Come From Away musical review (Comedy Theatre, Melbourne)

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It’s undoubtedly a remarkable story. In the immediate wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the entire United States airspace was shut down. Almost 7,000 passengers on 38 planes were diverted to the remote town of Gander in Newfoundland, Canada. Locals spent the following week hosting the “come from aways” and something of an impromptu

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Shakespeare in Love theatre review (Playhouse, Melbourne)

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News & Commentary, Reviews, Stage |
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Towards the end of Shakespeare in Love, Melbourne Theatre Company’s major 2019 production, the play returns to an image of Shakespeare sitting and writing at his desk, illuminated by candlelight. The moment jolts: for much of its running time, this is a portrait of writing that’s social and highly energetic. It’s also a portrait of

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Nine stand-outs from the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival program

Festivals, Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Monrovia, Indiana Frederick Wiseman returns to MIFF with this portrait of one small town deep inside America. A festival stalwart, Wiseman is keenly aware of the power of editing to create meaning. His observational documentaries gradually but powerfully nudge us to find meaning in juxtaposition, to extremely compelling effect. Words and Silk: the Imaginary and Real

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Film review: The Reports on Sarah & Saleem tracks the fallout of an affair in a divided Jerusalem

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Palestinian director Muayad Alayan’s stressful second feature, The Reports on Sarah & Saleem, establishes its central conceit instantly. The film opens on a man counting money and doing paperwork at his small kitchen table. Before we know it there’s a forceful knock at the door and he’s being violently arrested by Israeli security forces. We

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When one art form tumbles into another: Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz on English Baroque with Circa

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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa’s third collaboration, English Baroque with Circa, opens the Canberra International Music Festival tonight before visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Anders Furze talks to artistic directors Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz. Recently, Paul Dyer, the irrepressible artistic director and co-founder of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, found himself hanging upside down on a trapeze. “There I

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1985 review: an intensely felt portrait of life in the closet

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Film, Reviews, Screen |
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Shot on Super 16mm film in black and white, Yen Tan’s 1985 is an intensely felt, claustrophobic and deeply moving portrait of one young man’s closeted life in Reagan-era America. Drawing finely calibrated performances from his leads and deploying an almost desperately restrained filmmaking style, a gentle sadness radiates throughout Tan’s film. Set in the dwindling days of 1985, Cory Michael

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Shazam! review: a heartfelt superhero film that resonates

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There are plenty of moments of joy still to be found wedged inside many of the precision-engineered blockbusters rolling off the contemporary Hollywood production line. The microscopic fight inside a free-falling handbag in 2015’s Ant-Man, say, or the moment in 2017’s Spiderman Homecoming when both superhero and high school plot lines converge – on prom

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