1. Let’s kick things off with How To Make A Murderer. Spoiler alert: Don’t be upset when you realize that both Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey were found guilty and are still in jail to this day. I googled it after the third episode because I remembered that disappointing feeling listening to Serial when we didn’t conclusively know anything more about Adnan’s guilt or innocence at the end than we did in the first episode. Turns out these documentaries — as intensely gripping as they might be — don’t all have happy endings like the courtroom drama films we’re used to. Go figure.Click to Continue!
Now that I’ve replaced my camera and I’m settled in my sweet New York apartment, I thought it was high time that I continued my career as a director/auteur/filmmaker/artiste. Presenting Home Sweet Home, a dramatic investigation into the lives of Manhattan’s elite… and their Kiwi blogger house guests. No but really, this is just a short film featuring a few quick shots of my current abode, my broken-ass beige pants, some geisha’s boobs, a little wall art, some Pulitzer Prize winning literature and possibly a couple of pervy shots of girls walking past on the street below. Home is whereClick to Continue!
Photo: Unfashionable Sarah 1. One of the things I love most about travelling is how you’re forced to become best friends with whoever you meet along the way. You’re all thrown together in extraordinary circumstances and you end up becoming insanely intimate in an incredibly short amount of time. Can you imagine spending 18 hours a day for three weeks with your friends from back home? Of course you can’t – you’d all kill each other. It’s a dynamic that only works because there’s no baggage or strings attached. And because you know the relationship has a finite shelf-life, you’llClick to Continue!
Photo: NY Times Calling all Aucklanders: tomorrow is your final chance to go see Bill Cunningham New York. If you’re in Wellington or Dunedin, you’ve still got time, but Aucklanders, tomorrow is your last opportunity. So go! Bill Cunningham is the original streetstyle photographer, but he is also a fashion anomaly. In his career as a New York Times photojournalist – spent chronicling the eccentrics, oddballs and well-dressed masses that make up the New York City streets – he has never accepted payment for his work. In his words, “If you don’t take their money, they can’t tell you whatClick to Continue!
Influencers is a short documentary about the people who spark trends and how those trends catch on and become contagious. The full film is only about 12 minutes long and it’s a very good watch. Here’s what I learned: Influencers have the confidence to do their own thing, with their own way of thinking. They adopt something first and run with it regardless of the naysayers. Love it or hate it, an influencer’s opinion matters. Influencers can take something that is not already in the mainstream’s consciousness and bring it into the mainstream. It’s an intuitive talent rather than somethingClick to Continue!