Features

Inside Opera Australia: foreign singers favoured while creative teams ‘disrespected’

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News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

There’s growing disquiet in the Australian arts community over Opera Australia’s apparent push towards the casting of foreign singers in prize roles, while creative teams appear to have been “locked out” out of revivals of productions they had originated for the company to great acclaim. Daily Review has spoken to numerous former and current OA artists who say they’ve been “disrespected” by the

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Win Doctor Strange on DVD

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Current Competitions, Film, Screen, Win |

A disgraced former surgeon named Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes a powerful sorcerer under the tutelage of a mystic known as the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star in this critically-acclaimed entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directed by Scott Derrickson. Daily Review has FIVE copies of the film to

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Queensland’s Maltida awards with Dead Puppet Society’s ‘The Wider Earth’ and QTC’s ‘Switzerland’ the big winners

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Brisbane’s annual Matilda awards for theatre were announced at the Powerhouse theatre earlier this week. A handful of shows were nominated in several categories: The Wider Earth, Switzerland, Carrie: The Musical and Bastard Territory attracted 23 nominations across the 15 categories available. While the Gold Matilda award for a body of work went to Dead Puppet Society, the

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ABC explores Australia’s LGBT history on iview

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

To celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season, ABC has pulled out some fascinating recent and historic archival programs exploring the rich history of LGBT people in Australia. The collection, available to watch now on iview, traces public attitudes towards homosexuality and transgender people over several decades, as well as charting the evolution of those communities

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Reviews

Away review (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company)

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Michael Gow’s Away seems to have entered Australia’s collective consciousness in a way that only a small handful of Australian plays have managed. This bittersweet story of three families trying to find themselves on a scorching summer holiday has been revived time and again, and studied by at least two generations of Australian school children since its premiere in 1986.

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T2 Trainspotting movie review

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The long-awaited Trainspotting sequel begins, of all places, in a gym. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) is stomping on a treadmill while the director Danny Boyle violently assaults his audience with techno music. It’s an interesting way to begin a follow-up to a famously scatty and notoriously confrontational film about a group of hoggish British junkies

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The Homosexuals, or Faggots (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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The week in which we have seen the sky fill with the flaming debris of Milo Yiannopoulos’s career is a good week for the opening of Declan Greene’s The Homosexuals, or Faggots, a play that explicitly (pun intended) takes all those questions of free speech, offensiveness, privileged speaking positions, and the like, and turns them

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The Trouble with Harry review (Seymour Centre, Sydney)

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The story of Harry Crawford, a transgender man who was found guilty of murdering his wife Annie Birkett, is one of Sydney’s more extraordinary and mysterious tales. Much is known about the murder trial, given the intense media scrutiny applied to the case involving the “man-woman”, as he was called. But little is known for certain

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The Judas Kiss review (Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney)

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English playwright David Hare picked a losing battle when he decided to dramatise a period of great scandal and shame in Oscar Wilde’s life. Hare’s 1998 play The Judas Kiss premiered to generally negative reviews in London with Liam Neeson playing Wilde, and returned in 2013 with a much better-received production directed by Australian Neil Armfield and starring Rupert

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