January 26-February 1: Online

by Diana Balham / 17 January, 2013
Fiat takes a new daring approach to attracting young mothers and clips of Kiwis before they were famous.
Piri Weepu
Before They Were Famous: Piri Weepu appears on Heartland, Wainuiomata, 1994.


IN THE PIPELINE: As the fracking debate heats up here, a timely new drama by Gus Van Sant, starring Matt Damon and Frances McDormand, couldn’t have come at a better time. Fracking is hugely controversial in Canada’s British Columbia province, where residents are looking forward to comparing and contrasting the big-budget Promised Land with soon-to-be-released BC doco Fractured Land. Watch the trailer for the Hollywood effort (coming to New Zealand in May).

HEY, BAMBINI: Weary heads will be nodding in agreement at stuff.co.nz’s Essential Mums posting of an ad by Italian car manufacturer Fiat for the new “Bambino”. It has taken a daring approach to attracting young mothers with this one for the UK market, which features a deadpan mummy rapper. Her lines include “Work vs home is a mental combination with my elbows deep in infant defecation” and “Still got my wardrobe but my thong now itches. Designer sofa but there’s puke in the stitches.”

STRONGLY ADVISED: The New Power List: 100 People to Watch in 2013 kicks off in the Times with Richard Beeston’s foreign affairs 10; Tom Gatti’s 10 culture picks; Mike Mulvihill’s TV top five; Daniel Finkelstein’s political top 10; Laura Craik’s 10 fashion picks; and Erica Wagner’s five favourite bookish people. Some might surprise: fashion guru Romeo Beckham, for example? And (dead) composer Benjamin Britten? It will be pretty hard to watch him.

THE HAIR! THE CLOTHES!: Check out these gauche go-getters in NZ On Screen’s Before They Were Famous collection of clips. There’s Russle Roq (aka Russell Crowe) getting his Grease on with band Roman Antix from Shazam! in 1985; a super-confident tweenie Kimbra cutting a pop record for What Now? from 2001; All Black Piri Weepu popping up in the famous Wainuiomata episode of Heartland – on a school road safety patrol; New Zealand’s Next Top Model judge Colin Mathura-Jeffree emerging from a lotus flower in the 1998 Hero Parade; nine-year-old Jennifer Ward-Lealand acting in the 1972 TV drama Gone Up North for a While … so many gems.
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