Geoffrey Rush pulls out of MTC’s upcoming Twelfth Night

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Geoffrey Rush, currently pursuing a defamation action against News Limited’s The Daily Telegraph for its reporting of a complaint of alleged “inappropriate behaviour” by a fellow cast member during a Sydney Theatre Company show in 2015, has withdrawn from Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Twelfth Night due to open on November 12. In a statement (reproduced below), Rush said the reason was due to medical

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New Melbourne International Film Festival director appointed

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The board of Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced the appointment of Al Cossar as the festival’s new artistic director. He takes up the position formally in October. Cossar has been acting as interim artistic director of this year’s festival for the outgoing MIFF director, Michelle Carey, who took maternity leave in October 2017. She has held the

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Today is World Refugee Day: you can help

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Today is World Refugee Day, and apparently a ‘record’ that has been broken. A new United Nations report overnight calculates that, in 2017, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes around the globe came in at a record rate of 44,400 per day. There are no World Cups or gold medals in this

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Walkley arts journalism awards shortlist announced

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The nominees for the the Walkley Arts Journalism Award and the Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism have been announced. The prizewinners will be announced on July 18 with the winner of both categories receiving a $5000 prize from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. ARTS JOURNALISM SHORTLIST (ALL MEDIA) Kate Blackmore, ABC Arts iview, “The Movement: Thomas Bradley”

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Yvette Coppersmith self portrait wins the 2018 Archibald Prize

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According to the Art Gallery of NSW, which today announced Yvette Coppersmith the 2018 Archibald Prize winner for her 132 x 112 cm self-portrait: “Over the past 21 years, Yvette Coppersmith has experimented widely with style and subject matter but she keeps returning to the self-portrait. ‘It allows me to work from life, with intense absorption in the

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A few last minute ideas for Arts Minister Mitch Fifield ahead of the Federal Budget

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In this edited extract from Currency House’s Platform Papers, the cultural economist David Throsby, a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, reviews Australia’s fraught attempts to deliver a sustainable, wide-ranging arts and cultural policy – and on the eve of Budget 2018, points to where we could go from here. The last national cultural policy was

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