Category Archives: Films

A long ramble with Simon Sweetman

For anyone interested, here’s a longish interview I did with critic/blogger/man about town Simon Sweetman for his podcast series. Look down the page for the link. Podcasts can also be accessed and downloaded (free) from iTunes.  http://offthetracks.co.nz/sweetman-podcast-episode-38-costa-botes/

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Inuit Sled Dogs – What Really Happened?

When I made The Last Dogs of Winter back in 2012, I had to make a difficult judgement call about whether or not to repeat the assertion that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police slaughtered Inuit dogs in a deliberate genocidal … Continue reading

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Politicians and NZ Film and Television

A little history lesson … I don’t want to get into a boring political argument … but … but … please don’t try to seriously tell me that Labour is better for TV and Film than National. I don’t believe … Continue reading

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Do polar bears make friends with dogs?

No. The polar bears and chained dogs famously seen interacting and playing at Mile 5 near Churchill are not ‘friends’. Read this handy article. It’s light on detail but gets the essential facts right. http://weird.answers.com/animals/is-a-polar-bear-really-friends-with-an-eskimo-dog

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Lord of the Rings: Ten Years Gone

I have noted quite a bit of recent traffic to this site is coming from folks looking for information about the making of the Rings trilogy. No doubt this is motivated by the Hobbit films. It’s been approximately a decade … Continue reading

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Last Dogs of Winter in Winnipeg

Thanks to Winnipeg Cinematheque, a film about Canada’s rare and endangered Inuit sled dogs has finally screened in a Canadian cinema, two years after it debuted at Toronto Film Festival. Here’s a link to a review in the Winnipeg Free … Continue reading

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Last Dogs in Oklahoma

Coming up, screening in Oklahoma University. http://cas.ou.edu/last-dogs-of-winter-screening Last Dogs of Winter Screening Mon, September 9, 2013 7:00 PM One man, 150 Canadian Eskimo dogs and lots of polar bears fill the screen in the gripping documentary by Costa Botes, an … Continue reading

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