SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE presents the complete list of all available LIVE PERFORMANCE Theatre Venues and theatre companies in the CBD SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, within THE CITY OF SYDNEY area as well as in the SUBURBS OF SYDNEY:-
Here in New South Wales we have much to be proud of, particularly when it comes to the performing arts sector which includes 11 of Australia’s major performing arts organisations working in the fields of dance, theatre, opera, orchestra and chamber music. These organisations are internationally renowned and regularly perform outside Australia as well as in a number of regional venues. Each year more than 1.3 million people in New South Wales attend performances by major companies, with close to 450,000 students and children being engaged in educational activities in NSW.
Within Australia, there are 28 major performing arts companies, of which ten companies are located within New South Wales. These ten companies work across a range of art and cultural spectrums from opera, theatre and drama, music and dance and include:-
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Bangarra Dance Theatre
Bell Shakespeare Company
Musica Viva Australia
Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Sydney Theatre Company
It is estimated these ten companies alone, represent circa 40% of the private sector arts funding received through sponsorship and giving in New South Wales.
SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE presents the complete list of all available Cinema Venues within THE CITY OF SYDNEY area, and in the many SUBURBS OF SYDNEY where Australian and Hollywood Movie Films are screened and many exhibitors also screen World Movies:-
Darling Harbour Imax Cinema at 31 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW Tel: (02) 9281-3300 with one screen, located on the waterfront in the heart of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The minimum size of an IMAX screen is 22 m × 16.1 m (72 ft × 53 ft), Sydney has the world’s largest IMAX screen which is eight storeys high and measures 35.7 m x 29.7 m (117.1 ft x 97.4 ft) and offers a vertigo inspiring experience. https://www.imax.com.au/
Sydney Event Cinemas Sydney CBD, street level at 505-525 George Street, Sydney, NSW Tel: (02) 9273-7300 with seventeen screens including Vmax and Gold Class http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/
It was a star-studded event night hosted by ABC Radio’s Rod Quinn and attended by luminaries from the Australian film industry, including Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, David Field, Susie Porter, David Stratton, Margaret Pomeranz, Rolf de Heer, Yilmaz Erdogan and many more.
2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, all winners are marked in bold: –
THE FOXTEL AWARD FOR BEST FILM
PRODUCERS: KRISTINA CEYTON, KRISTIAN MOLIERE
PRODUCERS: ROLF DE HEER, PETER DJIGIRR, NILS ERIK NIELSEN
PRODUCERS: PADDY McDONALD, TIM McGAHAN, MICHAEL SPIERIG,
PRODUCERS: IAIN CANNING, EMILE SHERMAN
THE WATER DIVINER
PRODUCERS: ANDREW MASON, KEITH RODGER, TROY LUM
THE UNIVERSAL PICTURES AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
THE WATER DIVINER
ROLF DE HEER
MICHAEL SPIERIG, PETER SPIERIG
THE WATER DIVINER
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNG ACTOR
THESE FINAL HOURS
ROLF DE HEER, DAVID GULPILIL
MICHAEL SPIERIG, PETER SPIERIG
THE ACS AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
IAN JONES ACS
ANDREW LESNIE ACS ASC
THE WATER DIVINER
BEN NOTT ACS
MANDY WALKER ACS ASC
THE AGSC AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC SCORE
THE WATER DIVINER
BEST EDITING – Shared Award
THE WATER DIVINER
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE WATER DIVINER
BEST ACTOR – SUPPORTING ROLE
THE WATER DIVINER
BEST ACTRESS – SUPPORTING ROLE
THE LITTLE DEATH
THE WATER DIVINER
THE SOLRUN HOAAS AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
THE ANIMAL CONDITION
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL DAHLSTROM
PRODUCERS: MICHAEL DAHLSTROM, ANDE CUNNINGHAM,
AUGUSTA MILLER, SARAH-JANE McALLAN
DIRECTOR: NICK TORRENS
PRODUCER: NICK TORRENS
DON’T THROW STONES
DIRECTOR: MIKE BROOK
PRODUCERS: PATTI BROOK, MIKE BROOK
LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL
DIRECTOR: AMIN PALANGI
PRODUCER: PAT FISKE
STILL OUR COUNTRY
DIRECTOR: MOLLY REYNOLDS
PRODUCERS: ROLF DE HEER, MOLLY REYNOLDS, PETER DJIGIRR
Annual Awards for Australian Film
The FCCA is the national professional body of film critics and film journalists in Australia.
A major public activity of the FCCA is the presentation of the annual FCCA Awards for Australian Film, covering feature films and documentaries. These prestigious awards are unique in that they have always had strong support from across the film industry and, for over twenty-five years, have reflected its achievements by recognising and celebrating the creative input of members of the Australian production sector.
The FCCA awards are voted on by all FCCA members and constitute a significant indicator of a film’s success. These are truly independent film awards, voted on solely by film critics, not by the industry or by the film-going public, and have become highly respected for recognising and rewarding originality and excellence in all categories.
For the past fifteen years the Marais Project has augmented their continuing exploration of the 600 works composed by Marin Marais with concerts and recordings of considerable diversity and innovation.
The Project’s fifth CD, SMÖRGÅSBORD! is no exception. Recently released on the Move Records label, it shares aspects of the Swedish musical tradition from pastoral hymn tune through folksong and Baroque instrumental music to 21st century composition.
A stellar cast of a male vocalist and period instrumentalists bring to life a work from Marin Marais’ oeuvre as well as the variety of Swedish music. Fine arrangements by Tommie Andersson in the Baroque guise make up an impressive thirteen of the twenty-four tracks. Continue reading →
After a successful CD launch last year, Siebe Pogson and his band Funk Engine are back at Foundry 616 on the 11th of March, 2015. Pogson recently returned from a five week trip to the USA, a month of which was spent in New Orleans Louisiana, a place which many consider to be the home of jazz and funk. “Hearing the roots of the music you love is really inspiring for a composer,” Siebe commented. “Before all the music starts – and it doesn’t start till late in New Orleans – I’d often reflect on what I heard the night before and write something similar: anything from a bass line to a melody. As well as jazz, New Orleans has everything. Cajun music (Zydeco), rock, funk, blues, and soul it’s all there. I learned SO much!” Continue reading →
Under the intent eye of Steven Heathcote the Australian Ballet took us behind the scenes of this famous production.
The curtain rose and Heathcote loomed out of the darkness and introduced himself. For many years a much loved principal dancer with the Company, he is now a ballet master.
Casually dressed in tshirt and trousers, Heathcote explained the daily hard grind of class, rehearsal and performance that make up a dancer’s life.
The fluorescent worklights were on and the barres had already been shifted but it must have been a bit awkward for the dancers as the large circular ‘pond’ from the production was left in place and took up quite a bit of space. Continue reading →
Visually stunning ,with some wizard special effects this is a tremendously thrilling production of one of the world’s most popular musicals.There is magnificent ensemble work and the leads are terrific.
We follow Hugo’s epic, sweeping tale of love, morals, suffering and redemption and a sharp criticism of the state of society at the time. Continue reading →
Shaun the Sheep made his debut in 1995, when he appeared in Nick Park’s Oscar®-winning short film A Close Shave, starring Wallace and Gromit. It made its debut TV on Christmas Eve 1995, attracting BBC-2’s largest audience for that whole year. Shaun had a small but significant role in the story, during which he rescued Gromit, who had been imprisoned for sheep-rustling.
Twenty years later and following a flock of mini bite a television shows featuring the woolly wonder, SHAUN has his own feature film, called the bleating obvious, SHAUN THE SHEEP.
For those not in the know, Shaun is in the mow, a clever, mischievous sheep who lives with his flock on Mossy Bottom Farm, under the nominal supervision of The Farmer, and Bitzer, a well-meaning but ineffectual sheepdog. Continue reading →
With its core of kindness and compassion, a retelling of CINDERELLA was never more needed.
Determined to honour her mother’s dying words to “have courage and be kind.”, Ella, dubbed Cinderella by her ugly step sisters and their cruel and jealous mother, strives to survive the reversals of fortune that have followed her orphanage.
Director Kenneth Branagh said he was interested in doing the film so as to develop a complex psychology and a more fleshed-out understanding of who these characters were. In addition, after helming the hammer throwing thunder god, THOR, he was looking to make a movie where kindness was a super power. He has succeeded stupendously in both. Continue reading →
CAROUSEL is based on the venerable Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play LILIOM, which has a tragic plot narrative, together with the sometimes unsympathetic and downbeat protagonist. The original stage production of CAROUSEL opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York on 19th April 1945, and ran for 890 performances.
The music and lyrics of CAROUSEL are undoubtedly the ultimate Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score, and this production of CAROUSEL is a joy both to watch and to listen to. Set in the years 1873 to 1888, this timeless story is both dark and introspective, and tells of the ever trusting and faithful Julie, from her first meeting at night with Billy, who becomes her brutish husband. Location is a New England fishing village, and the multitude of period perfect costumes, and elegant and thoughtful staging eliminated the need for a full sized working carousel. Continue reading →
SpongeBob SquarePants is finally back where he belongs providing comedy and rude humour brought together with a complicated and trippy plot, in a brand new adventure showing in Sydney cinemas during the Easter school holidays. You must see this pretty-much surreal SpongeBob SquarePants in the stunning 3D version that easily creates the illusion of reality, and contains an amazing selection of cute live-action footage, classic animation and computer graphics animation. Continue reading →
The legion of fans of the eclectic musical group Pink Martini will be keen to know that the new Mark Ruffalo starrer, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is written and directed by Maya Forbes, sometime lyricist of the band and sister of the group’s front woman, China Forbes.
Based on her childhood, Forbes has fashioned a funny, warm and heartfelt film about the frustrations of growing up in an unconventional family.
Set in the Seventies, sisters Amelia and Faith, have a loving mother and father in Maggie and Cam, but the relationship is put under constant pressure due to Cam being diagnosed bipolar, which the kids have dubbed polar bear. And the polar bear causes infinite frustrations. Continue reading →
Coming to cinemas this week is the latest Will Ferrell movie, GET HARD, directed by Ethan Cohen, in his directorial debut, and co- written by long time Will Ferrell collaborator Ian Roberts. This a film that generates plenty of laughter and much political incorrectness.
Will Ferrell plays James King, a very wealthy and greedy hedge-fund manager who is living a life of extreme luxury when suddenly he is arrested for tax evasion and sentenced to ten years in prison.
In the fabulous book WHAT I LIKE ABOUT MOVIES, published by Faber & Faber, editor David Jenkins writes “Simon Pegg is the very definition of the kind of bloke you’d want to go down to the pub with.”
In his latest film, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, the Peggster reteams with his World’s End co-star, Rosamund Pike and instead of doing a pub crawl, embarks on a continent hop, in pursuit of contentment.
Pegg plays Hector, a London psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. He tells his girlfriend, Clara, played by Pike, that he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. He embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. Continue reading →
It’s going to feel like déjà vu at this year’s Logies with three previous winners and three previously nominated contenders in the running for Australian television’s highest award; The Gold Logie.
Scott Cam, winner of the 2014 Gold Logie goes up against 2013 Gold Logie winner Asher Keddie and 2012 Gold Logie winner Hamish Blake. Joining the race for the golden statute is Hamish’s partner and funny man Andy Lee, and Home and Away star Stephen Peacocke who is going for his second Gold Logie nomination. Going for her fourth nomination is The Project co-host, Carrie Bickmore.
Filmmaker Tim Burton grew up with paintings of waif like children with saucer sized dark haunting eyes. These paintings were popular in the 1960s. In his film, BIG EYES, Burton reveals the drama behind the career of the painter, Margaret Keane. Her paintings were extremely popular despite being derided as ‘kitsch’ by art critics. The sales success was due to the efforts of Margaret’s husband, Walter, a tireless self-promoter.
Margaret (Amy Adams) meets Walter (Christopher Waltz) who has taken a stand next to hers at a San Francisco outdoor art market. She is trying to support herself and her daughter after leaving her first husband. The two get married quickly, but it is their business relationship which dominates their lives. Walter becomes the salesman-at-large, appearing with celebrities and on national television. Margaret stays at home, retreating to her studio to continually produce paintings of children with big eyes. Continue reading →
The Old Fitzroy delivers night owl’s a splendid slice of theatre with a production of PVT WARS by James McLure.
Set in a veteran’s hospital, three physically and psychologically damaged soldiers co-exist in fractious society, a kind of camaraderie held together by the commonality of their confinement after combat.
A stunning feast for the senses, LE NOIR – THE DARK SIDE OF CIRQUE is a distinctive and dynamic theatrical experience. It comes to Australia following a world tour and is performed on a custom-built stage, allowing a spectacular 360-degree view of the performance. It could be called Cirque du Soleil “after dark”, an intimate adult encounter with the magical world of Cirque.
The circus features 20 talented performers, including world-class acrobats, specialty acts and comedians captivating the audience as on a spellbinding journey of three acts – white, red and black. This production is seductive and at times risqué as it explores emotions through colours as the cast shift from delicate and pure white, through to the passion of red and finally closing with the darkness of LE NOIR.
I loved this show. One of my favourites this year so far, in fact. But there is a secret to enjoying it. Luckily I had a crony with me who had seen it earlier in the week and he let me in on the trick just as I will clue you in. It’s a brilliant script but you have to buy into the story, the characters and the style… immediately. From the first umbrella ballet to when the rain stops falling. Do this and you will take it away with you. Myself, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
The story revolves around a series of characters who are obviously from different time periods and who must be somehow connected to Gabriel York who we meet in the first monologue. Gabriel left his wife and son many years ago. “The boy had a better chance without me.” He has just been contacted by Andrew who wants answers from his abandoning father. Continue reading →
Suzie Miller’s play CARESS/ACHE, the current production at the Stables theatre, is a very special night at the theatre.
To ID it for you, Miller’s work features inter-weaving stories in the tradition of works like the late Robert Altman’s film, SHORT CUTS. A central ‘umbrella’ theme runs through all the stories; the power of affection, of touch, of connection.
Miller fills the play with some very big journeys which fully Involve the audience. Here are just a few of these stories:-
The SHORT and SWEET, VOICES Festival Coordinator, Lenore Robertson,(singer, chorister, director) confided to me that she saw music as very therapeutic and often inspiring, especially: “…sitting in the audience and watching the faces. It’s about sharing the joy of singing!”
Last night’s Gala Final was a feast of auditory delight, a love fest for devotees of choral excellence or just GP audients ready to have their ears treated to a wonderful variety of choirs, vocal ensembles and barbershop quartets.
Bright, loud and brash dance and music entertained the enthusiastic audience at the final of Short+Sweet Bollywood Sydney 2015, held at The Factory at Marrickville on Sunday, 22nd March.
Each act had to perform dance to ten minutes of Bollywood music. The finalists all chose Indian dance in various styles seen in Bollywood films over the years. There were individual performances, duos and larger groups and while most chose modern popular styles there were some taken from earlier decades and even as far back as vintage films. Quite a few of the acts were miming the words to the song that they were dancing, as is typically done in the films they were referencing. This added to the night’s joy and atmosphere.
Monsuun Dance opened the show with a clever routine where a group of girls at an international cricket match ostensibly decide to dance. Whatever the pretext, their routine was energetic and entertaining and one of the highlights of the evening. Continue reading →
As part of this year’s Rock’s Pop-Up Project, Hurrah Hurrah and the Hot Blooded Theatre Company are presenting a production of the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL- adaption by Peter Carson- at an unused shop within the main Rocks area.
This was a marvelous piece of chamber theatre which the small audience- some twenty people- enjoyed greatly. All the nuances of Chekhov’s wonderful text came through as the cast weaved the way around the audience. Continue reading →
Love, ageing and losing one’s home underpin this character focused film written by Mauricio Zacharias and Ira Sachs who also directs.
The two main protagonists are gay but their trials resonate with all who have been in love.
The score is laden with Chopin’s works and provides the drifting rhythm of the story.
George (Alfred Molina) is a music teacher who comments vigorously on the playing of Chopin by one of his students. The grace of the music is personified by the nearly 40 year commitment of Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) who decide to tie the knot with an idyllic wedding ceremony that takes place in lower Manhattan. Continue reading →
Bankstown Theatre Company (BTC) are currently celebrating the musical GREASE through a colourful and high energy revival. This 1950’s styled stage hit is familiar to many of us from the film release of 1978 starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and remains a favourite several generations of fans.
BTC follows the trend of recent stage revivals by including songs inserted for the film but not part of the original show by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. In this performance the 1950’s musical genres are presented with desirable style by the band. Audiences will recognise the title track ‘Grease’ as written by Barry Gibb, Olivia Newton-John’s chart hit ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ and ‘You’re the One That I Want’ from the film’s climax.
This year Short+Sweet Sydney staged 156 ten minute plays, during January and February. This year I had the opportunity to see almost every play. Wow an almost perfect selection of the best of the best winners from each week of the festival, and these thirteen wonderful plays were the Gala Finalists for Short+Sweet Sydney 20th March 2015 at the Factory Theatre, Marrickville.
The Gala Final presented a very entertaining evening with minimalist sets/staging. Rapid paced delivery of each of those very clever scripts, provided a full and quite varied range of believable performances from a superb cast of great actors, all directed with unique visions. Continue reading →
In their program and on-line, Lane Cove Theatre Company is lobbying the local council for a space to call home. After a 20 year commitment to community based work, it’s about their future. And from the work I saw on display in GODSPELL, their future is well worth supporting.
It’s not just the quality of the on-stage work; it’s also the friendly atmosphere and the large number of young people giving up their Friday night to support their family and friends.
FALLOUT, the first full length play by Lauren Pearce, examines a number of subjects around the end of civilisation brought on by profit-motivated callousness, corporate negligence and governmental complacency. The writer examines how the characters face the certainty of death as they wait for the hideous consequences of radiation sickness to overtake them.
In the wake of an unexpected nuclear holocaust, three people struggle with each other and the ghosts of their past and a fun loving radio DJ wrestles with the terrible duty of broadcasting to a lifeless world. All of them are slowly dying and all will be party to a terrible revelation.
Uniformly strong acting brought together by direction from Finn Davis engrosses the audience from start to finish. Good use is made of the space with an effective set by Hannah Cox as one section represents the studio of a community radio and the rest of the stage depicts a designated ‘panic room’. Continue reading →
This is a great movie. This is one of those rarities whose appeal cuts across all ages. Take your son/grandson daughter/granddaughter best mate/ girlfriend to it. You will love it. They will love it.
Wiil Smith stars in it, with Margot Robbie. She stumbles across him in a bar and joins his merry band of thieves and con men. Robbie is blond and blue eyed and originally from the Gold coast. She is pure sunlight and sparkle in this story. A young Grace Kelly who can act intelligently and with nuance. A bimbo she ain’t. Her American accent is flawless and she brings elegance style and joie de vivre to the part.
Will Smith is her mentor and they fall in love. Only Will Smith doesn’t realize it, or maybe he does and doesn’t want to get involved. He dumps her and they accidentally meet up three years later. Robbie is wearing a drop dead gorgeous red dress with the most incredible hairstyle.
“My challenge is to capture the moment in 3-D. My sculpture creates a drawing in space and time”, writes Jenny Green.
As part of Art Month and one of three exhibitions currently on at the Traffic Jam Gallery, Jenny Green’s SUN AND MOON exhibition delights.
The gallery is located within an industrial style four level building, making one think of a of a New York loft that has been turned into a studio and gallery. It is itself an island ,surrounded by a major bus stop and the busy hustle and bustle of Falcon Street and the Big Bear shopping centre located at Military Road, Neutral Bay. Continue reading →
The lovely and historic Australian Hall provided a fine and understated location for the Acacia Quartet’s presentation of LOVE NOTES, a program of works for string quartet under the loose umbrella of love in its many guises. It follows their ongoing quest for versatile and innovative presentations of classical string quartet music in a new, unusual and challenging format.