Best of the web: June 11, 2016by Fiona Rae
A celebration of New Zealand's music and television history.
WE HEART MUSIC: The breadth, depth and artistry of New Zealand music is soon to be celebrated in an exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa covers seven decades of the Kiwi music scene with hands-on exhibits and terrific ephemera collected from musicians, such as costumes, instruments and hand-written lyrics. The exhibition starts in October, but there is a trailer.
LENS OF HISTORY: New Zealand’s television past is also celebrated in NZ on Screen’s latest Screen Talk with broadcast pioneer Allan Martin, who produced current affairs programmes Compass and Town and Around in the 1960s, helped build our second channel despite Prime Minister Robert Muldoon’s opposition and was TVNZ’s first Director-General.
SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. It may have had a low-rated first season, but David Duchovny’s star power was enough to guarantee a second season of 60s-set drama Aquarius, which is available at TVNZ Ondemand from Friday. Duchovny is a cop investigating Charles Manson, and this season leads up to the infamous murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others in 1969.
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