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Muse: Hooray for Wellywood (Really!)

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  • Kumara Republic, in reply to jessica scott,

    I always liked the nuclear-free Wellington sign - now in the Wellington Museum of City and Sea, it was rescued from a skip before being displayed, hence why it is snapped in half. It was located next to the main road beside the runway so you were in no doubt that it was directed at tourists and was on airport-owned land

    It was, sadly, a victim of misguided cargo cultism on the part of a certain ex-Mayor and her cohorts. The justification given was that the sign would offend the 'wealthy Americans' that she had wanted to attract to Wellington. Somehow she'd never heard of The Other Steve.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5443 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Quite -- would be very interested in seeing the 60 minute tabloid-enraging pilot version of 'A Study in Pink' -- which is an extra on the UK-US DVDs but wouldn't assume would wash up in R4. (For that matter, I'm still pissed the backdoor pilot of Being Human isn't on the series one DVDs.)

    Dilemma of the modern age: I blundered by watching the pilot first, I'm unsure in what order to tackle the three aired episodes, any suggestions welcomed!

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    <i>Dilemma of the modern age: I blundered by watching the pilot first, I’m unsure in what order to tackle the three aired episodes, any suggestions welcomed!</i>

    Oh, you really need to stick to the air order because (spoilers sweetie!) 'The Great Game' ends on one hell of a cliffhanger that's pretty nicely set up in 'A Study in Pink' and teased out in 'The Blind Banker'. Would be interested to know what you think of the pilot though. I understand it's the same story as the aired version, but I understand the BBC thought the storytelling and character development felt a bit rushed.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    he and a few friends had been ready to move to New Zealand in the late '80s because they were so enthused about our anti-nuclear stance.

    I asked him what stopped it - he said it was when he realised there was no branch of Apple here.

    Which begs the question... Why have successive Governments failed to attract such companies to our shores?. It's not as if we are an ugly place to do business. Had we not sold off Telecom and had invested in UFB earlier things may have been different but still they talk of selling off infrastructure assets. Fools.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Why have successive Governments failed to attract such companies to our shores?

    We're too small a market?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Would be interested to know what you think of the pilot though. I understand it’s the same story as the aired version, but I understand the BBC thought the storytelling and character development felt a bit rushed.

    Despite obvious differences in the premise, following Guy Richie's macho update effort a few years back, I feared the worst.

    A minute in I was moaning at blasphemous name dropping. Five later I was hooked, it was bloody brilliant; dark, claustrophobic, paranoid (no unfiltered daylight shots throughout as I recall). As a lifelong fan I'd even suggest the rushed character development was a plus, it also necessitated some pretty fantastic yet brutally economical writing and staging. Thanks a lot for the heads up on the running order Craig, much appreciated.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Sacha,

    We're too small a market?

    Geographical distance may play a small part too. How does Argentina fair on the international stage?

    According to IMF, New Zealand 24th, Argentina 62nd in nominal GDP per capita. Yeah, not comparing apples with apples, or even perhaps fruit, but they don't have any complaints on the population front (40m).

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • johnno,

    I thought the building above the proposed sign used to be used by Civil Aviation, and then was bought by the the airport and leased to Jackson's Wingnut Films. Barrie Osbourne used to have an office up there. It might be why the big wigs in Miramar have kept a noticeable silence on this one.

    Personally, I'll be aiming to sit on the other side of the aircraft when using Wellington's airport. It could lead to issues onboard aircraft when frequent fliers refuse to open their blinds so as to avoid looking at the abomination on the way in or out. Tourists, on the other hand, might not be able to get past the view of gorse, aviation tank farms, disused wharves and gang pads before they even get to stupid sign.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 111 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Sacha,

    We’re too small a market?

    Like I said somewhere else, "The world is your lobster"
    I'm sure "Apple" wouldn't contemplate manufacturing in such a highly paid environment but they could sure use some of that old Kiwi ingenuity software wise. With good networking capability, ie. "UFB" and a good pipe offshore, we could'a been a contenduh.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    It was located next to the main road beside the runway so you were in no doubt that it was directed at tourists and was on airport-owned land

    I can't be 100% sure, but if it was located where the current tame replacement is, then it looks like it was on either road reserve (i.e. Council land) or, since it's next to SH1, NZTA (formerly Transit NZ land).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Plunketto,

    Don't want to be too much a negative nelly with all the Sherlock drooling, but halfway through the second one now, the casting is great, characters fun and camerawork just so modern and zippy BUT I can't help but think the whole thing is like an extended episode of Castle or Monk or something with just as many silly plot holes. A bit shallow for me but then maybe I'm missing the point.

    oamaru • Since May 2011 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Plunketto,

    Well. What do I know? EP 3 was a big improvement- an involving story and an excellent villain in Moriaty. Good dialogue- starting to find out more about Sherlocks character and motivations. Great fun. I want more.
    Still say EP2 was a bit shit though.

    oamaru • Since May 2011 • 5 posts Report Reply

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