Dance Academy: the movie review

Film, Reviews, Screen |

If there’s one thing firmly understood by the creative talents behind the new Dance Academy movie — based on the popular ABC teen drama series of the same name — it’s that the film’s audience will be almost entirely made up of fans of the TV series. That’s true of most films spun-off from TV shows, but many of

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Ruby Wax Frazzled review (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne Comedy Festival)

Reviews, Stage |

American-born and British-favourite comedian Ruby Wax has worn so many hats during her professional career — actor, script editor, writer, mental health advocate, interviewer, lecturer — it’s never entirely clear what you can expect from one of her one-woman shows. Wax has never been entirely satisfied to just do the regular stand-up thing, and her newest

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Pete Evans on Sunday Night: one part investigation, nine parts cross-promotion

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

How much can you really expect from an investigation into celebrity chef Pete Evans’ controversial and dangerous health claims, from the same network which airs the ratings juggernaut he stars on? Not a whole lot, which is exactly what Channel Seven’s flagship current affairs program Sunday Night delivered in last night’s much-hyped segment on the My Kitchen Rules host and Paleo

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Carmen review (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, 2017)

Opera, Reviews, Stage |

Director Gale Edwards’ spectacular, smart, and wildly entertaining 2013 staging of Carmen is the first production to be revived for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Revisiting the production, it’s clear to see why. Edwards and her team found the perfect balance between spectacle and nuance — and given the scale of the glitzy annual event, that balance

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Kate Miller-Heidke and the Sydney Symphony (Sydney Opera House)

Live, Music, Reviews |

Watching a symphony orchestra backing a pop singer is often a bit of a strange experience. There’s usually plenty of respect given back and forth between the classically-trained instrumentalists and the singer, despite their very different disciplines, but those musicians don’t exactly grow up dreaming of augmenting pop songs with the occasional orchestral flourish. You can’t help

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Millennials have caught the nostalgia bug early — but who can blame us?

Film, Music, News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Last week, former child star Nikki Webster released a new version of her 2001 hit Strawberry Kisses, with proceeds going towards the Starlight Childrens Foundation. This new recording managed to get up to number 7 on the iTunes chart, complete with a novelty rap declaring “2017: Nikki Webster back on the scene”. Just a few days earlier,

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The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’ review (Griffin Theatre, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

When Declan Greene’s new play, The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’ premiered in Melbourne last month, it did so in the same week that controversial gay conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos lost his book deal. In Sydney, it opened the day after the Federal Government announced its plans to reform 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, to remove the words “offend, insult,

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Declan Greene: the marriage debate and queer politics in an ‘age of offence’

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Last week, Peter Dutton lashed out at powerful CEOs for throwing their support behind marriage equality, saying they deserved to be “publicly shamed“. Just a few days earlier, marriage equality proponents had done their own bit of public shaming, with a social media-led boycott against Coopers Brewery. Conservatives were quick to criticise the boycott as an affront to free speech. Progressives

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