Catch of the Week

New Zealand Listener - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT - By FIONA RAE

IN POD WE TRUST: It’s that time of the year when “best-of” lists start ap­pear­ing and if there’s one trend that ev­ery­one has no­ticed, it’s the rise and rise of pod­casts. There are now some you even have to pay for, such as Bill Bryson’s Ap­pli­ance of Sci­ence on Au­di­ble. True-crime pod­casts are now so pop­u­lar that we have our own – the lat­est is the NZ Her­ald’s Chas­ing Ghosts, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­ap­pear­ance of twoyear-old Am­ber-Lee Cruick­shank in 1992: tinyurl. com/NZLGhosts. US pod­cast Se­rial, which started the trend, is still avail­able at se­ri­alpod­cast.org, as is S-Town, made by the same pro­duc­ers: ­stown­pod­cast. org. Our favourite for the year is The Guilty Fem­i­nist ( guiltyfem­i­nist.com), pre­sented by co­me­dian Deb­o­rah Frances-White. Episode 71 features Kiwi co­me­dian Cal Wil­son: tinyurl.com/ NZLGuiltyFem.

RUS­SIA!: It’s not all bad. We are re­minded that the an­i­ma­tor judged by other an­i­ma­tors as the best of all time is Yuriy Nor­shteyn, whose slow, care­ful work makes you feel as if you’re in a beau­ti­ful dream. His most fa­mous work, Tale of Tales, said AS By­att, “works so deeply be­cause it com­bines per­fectly the way we de­fine ­child­hood mem­o­ries ev­ery time we call them up, and the sense we have of the archetypes of myth”. The film is avail­able on YouTube: tinyurl. com/NZLTales, as is the folk story Hedge­hog in the Fog: tinyurl.com/NZLHedge­hog.

Deb­o­rah Frances-White

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