SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL TO PLAY THE FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE IN SEPTEMBER
Sydney’s leading Festival for cult and underground films, the Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF) has announced its line up for the 2015 Festival, taking place between the 17th and the 20th September at the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville.
“Dance is present at every stage of human life,” declares editor Emma Wright in the introduction to her wonderful anthology. “From lessons to courtships to celebrations and moments when music just demands a response, dance is an essential part of our textured existence.”
This is a small, delightful book full of contemporary poems about dance in short, staccato bursts. There are forty two poems included from both established poets and emerging voices. What is interesting as well is that four of the contributors (Katherine Gallagher, Hilary Gilmore, Melinda Kallasmae and Lana Faith Young) have links to Australia.
It may not be the season yet to take a book to the beach and on reflection, maybe taking THE BOOK OF SPECULATION to the seaside is as silly as sitting on the sand and reading Jaws.
Maybe its just as well to cosy up in a chair or bed to read THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, and let Erika Swyler’s enchanting story swirl around you.
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION commences, quite literally, as a cliff hanger, “Perched on the bluff’s edge, the house is in danger.” The house is the ancestral home of local librarian, Simon Watson, who lives alone in the dilapidated dwelling since his sister, Enola, ran away with the circus. Continue reading THE BOOK OF SPECULATION BY ERIKA SWYLER→
Following record-breaking worldwide cinema screenings in July of a magnificent concert by the most popular classical music artist – André Rieu’s 2015 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas will take a bow with a special Encore Screening at Sydney’s iconic State Theatre – on Father’s Day (Sun Sept 6th) at 1 pm.
First a best selling and award winning book, then a box office smash hit and award winning play, HOLDING THE MAN makes it a trifecta with Neil Armfield’s beautifully rendered film.
With a screenplay by Tommy Murphy who adapted Timothy Conigrave’s book initially for the stage, HOLDING THE MAN shows a maturation of development, unfortunately lacking in many films, but lately abundantly evident in the recent spate of stage to screen adaptations that include Last Cab to Darwin and Ruben Guthrie, and the upcoming The Daughter.
Defiant Screen Entertainment are releasing the movie Jackie & Ryan on DVD and Blu-ray on 2nd September
In this heart-warming love story, starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes, a modern day drifter puts his dreams of becoming a successful musician on hold when he falls for a former country singer fighting for custody of her daughter.
Celebrating 15 years of hilarious political satire, everyone’s favourite lampoonists return to Riverside Theatres from 9th to 12th September for a special edition of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Wharf Revue.
Written, created and performed by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott, this year’s line-up also includes Amanda Bishop (At Home With Julia) who has performed in The Wharf Revue seven times. The 2015 cast is sure to deliver their signature style of side-splitting silliness and musical mayhem. Continue reading The Wharf Revue To Return To Parramatta Riverside Theatre→
Director and Founder of Room To Play productions and the Brisbane Youth Theatre company, Heidi Manchė, presents award-winning Irish dramatist’s Brian Friel’s poetic one act play AFTERPLAY at this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival 8-12 September at Old 505 Theatre.
Gifted Australian actor, Joel Edgerton, adds director to his already considerable CV, with THE GIFT, a superior suspenser that just keeps giving.
Simon and Robyn have relocated to Los Angeles from Chicago, Simon to embark on a new job and the couple to endeavour to start a family.
Whilst out shopping to feather their new nest they bump into Gordo, a bloke who went to school with Simon years ago. He’s keen to reacquaint and makes quite an emphatic run at reunion by leaving a gift at their front door. Continue reading THE GIFT→
There are a select few Australians who have made it in Hollywood. Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe…But what about those who work behind the scenes? We rarely hear about those who have successful careers behind the camera. There’s film editor Richard Francis-Bruce, (The Shawshank Redemption, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Perfect Storm, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). Cinematographer John Seale, (Witness, Rain Man, Dead Poet Society, The English Patient.) Animator Adam Elliot, (Harvie Krumpet). But mention the name, Orry- Kelly, and many people will plead ignorance.
This is a shame as many of us will have unknowingly seen his work as a costume designer in some of the best known films ever made: The Oklahoma Kid, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, An American in Paris and the perennial favourite, Some Like It Hot.
A large Sydney Media Scrum, print, electronic and online are summoned to the Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel, George Street, Sydney 12.30 setup for a 12.45 start. Hugh’s wife, Debra Lee-Furness and their daughter, Eva, arrive at the same time as the choir and music director file onstage. The choir sing an ascending, non descript cadence, but we can’t be fooled.
Right on cue, cameras swivel and lights flash as the unmistakable voice enters through the audience: ”I’ve been to cities that never close down …”, and we’re off into a rousing rendition of Peter Allen’s “I Still Call Australia Home”.
Dominica Duckworth is presenting her new stand-up comedy show KILL TONY ABBOTT (a stand up show, not a suggestion!) as part of this year’s Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival.
In a colourful and varied career so far Dominica has performed with the Australian Theatre For Young People, participated in the Caravan Slam, is a former Raw Comedy heats finalist and currently holds a day job as a high school English teacher.
The original title of SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY was Squirrels to the Nuts, because the co writer and director of the film, Peter Bogdanovich had a hard-on for the Ernst Lubitsch film, Cluny Brown, renowned for its Charles Boyer parley to the titular plumber.
Squirrels to the Nuts becomes a franca lingua lief motif, an intrinsic and thematic catch-cry in SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY, a strange seductive utterance from Owen Wilson’s character, theatre director, Arnold Albertson, who, though happily married to theatre star, Delta, a delicious take on the domesticated Diva by Kathryn Hahn, likes to romance call girls.
The latest magnificent concert by the Australian Chamber Orchestra was stirring and tempestuous at times and threatened to lift the roof off the City Recital Hall with its rendition of Brahms colossal Third Symphony after interval.
Tognetti was vibrant and emphatic in his conducting, jumping between the conductor’s podium and solo violin, using both the long violin bow and his long, delicate, powerful hands.
One of Sydney’s major musicals for the year, MATILDA has impressively taken over the stage at the Lyric Theatre at the Star.
This is a bold and colourful, in parts cartoon like and then at other times quite dark and poignant production.
The large ensemble perform with enormous relish and gusto. It is a re-mounting of the multi-award winning Royal Shakespeare Company production currently playing in London and is based on the much loved Roald Dahl book with music by Tim Minchin.
The school is presented as Dotheboys Hall like, with old fashioned desks and huge towering Victorian front gates that the cast climb and rattle. The set also has piles of books and alphabet blocks. There is also a wonderful, exuberant swing sequence for the schoolchildren opening Act 2 When I Grow Up – some of the cast seem to fly out over the audience. Continue reading MATILDA @ LYRIC THEATRE, THE STAR→
LADIES IN LAVENDER featuring the very popular Penny Cook is a sweet, charming and humorous play that has a subtly dark undercurrent of racism, snobbery, delusion and sibling rivalry which adds a layer of complexity and richness to the performance without being overwhelming.
Buckle up your seatbelts; it’s time for another Griswold family adventure. 32 years after the original National Lampoon’s Vacation film was released, comes the reboot to the series. It’s been 18 years since we last saw the Griswolds, in Vegas Vacation, which ended the original series.
This time it’s the son Rusty, now a husband and father played by Ed Helms, who is an unsuccessful pilot. His wife Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons, the hopeless romantic and sensitive James (Skyler Gisondo) and the younger brat of a brother Kevin (Steele Stebbins) all long for a holiday. Wanting to reconnect better with his family, and reminiscing about his own childhood holidays, dad Rusty decides to relive that journey from the original film and go to Walley World. As expected, no one else in the family shares his enthusiasm. Continue reading Vacation→
Heather Rossiter’s fascinating book chronicles the extraordinary life of Jane Dieulafoy and is based on her extensive diaries. Rossiter deftly interweaves and blends themes of passion, Persian history, politics, power, history and architectural and art history.
This is a medium sized book, elegantly illustrated, with many black and white engravings of Jane’s photographs, as well as various photos of some of the famous sites visited as they were then and are now today.
This is a fascinating, at times heartbreaking documentary about The House of Faberge, one of the most prestigious names in ultimate luxury. The film covers one hundred and fifty years of romance, tumultuous history, artistic development and international commercial expansion and development.
Founder Carl Peter Fabergé attended to the demands of the tastes of the Russian Imperial family. FABERGE: A LIFE OF ITS OWN charts the journey of this inimitable Russian jeweller, celebrating his extraordinary talent and craftsmanship. His name and contributions remain a source of admiration and reverence in an opulent, now lost world. Continue reading Faberge : A Life Of Its Own→
To quote General Corman from Apocalypse Now… “Because there’s a conflict in every human heart, between the rational and irrational, between good and evil. And good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature.”
Just as there is a fine line between love and hate, pleasure and pain, the rational man is a mere stitch away from the irrational, and that’s the thread that is taken up and tailored into another seriously funny, funnily serious entertainment from Woody Allen, IRRATIONAL MAN.
A witty, quite acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites, Clare Boothe Luce’s comedy of manners, THE WOMEN, has just opened at the New Theatre.
This piece was written in 1936 and presents an extremely conservative view of women’s lives and loves. It remains, however, very funny in parts, and still has relevance for today.
This production has a large cast of eighteen. It is a biting tour de force of stinging zippy one-liners and delicious scandal and gossip. The play features a few deliciously outspoken and bold characters that are wonderful to play. For its time it was exceptional for its large, all-female cast and privileged insiders glimpse into a rather hidden world. Continue reading THE WOMEN by Clare Booth Luce @ New Theatre→