Category Film

New Zealand’s First Jazz Recording

In December 1930 New Zealand’s first jazz recording was made: a one minute publicity film of Epi Shalfoon and His Melody Boys performing a Dixieland arrangement of a popular Māori song E Puritai Tama E (also known as He Pūru Taitama). The fact that the first jazz recording made in New Zealand was a film […]

Why Hip Hop works for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

Since seeing The Great Gatsby a few months ago and reading a variety of reviews of it I have been pondering why many people felt that Luhrmann’s use of hip hop did not work for the film, and why I think it did. I should note that this is entirely my own opinion- I have […]