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Liveworks: the elusive and intriguing experimental performance art festival returns to Sydney

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News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Performance Space’s annual festival of experimental performance art has returned to Carriageworks for 2017, with a program of new work from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. It’s always a little bit of a mystery as to what you might experience at the Liveworks festival, unless you happen to be super clued into the contemporary arts

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Sunshine: SBS’s basketball-flavoured crime thriller shines

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Reviews, Screen, TV |

There’s a short review published in The Australian today of SBS’s new crime thriller miniseries Sunshine, which implores viewers not to overlook the show “on account of its cast of unknown South Sudanese actors or the suspicion it is some SBS do-gooder enterprise.” It’s pretty disappointing that an Australian show could be dismissed as a “do-gooder enterprise”

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Breakfast TV wars: Lisa Wilkinson quits Today in major loss for Nine

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

It’s the shock announcement few in the media saw coming: after more than a decade behind the desk, Lisa Wilkinson has quit Channel Nine’s breakfast show, Today, effective immediately. The veteran journalist and media personality had been in contract negotiations with the network for several months, and according to all sources had consistently declined to accept any offer less than what her

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ABC’s Screen Time: can new culture criticism show step out of David and Margaret’s shadow?

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Two widely loved and respected giants cast a long shadow over screen criticism on Australian TV: David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz. The two dominated the airwaves with their decades-long collaborations on SBS’s The Movie Show and ABC’s At The Movies, and left a noticeable gap when they retired from their ABC show at the end of 2014. Three years later,

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Miracle City review (Sydney Opera House, The Studio)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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Miracle City has taken a long road to its own promised land: the Sydney Opera House. The Australian musical, penned by composer Max Lambert and the late Nick Enright, started its life in a now legendary sold-out workshop staging directed by Gale Edwards at Sydney Theatre Company in 1996. The musical received a rapturous response and was due

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Buyer and Cellar review (Ensemble Theatre, Sydney)

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American writer Jonathan Tolins’ hit 2013 one-man play Buyer and Cellar stands as proof that truth is far stranger than fiction. The narrative of the play itself is a total fiction, but the central piece of information that inspired it is entirely true: Barbra Streisand has a mall in her basement. This tidbit was revealed in her

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Wake in Fright: Ten revives a cult classic, ad breaks and all

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For many years, Ted Kotcheff’s 1971 psychological thriller Wake in Fright was considered Australia’s great “lost” film. The movie, based on Kenneth Cook’s 1961 novel, was met with strong reviews at its premiere, but wasn’t a massive commercial success. Somewhere along the line, it became “lost”, and most copies were destroyed by the early 1990s. It wasn’t until

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Yothu Yindi reforms for 25th anniversary of Treaty at Sydney Opera House’s Homeground

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In 1991, Australian band Yothu Yindi had an unexpected dancefloor hit with Treaty, a song responding to then Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s promise of a treaty between black and white Australia. The track, performed in both English and Yolngu language, not only charted in Australia, but went to number 6 on the US Dance Club Songs chart with the Filthy Lucre

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