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Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment, pop culture, and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.

Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment, pop culture, and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.


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Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment, pop culture, and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.




The Vivian Gallery closes its doors

The Vivian art gallery in Matakana has had to close its doors for the last time because of the Covid-19 lockdown. The small Auckland town was always going to be a challenging spot for an art gallery, but Director Scott Lawrie had made it work, until the corona virus forced it to cancel planned shows and scheduled art fairs were cancelled. Moving from the real gallery into the virtual world means The Vivian isn't entirely lost, but online galleries just aren't the same as looking at the real...


Rebecca Tansley funding local film making her own way

She has a cast, a crew, the script and even some specially bred out of season lambs for her next film. And Rebecca Tansley has also raised more than 20-thousand dollars through the Boosted arts fundraising site for her next project. It's been a long time in the planning - but the theme of the film is right on topic.


Marolyn Krasner

A novel written in part to help the author makes sense of the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election. Born in Los Angeles, Marolyn Krasner is now living in Palmerston North. Her novel's called The Radicals, and it follows a feminist activist who's on probation for assaulting homophobes. She's torn between staying out of trouble and challenging her estranged father who's become a white power supporter.


Abby Howells: HarleQueen

Actor, writer and comedian Abby Howells had a new play about to hit the stage but lockdown has forced her to work on other projects.She is working with London based NZ producer Naomi Wallwork on a new screenplay and collaborating with kiwi performance legend Jo Randerson to write her own musical. Her comedy show HarleQueen saw her win the Best Emerging Artist award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival earlier this year. She was going to be bringing the show to the New Zealand Comedy Festival, but...


Celebrating 60 years of NZ TV: 'It's very rarely seen footage'

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the first television broadcast in New Zealand. The first programming included an episode of Robin Hood, an interview with a ballerina and live music. Sounds like quite a two hours! The old studios where the first broadcast was screened from is now home to the Gus Fisher Gallery which from the beginning of August will be presenting an exhibition about the first television in New Zealand. Lisa Beauchamp is the curator of that exhibition.


Silent film-making in the age of lockdown

Wanaka filmmaker Richard Sidey is offering us the chance to reconnect with the world's wilderness areas, in his ambitious documentary spanning seven continents and filmed over 5 years. Elementa is the third in his trilogy called Speechless. There's no narration, he places his trust solely on his images and on an ambient soundtrack.Richard also goes against the tide by filming in black and white. He's safely back home in picturesque Wanaka - and looking forward to Elementa is being shown as...


Duty star Martin Compston on being "not bent"

Filming of season 6 of the popular TV drama Line of Duty, following officers involved in investigating police corruption has been disrupted by the corona virus.Jed Mercurio has come up with dangerous situations and ethical dilemmas for his team of tenacious detectives who are determined to stamp out dodgy behaviour in the police force. One of those officers is the waist coat wearing Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott played by Martin Compston. You might also have seen him playing the villanious...


Waikato artists embracing diversity in a time of crisis

Waikato artists are being asked to help to encourage unity in the region in the face of escalating online bullying and racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a few days Creative Waikato will announce the ten artists whose submissions have been accepted for artworks that promote kotahitanga: unity in the community. The idea is to use art both to education and to generate open conversations about Waikato being a place where ethnic diversity is celebrated.Lynn is joined by the Creative Waikato...


Rural residency becomes home for stranded US artist

An artist's residency in the Wairarapa has turned into a much longer stay for Kerri McGill, after her flight back to the US was cancelled. But paint and film set scenic artist Kerri McGill is making the most of her time at the NZ Pacific Studio. Even before the shutdown, she'd been exploring the North and South Islands, and incorporating maps into her work. She tells Lynn about the differences in the landscape between her home in urban America and here in Aotearoa.


Films with Attitude

Dan Buckingham has been coming up with ingenious ways to film vulnerable people with disabilities while adhering to social distancing. While most other film companies were closed during levels 3 and 4 Dan managed to keep filming the long running TV series Attitude. He tells Lynn when the shutdown was coming they ramped up production to get footage in the door, then came up with ways to produce programmes with fresh footage but also by creatively re-using footage from past episodes to tell...


What Sort of Man?

"An exhilarating and harrowing exploration of contemporary masculinity" is how Breton Dukes' publishers describe his third short story collection, What Sort of Man. The Dunedin writer kept us waiting six years for this collection, then the corona virus scuppered the launch. But the book's out and the reviews are coming in. Lynn talks to Breton about the themes of contemporary masculinity in his short stories.


The Laugh Track - Paul Yates

TV producer and actor Paul Yates is rearing to get back into the editing suite tomorrow, after weeks of enforced time away from it. He's one of the creatives behind the homegrown TV comedy Wellington Paranormal and he also acted in local drama Fresh Eggs that screened last year. The actor, writer, producer, director and science fiction nerd shares some of his favourite comedians with Lynn.


Te Papa prepares to reopen

New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, is preparing to reopen this Thursday after a two month closure due to Covid-19.


Adam Play award winner Jess Sayer talks up hope for a screen led recovery

A lot of hope is being placed on New Zealand's screen industry to help the country out of its financial mire. It's too soon to know if overseas filmmakers will see Aotearoa as a safe haven in the immediate post pandemic period, but The Actors' Program based in Auckland is confident that its graduates have a promising future. One of the tutors is Jess Sayer. She's also the winner of the 2020 Adam NZ Play Award. This Particular Room was described by the award Judges as "heartbreaking",...


Venice Biennale postponed: what does it mean for the artist?

One of the biggest Covid-19 casualties in the art world is the postponement of the Venice Art Biennale from 2021 until 2022. Italy has been one of the country's hardest hit by the pandemic, forcing it to postpone both the Contemporary Art Biennale and the Architecture Biennale that was to open later this year. For some it could be a blessing having more time, for others a disappointment because of all the work that goes into representing your country. Yuki Kihara the multi disciplinary...


How Audio Books Are Made

In the coming weeks of self isolation, audio books will be a lifeline for many people, especially those traditional subscribers who're vision impaired. On the line is Theo Gibson who's the CEO and Creative Director of Audiobooks NZ, and one of his narrators, Romy Hooper.


MusicHelps Wellbeing Service Offers Lifeline to Wider Arts Community

Artists and performers who're struggling emotionally during COVID-19 now have access to a counselling service that up until now has been focused on helping our music industry. MusicHelps is extending its services to the broader arts community because of the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 has had on the performing arts. Lynn talks to Peter Dickens, the General Manager of MusicHelps.


Mikaela Nyman’s Story of Resourcefulness Forged In Isolation

Set on Vanuatu immediately after Cateogry 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam in March 2015, Mikaela Nyman's novel Sado is the story of an isolated community and its residents coping - and not - when put under extreme pressure. The book is published by VUP.


NZ On Air's New CEO Outlines its COVID-19 Response

NZ on Air is promising those who rely on it for funding that it will be responsive and innovative over the weeks and months to come, with COVID-19 seeing planned productions around the country shutting down indefinitely. Cameron Harland is the funding body's new CEO. He only started on the job on Tuesday and says it is thinking hard about how it can do things differently through these tough times.


Flash Fiction

This time of imposed home time is the perfect opportunity to dust off that unfinished painting, sculpture, music score, poem or book. But if taking on a big project is a bit much, how about trying your hand at flash fiction - writing a story in up to 300 words. To explain how it works, Lynn speaks to Tracey Slaughter who was one of the judges for the 2018 competition and she runs the Waikato event.