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Movies like ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Total Recall’, & old episodes of ‘Logan’s Run’ seem to be key reference points for this fun 80s electronic/action movie/Sci-Fi soundtrack/Synth band. Formed in Wellington. Now based in Melbourne…

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Last edited: 10.09.15

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  • View on NZ On Screen Secret Game

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Hip Hop ; Music Video

    "The video for this debut single from singer/DJ Zeisha Fremaux cuts between candyfloss colours and Zeisha in a brunette bob against black. Rapper PNC (aka Sam Hansen) also makes an appearance. Zeisha was nominated as best female artist at the 2008 Pacific Music Awards, and played gigs in Asia. The clip is from director Sally Tran.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Game of Love

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "The video for Tex Pistol's chart-topping, electro-pop tinged remake of 'The Game of Love' is a stylish triumph for budding teenage director Paul Middleditch - and one of the high points of New Zealand music video making in the 1980s. Tex Pistol, aka former member of Th'Dudes Ian Morris, is dressed in black and white with silver tipped cowboy boots and big red semi-acoustic guitar; while the soundstage, covered in a sheen of water, and blacked out except for a handful of spotlights, is all reflective surfaces for Morris and backing vocalist Callie Blood." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Misty Frequencies

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: R&B ; Music Video

    "Taking as its subjects a boy discovering new sounds on the radio and a soundtrack that gives purpose to a woman’s life, ‘Misty Frequencies’ is a soulful hip-hop hymn to the power of music. Che Fu’s music video places the singer and his band in a giant Tetris-like computer game before plugging into a bush setting (locations representing his musical yin and yang of technology and passion?). A magic mushroom prefigures the tree ferns collapsing in a heap of CGI bricks. ‘Misty Frequencies’ won the 2002 APRA Silver Scroll for Che Fu and co-writer Godfrey de Grut." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Matthew Metcalfe: Scaling the heights of filmmaking…

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "Producer Matthew Metcalfe began his career making short films and music videos. He moved into feature films with Nemesis Game, The Ferryman, Dean Spanley and Love Birds. Metcalfe has also made documentaries including Vietnam – My Father's War and Soldiers of Fortune. In this ScreenTalk, Metcalfe talks about: Working with Jesse Warn on his first film 9 Across Going cap in hand to get the two stars of the film on board   The brutal nature of making feature film Nemesis Game How Vietnam – My Father’s War was a very personal story to tell The challenges of filming on the ocean for The Ferryman Wanting to make Dean Spanley the 'perfect' film Being transfixed by the story of Love Birds Winning the rights to use music by legendary band Queen  Convincing people that Giselle, a film about ballet, would be successful Respecting the memory of Sir Edmund Hillary in Beyond the Edge This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Zeisha

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Rising r'n'b singer Zeisha Fremaux sweetened urban airwaves by teaming up with hip-hop maestro PNC (aka Sam Hansen) on debut single 'Secret Game'. She went on to earn a nomination at the 2008 Pacific Music Awards, for best female artist. The South Auckland singer/songwriter/DJ (of Māori, Samoan, Chinese, German, French and English descent) began performing at age 12, and has collaborated with The Soundroom and Chris Laupama Dlove.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Love, Hate, Revenge

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "One of Wellington’s leading 60s bands present a dark and troubling tale of revenge via voodoo doll. The clip — made for the Studio One TV show, a regular Avengers' gig — incongruously takes its cues from music video precursors like early Beatles films and The Monkees TV series (where the default position was zany and madcap). It was shot around Oriental Bay, with one fleeting pre-Te Papa harbour vista — but the focus is mainly on the band’s antics. The Avengers gamely enter into the spirit of it all, although four on a motor scooter looks decidedly dodgy." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Hinewehi Mohi

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Hinewehi Mohi (Ngāti Kahungunu/Ngai Tūhoe) released her debut single 'Kai U' in 1992. Oceania, her collaboration with Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke fusing Maori harmonies and modern dance beats, yielded the highly successful single 'Kotahitanga' in 1999. In the same year, she was embroiled in controversy for singing the national anthem in te reo at a Rugby World Cup game at Twickenham. Mohi has also worked as a producer with TVNZ’s Māori Unit and she founded the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre after her own daughter was born with cerebral palsy." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Disasteradio

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Luke Rowell aka Disasteradio has been fashioning idiosyncratic, futurist computer pop ever since he acquired his first Commodore 64 at age six, taping the game soundtracks with his sister's boom-box. An early adopter of online music distribution, "D-rad" released his album Charisma in 2010 as a free download with optional donation. "Robots will one day enslave the planet, so at least I'm going to go down as a musician who celebrated their existence, and maybe my future offspring shall be spared."" (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Ian Morris (aka Tex Pistol)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Ian Morris got his start in the music industry as a recording engineer at Auckland's Stebbings Studio. A guitarist in Th'Dudes, he co-wrote some of the band's biggest hits with Dave Dobbyn (including 'Right First Time" and 'Bliss'). In 1987 he topped the charts as Tex Pistol with his cover of 'The Game of Love' (which he performed, arranged, engineered and produced). 'Nobody Else', a follow-up single with his brother Rikki, went to number one a year later. Morris also composed and recorded soundtracks for TV, film and commercials. He died in October 2010. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Tex Pistol and Rikki Morris

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Musical brothers Ian and Rikki (Richard) Morris collaborated briefly in the late 80s. A former member of Th’Dudes, Ian had a solo number one hit in 1987 as Tex Pistol with his version of the 60s classic ‘The Game of Love’. The following year, Ian and Rikki topped the charts together when they joined forces to record Rikki’s song ‘Nobody Else’. Ian also engineered and produced Rikki’s debut solo single ‘Heartbroke’. It won Rikki the APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award for 1991 and Ian was named Best Engineer at the NZ Music Awards.   " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen To Help a Crippled Child

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Short Film

    "This 1972 NFU documentary looks at the care of children born with physical disabilities. Aimed at families with ‘crippled’ children, the film was directed by Frank Chilton for the Crippled Children Society (now CCS Disability Action). Parents, doctors, teachers and field officers are shown engaging with children and young adults at home and in the community, from spring-loaded splints for spina bifida patients to Māori stick games as therapy for cerebral palsy. It is introduced by Mrs New Zealand 1970, Alison Henry (whose son was born with a congenital foot defect)." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Chrysalis

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Electronic ; Music Video

    "On ‘Chrysalis’ Wellington producer Benny Tones creates a warm, electronic blend of hip-hop and funk (and 80s video game sound effects) for co-writer Sacha Vee’s soulful vocals. Director Jessica Sanderson (granddaughter of actor Martyn Sanderson) opens her video with Benny walking through darkened inner city Wellington streets. The third busker that he passes morphs into and out of a resplendent, glittering Sacha Vee (and the Legacy Dance Crew) in a hyper-real world which celebrates the creativity of street performers too often ignored by passersby." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Blowin' Dirt

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "Goodshirt's attention-grabbing promos were typified by high concepts rendered with low-budget No 8 wire smarts — ofen with game participation from the band members. This mind-bending creation by director (and ex-Supergroover) Joe Lonie is no exception: a Mazda 929 (or an Austin 1300 if you watch the video's other version) is re-deconstructed, before leaving in a cloud of smoke, loaded with frog men. Lead singer Rodney Fisher's gives the stand out performance. He had to sing every lyric backwards to achieve the desired time-warping end result. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Tony Hiles: Art films, Jack Brown Genius, and more...

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "Director Tony Hiles has been making films and documentaries since the mid 1960s; from helming TVNZ staples such as Country Calendar, to independent docos and art films. In 1996 he won an NZ Film Best Director award for his debut feature Jack Brown Genius. His beginnings at TVNZ’s Avalon Studios in the 1970s, where he directed game shows, music, and current affairs programmes Founding production company City Associates with partner Judith Fyfe in 1980, and his experiences making local history documentaries Making films with artists Michael Smither and Robin Morrison, and the fun of small-crew, seat-of-your-pants shooting Being brought on board as consultant producer on Peter Jackson’s break-out splatstick debut Bad Taste Directing Good Taste Made Bad Taste, the movie’s ‘making of’ story His relationship with producer Jim Booth and the impact that his untimely death had on Jack Brown Genius This interview is also available on YouTube. Credits: Direction and Interview - Clare O'Leary, Camera and Editing - Leo Guerchmann" (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Nobody Else

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "For this lush, spacious ballad, then teenage director Paul Middleditch continues the striking visual style he had established a year earlier with his video for previous Tex Pistol hit, 'The Game of Love'. Tex (Ian Morris) wears the same outfit, while his brother Rikki is clad in the reverse — white shirt and black jeans. Backing vocalist Callie Blood appears again (although she didn't actually sing on this recording), a choir of children is added, and some behind-the-scenes shots of the crew — but the set is free of surface water or falling rain this time." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Runnin'

    Source: NZ On Screen

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

    "Director Tom Gould takes hip hop to the Hokianga in his promo for the 2013 David Dallas single. Framed around Dallas rapping in historic St Gabriel’s Church, it lays the song’s urban R&B over images of the title activity — a young boy runnin' free on a Mitimiti road, and galloping horses on a far northern beach. Gould: "I wanted to film something that was bigger than just a human running. I wanted the visual to escalate in the same way that the song does." The video is nominated for a 2014 Tui Award; the song featured on the soundtrack of video game FIFA 14. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Screaming Meemees

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The Screaming Meemees (named for a 1960s toy machine gun) formed at Rosmini College in Takapuna and were at the forefront of a post-punk wave of new bands from Auckland’s North Shore in the early 80s. The band’s first proper release ‘See Me Go’ became the first NZ single to enter the charts at No.1 (helped by pre-sales and delivery delays) and was immediately deleted. A massively popular live act, they recorded one album If This Is Paradise, I’ll Take the Bag (a nod to TV's It’s In The Bag game show) for the Propeller label but disbanded in 1983." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Computer Games

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Electronic ; Music Video

    "A last-minute addition to their 1979 album Graffiti Crimes, 'Computer Games' was a huge hit for Mi-Sex, reaching number one in Australia, two in Canada and five in NZ. Computers and arcade games were a real novelty in 1979 and the band's synth-driven sounds were a perfect match. The video starts with the band breaking into the Sydney data centre for then-supercomputer giant ControlData. Printers spew paper forth, and as the band performs, old school graphics including a driving game and TIE fighters, are projected behind them. Advance one level on green!" (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Irene Wood: The two rules of acting…

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "Irene Wood has played Katherine Mansfield, a nymphomaniac pensioner, and a gin-toting grandma to a Go Girl. Her screen career first got busy in the early days of NZ TV, as an actor, TV presenter, and musical performer. Years later she would snare what is probably her best-known role: as a hard-drinking grandma over five seasons of hit show Go Girls. Wood has also appeared on Shortland Street and in movies Rest for the Wicked and The Shirt. In this ScreenTalk, Wood talks about: Her no-nonsense attitude to acting — and the only two rules that matter in the game 'Prancing around the stage' and singing-off key, in her first performing role Busy days of television in the 60s The advantages of being forced to perform live Wearing Elizabeth McRae’s clothes on Shortland Street Playing mother to a 'hopeless drug addict son' in dark-edged movie The Shirt Her role as Nan McMann, one of a quartet of solo mothers on Go Girls Revelling in the chance to make a fool of herself on the show Playing a sex-obsessed pensioner alongside Ilona Rodgers, in film Rest for the Wicked Why there are less roles in NZ for actors of a certain vintage Her thoughts on portrayals of elderly characters on screen This video was first uploaded on the 20th of April 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence." (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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