Cannes winners list: Nicole Kidman honoured with special prize

Film, News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Nicole Kidman was named this year’s unofficial Queen of Cannes, but has now been awarded a special 70th anniversary prize for her achievements at this year’s film festival. The 49-year-old actor had left Cannes by the the time the awards were presented, but sent a video message from Nashville. Kidman appeared in an astonishing four productions at the world’s

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Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar arena show to tour Australia

News & Commentary, Stage |

Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk – The First Flight will make its Australian debut at Brisbane Entertainment Centre this October before travelling to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, and the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. The arena show is inspired by James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar, and tells a story from the same magical world, set thousands of years

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Superheroes at GOMA: is this exhibition art, or just a social document?


In a good Fairfax piece this week reporting on a new pop-culture exhibition, Queensland journalist Andrew Stafford spoke with its curator. The work of Amanda Slack-Smith, and of many filmmakers and comic book artists, has attracted not just local media interest, but that of those abroad. The Hollywood Reporter welcomes the high-brow attention to superheroes

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Andrew Bovell is STC’s new Patrick White Fellow

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Playwright Andrew Bovell is Sydney Theatre Company’s new Patrick White Fellow, following on from writers including Tommy Murphy, Kate Mulvany, Angela Betzien, Hilary Bell, Patricia Cornelius and Raimondo Cortese. Bovell is probably best known for his multi-award winning stage adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, as well as his play Speaking in Tongues, which was adapted into the 2001 film Lantana. He

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Vive the Arts Republic! What Macron’s En Marche can show Australia’s artists


PJ Collins, the leader of Australia’s Arts Party – formed two years ago after Senator George Brandis’ failed attack on the Australia Council – argues that only when we become a Republic, will Australia truly appreciate and celebrate its creativity. *** It’s been fascinating to watch the rise of Emmanuel Macron in France. He’s the perfect foil to the slow

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Debate: do the creative industries need gender quotas?

News & Commentary |

Last month, Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins came under fire for her suggestion that government contractors should aim to hire 40% women. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott blasted the suggestion as “anti-men“, but Jenkins responded that she was not recommending mandatory gender quotas, rather that “the Government should require contracted organisations to demonstrate efforts

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