Celebrating the oddities of New Zealand's vast musical landscape, the Audio Foundation will host to three consecutive evenings of short ﬁlms, live concert-footage and documentaries between October 30th and November 1st.
Each evening will begin with a short featurette by Wellington-based founder of Stink Magnetic Records, D. Thomas Herkes, followed by a healthy combination of live concert-footage and rare music videos of seminal Flying Nun groups SKEPTICS and
Fetus Productions. Live concert footage of SKEPTICS will include much of their famous ﬁnal gig at The Gluepot in 1990.
Presented by Simon Ogston, director of the recent SKEPTICS documentary,Sheen of Gold, this is the second Reel Kiwi Underground, and the first in Auckland.
"The Reel Kiwi Underground screenings are sporadic happenings that present collections of films that fit under a broad 'rock and roll Aotearoa' umbrella. These include documentaries, short films, rare music videos and live footage. This is the 2nd time I've done this - in June we put on a couple of nights in Wellington," Ogston explains.
"The screenings provide an opportunity for people to view independently-produced content that they wouldn't be able to see anywhere else. Each night presents an eclectic range of content, with the only prerequisite being that the films are entertaining and finished to a professional standard. Many of the filmmakers will be present to introduce their work and answer any questions."
This includes Fetus Production clips presented by Jed Town, plus a re-cut of the "Rumble & Bang!" documentary on Chants R&B to include more music and an interview with the Pretty Things. This is the first time any of this material has screened in Auckland, and an event like this won't be happening again for some time so don't miss out.
Tickets are $10 at the door, plus there will be a bunch of mystery spot prizes each night including Flying Nun titles, Sheen of Gold posters and copies of previous Ogston films.
REEL KIWI UNDERGROUND SCHEDULE :
NIGHT ONE - WEDNESDAY OCT. 30th (Total duration: 90min)
* “I Kill” (5min, D. Thomas Herkes) - Cursed with deadly lazer-vision, Eric Killman (Richie Venus) has no choice but to kill!
* “Antarctic Angels and the Unknown Blues” (50min, Simon Ogston) - The remarkable story of New Zealandʼs most notorious band of the 1960s, Invercargillʼs Unknown Blues, a well as their equally-notorious biker mates the Antarctic Angels. Watch the trailer here.
* “Who The Hell Is Ed Gains?” (35min, Orlando Stewart) - A revealing examination of the unusual life and career of stalwart Kiwi rocker Ed Gains.
NIGHT TWO - THURSDAY OCT. 31st (Total duration: 100min)
* ”Robot-Wolf” (5min, D. Thomas Herkes) - In outer space a renegade mutant leads the ﬁght against the evil overlords of Planet Robot!
* “Chants R&B - Rumble & Bang!” (NZIFF 2011, 60min, Jeff Smith/Simon Ogston) - An unearthing of an essential episode in Kiwi music history, Rumble & Bang reintroduces legendary group Chants R&B, a short-lived garage rock combo that thrived in 1960s Christchurch. Watch the trailer here.
* “Fetus Productions - The Perfect Product” (35 min, Jed Town) - A selection of stunning rare music videos from edgy audio-visual pioneers Fetus Productions.
NIGHT THREE - FRIDAY NOV. 1st (Total duration: 95min)
* ”ElectriciShe: Electrical Goddess of Death” (5min, D. Thomas Herkes) - A giant woman made of pure electricity stalks the streets, destroying all before her!
* “Skeptics - Live” (35min, Bob Sutton) - A selection of previously-unseen live performances by seminal group Skeptics. Recorded by Bob
Sutton, these include a number of songs from the bandʼs legendary ﬁnal gig at Aucklandʼs Gluepot.
* “Gone With The Weird” (NZIFF 2011, 50min, Simon Ogston) - The tragi-comic tale of Squirm, “the little band that couldnʼt”, as well as the Christchurch rock scene of the 1990s. Also featuring members of The Bats, Loves Ugly Children and Brother Love. Watch the trailer here.