Kapi-Mana News : August 16th 2011
18 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 16, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 370633 6 AG Weve got the GOODS. . . Treadmills Exercycles Ellipticals Rowing machines + Heaps More 3957446AA Introducing two new classes to get you and your preschooler acピve MUMS AND BUBS WORKOUT Did you know you have a gurgling, nappy wearing exercise machine at home? Join our workout to get ft and tone up with your baby. A relaxed and fun class for the both of you. Equipment provided for babies who prefer to play. Class Time: 10.15am, every Friday during term tme. Cost: $4 members, $6.50 non members. Places are limited, please contact email@example.com to register. MUSIC AND MOVEMENT Encourage your childs creatvity through music and acton whilst meetng other local parents. Featuring a unique mix of song, classical music, dance and baby sign. Class Times: 9.30am for wrigglers and crawlers, 10.30am for walkers, morning tea at 10am Every Tuesday during term tme. Cost: $3 members, $5 non members. Pember House, Hagley Street, Porirua. www.manapc.org.nz ® Kindercare is opening in Aotea... Our Open Days will give you the opportunity to discover exceptional early childhood care and education. When: 29, 30 & 31 August Time: 7.30am 6.30pm Where: 41 Aotea Drive, Aotea Who: Parents, families & children Before our much anticipated centre opening, come in to meet our skilled team and explore our creative environment with your child. Were enrolling children from birth to 5 years now, so dont miss out! For more information e-mail our centre director Coral, at firstname.lastname@example.org www.kindercare.co.nz Kindercare Aotea Open Days Because Children Matter® 3960448AA Edwards on theatre stage Kiwi singer-songwriter Ryan Ed- wards, who recently released his sec- ond album as part of a project to raise awareness of men s mental ill- ness, will perform at Mana Little Theatre this Friday. Having attended Plimmerton School and lived in the area for 14 years, it is a place he knows well. With sister Janine Edwards, a for- mer member of the Mana Little Theatre, he is looking forward to reconnecting with the theatre at the August 19 show. In partnership with Kapiti-based counsellor Martin Sloman, Edwards has created The Whirlwind Project, which encourages ordinary men to tell their extraordinary stories about their struggles with mental illness. Mana Blues will open the concert. Tickets are $20 for non-MLT members and $15 for members. Please phone 233 8087 for bookings. The 7.30pm event is BYO. Proceeds from the gig will be used to promote men s mental health through The Whirlwind Project. On the job: Cinematographer Waka Attewell at work on Billy T: Te Movie. Photo: GEOFFREY H. SHORT Telling the essential New Zealand story By JIM CHIPP Rural Otaki resident Waka Attewell has rubbed shoulders with many of Hollywood s elite and the quality of his cinema- tography work is well- acknowledged overseas. So why does he live on Gorge Rd rather than Mullholland Dr? I tried, he said. I did three weeks in LA and went this isn t for me, I don t have a need to invest my time on this stuff . The stories I want to attach to are the New Zealand stories. Returning from Los Angeles, Attewell and his partner estab- lished Valhalla Studios in a Newtown warehouse and lived in an apartment above. These days the couple are building a new home on an Otaki lifestyle block. Unfortunately, at the moment with Wellywood just down the road, the New Zealand stories keep on disappearing as the Film Commission becomes more and more of a studio along the lines of an American studio, he said. However, Attewell s latest project is story firmly bedded in New Zealand -- Billy T: Te Movie, which is due for release next week. Attewell directed the photography on the film, which was directed and co-written by Ian Mune, and describes the work as a feature documentary. Having shot a lot of documentaries for TV I know how documentaries for TV have evolved into the talking head, because budgets have got lower and lower. We interviewed a lot of people but we spent the energy and craft into placing the people in the movie. If we were interviewing someone in a farm kitchen, [pro- duction designer] Rob Gillies moved stuff in to make it the quintessential farm kitchen. He worked with Billy T James just once, on a commercial for Air New Zealand s business class on its new 767 aircraft. I remember being totally in awe, Attewell said. Billy actu- ally worked the subtext in front of the camera -- that was what was a Maori doing in business class? -- and he brought that with just his presence. I thought that was very clever -- that would be in the mind of every redneck who saw this commercial. That would have been when Billy was right at the top of his game, I suppose. Billy T James embedded him- self on the psyche of New Zea- landers in a very short period, said Attewell. The thing that amazed me about the whole Billy T thing -- you talk to anyone in New Zea- land about Billy T and they talk about him being around forever. But the whole thing, from when Tom Parkinson put him on TV to the crash-and-burn of the sitcom, was only about eight years. As well as insights into the man the film depicts his time, and one scene that is likely to jar with modern audiences shows Maori boys not being allowed in 1950s cinemas, Attewell said. Pakeha will remember that somebody stole the body, and Maori will watch and say if Tainui had not come and got the body, it would have been an incredible insult , said Attewell. And that is something that Ian [Mune] brought out. That will be one of those aha moments of entertainment. Billy T: Te Movie is released on August 18 and will screen at cinemas around the region.
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