Cycling cinematically

It's nearly that time again. Time to get on yer bike for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. During February workplaces, organisations and teams of all sizes will be competing to see who can get the most cycling in, and rack up the mileage (or kilometrage?). There are also some great prizes up for grabs. For stalwart…
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Michael J Fox and Peter Jackson on the Frighteners set: Picturing Canterbury

Michael J. Fox and Peter Jackson on the set of The Frighteners in London St, Lyttelton, Christchurch. The Lyttelton Post Office (now part of Lyttelton Library and Customer Services) is seen in the background, but was turned into Bistro Sundown for the movie. Also pictured, standing next to Jackson is Kiwi cinematographer, Alun Bollinger. May…
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Holiday boredom-busters

The holiday season is upon us and it's a great time to spend time with some quality books, movies, and music. Here are some titles that will tantalise you with their mystery, entertain you with their storytelling, amaze you with their creativity, and leave you with a sense of satisfaction. We've got Fiction, Audiobooks, Graphic…
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NZIFF Survivalist

The Christchurch leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival is in full swing and there's been some brilliant films on show thus far! A particular favourite of mine has been 'Arctic' - a one-man powerhouse performance by Mads Mikkelsen. He's a pilot that has crash-landed somewhere in the vast emptiness of the Arctic and from…
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Curate Your Own Personal Film Festival (from the Library DVD Collection)

The Press reporter Charlie Gates wrote a fascinating article about the decline in DVD rental stores in Christchurch: Ghosts and survivors in fading DVD market. There may be fewer places to hire DVDs from, but you can still get 'em at your local library! Latest arrivals Browse our DVD collection Because I am decidedly average at…
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Competition: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Charming. Quirky. Nostalgic. All words that have been used to describe Mary Ann Shaffer's bestselling novel, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. The historical WWII novel that Shaffer (a former librarian) wrote when her plans for a biography of Robert Falcon Scott's widow, Kathleen Scott fell through, "Guernsey" was extremely popular when it…
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