The Jack and Gabriel show
The worryingly ubiquitous Jack Ross (are there more than one of him? have you never seen them in the same room?) will be introducing Gabriel White's ninety minute movie Aucklantis when it screens tomorrow - that's Saturday, the 2nd of December - at 3 pm in the Spatial Design building of the Auckland University of Technology.
Before he got into the movie business Gabriel White was a member of Spacesuit, one of the best-kept secrets of the Auckland music scene in the '90s. Inspired by Cook Islands drumming and attention deficit disorder, the boys in Spacesuit used to build fearsome percussive instruments out of innocuous objects like plastic buckets and tinfoil. Their live performances lasted as long as it took to destroy the instruments. Like his music, Gabriel's films (aficianados prefer the less pretentious word 'videos') marry the Kiwi DIY ethic with an appetitie for strangeness. You can whet your appetitie with a clip from Aucklantis here. I suspect Gabriel was acquainted with this wee gem of a novel when he produced his flick.