Kiwis are often accused of not being very good at expressing their feelings. This documentary (made for TV One's Work of Art programme) offers striking evidence to the contrary, using some of our favourite love songs as proof. A roll call of New Zealand's best-known musicians and songwriters talk here candidly about love, and play some of the songs inspired by their experiences. The result is a film that shines a light on love Kiwi-style, and provides a fascinating survey of New Zealand pop music from the last 30 years along the way.
[In] 1951, 'Blue Smoke' was one of the hottest discs in America, so it was a huge hit worldwide.– Singer Jackie Clarke, who covers 'Blue Smoke'
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Featured songs (in order)
'Blue Smoke' written by Ruru Karaitiana, performed by Jackie Clarke
'Cheryl Moana Marie' written by Nat Kipner & John Rowles, performed by John Rowles
'1905' written & performed by Shona Laing
'I See Red' written by Tim Finn, Neil Finn, Eddie Rayner, Malcolm Green & Noel Crombie, performed by Tim Finn
'Victoria' written & performed by Jordan Luck
'Loyal' written & performed by Dave Dobbyn
'Submarine Bells' written & performed by Martin Phillips
'Not Given Lightly' written & performed by Chris Knox
'Watchin' U' written by Ryan Monga & performed by Ardijah
'Sway' written & performed by Bic Runga
Songs recorded at York Street Studios in November 1997