Netana talks about life away from home, and tattooing Robbie Williams; and there’s a piece about skateboarding mag Manual." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "From modest beginnings at informal sessions at Wellington institution Deluxe Cafe (beside Embassy Theatre on Kent Terrace), the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra has ridden the crest of the diminutive instrument's revival. Live favourites around the country, they have recorded a string of EPs featuring massed ukulele renditions of 80s favourites along with the occasional dash of Kiwiana and more contemporary numbers. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie was a founder member of the accomplished strummers." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Black Seeds

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The Black Seeds are key flagbearers for the downbeat Wellington sound, thanks to the unique fusion of dub, reggae and funk they're been pushing out since 1998. Led by singer Barnaby Weir (Fly My Pretties), the Wellington collective's line-up has included keyboardist Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) and drummer Rich Christie. Dub-pop tunes like 'Keep on Pushing' and 'Something So True' have helped The Black Seeds become favourites on the local summer tour circuit, and they've taken their southern soul on several international tours. En route, two of their five studio albums have topped the New Zealand charts." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Living Room - Series One (excerpts)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Magazine ; Arts/Culture ; Lifestyle ; Television

    "A magazine show with an edge, The Living Room did for arts television production what Radio With Pictures did for NZ music — it ripped open the venetian blinds, rearranged the plastic-covered cushions, and shone the sun on Aotearoa’s homegrown creative culture. Often letting the subjects film and present their own stories, it was produced for three series by Wellington’s Sticky Pictures, who also made follow-up arts showcase The Gravy. These excerpts from the first series show a calvacade of local talent, including an early Flight of the Conchords screen outing." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Hey Son

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Dub ; Music Video

    "Don’t mess with the Black Seeds! The band members run amok in a government office when they are wrongly accused of civil disobedience. Heads get photocopied, computers get beaten up, and chaos rules in this clip made by director James Barr. Look out for Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords fame, who was a member of the band at the time. 'Hey Son' is taken from the band's 2001 debut album Keep on Pushing. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Keep On Pushing

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Dub ; Music Video

    "Made by off-duty Lord of the Rings crew and directed by James Barr, this video won The Knack Award at the 2001 Flying Fish Music Awards, and was a Handle the Jandal award-winner the same year. Shot in black and white, the clip is visually strong, but contains lots of shots of the band falling from buildings, so don’t watch it if you suffer from vertigo. And please don’t try this at home! Onetime band member Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) turns up in the final stages, with an emergency bucket." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Dawnskate-88

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: R&B ; Hip Hop ; Indie ; Music Video

    "Flight of the Conchords star and onetime Black Seeds musician Bret McKenzie clearly digs Wellington. In this video for solo project The Video Kid, he goes early morning skateboarding through the capital city. The downbeat groove of the folk-electronica number is a perfect match for a glorious 'on a good day' dawn, as the sun rises over Mt Matthews and the crew cruise down Wellington's Alexandra Road and along Mt Victoria's town belt. Later in the golden light they claim a deserted golden mile (Lambton Quay) for the skaters. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Taika Waititi: The real story behind 'that' Oscars gag, and much more...

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "Taika Waititi [Te-Whānau-a-Apanui] acted in movies Scarfies and Snakeskin, TV show The Strip (sometimes under the credit Taika Cohen), and appeared on stage as a stand-up comedian. Turning his creative energies towards directing, he made Oscar-nominated short Two Cars, One Night, and Tama Tū, based on the experiences of The Māori Battalion in WWII. He has gone on to great success directing (and sometimes appearing in) feature films. In this ScreenTalk, Waititi talks about: The trials of working with kids on Two Cars, One Night The story behind the now infamous 'falling asleep' gag at the Oscars, and how he was left holding the baby How the amazing, lifelike set for short film Tama Tū was realised The crazy story behind creation of the script for Eagle vs Shark How he approached writing and directing on Flight of the Conchords Working on his feature film Boy His general thoughts on choosing a career as a filmmaker The layout of his hill-top castle-themed mansion" (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Heroes - First Episode

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Drama ; Television

    "Long before the comedy of Flight of the Conchords, Heroes followed the triumphs and pitfalls of a band trying to make it in the mid-80s NZ music biz. It marked the first major role for Jay Laga’aia,  and early lead gigs for Michael Hurst and Margaret Umbers. In this first episode the band gets together as Dave (Hurst) ditches his covers band, flunks a TV audition, and hooks up opportunist flatmate Ron (Laga’aia), synth player Peter (John Gibson, who co-wrote the series music) and bass player Maxine (Umbers). Synth and leopard skin abound." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Alan Dale: NZ to Neighbours to Hollywood…

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "Dunedin-born Alan Dale always had his sights set on brighter lights: first Auckland, then Sydney, then Los Angeles, where he now lives. He started out performing in amateur theatre, but came to professional acting late, taking a DJ slot on Radio Hauraki in his late 20s, followed by a role on the Hauraki-inspired series Radio Waves.  Moving to Australia, Dale appeared on The Young Doctors, before playing the fondly remembered solo father, Jim Robinson, for almost a decade on Neighbours.  Since moving to Los Angeles, he has often played bad guys, authority figures and moguls on series including ER, Lost, NCIS, 24, The X Files and Entourage, plus high profile roles on The OC and Ugly Betty, and parts in feature films including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Dale has returned to New Zealand for only two series: Plainclothes and Auckland Daze. He also appeared in Flight of the Conchords on HBO, playing the Australian Ambassador. In this ScreenTalk, Dale talks about:   Growing up in a theatre family Deciding to become an actor at age 29  Talking his way onto Radio Hauraki after hearing a DJ quit live on air while he was doing a milk run Talking his way into television in a similar way  Playing a version of his Radio Hauraki boss in his first screen role on Radio Waves Landing an agent and a job on his first day in Australia  His eight years playing kindly patriarch Jim Robinson on Neighbours  Why he wasn’t upset at being written out of Neighbours  How Natalie Imbruglia’s music video for Torn (which was directed by Alison Maclean) inspired him to move to Hollywood Taking acting lessons for the first time as an older actor in Los Angeles Discovering, after years as the “nice guy”, how to play bad guys Why he’s glad his mother wasn’t alive to see Auckland Daze Flying to New York to play the Australian Ambassador in the HBO series Flight of the Conchords " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen It's a Heartache

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Folk ; Music Video

    "The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra's version of Bonnie Tyler's wrenching 70s hit was the title track of their debut EP. In director Tim Capper's video, they manage to take the song to new levels of pathos with vocalist Andy Morley-Hall's quest for a slice of vegan apple and rhubarb tart. The location is a crowded Deluxe Cafe (where the ensemble emerged from informal Thursday morning sessions). Age Pryor contributes the solo and, amongst the group's massed ranks, there's a masked nod to absent member and Flight of the Conchord Bret McKenzie." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen I Like Rain

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Alternative ; Flying Nun ; Music Video

    "The set has a back-drop curtain made out of milk bottle top foil; the band are wearing plastic rubbish sacks fashioned into tunics, and have painted faces. The props include a disco mirror ball, a toilet seat sculpture, a giant bug, and umbrellas. It's all slightly off-beam, but the band's performance is deadpan sweet. There’s the requisite Flying Nun film scratching, and some literal-but-amusing image and lyric matching. It all combines to make a DIY delight, an effortless two decades before Flight of the Conchords or Mighty Boosh." (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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