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Hayley Westenra - Live From New Zealand
Hayley Westenra's live concert in her native New Zealand treads much of the same ground as other similar programs, including Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, and Celtic Woman. Drawing heavily from her Pure album, the then-17-year-old covers a gamut of styles.
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The more classical pieces include "River of Dreams" and "Never Say Goodbye" (which are based on Vivaldi and Ravel, respectively), Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasilierias No. 5, and Carmina Burana's "In Trutina." She sounds beautiful on Enya's "May It Be" - lyrics from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (which still hasn't been overexposed quite yet), but less successful are the "hipper" attempts into crossover territory, such as the Brightman-esque "Beat of Your Heart" and "Who Painted the Moon Black." Still, it's hard to fault a young artist for trying something different. Guest stars include younger sister Sophie, Teddy Tahu Rhodes (whose heavy voice tends to overpower Westenra's), and groups as diverse as the Te Orowa Maori Dance Group and the Wellington Cathedral Choir. --David Horiuchi.
NTSC / All regions Hayley's debut international album `Pure' has now sold almost 1.5 million copies worldwide. This new DVD showcases how far she's come with her incredibly natural stage presence and charisma, and of course her amazing voice. It features tracks from `Pure' as well as new repertoire including `May It Be' (originally sung by Enya in the `Lord of the Rings' movie) and a cover of Joni Mitchell's classic `Both Sides Now'.
AT LAST! A live DVD of Hayley Westenra in concert, shot in her native New Zealand. This is a real treat, as it offers you not only a live performance spotlighting the young beauty and her smooth and alluringly pure voice, but also cameos of her wonderful family and a delicious taste of her rich New Zealand culture. We even get a glimpse of her younger sister Sophie as the two girls sing together on one song. When Hayley Westenra performs, the heavenly angels' jaws drop, and you will see precisely why when you view this DVD.
New Zealand Film and Television
"Despite the challenges arising from a limited population size and the difficulty of obtaining adequate funding, the film and television industries of New Zealand have been the source of significant creative achievement and profound cultural influence. Charting their emergence and subsequent development through five decades, New Zealand Film and Television: Institution, Industry and Cultural Change examines these two increasingly vibrant cultural and creative industries. Whilst there is a growing body of academic work on the film and television productions which have originated in New Zealand, relatively little exists that examines the specific cultural concerns, institutional objectives, policy directives, and industry practices that have shaped these productions. New Zealand Film and Television: Institution, Industry and Cultural Change aims to fill this gap.
'Powered by expert knowledge and brilliant research, the authors of this book cast new light on film-making and television production in New Zealand. Tracing the development of the two industries side by side over a long stretch of history produces a number of revealing comparisons and contrasts. Today there is much debate and controversy about the future of television and film in New Zealand, and this book is very timely in providing a thoughtful, in-depth background to the issues. As an innovative study of media institutions, political forces and cultural trends, this book will be valuable reading not only in New Zealand but in all the countries that are striving in today's competitive environment to maintain healthy film and television industries.'
Historical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Cinema
This book is an introduction and guide to the film of Australia and New Zealand. It contains entries on many exceptional producers, directors, writers and actors, as well as films. But it also presents the early pioneers, the cinemas themselves, the film companies and government bodies, and much more in its hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries. Through a chronology that shows how far these cinemas have come in a short time and an introduction that presents them more broadly, a clear portrait of the two countries' motion pictures emerge. The bibliography is an excellent source for further reading.
The film industries of the two countries are treated in separate sections in this reference, which is intended as a resource for further research rather than an exhaustive encyclopedia or a record of all films. For each country, coverage includes a listing of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, an introduction, and a "dictionary," which consists of entries ranging from a paragraph to several pages (e.g. the entry for "masculinity" in Australia) on significant films and their personnel and relevant themes. The bibliography is extensive and is organized by subject. There is no index. Authors Moran ((Griffith University, Queensland) and Vieth (author of "Screening Science: Contexts, Texts and Science Fiction in Film") are both based in Australia but have extensive knowledge of New Zealand as well. (Reference and Research Book News )
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