Roger Shepherd talks to Chris Knox - part 1

Posted on 25 May 2009

Chris Knox is a musician, film critic and cartoonist. His music career began with legendary Dunedin punk band The Enemy, followed by post-punk heroes Toy Love, then the Tall Dwarfs and his own solo work. Knox has appeared as a film reviewer on arts TV shows The Edge and Backch@t, and hosted the series The New Artland. He is also the man behind the long-running Max Media cartoon strip in the NZ Herald. Knox has also hosted an Intrepid Journey to India. As a singer-songwriter and music video director, Knox is known as a pioneer of lo-tech, DIY classics. For this special two-part ScreenTalk interview, Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd chats with Knox about his life and career. In this ScreenTalk interview the pair discuss:

  • Knox's early love of film and how he first got into filmmaking
  • The first footage of The Enemy, shot by cameraman Peter Janes
  • Making the Toy Love video Squeeze
  • Making the later Toy Love videos Rebel and Don't Ask Me

Part two of this interview can be found here, where Knox talks about moving into making his own videos, being a TV film reviewer and presenter, and Max Media.

This video is available on YouTube for distribution via a Creative Commons licence



chris knox, nz music, tall dwarfs, toy love


by Liisa on 16 July 2009 at 10:49 am

Hi,You guys are doing such great work. Congratulations.One small point re: "Knox is known as a pioneer of lo-fi, DIY classics."Chris would say 'lo-tech' - not the same as lo-fi.cheers.

by Screen Talker on 16 July 2009 at 12:00 pm

Thanks Liisa :) We've changed it to low-tech now, appreciate the correction!

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