Graham Reid | | 1 min read
The Loop collections (stacked-full CDs
of usually essential soulful electronica, sometimes a DVD with video
clips and short films) are often as artistically presented as their
classy contents (see the Fly My Pretties A Story CD/DVD package), and are an on-going archive of great New Zealand
sounds and images.
In the decade since their first CD
collection (Cloudboy, Rhian Sheehan, TrinityRoots, Black Seeds etc)
they presented the elaborate Loop 5 (a book of graphic arts,
music and a video/short film selection which included Taika Waititi's
breakthrough Two Cars, One Night).
This new CD/DVD collection is a similar
embarrassment of riches: among the short films are Waititi's Tama
Tu (a tribute to the Maori Battalion, as moving as it is funny),
Zoe McIntosh's Day Trip (a gang member takes an unplanned trip
“overseas”, to Picton), James Blick's understated Roof
Rattling which feels like a deftly written short story sensitively handled onto the screen, and the quirky Betty Banned Sweets by Michelle
Savill, among others.
Tim McLachlan's hilarious Frosty Man and the BMX Kid is as insightful in its own, very different way, as Two Cars, One Night.
A Christmas-gift for those overseas, and one for yourself.
Frosty Man and the BMX Kid? A classic.