Australia Council’s demotion of plays and playwrights

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

What is it about our funding bodies and media that they ignore the role of theatre and playwrights? Every other culturally expressive country in the world recognises the power of writing for live performance. From the amphitheatre at Epidaurus to upstairs at the Royal Court in London. Playwrights are at the coal face. We take big ideas, social commentary,

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Photographer Polixeni Papetrou: Existentialism and good underwear

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

The photographer, Polixeni Papapetrou died in April last year at age 57 after a five year illness. Her friend, writer Joanna Murray-Smith writes about the artist in an introduction to the new book Polixeni Papapetrou published by Thames & Hudson. The 96 page ‘mini-monograph’ is one of a new series of monographs on Australian female artists, selected by series editor

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Alice in Wonderland: Adrenaline- Junkie, Justice-Freak

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The exhibition Wonderland now on at Melbourne’s ACMI begins with Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book Alice in Wonderland and follows Alice’s journey through her many cinematic appearances from 1930’s silent Alice in Wonderland to the recent Tim Burton blockbusters. The exhibition looks at the importance of Lewis Carroll’s creation, and how technological innovations and filmmakers’ unique voices have added intriguing new layers

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Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford’s imperfect adaptation of Austin Wright’s perfect novel

Amy Adams stars as Susan Morrow in Tom Ford’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, a Focus Features release
Credit: Merrick Morton / Focus Features
Film, Reviews, Screen |

Tom Ford’s second feature film (after the accomplished A Single Man, 2009) is, as one might expect of a style guru, beautifully shot and mesmerisingly stylish. The surfaces glint and glimmer with elegance. Abel Korzeniowski’s Bernard Herrmann-like score is masterful and sumptuous. The clothes, the spectacles, the framing of the landscape, the poetic hovering of the

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