The first Gap Filler project ran from Thursday 25 November until Sunday 5 December, 2010. An empty site was transformed into a space which hosted a temporary garden café, petanque, live music, poetry readings, outdoor cinema and more.
This project utilised an empty property on Colombo St which was previously the site of South of the Border restaurant and Denis Moore Auto Electrician. The land is owned by Tony Brazier and Denis Moore.
Events in the original Gap:
Thursday 25 November:
5pm – Delaney Davidson.
6pm – A swell guy named Dylan with his guitar.
7pm – Christchurch band Ed Muzik funks up the Gap.
9:15pm – Film screening with live music – One of the earliest NZ films, Rudall Hayward’s 1928 film Daughter of Christchurch, with beautiful views of the city and Avon, and live string music by Devilish Mary & the Holy Rollers! Courtesy NZ Film Archive. (Runtime 19 minutes)
Friday 26 November
Midday – Cello duo My Checkered Career Music.
6pm – Dylan Hawes.
8pm – 5-piece band Loafer.
9:15pm – Film screening – Christchurch filmmaker Zoë Roland’s Myth, Memory & Melodrama, packed with heritage footage of old Christchurch! (Runtime 27 minutes).
Saturday 27 November:
1pm – Icelandic singer/songwriter Hera.
3pm – Poetry in the gap – 90 minutes of poetry performances, emceed by Ciaran Fox, with Ben Brown, Linda Connell, Sarah Maindonald, Teoti Jardine and Micah Timona Ferris.
5:30pm – Sebastian Warren, acoustic guitar.
6:30pm – Mikki Pixton.
9:15pm – Florian Habicht’s film Land of the Long White Cloud (2009) (Runtime 75 minutes).
Sunday 28 November:
3pm – More poetry in the gap – Emceed by Ciaran Fox, with Kerrin Sharpe, Ben Brown, Andy Coyle, Teoti Jardine, Micah Timona Ferris and Barry Southam.
5:30pm Saxtastic! A shit-hot sax quartet to boggle the mind…
8pm Delaney Davidson‘s triumphant return to the Gap.
?? Some mysterious puppetry…? by Tablo.
9:15pm – The 1938/39/40 film Cars to Carrington, a hilarious little film of hoons from the Canterbury Mountaineering Club trying to drive their beat-up Fords up the Waimakariri River. Narrated by the filmmaker. Courtesy NZ Film Archive. (Runtime 12 minutes)
9:30pm – The Tiny Lies, a little bit country, a little bit folk, a whole lotta yummy.
Tuesday 30 November:
7pm – the powerful voice of Lisa Tui.
Wednesday 1 December:
8pm– Dylan Hawes.
9:15pm– Classic NZ short films: Alison Maclean’s Kitchen Sink (1989), nominated for a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; & Two Cars, One Night (2004), Taika Waitati’s Oscar-nominated short.
Thursday 2 December:
6:30pm– The Unfaithful Ways – country-rock, blending the mystical lyricism of writers like Townes Van Zandt and Gene Clark with an inborn flair for strong melodies and three-part harmony.
8pm – The Eastern: soulful foot-stomping songs straight from the gut, the fist and the heart.
9:15pm – Film screenings with live music: Daughter of Christchurch (1928) accompanied by Devilish Mary & one of her Holy Rollers followed by Cars to Carrington, late ’30s footage of Canterbury hoons driving old Model T Fords up the Waimak.
Friday 3 December:
4:30pm– Amy Straker.
5:30pm– Valdera, solo set of melodic acoustic tunes.
6:15pm– Sleepy Age presents dreamy post-punk, or something like it.
7:00pm– The Blues Professor teaches us a thing or two.
8:00pm– Masters of Our Universe take over the Gap.
8:45pm – Nataliya does some circus tricks.
9:15pm – Film screening: Vigil (1984) by Vincent Ward. His debut feature (at 27 years old), it was the first NZ film ever selected to screen In Competition at Cannes. (Runtime 86 minutes).
Saturday 4 December:
1-3pm– Petanque Tournament, with a trophy.
3pm– The final session of poetry in the gap. Come rediscover an appreciation for the spoken word.
5:15pm – the band Luxury.
6pm – An aptly-named band – The Cracks In Everything.
7pm – Sebastian Warren lights it up with some wicked slide guitar and old rock favourites.
8pm – Craig Smith.
9:15pm – Film screening: Green Dolphin Street (1947) – The Oscar-winner for best special effects, a huge blockbuster starring Lana Turner, Van Heflin and Donna Reed, set partly in 1840s New Zealand (though shot entirely in California), complete with Maori battle scenes. On 16mm film. (Runtime 144 minutes)
Sunday 5 December:
2pm– Anna Whitaker, drums, guitar, upright bass and keys.
5pm– cello duo My Checkered Career Music.
6pm– Icelandic singer/songwriter Hera.
7pm– Runaround Sue.
8pm– A Capellago World Music Choir.
9:15pm – Film screening: Don’t Let It Get You (1966) – “The big ALL FUN show for the whole family to enjoy!” was the tagline for this musical comedy classic. Sir Howard Morrison (as himself) and Rotorua are the stars in the tiki-flavoured tale. In contrast to Once Were Warriors (which starred Morrison’s nephew Temuera), Don’t Let it Get You conveys the Maori tradition of looking after manuhiri (visitors). As always, Morrison’s kaupapa was bringing Maori and Pakeha together. (Runtime 80 minutes)