Monthly Archives: June 2010

Heroic Faun No. One

Gregory Cooper scored a role as a featured extra on the first Narnia film.?? Initially excited, his mood changed as he experienced the realities of Hollywood movie making.?? When I first read the title of this show, I thought it was??strange that it could be read as "no-one" as well as "number one". It's a clever little preview of what's to come.
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The play is funny. Cooper has??taken painful memories and turned them into a??hilarious account of the realities of being an extra.?? Lucky he can laugh about it now.?? We laugh along with him – even when the situations are uncomfortable.?? The set is based on a sort of shrine??with a screen off to the side showing clips from the movie. Cooper plays several different characters -??including interactions between himself and other characters (my favourite was the agent.)
Lots of fun. Every aspiring actor should go and see it.
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On for two more nights at The Basement.
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Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20 (service fees may apply).
All performances are at 8pm
Bookings through iTICKET www.iticket.co.nz or (09)361 1000.

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I love July

There are two reasons I love July.

1.?? Le Tour.

2. New Zealand International Film Festival.

I love the contrast of these two things.?? Le Tour is skinny men riding cycles through beautiful sunny countryside during stormy NZ nights. The Film Fest is human emotion on a big screen in the dark during NZ days.??
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I don't get a lot of sleep during July.
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I thought that I had my Film schedule all worked out.?? Unfortunately I'd forgotten about a workshop so my 5-films-in-one-day plan will have to be revised.????It's now looking like I'll be doing a couple of days off work.?? Nothing quite like running from cinema to cinema to remind me I need to up the jogging quota in my daily walk!
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What are you hoping to see?
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My must-see this year is Sherlock Jr/One Week (pg 15 Auckland brochure.)?? I've never seen a film with live music or a Buster Keaton film.?? I'm seduced by this description "two films of intoxicating inventiveness and lunatic technical virtuosity".?? All the descriptions make the films sound interesting, even the ones I know I would hate.
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See you there??in the dark!
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