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By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu High school’s taking a politically-correct approach to its next musical. A student cast and crew of about 90 is staging the popular 1971 musical, Grease, about a high school romance set in ’50s America, next week. Three months...

Huge shot in arm

By PHILIP CHANDLER As Queenstown’s tourism economy implodes, the resort’s about to hugely benefit from two TV shoots. Underway this week is New Zealand romantic comedy Under The Vines, while the second series of crime thriller One Lane Bridge starts next week. The...
Queenstowners of a certain age will recall the late Pat Farry’s career as a pioneering rural GP.  But, as PHILIP CHANDLER discovers, his son Ben’s also forged an amazing career — in the world of drama. He explains why...

Renewing the cultural landscape

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Twenty-seven Wakatipu artists and performers have received RenewArt grants so their work can be displayed or performed at free community art celebrations here next month. In total, 20 visual artists and 21 performing arts groups have been given funding...

Fest’s stellar line-up

By MATTHEW MCKEW Just days after his award-winning play thrilled a Wakatipu audience, Tom Scott’s confirmed he’ll be here in person later this year. The cartoonist-turned-playwright’s famous for his satirical side-swipes — in 1982 he was even banned from former New Zealand Prime...
Almost a decade ago, our community came together to chart our way forward into our, then, economic future. In 2011, Shaping Our Future brought together our community - through a series of forums and workshops - to explore our aspirations...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Plans for a $12 million Queenstown film studio have been brought forward to address the Covid-19-induced collapse of the local tourism industry. The proposal, for a large Gibbston Valley site opposite the Victoria Flats landfill, has been sent to...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...

Family and film at festival

The concept of 'family', in all its many forms, will hit the big screen at this year's Italian Film Festival. The festival returns to Arrowtown's Dorothy Browns after a successful inaugural run last year. Festival director Paolo Rotondo says small towns...

Resort’s $7m crime drama

Shooting is set to start in Queenstown next month on a $7 million crime drama, One Lane Bridge, that'll provide a shot in the arm for the local film industry. About 200 cast and crew will be on set till...
A film shot in Arrowtown will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Inland Road, shot in and around the historic town in autumn 2015, stars Cromwell youngster Georgia Spillane, who plays Lily. The 399-film festival opens on Friday. Producer Aaron...
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Filmo’s top take

A Queenstowner won two gongs at the inaugural New Zealand Cinematographers Society awards last weekend. Filmo Ben Ruffell, who specialises in directing car TV commercials, won gold (Flying South) and bronze (Mad Mike Conquers Highlands) at the awards, held in Auckland. Veteran Queenstown...
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