Shortland Street deserves a round of applause
- Jul 11, 2019
What do you think of when you think of cabaret? Do images of scantily-clad women with feather boas and bustiers...Read More
Savina Kim is short, Asian and a woman. “That’s three strikes,” she laughs.
She also happens to be the Event Coordinator at Auckland Live...Read More
NameUL. It’s a name you will hear about very soon, if you haven’t already. And my suggestion is to turn the young rapper up – because you’re in...Read More
Call me strange, but I find few things more satisfying than curling up in a cosy...Read More
The year is 1914. War engulfs the European continent. Thousands of New Zealand soldiers...Read More
There’s nothing worse than someone spoiling the book you’re reading. I know. I may or may not have finished Harry Potter and the Order of the...Read More
Women as conniving, or as infantile, creatures that aren’t quite at the same level men are. Women as sex objects. Women getting fucked, beat up,...Read More
There’s something about masks that fascinates many people. The idea of being able to become someone else – to hide...Read More
Like most 90’s kids, I was – and still am – a fan of The Simpsons . But unlike my peers, out of all the...Read More
In Aotearoa, New Zealand, we lend our voices to the language of our colonisers. The language of the streets is...Read More
Kelly Nash, one of three choreographers in the upcoming production, Manaia , creates a relationship...Read More
Six-and-a-half hours. That’s approximately how long I spent binge-watching Netflix yesterday. Six-and-a-half blissful hours of The Killing and...Read More
In this age of celebrity saturation, true authenticity is rare. When everyone from actors and musicians to...Read More
Warning : spoiler alert if you aren’t familiar with the Me Before You storyline and ending.
Imagine you were a live-life-to-the-fullest-...Read More
According to his website , not much is known about Brian Bilston. I happened...Read More
I sat by one of my best friends at the movies a few weeks ago while a pre-...Read More
If you’ve been waiting for a book that covers everything from Miss Piggy’s near rapist tendencies, to the struggle to say the word ‘period’, to...Read More
If you’re like me, when someone mentions Tupperware parties, you imagine the...Read More
When I was a little girl from the provinces, my favourite part of a trip to Auckland was the obligatory trek to Borders on Queen Street. Down in...Read More
Jimi Hunt is living more awesome. And his goal is to have you live more awesome too.
Which is...Read More
I’m in my twenties. I have a beard. I’m a ballet dancer.
OK – I may not be the typical person you think of when you think of someone who...Read More
As we’ve discussed previously on Villainesse , abortion isn’t exactly a subject that slips...Read More
One year ago today, Villainesse was born.
It simultaneously seems like just yesterday and about a decade since she sprang into being, and...Read More
It was a moment I’ll likely tell my granddaughters about – the night I was in the same [very large] room with Gloria Steinem.
While the...Read More
Feminists happy that The Bachelor is so very nearly over should not breathe easy yet. With the launch of Bravo in August we can look forward to...Read More
A song about a King’s Cross prostitute may not exactly be a classic example of New...Read More
You don’t have to look far to find evidence of New Zealand’s love affair with water. No...Read More
Taking on the Catholic Church must have been pretty daunting for the Spotlight investigative team at the Boston Globe newspaper. The film of the...Read More
In late February of 2015 I picked up and moved from New Zealand to Melbourne. I made the decision about two weeks before moving and at the time I...Read More
You are coming to New Zealand as part of the International Comedy Festival, and you’re bringing your show ‘Look At Me’. Tell me a little bit...Read More
Hey Tessa! How's it going?
It’s good. I’m just sitting backstage in a little break between shows. So, I’m doing a little bit of napping...Read More
There are few features of the music industry as mythologised as going on tour. Tales of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll have reverberated down the...Read More
I write this in a state of shock. When the lovely Steve Braunias suggested that I enter Villainesse in the Canon Media Awards I thought he was...Read More
I was somewhat late to the Carol party, much to my folly. I’d had my eye on this film for a while, and went so far as to publish a ‘who wants to...Read More
In 2015 I spent three months as a backpacker in Europe, travelling the continent all on my lonesome. As you’d expect, solo travel was a life-...Read More
Donald J. Trump, Republican candidate for the presidential nomination, is many things, but presidential he is not. While it’s frankly terrifying...Read More
Five years ago, I began reading Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex . As a 21-year-old feminist with very...Read More
Forget Fifty Shades . Every woman needs to read the Beyond series.
The world as we know it has ended. Surrounding the city of Eden,...Read More
There’s an old adage in the music industry: that what goes on tour stays on tour. Its usage is now...Read More
My introduction to Harper Lee came in Year 10 English. I was one of the few in the class who was actually interested...Read More
At the Grammys last week, Adele, queen of the music universe, had a really bad day at the...Read More
Currently in the middle of the promo grind for his new album The Life of Pablo , Kanye West can’t seem to keep his mouth shut. First he proclaimed...Read More
My first introduction to Joni Mitchell was through Love Actually , of all things. Which goes to show that there are exactly two good things about...Read More
Last Saturday night a 48-year-old Australian woman waited at a taxi rank to hail a cab to...Read More
Before this goes any further, let’s clear something up: I’m not a native-born...Read More
If you ever played a musical instrument as a child you’ll likely have horrendous memories of being forced to play it in front of crowds of bored-...Read More
Growing up, I was a lonely little kid. I wasn’t into sports, not like the other boys, so I wasn’t super popular in that way only athletic kids are...Read More
Cringe-inducing. Misguided. Fatuous.
Sound familiar? These were some of the words tossed around to describe the portrayal of Mr Yunioshi...Read More
First published on Monday the 9th of November, 2015, this piece was the most-loved Villainesse story of 2015.
New Zealand, 2013. A group...Read More
First published on Saturday the 13th of June, 2015, this piece comes in at number 5 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015...Read More
First published on Tuesday the 28th of July, 2015, this piece comes in at number 7 in the top 30...Read More
First published on Sunday the 6th of September, 2015, this piece comes in...Read More
First published on Tuesday the 7th of July, 2015, this piece comes in at number 21 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
Image: Kendrick Lamar / Jørund Føreland Pedersen / Wikimedia Commons
Feeling reflective? Doing some deep-thinking as 2015 draws to a close...Read More
On a cold morning this past October some of the most unexpected entertainment news in recent memory broke: Stephenie...Read More
It’s nearly that time of year. If you’re anything like me, you’re staggering half-dead to the finish line. For those who are already on holiday, I...Read More
In the modern music landscape it’s sadly rare for a song with a hard edge to get any kind of significant cut-through. Notable exceptions include...Read More
Through a stroke of good luck, September saw me gifted the opportunity to attend a preview screening of Suffragette , a blockbuster coming to New...Read More
Newly crowned the New Zealand Female Solo Artist of the Year, Gin Wigmore is no wallflower. She exudes presence, as does her music. New Rush was...Read More