Eleven years, 70 friends and $60,000 later, the screwball-meets-noir-meets art world feature ‘The Big Kitty’ wraps

Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

You’ve heard apocryphal stories about people making movies on their maxed-out credit cards, but this remarkable story of bringing a full-length feature film on a shoestring to fruition is not fiction. On a sudden whim, Melbourne visual artist Tom Alberts decided in 2008 to make a film that celebrated the kind of screwball comedies and

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Brisbane gains a theatre, and loses another

News & Commentary, Stage |

Last weekend the Queensland Government announced that its hulking arts complex, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane was about to get even bigger with an extra theatre to address the shortage of large theatre venues in the city. Commercial producers have long complained that big touring musicals could be lined up like Airbuses at a single runway airport waiting for

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Limelight fights back with two new owners new to publishing


The respected arts and classical musical magazine and website Limelight has been rescued from its financial  troubles and bought for an undisclosed sum by two men with no experience in publishing. But they do have a fervent belief in the future of the magazine and its place in Australia’s cultural landscape. Both music lovers and longtime readers of the magazine,

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Safe Harbour TV review (SBS): left liberals face a moral quandary

Reviews, Screen, TV |

Of all the recent Australian mini-series, Safe Harbour has one the most interesting concepts we’ve seen on the small screen. The yachting holiday of middle-class, educated Australian friends founders when its meandering itinerary crosses paths with a refugee boat in international waters. Ryan (Ewen Leslie) captains the boat and evolves into the group’s vague lead in an

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AWO’s founder Alexander Briger on how many musicians it takes to wrangle a world-beating orchestra

Live, Music, News & Commentary |

How many orchestra members does it take to change a light bulb? If anyone knows the answer to that question, it should be the conductor Alexander Briger AO. “The music – the artistic part — is easy.  It’s organising the dates to play that’s difficult,” says Briger, 48, juggling the phone from his French home

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Playwright Simon Stephens on maths, music and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Simon Stephens ©Alex Rumford
Musicals, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Theatre |

Last week, Simon Stephens, 46, was on Melbourne public radio station, Triple R chatting about music and his ‘90s youth spent Dj-ing and in the Scottish art-punk band, Country Teasers. (The band’s albums include Satan Is Real Again, or Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts and Destroy All Human Life). The program also took time to include

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

How do you portray autism on stage? Casting an actor playing someone with autism is one thing, but how do you get inside his mind? How can theatre communicate the interior world of a 15-year-old boy? A kid whose prodigious gift for mathematics and knowledge of space makes him special, but whose ability to navigate

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Leonard Radic, theatre critic dies

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News & Commentary, Theatre |

Long time Age newspaper theatre critic Leonard Radic died today at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne. Born in 1935 and educated at Melbourne University where he had been editor of the student newspaper Farrago, Radic played a central role in 30 years of Australian theatre, an era when critics had full-time employment. In that bygone age, arts critics in major newspapers

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Craig McLachlan claims: The day of reckoning is here

Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The explosive report by Fairfax and the ABC this morning of allegations against actor Craig McLachlan marks the arrival, with a thud, of a reckoning for the Australian live entertainment industry. The long and detailed allegations by Christie Whelan Browne, one of the biggest names in musical theatre (made with two other female colleagues) against McLachlan

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