Documentary

Here’s the promo and logo for the new channel. Judy Bailey is the presenter for NZ’s History Makers.

Archival documentary slot revisits a dramatic chapter in New Zealand’s race relations history: the confrontation between Ngati Whatua of Orakei and the NZ Government and police in 1977 at Auckland’s Bastion Point.

Wednesday November 15 at 9:30pm on Maori TV.

Yothu Yindi is the only Aboriginal music group to have made its mark on the international scene, taking the culture and sounds of the Yolngu tribe to the world. This documentary celebrates the kindship, ceremony and lifestyles of the tribe and Yothu Yindi’s amazing contribution towards its preservation.

Tuesday November 14 at 8.30pm on Maori TV.

For almost a century, the community of Orauta have been educating their children in a school situated on land gifted by their ancestral chief to the Crown. However, at the end of 2005 the school was issued with an order of closure. Many whanau were so opposed to the order that they continued to operate and occupy the school themselves. This documentary follows the last seven months of the school.

Saturday 4 November, 9.30am on TV One

Flight of the Conchords was hilarious last night. I’m so glad I watched it – the boys deserve all the success they get. You can check out their fansite and keep up to date with news on their upcoming HBO show.

Funny moments:

  • telling the Texan crowd not to cheer so much, just to cheer half-heartedly so that it would remind them of being at home.
  • the ending where they sounded a lot like some of the NZ Idol contestants, something like ‘so yeah, um, thanks for watching, if you did like it…unless you just turned over for the next show’.
  • their commentary on kiwi culture compared to US culture

The TV3 documentary Flight of the Conchords: A Texan Odyssey is a rare and exciting chance for New Zealand viewers to see our most successful comedy duo do their thing on the world stage.

19 October, 9:30 PM, TV3

In March 2006, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement aka Flight of the Conchords embarked on a revealing and hilarious odyssey into the political and musical heart of the United States of America. The result is a very amusing comedy documentary jam-packed with the Conchords’ classic hit songs.

With a Gibson Group documentary crew in tow, they travelled from Wellington, New Zealand to Austin, Texas to launch their folk parody act upon one of the toughest music industry events in the world: the South By SouthWest music showcase.

Superstars Morrissey, Neil Young, Peaches, Lyle Lovett and Kinky Friedman appear alongside New Zealanders Coco Solid, The Brunettes and Flight of the Conchords themselves in this enlightening look at what it takes to break into the ruthless American music market.

In their first experience as documentarians, McKenzie and Clement meet famous folk and political candidates, real cowboys and regular musicians, as well as their own management and fans. Important questions are asked. Is it better to be called a band, or a duo? Can one good rock show change the world? Can a comedy act break through onto the ruthless music circuit? Has anybody in America heard of any bands from New Zealand? Is stage-diving a good idea? The answers can be shocking.

In its 20 years of existence, SXSW has become widely regarded as the most important showcase of contemporary music in the world. Held every March in the state capital of Texas, approximately 1500 bands line up to tout their wares to record labels, managers, tour promoters, festival bookers and venue owners.

Flight of the Conchords had a greater head-start than most when they hit the ground in Austin this year: they already had a record contract (with Sub Pop – the legendary US indie label that signed Nirvana); management (the guy behind Good Charlotte and My Morning Jacket); a legal team (who also represent the South Park lads), and a personal invitation from SXSW head honcho, Roland Swenson (who saw them on HBO and loved them). Yet this still wasn’t enough to guarantee them decent sound at their gigs, fancy accommodation close to town, or cool bodyguards like Morrissey has to protect them from their fans. Things could go wrong – and they did.

Flight of the Conchords: A Texan Odyssey features live performances of the Flight of the Conchords hits “Business Time”, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room”, “Boom, She’s So Hot!”, “Think About It, Think, Think About It” and Coco Solid’s hit single “Denim & Leather”.