FRONTSEAT. SERIES 2. EPISODE 5

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A topical and provocative weekly arts series investigating the issues facing local arts and culture, from emerging talent to cultural icons, including all the regions and national institutions. Studio interviews, reports from the field, and a late deadline ensure each week's show is as topical as possible. (Adapted from TVNZ publicity)

“There is furore in Christchurch around the redevelopment of the historic Canterbury Museum. The museum has needed a revamp for years to put on a better show for its growing visitor numbers. But at the beginning of May 2005 - to the delight of the preservationist crowd - a resource management report said a big 'no' to some key aspects of the proposed design. Jeremy Hansen reports on where the museum goes now. Interview: Peter Beaven, John Coley, Ian Lochhead, Ian Clark.

Selwyn Feary is responsible for putting up the wallpaper in classic TV series Close to Home, and created the first examples of weather fly-bys in the news, and now he’s won a web equivalent of an Oscar for the website that sells New Zealand to the world. He’s an iconic Kiwi who gets the world to take notice of NZ, but just as importantly his technology helps us to learn more about ourselves. Oliver Driver talks to Selwyn Feary. Includes examples of websites created by Selwyn Feary and his company Shift such as the NZFA’s.

Michael Smither recently exhibited highlights of a lifetime of sketching at Nelson's Catchment Gallery, sharing the bill with celebrated artist Stanley Palmer, who last showed his drawings way back in 1971.
It was a special show for the Catchment Gallery’s Wallace Sutherland. An artist himself, he’s long admired both Smither and Stanley, and was keen to show their public the earliest stages of their work.
Smither's scribbles came across as entries ripped from a three-decade old diary, while Palmer's are more recent snapshots of a week spent in French Pass in the Marlborough Sounds. Julie Hill reports.
Stanley Palmer says when the French Pass drawings become paintings, they’ll form part of an exhibition of island paintings that also includes vistas of the Hauraki Gulf.

The Ballet’s new season “A Million Kisses to My Skin” opens in Wellington on 12 May. 2005. As well as two new works, it features the 2003 work “Milagros”, set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and choreographed by Havier De Frutos. The Ballet took this to the UK last year and when it opened at Sadler’s Wells, it garnered an Olivier nomination with the Guardian calling it “one of the great Rites”. After touring the country, the Ballet takes the piece to San Fransisco’s International Arts Festival. Frontseat shows an exclusive excerpt from Milagros as performed at Sadler’s Wells last year.” Frontseat; http://www.frontseat.co.nz/database; 12/12/2005

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Year 2005

Reference number F89185

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Series FRONTSEAT

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Television

Duration 0:22:20

Production company Gibson Group

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Credits Host: Oliver Driver
Reporter: Josie McNaught
Front Row Correspondent: Jon Bridges
Front Row Correspondent: Noelle McCarthy
Front Row Correspondent: Chad Taylor
Producer: Gemma Gracewood
Director: John Hagen
Researcher: Gabe McDonnell
Production Manager: Zelda Edwards
Post-Production Supervisor: Wayne Biggs
Editor: Raewyn Humphries
Online Editor: Adam Sondej

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