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Ladies in Black film review

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Film, Reviews, Screen |

Bruce Beresford has a repertoire of films that stretch from broad and iconic comedies (The Adventures of Barry McKenzie) to brilliant and nuanced relationship studies (Tender Mercies and the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy among them). Despite his extraordinary track-record, it has taken him 25 years to pull together the financing to adapt Australian writer-expat, Madeleine

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Spartacus dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |
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It’s unusual to spend an evening at the ballet and think of Trump, Kim Jong-un, the #metoo movement, modern slavery, and…the rippling torso of actor Chris Hemsworth.  But The Australian Ballet’s shiny new Spartacus, choreographed by Lucas Jervies, and set to a dramatic score by Aram Khachaturian, draws on the well-told story of the heroic

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Mark Lanegan Band Live (Factory Theatre, Sydney)

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Live, Music, Reviews |

The late food writer and raconteur Anthony Bourdain featured Mark Lanegan in an episode of his program Parts Unknown shot in Lanegan’s native Seattle last year. Bourdain, who famously took rock n roll seriously, was a great fan of Lanegan. His voiceover began,“Mark Lanegan is to my mind one of the greatest living singer songwriters making music

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Rick Amor’s beguiling The Tent at Niagara Galleries Melbourne

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Exhibitions, Reviews, Visual Arts |

Pictures, paintings and art: in contemporary practice these often do not overlap. Rick Amor is one of Australia’s premier painters of pictures: a traditional skills-based realist, with expressionist and surrealist tendencies. His exhibition of recent work includes the memorable painting The Tent. An elephant stands to one side of a big top, which is not

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Bangarra ‘Dark Emu’ dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |
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We know how this story ends, but what about the beginning? That’s the question Dark Emu forces us to ask about our understanding of how indigenous Australians lived before British colonisation. Bangarra Dance Theatre’s new production, directed by Stephen Page, and choreographed with Daniel Riley and Yolande Brown, culminates in the often-told scene of invasion.

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