One giant leap forward, another giant leap back: Hidden Figures vs La La Land
- Mar 22, 2017
In 2015 male characters in box office...Read More
Amanda Gruenwald’s Auckland garage is a mishmash of different objects. There are various tools and implements on the walls,...Read More
What do you get when you ask 12 different women the same questions? You’re about to find out. This year, in...Read More
Revolution. The word was confronting once, before the term ‘social justice warrior’ became pejorative, when activism...Read More
What do you know about beatboxing?
It’s a strange question, sure. A lot of us may...Read More
Exhilaratingly wild, fearless and playful, feminism at its messy edge.
That’s one way to describe Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Written...Read More
The Treaty of Waitangi is one of the founding documents of Aotearoa. The implications of this document have had, and will continue to have,...Read More
When reports started circulating that Club Penguin had become the unlikely stage of a series of anti-Trump demonstrations, I did what no other...Read More
First published on Monday the 18th of April, 2016, this piece comes in at number 3 in...Read More
First published on Sunday the 23rd of October, 2016, this piece comes in at number 6 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016....Read More
First published on Thursday the 12th of May, 2016, this piece comes in at number 12 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016.
First published on Wednesday the 16th of March, 2016, this piece comes in at number 22 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016....Read More
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Christmas, New Year’s and the summer holidays are here, and for many of us that means overloading on TV...Read More
It’s that time of year again, when Auckland’s Basement Theatre hosts its eighth annual holiday show. This year, after...Read More
If there is one show that will inspire you to take up circus training immediately, it is Briefs – the all-male cabaret currently playing at Q...Read More
Full disclosure: I like men in skinny jeans and am quite partial to a man bun. Until a few nights ago I didn’t realise that my taste in male...Read More
Ever since the release of her debut self-titled EP in 2011, Ria Hall has become one of the fiercest females in Aotearoa’s music...Read More
It’s hard to believe that the very first Bridget Jones film came out in 2001. From the outset, poor Bridget was harassed for not progressing the...Read More
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,...Read More
Beauty. Ugliness. Darkness. Light. Reality. Myth.
These six words can describe the...Read More
She’s whip-smart, far stronger than any human, and is an...Read More
We’ve written before about the problems with depictions of...Read More
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