Win Doctor Strange on DVD

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

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

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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Melbourne’s Green Room Awards’ very long list of nominations

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Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

The Green Room awards — possibly the world’s most comprehensive performing arts awards — has announced the nominees for its customary mammoth list of categories: cabaret, contemporary and experimental performance, dance, independent theatre, music theatre, opera, and theatre companies. Each of these categories has up to ten separate sub-categories. The nominee list this year contains over 330 names of individual

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Omit the politics from reviews, say readers

News & Commentary, Stage |

Last week Ben Neutze reported on a reviewing controversy in which a New York Times critic – (a female critic, a rarity in the NewYork theatre world) – was attacked by other critics for “p.c. policing”. In her review of Big River, Laura Collins-Hughes had written: “I’m not arguing for rewriting Twain or for consigning Big River to the scrap heap. But

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The Shining’s Overlook gets a makeover (without the Redrum)

Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Bars and restaurants “themed” according to famous movies are not new. There’s a floating Titanic restaurant in Melbourne; a tavern in Darwin called The Raging Bull (a steakhouse, obviously); and there’s a Mildred Pierce joint in Toronto (as far as we know it’s a one of a kind, but we do hope it features waitresses dressed as Joan Crawford armed with wire coat

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Win ABC’s ‘Stop Laughing … This is Serious’ DVD box set

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Chart a course through the story of Australian comedy, with the complete collection of STOP LAUGHING…THIS IS SERIOUS. Narrated by Eric Bana and Colin Lane, this six-part documentary, over two series, features more than 100 interviews with the men and women who make us laugh, including Barry Humphries, Celia Pacquola, Charlie Pickering, Magda Szubanski, Wendy

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Win tickets to Jasper Jones

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Based on the best-selling novel, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a young bookish boy living in a small town. One night, local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones appears at Charlie’s window and the pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. Jasper Jones stars Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving,

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Mick Herron’s ‘Spook Street’ two chapter extract

Books, Fiction |

Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer whose books include the SarahTucker/Zoë Boehm series. He is the author of the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series, the first of which, Horses, appeared in the Daily Telegraph’s list of “the twenty greatest spy novels of all time”. The following extract is the first two chapters from

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