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Transgender crime scene cleaner novel wins top Victorian literary prize

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Books, News & Commentary |

Melbourne writer Sarah Krasnostein has won Australia’s richest literary prize at the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. She was presented the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature last night in Melbourne for her debut novel The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and Disaster. It tells the true story of Melbourne transgender woman Sandra Pankhurst’s life

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Win tickets to Green Day’s American Idiot musical in Melbourne

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The Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot, the rock musical, is currently playing in Perth before heading to Melbourne from February 23. Developed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (lyrics) and Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Book and lyrics), American Idiot takes the musical in a new direction, capturing not just the sound of a generation, but also the

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All the 2018 Oscar nominees..

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Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE NOMINEES   TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Phantom Thread DANIEL KALUUYA Get Out GARY OLDMAN Darkest Hour DENZEL WASHINGTON Roman J. Israel, Esq. ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE NOMINEES WILLEM DAFOE The Florida Project WOODY HARRELSON Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri RICHARD JENKINS The Shape of Water CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER All the

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Australian Galleries and John Kelly support an arts journalism prize with a special Daily Review offer

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Daily Review readers will be familiar with the writings of the UK born, Australian raised and Ireland-based artist John Kelly who this year was nominated for a Walkley award for excellence in arts journalism. Kelly was recognised for his essay in Daily Review which examined the coterie of art dealers and billionaire collectors who act as cultural

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Australian drama in 2017 dominated by Craig McLachlan – for Doctor Blake

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

As actor Craig McLachlan sets to go on the offensive to salvage his career by suing Fairfax Media and the ABC for defamation over allegations of sexual harassment, figures show his Doctor Blake telemovie was the most watched Australian drama of 2017. Production of the next series of the Doctor Blake TV series is on hold after Fairfax/ABC reported last

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Top Ten Australian Films of 2017 with ‘Lion’ at the top with $29.5 million local box office

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Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) has released finalised 2017 box office figures, with Academy Award® Best Picture nominee Lion the top earning Australian film at the local box office. It took $A29.5 million. The result sees Lion become the 5th all-time biggest Australian film at the local box office and helped Australian films take a 4.1%

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Finding a sense of place – from Arnhem Land to the Mornington Peninsula

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Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has long been a subject of evocative landscape art. At the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery this summer the exhibition Coast: the artists’ retreat, comprises both historic and contemporary takes on this. In the Peninsula’s hinterland at the McCulloch family’s Whistlewood Gallery at Shoreham, the subject is explored in different manner through the

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Melbourne’s Arts House announces Season One 2018

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Melbourne’s Arts House, based in the former North Melbourne Town Hall has announced the program for its Festival of Live Art. Commencing in March produced in partnership with Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre. The key words here are “experimental, innovation, participatory and interactive”. As its acting director Josh Wright puts it: “The festival is what

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The world’s largest directory of Australian stage performances, AusStage, is under threat

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

AusStage is an online index of live performances by Australians since the 18th century. It is said to be the only repository of Australian performing arts in the world and the most comprehensive record of Australian live theatre ever compiled. Its database includes live performances that have taken place in Australia and stage plays that have been written, directed, produced or

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