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Voices of the Land: Nga Reo o te Whenua

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 100 minutes
Year: 2014

Paul Wolffram’s documentary feature film melds sounds from noted musicians Richard Nunns and Horomona Horo, recorded in spectacular locations around New Zealand, to demonstrate that the sounds of the natural world are a form of music too.

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The Underwatermelon Man

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The Underwatermelon Man & Other Unreasonable Rhymes
Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Letterbox
Duration: 36 mins
Year: 1999

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An Animated Film.
Unreasonable rhymes, preposterous paintings, charming animation and enchanting music come together in this remarkable package, to delight and stimulate the child in us all.

Fabulous fictions like The Girl with the X-Ray Eyes, The UnderWaterMelon man, The Mysterious Box and The Man With The Cast Iron Belly, dance to a surreal soundtrack of twenty five wonderful songs, which criss-cross musical boundaries previously untravelled in “children’s music”.

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The Third Richard

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 81 mins
Year: 2008
Rating: Exempt

The story of a composer. Banned by the Nazis, ignored in New Zealand, his music never heard… until now.

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Richard Fuchs was a composer believed by his father to be the third Richard, successor to Strauss and Wagner.

He loved German culture above all others. Unfortunately German culture hated him. His music was banned by the Nazis and he was banished, so he fled to the last bus stop in the world, the booming monotone of New Zealand in the 1940s. No longer persecuted, just ignored. A man out of place and out of time. An enemy in Germany because he was Jewish and an enemy alien in war-time New Zealand becaus he was German.

60 after his death his work is getting international acclaim. Danny Mulheron, his grandson, discovers the life and work of Richard Fuchs.

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Tales of Mystery and Imagination

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 75 mins
Year: 2009
Rating: Exempt

Geoff Murphy’s genre-busting new film.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a film-and-music interpretation of the gothic poetry and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

New Zealand’s most successful film director, Geoff Murphy, has teamed up with talented saxophonist and composer Lucien Johnson to turn a unique musical suite into an accessible documentary/music film. During the film the musicians talk about Poe, music, life and death.

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Struggle No More

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 85 mins
Year: 2006
Rating: [ M ]

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When blues loving teenager Bill Lake moved from Australia to New Zealand in 1968 to escape the Vietnam War draft, he took with him a box full of priceless old blues records and a harmonica.

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He formed a band and called it the Windy City Strugglers. Four decades later, the Strugglers are still making music together…

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Rhodes Actor Singer

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 53 mins
Year: 2011

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Phillip Rhodes came from a very difficult family background and it would have been very easy for him to have fallen into drug addiction, become a gang member or just another crime statistic. However fortune changed for Phillip when he was taken in by Henare O’Keefe. O’Keefe saw his potential and gently nudged him in the right direction so that his talent, both as an actor and baritone could be developed.

Winning the 2005 Lockwood Aria and the 2007 Lexus Song Quest brought him to the attention of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Their grant enabled him to accept a place at the prestigious Cardiff International Academy of Voice. Since then he has received further Foundation grants that have enabled him to continue his studies at the Denis O’Neill Academy and to attend the Solti Te Kanawa Academia Summer School.

This documentary not only looks at how Phillip has developed as an Opera singer, and prepares for his first concert with Dame Kiri but through his contact with the Te Kanawa Foundation we learn about the wonderful work Dame Kiri and her Foundation are doing with young singers and musicians.

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