“One of the most assured, fully-formed British debuts in recent years”
Sight & Sound
“A bold & brilliant drama…Josh O’Connor is a revelation”
The Film Stage
“A poised piece of filmmaking, and ‘God’s Own Country’ is broodingly beautiful”
“Tough, sensual, unsentimental, with excellent lead performances”
“God’s Own Country’ turns out to be a romance which soars…It should touch the hardest of hearts”
In Francis Lee’s GOD’S OWN COUNTRY Johnny Saxby works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in the north of England.
Johnny numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex.
When a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before.
An intense relationship forms between the two which changes Johnny’s life forever.
Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to give away to GOD’S OWN COUNTRY. Be one of the first to email the Editor on email@example.com with God’s Own Country in the subject heading. Please provide your postal address. Winners will be advised by email.
KILLING GROUND is an attempt at schlock horror channelling Wolf Creek and Deliverance. The deliverance is an ugly cry wolf experience.
A well heeled couple, Ian and Sam, who should be booking a holiday at the Hilton decide to go on a camping trip in a remote spot of the Australian wilderness. Passing through a one horse town, they ask directions to the secluded spot from a pair of suspiciously psycho locals. As you do in films of this genre.
Finally finding the secluded spot, the couple find it not so solitary, as a tent has already been pitched. But where are the happy campers?
Is that the faint twang of Duelling Banjos I hear on the soft, off shore breeze, rustling the leaves of the eerie eucalyptus?
Featured image – Director Carly Fisher. Pic by Ben Apfelbaum.
For its main production for 2017 New South Wales Theatrical Society (NUTS), now a proud 33 years old, is presenting THE ADDAMS FAMILY THE MUSICAL, a stage adaptation of the much loved television series which itself was a derivative of the original comic series.
I had a chat with Carly Fisher who is very excited to be directing this production, her second production for NUTS after directing their Arts Revue in 2015.
Carly describes herself as a theatre fanatic/tragic. She has been involved with theatre and performance from a very tender/young age – she started going to the Brent Street Studio when she was seven years old. Interestingly, she is the only one in her family who has chosen a career in the performing arts.Continue reading CARLY FISHER AND DIRECTING ‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY THE MUSICAL’→
Determined to gate-crash her ex-lover’s funeral, former Hollywood siren Helen, played by Joan Collins, escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla, played by Pauline Collins, a repressed English housewife stuck in a boring marriage.
Together they hit the road in a race to get to the funeral on time. On the way they become entangled in a love triangle with an Italian millionaire, played by Franco Nero, find true friendship in one another, and have the time of their lives.
David Wigg from Daily Mail described THE TIME OF OUR LIVES as ‘this year’s most hilarious feel good movie.’
Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to give away. Be on the first to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be advised by email.
THE TIME OF OUR LIVES opens in cinemas on Thursday 10th August.
Sharmill Films and Sonia Friedman Productions are presenting Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed production of the late Edward Albee’s landmark play, captured live for cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Sydney Arts Guide has five double passes to give away to the preview screening at the Dendy Newtown on Wednesday 9th August at 6 pm.
The inaugural Bondi Theatre Company will present its debut season of musicals and cabaret takes places between August 17 and 26 and Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to offer to its main production.
MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL
In MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL Amy (Rebecca Spicer) is three weeks away from giving birth to her first baby and is on cloud nine. Her friends Barb – a stressed out mother of five (Christie Koppe), Brooke – a hard working lawyer (Manon Gunderson-Briggs) and Tasha – a single mother (Chloe Angel) call a surprise baby shower to set her straight about the challenges that lie ahead.
The musical comedy by Sue Fabisch was described by Arts Hub as “a hoot”, “laugh out loud funny” by Broadway World and “An entertaining night of chuckles and tears.” by Variety.
The songs include ‘Baby Weight Blues’, ‘In My Mini-van’ and “The Kids are Finally Asleep’ and ‘I’m a Costco Queen’.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL Plays between 17-26 August.
This musical is being staged alongside four cabaret acts.
Short and Sweet champion Sam Anderson takes you on an intimate journey to a “spin class” where the instructor “over shares” lost loves and confusion and green juice recipes.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
August 18 and 20.
DAY JOB DREAMING
Day Job Dreaming features an all-star cast of waiters, ushers and shop assistants sing their hearts out after eight years of classical ballet, six years of vocal training and a three year Bachelor’s Degree.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Cycology is a cabaret journey inside the mind of American composer Cy Coleman the man behind the music ofSweet Charity, City of Angels, Barnum and other Tony-winning musicals.Written by and starring Richard Woodhouse.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
This is cabaret artist, musical writer and songwriter Joanna Weinberg delightful cabaret dedicated to the love of handbags.
“uplifting, musically funky and totally enjoyable.” Bronwyn Fullerton- Sydney Arts Guide 2016.
Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away to the preview performance of MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL on 17th August at 7pm. Email the editor on email@example.com. The winners will be advised by email.
With A GHOST STORY acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them BodiesSaints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with an exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection.
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away.
Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.
Described as an unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.
Sydney Arts Guide has ten double passes to give away to a preview screening of A GHOST STORY to take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 25th July at the Palace Verona cinema, 17 Oxford Street, Paddington. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with A Ghost Story competition in the subject heading. Competition winners will be advised by email.
A GHOST STORY opens in cinemas on Thursday 27th July.
Featured photo – Blake Erickson and Nic Starte in Between Worlds.
Sydney theatre lovers will have the chance in July to see the first public staged workshop presentation of an exciting new Australian musical, BETWEEN WORLDS.
BETWEEN WORLDS is the creation of award winning Sydney theatre-makers Jason Langley and Michael Tyack, composer Gareth Hudson and writer Nick Higginbotham.
The musical tells a fascinating, little known story, the last journey of the founder of our country, Captain James Cook. The time is 1779 and Cook has sailed to Hawaii where he was received as a returning God named Lono.
The myth of ‘no female composers’ will be exploded – in style! – in a wonderful winter afternoon concert on Sunday 30 July when Ensemble Vinifera makes its appearance in the popular Prelude in Tea series at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney.
The monthly concerts featuring outstanding chamber musicians include refreshments – and a delectable selection of cakes!
“Why are there so few female composers?” It’s a question that resurfaces regularly and yet, there are in fact many first-rate female composers; this concert will feature works from several, spanning the early 19th century through to the present day. The feature work is Ensemble Vinifera’s first commissioned work from Sydney composer Jessica Wells.
Vinifera will also be performing works by contemporary American composer Libby Larsen as well as Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann (student and wife of Robert) and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (brother of Felix and considered a child prodigy of similar stature).
Ensemble Vinifera features Andrew Wilson (cello), Ella Brinch (viola) and John Lewis (clarinet). The group was created in 2013 by several Sydney musicians who regularly perform together in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
Based around i ts core group, Vinifera metamorphoses as required to perform anything from solo Bach to octets for mixed winds and strings. The ensemble is inherently flexible, playing music from a wide variety of eras, genres and national backgrounds across a broad palette of instrumental combinations.
The musicians particularly enjoy bringing less frequently seen groupings, composers and works to Australian audiences. The founding members have studied and performed throughout Australia, the UK, Europe and North America covering the broad spectrum of chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire.
As well as a love for great music, the ensemble members share a love for good food and wine in the company of good friends – hence their choice of name!
Guest artists for the concert will include Christina Wilson (mezzo-soprano), Ewan Foster (violin), Lisa Osmialowski (flute) and Azumi Lehmann (harp) with Alan Hicks (piano).
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Ensemble Vinifera’s THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES will play the Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney on Sunday 30 July from 2.30 (afternoon tea) for a 3.30 pm concert.
Sydney Arts Guide has one double pass to offer- email@example.com The winner will be advised by email.
The world’s premier Queen tribute show, Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic, will complete a 15-stop national tour from May – taking fans back to the glory days of Freddie Mercury and his iconic band Queen.
Capturing the imagination of Queen fans both locally and internationally, Director Johnny Van Grinsven attributes the show’s continued success to the attention-to-detail; everything from the costumes, instruments and even the lighting cues have been designed to replicate those seen in real Queen concerts.
Making QUEEN : IT’S A KINDA MAGIC extraordinarily authentic is the close consultation of Peter Freestone, Freddie Mercury’s best friend, biographer, assistant and constant companion for the final 12 years of his life. Freestone has schooled the cast and producers on the characteristics and nuances of the original band in order to perfect the performance.Continue reading COMING SOON : QUEEN : IT’S A KINDA MAGIC @ THE STATE THEATRE→
Red Line Productions at The Old Fitz Theatre will shortly be presenting a brand spanking new Australian work, TONGUE TIED by Clare Hennessy, part of the New Fitz 2017 program.
Mia loves two things: feminism, and journalism. She’s landed the scoop of a lifetime, and she’s not going to let anything stand in her way.
Parker loves one thing: his job at Sunday Juice. They’ve landed in a PR nightmare, and he has every intention to pull them out of it.
Neither Mia or Parker planned on falling into each others laps.
Passion has a tendency to ruin even the best of intentions and the most perfectly pronounced of political dispositions. When so many things in her life have to be black or white, Mia finds herself falling, spectacularly, into the grey areas.
TONGUE TIEDis an exploration of ethics, integrity and how passion can fuck up even the best laid plans and features Jessica Arthur is in the director’s chair and the play stars Gary Clementson (Hidden Sydney, Caress/Ache) and Contessa Treffione (Mystery of Love & Sex, STC’s All My Sons).
TONGUE TIED is being proudly presented by Poor Tom’s Gin & Mark Blumer with the support of of Playwriting Australia and ambassador Louis Nowra.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org “TONGUE ARTS” in the subject line for your chance to win a double pass to the Tuesday 4 July performance at 6:15 PM.
Clare Hennessy’s TONGUE TIED will play the Old Fitz theatre between the 27th June and the 8th July, 2017.
Whitney Houston was a sure thing, or as sure as the music industry had ever seen. A transcendent talent with pedigree and mentorship to match, she was going to be the greatest female vocalist ever. For a time, she was, and then she all-too-publicly fell short.
Documentarian Nick Broomfield and iconic music video director Rudi Dolezal offer a never-before-seen backstage look at the height of Houston’s stardom and trace with penetrating detail the forces that contributed to her shortened career and subsequent death in 2012, at age 48.
Whether it be racism, religion, drugs, sexuality, self-doubt, gossip, rivalry, insufficient training, the demands of parents and the industry, a troubled marriage playing out in headlines, or the inevitable toll those stresses take from so muscular and passionate a singer, the directors leave nothing unturned.
The filmmakers create a picture of a remarkable woman who needed more help than she received and provide an unflinching, gripping, and wholly committed exploration of talent given and taken away, in an era obsessed with how Whitney lived when she wasn’t on the stage.
This documentary, sadly recounting another story of a brilliant but troubled artist, makes for compelling viewing. You will get your chance to see it when it opens in cinemas next Thursday 15th June.
Editor’s Note : The double passes associated with this post have been won.
UNA follows a young woman’s journey to reclaim her past. Fifteen years earlier, when she was a minor, Una ran away with an older man, Ray, a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned.
When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Her abrupt arrival threatens to destroy Ray’s new life and derail her stability. Unspoken secrets and buried memories surface as Una and Ray sift through the wreckage of the past.
Their confrontation raises unanswered questions and unresolved longings. It will shake them both to the core. UNA gazes into the heart of a devastating form of love and asks if redemption is possible.
The film is an adaptation of Scottish playwright David Harrower’s celebrated, Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird.
For some musicians, funk is where it’s at. It starts and ends with the groove! FUNK ENGINE is one such band. The band members – three from Sydney, one from Byron Bay – all met through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Jazz Workshop.
FUNK ENGINE was formed in 2013 by electric bass player, composer and band leader Siebe Pogson and also features Nish Manjanuth (tenor saxophone), Holly Conner (drums) and Felix Lalanne (electric guitar).
They debuted at The Newsagency in 2013 to great success and have since packed them in Lazy Bones Lounge, the Beats festival Peats Ridge, Hermann’s Bar, Foundry 616, The Townie, Mr Falcon’s and the Town Hall Hotel Newtown.
Their new CD TAKING A RIDE has been recorded at Free Energy Device Studios, produced by Llew Kiek and Richard Belkner, and mastered by Michael Lynch.
Guest artists on TAKING A RIDE include Rhyan Clapham aka rapper Dobby, Deiniol Chynoweth (vocals), Nick Polovineo (trombone), Nick Calligeros (trumpet) and Novak Manojlovic (keyboard).
Sydney Arts Guide has 4 copies of Funk Engine’s TAKING A RIDE to give away. Email -email@example.com with FUNK ENGINE CD GIVEAWAY in the subject heading. Please provide your postal address. Winners will be advised by return email.
Above- Kristy Lee Donovan and Alexander Baden Bryce in Arche. Photography by Taylor Ferne Photography.
Following its inaugural sell out at The Concourse, Chatswood premiere season in March, Melbourne Ballet Company (MBC) returns with Archè on Thursday June 29 and Friday June 30 at 7.30pm on both nights.
Founded in 2007 MBC is a not-for-profit organisation which has now grown to become one of Australia’s most loved dance companies. The artistic policy of MBC is to present new work, modern ballet performed by highly trained classical dancers. Since its launch MBC has presented over 35 original works.
This May Palace Cinemas once again brings the best of American independent film to Australian screens with American Essentials.
Twenty films make their Australian premiere at the three-week festival, celebrating the latest indie treasures in narrative feature and documentary, together with newly restored American classics.
Thirty-one films curated by Artistic Director Richard Sowada reflects the remarkable breadth of contemporary independent cinema produced in the US, proving a richness far greater than the same old, same old studio pictures inherent in the Hollywood machine.
The original title for Anne Fontaine’s THE INNOCENTS was Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God.The Holy Ovine who is supposed to take away the sins of the world, God’s gamboller who will grant peace and mitigate mercy.
The film is based on a true story, on events that occurred at the end of World War II. As the Nazi’s were withdrawing from Poland, the Russians advanced and occupied and pillaged Poland. Rape was considered a reward and Soviet soldiers were responsible for the insemination of several nuns.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Anne Fontaine (Coco Avant Chanel, Nathalie, Gemma Bovery), THE INNOCENTSis based on actual events and set in Poland at the end of World War 2.
The film chronicles a largely forgotten piece of history based on the astonishing true experiences of Madeleine Pauliac and deals with complex issues of war and faith.
She is a young doctor at a Red Cross hospital who responds to a desperate plea from a nun and breaks protocol to visit a local Benedictine convent, where she is shocked to find a nun in the midst of a complicated labour and several more in various stages of pregnancy.
As she uncovers the truth of what happened, she begins the demanding task of caring for these women, whilst navigating the reluctance of the wary Mother Superior, who wants to keep the events that brought her charges to this situation, a secret from the outside world.
THE INNOCENTS will screen at selected arthouse cinemas from Thursday 27th April.
Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to give away. Be one of the first to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be advised by return email. Please provide your postal address in your email.
This is a funny, sexy and scary new French film which has already won a slew of awards.
RAW tells the story of Justine (Garance Marillier), a brilliant 16-year-old whose admission to a prestigious veterinary school sparks a coming-of-age like no other. With her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) watching on, Justine partakes in a bizarre hazing ritual where she is forced to eat raw meat for the first time, defying her vegan upbringing and unleashing an insatiable desire for flesh.
Tapping into the violence of youthful rites of passage and the power of sisterly bonds, RAWis emotionally and physically visceral, and totally unforgettable. The film imaginatively and intelligently expands contemporary horror cinema, announcing French writer-director Julia Ducournau as a key figure in an exciting and bold new wave of female genre filmmakers.
Director Moira Blumenthal and producer Shalom, who have previously worked together on the plays My Name Is Ashur Lev and Coming to See Aunt Sophie. have announced that they will be presenting the World Premiere of Victor Gordon’s controversial new play YOU WILL NOT PLAY WAGNER at the Eternity Playhouse during the month of May.
The play’s subject matter is controversial. Ever since the Holocaust, performing works by the composer Richard Wagner has been taboo in Israel. Set in contemporary Tel Aviv, a young Israeli causes a storm by selecting to perform Wagner in the finals of an international competition for conductors.
His selection pushes the competition to the brink and sets Israeli society on edge. Should the politics of Wagner’s music interfere with the quality of his art? To what extent do we honour the memory of the Holocaust, its survivors and their descendants, without stifling the next generation?
Moira Blumenthal will direct and the play will star Annie Annie Byron, Tim McGarry, Kate Skinner and Benedict Wall.
Sydney Arts Guide has one double pass to give away to the performance of YOU WILL NOT PLAY WAGNER at the Eternity Playhouse on Sunday 4th May at 8 pm. Email email@example.com., The winner will be advised by email with the tickets to be collected from the Box Office.
Featured image – Cast members Annie Byron and Benedict Wall.
Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi’s feature film, THE SALESMAN, winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, tells the story of Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), actors playing the roles of husband and wife in a Tehran production of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.
They are also husband and wife off-stage, sharing an apartment that is devastated by an earthquake.
Forced to move, a tragic incident changes their lives in ways they could never have predicted.
THE SALESMAN has been described as a powerful social critique that touches on themes of family, gender, and the chilling psychology of vengeance.
The film will be released nationally next Thursday, March 9.
The double passes offered with this post have been won.
The JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL (JFF) is back in town for its 20th anniversary year and will screen at Event Cinemas George Street between the 14th November and the 4th December.
With each city’s program carefully curated by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, the 2016 Festival will present exciting new films direct from Japan, including comedy, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, high school romance and much more.
Highlights of the 2016 Festival include CREEPY, the latest film from Japan’s leading horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure) about a former detective who investigates the case of a missing family all the while obvious of the dangers close to home, CHIHAYAFURU PART I and II based on the popular manga series of the same name, and a fascinating documentary which captures the unique culture of the world’s largest seafood market, TSUKIJI WONDERLAND.Continue reading 5 DOUBLES TO THE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL @ EVENT CINEMAS GEORGE STREET→
It’s a proper British cocktail party, but nothing is going according to plan. Mrs and Mr Martin don’t recognise each other, the Smiths’ doorbell keeps ringing, and the maid mysteriously disappears. As London burns and the flames flicker higher, the ability to communicate and comprehend is crumbling too…
In equal parts witty and silly, with a splash of slapstick, this classic play from the Master of the Absurd is a dark, crackingly funny excursion into the limits and denial of language and logic.
Director – Kara McLaughlin
Starring – Hannah Bath,Richard Cornally, Sarah Farmer, Michael Gosden, Nell Nakkan and Liam Numan.
Sydney Arts Guide has 5 double passes to give away to the performance on Wednesday 9 November. Be one of the first to email the editor on firstname.lastname@example.org with The Bald Soprano Competition in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email.
9-11 November, 11am and 8pm
12-13 November, 2pm and 8pm
PACT Theatre, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville NSW 2043
Adults $30, Concession $20, Groups of 6 $120.