Coming up on February’s show!

February's guest is Reiner Schoenbrunn, Featherston resident and former rostrum camera operator
February’s guest is Reiner Schoenbrunn, Featherston resident and former rostrum camera operator

I’ll be the first to admit I have been very slack on the blog front.  But, blog slackness (or BS as I like to call it!) has corresponded with a period of intense activity out there in the real world (and, indeed, the reel world, more of which later).  I’ve hit my stride with my job at Arrow FM, and even come up with a name for it – Coordinator, Southern Region!  Flash, eh!  Local Rotarian, Steve Lillyston (aka Captain Cat for anyone who caught the recent Arrow FM/Limelight Theatre production of Under Milk Wood), and I have been on a bit of a Schmooze-fest round the local Rotary Clubs, securing financial, moral and practical support for his show, Rotary Matters, which should be hitting the airwaves in March.  I am really excited about Steve’s show, and is a great example of how local organisations can use radio to support their aims and objectives, spread the word of the great work they do, and increase understanding of and participation in groups such as Rotary.  Rotary Matters monthly broadcast will do three things.  It will

  • Inform the community about Rotary, which will also help Rotary in recruit new members
  • Inform the community about specific things that Rotary does for the community (internationally as well as SW Rotary)
  • Inform the community about events that are coming up, and/or that we need help with.

Rotary is a key organisation in our community, raising and distributing significant funds for youth, health, education and humanitarian projects at a local and international level.  I’m excited that they will be using the wonderful world of the airwaves to spread their message and engage a wider audience.

What else… well, I met Reiner Schoenbrunn, a Featherstonian who has, and continues to have, a fascinating career in film and photography.  He is currently a Film Conservator at the NZ Film Archive, an incredible institution based in Wellington which is the home of New Zealand’s moving image history with over 150,000 titles spanning feature films, documentaries, short films, home movies, newsreels, TV programmes and advertisements.  Reiner and I sat down to chat a few weeks ago, and the conversation is set to continue!  On this month’s show we explore Reiner’s early interest in the moving image, his apprenticeships in Germany, and his career as a rostrum camera operator here in New Zealand.  In forthcoming shows we will be taking a deeper look into the work of the NZ Film Archive, and Reiner’s vital contribution to securing our incredible moving image heritage for future generations as a Film Conservator; and talking to him about his book, The New Zealand Morris Minor Story, a tribute to this fab little car that used to be such a feature of the New Zealand landscape.  We have plans to conduct that interview in a Morris Minor, of which Reiner has several!

The film theme continues on the show with some news on one of the Film Archive’s upcoming project, Reel Life in Rural New Zealand, in which agriculture, history and incredible inventions from the Hawkes Bay, Tararua and Wairarapa regions will be showcased in all their cinematic glory throughout March, with the New Zealand Film Archive and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust partnering to present a programme of films that spans the 20th century.  What’s really great about this project is that the films will be screened in five NZHPT registered heritage woolsheds, including in Greytown and Tinui.  Check out the NZHPT website for more details.

Tune in to 92.7FM tonight (21st February) to hear all this, plus news of fantastic Featherstonians, such as the Moana Takes Flight gig coming up in Wellington, and Richard Clark’s idea to launch a Featherston team for the 48hour Film Festival taking place throughout NZ in April.  Man, what a great little town full of great, great people!

ReCooper8 airs tonight at 8pm, 92.7FM or click ‘listen live’ at Arrow FM.  If you miss it tonight, catch it again on Sunday 24th February at 10pm, and next Thursday (28th) at 8pm.


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