Sydney’s war on culture continues – first nightclubs, now art colleges

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

As if a shutdown on Sydney night life wasn’t enough (courtesy of its lock-out laws), Mike Baird’s NSW government and some of the city’s leading tertiary institutions are now chasing down creativity. Controversy has erupted in Sydney’s arts community over plans for the University of NSW to merge the National Art School founded in 1922 on the site of the historic

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WATCH: first look at ‘The Beast’, written by and starring Eddie Perfect

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The Beast is actor/writer/comedian/cabaret performer Eddie Perfect’s debut play and was a hit when it premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2013. It follows three tree-changing, inner city couples who go seeking a more ethical and sustainable life in the country. They purchase a 14-month-old calf for a nose-to-tail dinner party, but when the butcher due to

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Jason Bourne movie review: ‘he won’t be done until one of us is dead’, or something

Film, Reviews, Screen |

Is there another blockbuster action movie hero as interminably bland as Jason Bourne? Does anybody else’s personality so closely resemble a phone book? For the memory-deprived former assassin’s latest on-the-run adventure, could they not have come up with a more exciting title? The Matt Damon character most synonymous with “cha-ching” was introduced to audiences in

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Twelfth Night review (Belvoir, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

What are we to make of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy Twelfth Night four centuries after it was written? At its core is grief and a series of unrequited loves, but this charming piece, with its mercifully straight-forward and mostly comforting plot, seems to defy most complex analyses. And yet, at the play’s climax, the Fool notes that “nothing that

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