Recent necrology, January 2017

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • John Berger, 1926-2017
    English art critic, novelist, painter and poet
  • Michael Chamberlain , 1944-2017
    New Zealand-born Australian writer, teacher and pastor best known for the 1980 death of his daughter Azaria
  • Babette Cole, 1950-2017
    English children’s author and illustrator

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  • John Hurt, 1940-2017
    English actor and voice actor whose career spanned six decades

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  • Douglas Reeman, 1924-2017
    British author of many historical fiction books on the Royal Navy, who also wrote under the pseudonym Alexander Kent
  • Emmanuèle Riva, 1927-2017
    French actress best known for her roles in the films Hiroshima Mon Amour, and Amour
  • Bruce Slane, 1931-2017
    New Zealand’s first Privacy Commissioner
  • Emma Tennant, 1937-2017
    British novelist and editor whose fiction is often imbued with fantasy or magic

New titles on Access Video

Access Video LogoDo you find that appealing offerings on TV are rather meagre these days? If so, why not check out Access Video?

Access Video is one of our many eResources. It gives you access to thousands of streaming world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos on every known subject. The videos can be watched as a whole or just in  segments. Some titles even have transcripts so you can read along if your hearing is impaired.

The library has recently added over 100 new titles to this collection. Although most are about some aspect of American life, there are many of interest to those of us Down Under.

They include a group about dance theatre, mainly set in New York, e.g.:

  • David Rousseve, Part 1 and Part 2, which include some of his work and interviews
  • Douglas Dunn & Jim Neu #1, which pokes fun at at America’s obsession with health clubs
  • Jeff McMahon & Brian Webb, a multi-disciplinary work that looks at the issue of intimacy in the age of AIDS
  • Sosua: Make a Better World, which tells the story of Jewish and Dominican teenagers in New York City’s Washington Heights, who together with the legendary theatre director, Liz Swados, put on a musical about the Dominican rescue of 800 Jews from Hitler’s Germany.

There are also many on important social issues, such as

  • Loose Change, which challenges the official record of September 11, 2001
  • Trump: What’s the Deal? which investigates the reality behind this most public of figures
  • Chernobyl’s Café: Chernobyl is emerging as a popular tourist destination, with local industry on the rise
  • My Jihad, a film about the growing number of young Muslims from all over Europe who are leaving their home towns to fight for ISIS
  • Football Hell, where it is alleged that 4,000 workers will die in Qatar to put on the 2022 Football World Cup
  • Allow Me to Die, which follows the stories of two Belgians considering assisted suicide, exploring the moral difficulties behind the most liberal euthanasia laws in the world
  • Abortion: Ancient and Modern, which explores the ethical, legal and religious dimensions of the abortion debate
  • Reflections on Media Ethics, which includes in-depth discussions with renowned filmmakers, journalists and academics, and interviews with Noam Chomsky, Albert Maysles, George Stoney, Amy Goodman, Jon Alpert and Mary Warnock

And for the Shakespeare fans or newbies, there is The Tempest (S1), presenting the Bard’s work as an animated masterpiece.

So instead of shaking your head in dismay at what’s on the box, try out Access Video – all you need to access it is your library card number and PIN/password.

Recent necrology, December 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Michele Amas, 1961-2016
    Prominent Wellington actress and poet
  • E. R. Braithwaite, 1912-2016
    Guyanese-born United States novelist, writer, teacher and diplomat

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  • Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016
    American actress, writer, producer and humorist best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016
    Hungarian-American actress and socialite

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  • John Glenn, 1921-2016
    American aviator, engineer, astronaut and senator
  • George Michael, 1963-2016
    English singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame as a member of Wham!
  • Russell Oberlin, 1928-2016
    American countertenor who became a leading light in the early music movement

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  • Debbie Reynolds, 1932-2016
    American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian and humanitarian
  • Patricia Robins, 1921-2016
    Romantic novelist and former wartime ‘Filter Room’ girl who also wrote historical fiction under the pseudonym Claire Lorrimer

Recent necrology, November 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Mose Allison, 1927-2016
    American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter
  • Fidel Castro, 1926-2016
    Cuban revolutionary turned dictator
  • Leonard Cohen, 1934-2016
    Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist

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Recent necrology, October 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

Recent necrology, September 2016

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  • Johan Botha, 1965-2016
    Tenor with a gloriously large voice and physique

Recent necrology, August 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Cover of Native Birds of New ZealandDavid Hallett, 1955-2016
    One of New Zealand’s best bird photographers and photographer for The Press
  • Gene Wilder, 1933-2016
    American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director and author

Recent necrology, July 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Cover of The VisitorsSally Beauman, 1944-2016
    Author best known for her glamorous and racy romantic novel Destiny
  • Abbas Kiarostami, 1940-2016
    Iranian producer and director, screen writer, photographer
  • Tim LaHaye, 1926-2016
    Christian fundamentalist ‘rapture’ theologian
  • Garry Marshall, 1934-2016
    Writer, producer and director, creator of Happy Days
  • Cover of NightIan McDonald, 1937-2016
    New Zealand composer of avant-garde, electronic and computer music
  • Robert Nye, 1939-2016
    Novelist who wanted to be remembered for his poetry
  • Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016
    Romanian-born American Jewish writer, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate

Recent necrology, June 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently:

  • Cover of Muhammad Ali, A Tribute to the Greatest Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016
    American professional boxer, one of the most significant sporting figures of the 20th century
  • Graham Latimer, 1926-2016
    One of the most influential Māori leaders of the late 20th century
  • Norman Longmate, 1925-2016
    Popular historian best known for his book How We Lived Then
  • Cover of Graham LatimerDavid Sell, 1930-2016
    Christchurch music academic and educator
  • Peter Shaffer, 1926-2016
    Playwright, giant of postwar British theatre
  • R. P. Suggate, 1922-2016
    Cover of the 1940s HouseDistinguished New Zealand geoscientist
  • Alvin Toffler, 1928-2016
    American sociologist who coined the term ‘future shock’
  • Anton Yelchin, 1989-2016
    Actor best known for playing Pavel Chekov in the most recent Star Trek films

Recent necrology, May 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Cover of A World History of ArtGeoffrey Godden, 1929-2016
    Porcelain expert, author, historian, collector and dealer
  • Wendy Leigh, died 2016
    Best-selling biographer of David Bowie and JFK
  • Elsie Morison, 1924-2016
    Australian soprano who enjoyed great success at Sadler’s Wells, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and the Proms