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Biffo at Biff amid claim of cinema chain’s ‘Woolworthisation’ of film festival

Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Screen Queensland’s move to revive the dormant Brisbane International Film Festival in partnership with Palace Cinemas has stoked concerns that the festival scene is being hijacked by commercial interests. The growing influence of Palace Cinemas on the film festival circuit may not mean that much on the surface says Mark Taylor, who sits on the

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Isobel Crombie on Brave New World at the NGV, Melbourne


The 1930s in Australia was a tumultuous time as the Depression hit, then receded, politics rumbled across the left and right, and consumerism and a new body consciousness emerged as technological advances were made. Australian artists reacted to these changes in commercial art, architecture, fashion, industrial design, film and dance. The artistic styles that emerged were both progressive and conservative.

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Brett Dean’s Hamlet opera will have its Australian premiere at Adelaide Festival

News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Following its success this year with Barrie Kosky’s production of Saul, Adelaide Festival has announced another large-scale opera to open next year’s festival. Australian composer Brett Dean’s new operatic version of Hamlet will have its Australian debut next March, directed by Adelaide Festival’s Joint Artistic Director Neil Armfield. The opera had its world premiere in June at the UK’s Glyndebourne Festival

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Top of the Lake: China Girl review – Jane Campion’s once-masterful drama jumps the shark

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News & Commentary, Reviews, Screen, TV |

The frosty skies and magnificent New Zealand mountains provided more than pretty scaffolding in the first season of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: they informed the very heart and soul of it. Like the Tasmanian-based, mystery sci-fi The Kettering Incident, a darkly magical synergy bound, like bolts from a wand, the central location to

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Hir review: Taylor Mac captures a family in transition (Belvoir, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

The patriarchy has fallen! Well, at least in a living room and kitchen, in the corner of working class, suburban USA where playwright and performance artist Taylor Mac has set judy’s 2014 play, Hir.  But what rises in the place of a fallen patriarchy? How does the world restructure itself and transition when power structures are torn apart, and the people

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The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man (Malthouse, Melbourne)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

The life of Joseph Merrick is a famous and well documented one. The late 19th Century medical phenomenon was a nervous, isolated man who lived with severe and continually developing deformities. He died of a dislocated neck as a result of his conditions. The best known theatrical adaptation of Merrick’s story was the 1979 Tony Award-winning

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