Posted Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

From the origins of football in Germany to a Kiwi musician helping Germans rediscover their musical roots, the new look Goethe-Institut German Film Festival has a lot to offer. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 films (18 feature films and 7 short films) showcase very different facets of German life, both past and present, across a range of genres - from drama, thriller and comedy to horror, war and western.


The filmmakers represented are the new face of German cinema and their films, such as The Dark ValleyTwo LivesFack Ju Goehte, and Love Steaks, featured heavily at this year's German Film Awards.

For this first time since 2009 the festival will screen in Auckland and Dunedin, as well as Wellington. The festival will feature some special guests and exclusive events, including a Jazz Concert, a Yodelling Workshop, and a high-profile Panel & Workshop focussing on International Co-Production.


The Goethe-Institut are especially thrilled that Kiwi horn player Hayden Chisholm will be back in the country for the festival to celebrate the opening night film, Sound of Heimat, in which he stars. Joining him will be Sound of Heimat director Arne Birkenstock, music teacher and legendary yodeller Loni Kuisle (who also stars in the opening night film) and journalist, editor and filmmaker Maren Niemeyer, who will lead the Panel and Workshop events.


The German Film Festival will begin in Wellington (4-14 September, Paramount) before to moving to Auckland (11-21 September, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket) and Dunedin (25-28 September, Rialto Cinemas).

The full programme, with schedule, is available online at:



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Aeroplane Music launches Songbroker to 'hook you up with music'

Posted Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

Aeroplane Music MD Jan Hellriegel is excited about Songbroker - a new resource to help New Zealand music users find New Zealand music.

"Songbroker really does do what it says on the tin", she says. "It hooks you up with the music you need."

Songbroker enables production companies and content makers to tap into an extensive network of local songwriters, bands and musicians to source original music -  existing tracks or songs made to order.


At the smaller budget end, Songbroker can source original local music for customers who might otherwise opt for an off-the-shelf library track from an overseas supplier.


For bigger jobs, Songbroker may brief several songwriters who will each come back with an original composition to fit the brief. No fee is charged unless a track is used.

As well as the new Songbroker service, Aeroplane provides music supervision, publicity and project management services and looks after the catalogues of Warner Music NZ, Arch Hill and Flying Nun.