Orchestrated mid-winter yearning brings music of Cave and Ellis from screen to stage

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Film, Live, Music, News & Commentary, Reviews |

Subtle notes of angst, despair and deep yearning defined a powerful union of the work of musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in several shows at Hamer Hall at the weekend. The unique pairing showcased six of Cave and Ellis’s notable film scores as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival,

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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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Bonkers Brexit Britain, and London is ground zero

News & Commentary |

Theatre historian and academic Julian Meyrick returns home to London in July and finds the UK gripped in a kind of collective madness as the ticking countdown clock of Brexit gets louder. So many things have been, are being, and will be written about Brexit, that offering additional thoughts on the subject feels spectacularly redundant, like squirting

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Shakespeare in Love theatre review (Playhouse, Melbourne)

Shakespeare in Love feature2
News & Commentary, Reviews, Stage |

Towards the end of Shakespeare in Love, Melbourne Theatre Company’s major 2019 production, the play returns to an image of Shakespeare sitting and writing at his desk, illuminated by candlelight. The moment jolts: for much of its running time, this is a portrait of writing that’s social and highly energetic. It’s also a portrait of

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