The Gravy

Sunday 5 April, 9pm on TV6

Meet photographer Victoria Birkinshaw, installation artist Andrea du Chatenier and young Auckland band Moron Says What?!; plus find out The Truth about macramé this week on The Gravy.

The Gravy profiles Victoria Birkinshaw, who photographs subjects as diverse as dogs in Samoa, speedway enthusiasts and a Belarusian kick boxer.

The team travel to Wanganui to meet Andrea du Chatenier, a sculptor and installation artist whose most recent work uses wool, a material with particular relevance to her surroundings.

The Truth shows us why macramé is bigger and better than Craft or Art.

Finally we meet Moron Says What?!, a girl band with a fondness for the simple things in life: sleep, food and Wikipedia.

The Gravy also screens Wednesday 8 April at 9pm on TV6

Sunday 29 March, 9pm on TV6

This week on The Gravy, Gabe McDonnell heads to Christchurch for a huge moment in the lives of her community dance troupe, ‘The Real Hot Bitches’. These 80s soft-rock show ponies are on a mission to take on the world record for the biggest synchronised dance routine.

Getting the ‘Bitches’ to go anywhere has been compared to ‘herding cats’, and along the way there’ll be tantrums and a whole lot of hairspray – but it might all be worth it if they can cement their place in history.

The Truth offers tips for making a Gangster Hip-Hop video.

Later in the show, The Gravy profiles Nikkie Gibson and Jules German, a creative couple with a love for slasher movies. Gibson is a jeweller whose work incorporates elements such as human teeth and roadkill. Her partner German is a painter, who captures raw emotions such as terror in his multi-layered works. When the two collaborate the results are more than a little creepy.

The Gravy also screens Wednesday 1 April at 9pm.

Sunday 22 March at 9pm TV6

Meet robot maker Martin Horspool and mind-boggling sculptor Filipe Tohi; learn The Truth about languages; and head to fashion week with young designers ’27 Names’ this week on The Gravy.

The Gravy catches up with Martin Horspool, a man whose fascination with rusty old bits of metal has led him to build robots from objects found in junk shops and scrap yards.

Gabe McDonnell heads to New Plymouth to meet Tongan-born sculptor Filipe Tohi. His work peels back the layers of traditional rope bindings, investigating meaning in the patterns of these ancient forms.

The Truth investigates the birth of new languages like ‘Geek Speak’ and ‘Hip-Hop Blag’.

Then it’s off to NZ fashion week with fashion label ’27 Names’. Young designers Anjali and Rachel are just beginning to establish themselves in the rag trade and their first major solo show is a journey into the unknown.

The Gravy also screens Wednesday 25 March at 9pm.

Sunday 15 March at 9pm on TV6

Check out new works from Tanja Misery, hang out with musician Delaney Davidson, and meet oestrogen inspired jeweller Kate Woodka.

This week, host Ross Liew enters the fairytale world of artist and designer Tanja Misery and her colourful menagerie of characters in the build up to her show ‘Holly Melancholy and the Night that Saved the Day’.

The Gravy meets deadpan musician Delaney Davidson, a travelling man who was expelled from the special dreamers’ school. He tells us about his life, his loves, and of going to see the Rolling Stones as a baby.

Find out The Truth about TV shows.

Then check out the extraordinary oestrogen-inspired work of jeweller Kate Woodka. Kate’s very personal work incorporates everything from rubber gloves to panty-pads, biology to domesticity.

Sunday 8 March, 9pm on TV6

Meet leading naïve artist Ivan Hill, performer Sheba Williams, and horror-inspired sculptor Matt Molloy, this week on The Gravy.

Ivan Hill, a naïve artist from Dunedin, takes us on a journey through his eventful life and his colourful and primitive style of painting. The artist also explains why the writer Katherine Mansfield is such an inspiration to him.

The Gravy meets Sheba Williams, a multi-faceted singer, performer and all-round exuberant personality.

Find out The Truth about modern music.

Then Ross Liew explores work inspired by the minds of serial killers with sculptor Matt Molloy – a mad professor who thrives in a world that combines human anatomy and horror.

The Gravy also screens Wednesday 11 March at 9pm.

Sunday 29 February, 9pm on TV6

The Gravy visits extraordinary painter Matthew Squire, collage and ‘zine maker Kerry-Ann Lee, and conceptual artist Gill Gatfield.

This week, The Gravy meets painter Matthew Squire. His story is one of memory loss and a new life as an artist. It is, he says, as if “God has given me two lives.”

Ross Liew talks to Kerry-Ann Lee, a collage and ‘zine maker working with paper, scissors and glue. Lee pulls out her scalpels and shows Liew how a punk attitude has brought new perspective to her cultural heritage.

The Truth tells the story of Tourism in New Zealand

Then it’s off to the studio of Gill Gatfield, a conceptual artist working with a wide range of unusual materials. She explains that looking after her work can be a full-time job – you might even need a babysitter.

Sunday 22 February, 9pm

Meet The Phoenix Foundation; hear the ‘Legend of the Tyre Swan’; and hang out with young playwright Tom Sainsbury, this week on The Gravy.

Wellington band The Phoenix Foundation are well-established gems of New Zealand music, made up of six innovative musicians who all have solo projects. The Gravy digs up the history of the band and how its members have found wildly differing outlets for their creativity – allowing them to return reinvigorated for the next bout of recording and touring.

The Truth tells the amazing story of the ‘Legend of the Tyre Swan’.

Finally, Gabe McDonnell heads to Matamata and Auckland to meet young playwright Tom Sainsbury. She talks to Sainsbury’s parents on the family farm and discovers why he finds joy in moments of painful embarrassment.

The Gravy also screens Wednesday 25 February, 9pm.



Sunday 15 February, 9pm on TV6

This week on The Gravy, the entire episode is devoted to artists who have had first-hand experience of UFOs.

First up is painter, graphic artist and UFO spotter, Peap Tarr. His cultural heritage has led him to take an interest in the Naga snake, which he describes as a Cambodian relative of the taniwha.
Gabe McDonnell introduces us to the story of New Zealand’s most celebrated flying saucer sighting, the Kaikoura UFO.

Then it’s off to Waiheke Island to meet Mike Gibson. He and his partner Bridget have both seen unusual objects in the sky and, in Mike’s case, it has led to an enduring interest in forms of communication – in the past, present and future.

Sunday 8 February, 9pm on TV6

The Gravy is a local series documenting creative culture in Aotearoa. The series was a finalist in two categories in the 2008 Qantas Television Awards and walked away with the award for Best Information/Lifestyle Programme; the first ever award for the Freeview platform.

The Gravy series three is presented by musician Warren Maxwell, writer Gabe McDonnell, and graphic designer/street artist Ross Liew. As practicing artists, the presenters bring their creative sensibilities and knowledge to The Gravy while finding inspiration and connections with the talent featured.
The stories covered explore all aspects of creativity, from painting to prose, tattoos to taxidermy, and within each episode is a two-minute tongue-in-cheek animated segment called ‘The Truth’.

Over the course of the first two series, the show has become a unique repository of all that’s going on right here in New Zealand. Over 70 artists have already been profiled, giving the audience access to the personal stories and drive behind their work as well as insight into their process.

Series three of The Gravy promises more talent, colour, and its special mix of wildly different forms of art, as well as adding another 37 stories to the growing list of Kiwi creatives previously covered in the show.

The first show is all about Gravy presenter Warren Maxwell’s band ‘Little Bushman’ and their nervous build up to one of the most important performances of their lives: teaming up with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to play an extraordinary concert.

The Gravy is repeated on Wednesday 11 February at 9pm.

Sunday 25 January, 9.30pm on TV6

This week The Gravy visits the port town of Lyttelton to profile the life and work of the extraordinary Lindon Puffin.

A former member of glam band ‘The Puffins’, songwriter Puffin is now an established solo musician with a relentless touring schedule that has taken him to pretty much every town and village in the country over the last couple of years. Puffin also talks about his warts-and-all documentary road movie Figure 8000, a film that tells the story of his life as a touring artist.
In the regular animation slot, The Truth takes an irreverent look at the fashion industry in New Zealand.

Finally, Gravy presenter Gabe McDonnell meets fellow playwright Albert Belz at his parental home in Auckland. Belz has won a number of awards for ground-breaking work that has covered everything from a journey into the mind of Jack the Ripper to a story of romance amid the violence and emotion that surrounded the 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand. Between games of Dungeons and Dragons, Belz explains to Gabe why, although he is fiercely proud of his cultural heritage, he doesn’t enjoy the label “Bold Maori Playwright”.