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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org., 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.
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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 email@example.com 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.
Featured pic – A scene from this year’s opening night film Denial.
Denial, a gripping drama based on one of the most fascinating courtroom battles in modern history, has been selected to open the 2016 Jewish International Film Festival across Australia.
Directed by Mick Jackson(The Bodyguard, L.A. Story) with a screenplay by David Hare(The Reader, The Hours), Denial stars Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz as Professor Deborah Lipstadt who was sued for defamation by author and self-proclaimed historian, David Irving, played by Timothy Spall, for being referenced as a ‘denier’ in Lipstadt’s book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Aided by a first-class legal team, helmed by a brilliant, yet maverick barrister, Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), Lipstadt was tasked with proving that the Holocaust did happen in order to discredit Irving and clear her name. Denial,which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, will screen courtesy of Entertainment One.
Approaching the Holocaust from a different perspective is The Last Laugh, aprovocative documentary that will screen on Closing Night. Director Fearne Pearlstein looks at taboos and comedy and in doing so asks ‘how far’ comedy should go when delving into tragedy. Acknowledging that comedy can play a cathartic and ultimately healing role, this insightful film examines the issue via comedic titans such as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Larry Charles, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Chris Rock and the late Joan Rivers, along with survivors of the Holocaust including 91-year-old, Auschwitz survivor, Renee Firestone.
Complementing these two remarkable films will be 66 international premiere features and documentaries showcasing the cinema of 19 countries, including the globally fêted Israeli drama, Sand Storm, winner of Best Film and Best Director at the recent 2016 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards). This Ophir triumph automatically qualifies Sand Stormto beIsrael’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards® and marks the first time that a film entirely in Arabic, rather than Hebrew, will represent Israel.
The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) will take place between Thursday 27 October and Wednesday 16 November at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction.
Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to giveaway to the Festival. Be one of the first to email the Editor on firstname.lastname@example.org with JIFF competition in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email. Passes will be sent in the post so please provide a postal address.
One of Sydney’s most anticipated musicals, DREAM LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL, directed by one of Australia’s leading music theatre director Simon Phillips and starring David Campbell as the late, great Bobby Darin, will start previews at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre next Thursday.
The show will present many of the great hits from the 1950s and 1960s including Mac The Knife, Beyond The Sea and the title song. The stage will be filled by a cast of over 40 performers including an 18 piece big band. As well as David Campbell, the principal cast will also include Caroline O’Connor, Hannah Fredericksen, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes and Marney McQueen.
Sydney Arts Guide is delighted to announce that it has two double A Reserve passes to give away to the evening performance – 8 pm -performance on Saturday September 24. Be one of the first to email the Editor on email@example.com. with Dream Lover : The Bobby Darin Musical competition in the subject heading. The two winners will be advised by return email. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.
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Featured photo – Artist Chaia Fein.
Just sometimes, the world seems like a far too serious place. And what one craves for is some fun, a bit of good old fashioned satire…
Sydney born artist Chaia Fein touches this need with her refreshing new publication PREPOSTEROUS SAINTS : THE SAINTS THE CHURCH WANTS TO HIDE.
With this lavishly presented coffee table book Chaia has come up with 366 Preposterous Saints for our daily nourishment, featuring bold, wildly imaginative illustrations accompanied by ‘historical’ notes. With rich, absurdist humour, Chaia portrays a colourful cavalcade of sanctified misfits, felons and misunderstood characters and gives us an imaginative counterpoint to accepted notions of human piety. Continue reading PREPOSTEROUS SAINTS : THE SAINTS THE CHURCH WANTS TO HIDE→
A spellbinding experiment in comic magic realism by critically acclaimed Australian writer Paul Gilchrist, CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD comes to The Depot Theatre in Marrickville for a three week season in July. This story of an unusual retreat, and a remarkable victory plays 8pm Wed to Sat and 5pm Sun, 13 – 30 July 2016. Playful and provocative, CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD tells of one woman’s quest to live life entirely on her own terms.
Everyone needs time out. Not everyone does it like this. Cristina is a contemporary woman. Intelligent. Capable. But she’s not satisfied with what’s on offer. Life seems too small. So she takes the extraordinary step of withdrawing from society. Join Cristina on a breathtaking inner journey as she meets a host of fantastic, hyperbolic characters, navigates illusion, weathers dismay, and discovers wonder.
Paul Gilchrist is a Sydney-based writer and director. His work has been produced locally, interstate and overseas. He is the co-founder of subtlenuance, a company dedicated solely to the production of original Australian work. Originally produced by subtlenuance in 2013, this production is directed by Julie Baz (co-artistic director of The Depot Theatre) and designed by David Jeffrey (also co-artistic director), with assistant director, Lillian Silk and sound designer Thomas Moore. It features a terrific line up of some of Sydney’s indie theatre talent: Nyssa Hamilton, Teale Howie, David Jeffrey, Emily McGowan, Tasha O’Brien, Sarah Plummer, Lucy Quill and Rachael Williams.
The Depot Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre situated within and supported by the historic Addison Road Centre, a thriving inner west hub for culture, arts and the environment visited by over 200,000 people annually. The Depot Theatre challenges and entertains its audiences with theatre that is accessible, affordable and – most importantly – a really fun night out. Coming up next after CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD in their 2016 Season is the new Australian play, A NEST OF SKUNKS by James Balian & Roger Vickery and presented by Collaborations Theatre Group, followed by BIJOU – A CABARET OF SECRETS and Seduction, written and performed by Chrissie Shaw, presented by Small Shows Productions.
“The Depot Theatre punches well above its weight, presenting well-produced, confidently performed shows that both entertain and inspire.” WEEKEND NOTES
In 2013, FLAME TREE, by award winning playwright Wayne Tunks, premiered in Melbourne to critical and commercial acclaim. Now it’s Sydney’s turn to see this gritty Australian drama starring some of Sydney’s finest independent theatre actors.
All you Queen fans out there, it will soon be time to rock and rock roll big time.
The National Tour of We Will Rock You, thesmash hit musical written by Ben Elton, and starring an amazing cast, including Casey Donovan and Brian Mannix from The Uncanny X-Men fame, begins in Sydney at the Lyric from the end of April. Continue reading WE WILL ROCK YOU COMING TO THE LYRIC→
Sydney music theatre lovers are in for a treat when one of the world’s great musicals comes to town.
The much loved musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is coming to the Capitol Theatre from Thursday 24th March. With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, the action takes place in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. The story is based on Shalom Aleichem’s story Tevye and his daughters.
The 27th Annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival kicks off in Sydney on March 1 and the myriad of movies selected and the intersecting themes explored suggest this should be the most successful season of all.
The theme of relationships ending for the same reasons they began is explored in two brilliant films, MON ROI and PAPA OU MAMAN.
MON ROI is a heady drama starring Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot. Cassel plays a nightclub entrepreneur, Georgio, pursued by lawyer, Toni, a Cannes Festival prize winning performance by Bercot.
They fall into a fine romance, marry and propagate. The fly in the ointment of their perfect union is Georgio’s ex, a fragile model with suicidal tendencies. No longer in a sexual relationship, he nevertheless feels an overwhelming obligation to her, which puts a great strain on the marriage.
The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) is offering an all strings program for its first concert of the year.
The program includes two well known pieces, Dvorak’s String Serenade and Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade. These pieces will be complemented by Australian composer Daniel Rojas’ fresh and vivacious piece Little Serenade for Strings.
Artistic Director of the TMO Sarah-Grace Williams will be the Conductor and she is very excited about the program, “Starting the year with a powerful string program is something we’ve wanted to do for some time. It sets the tone of intimacy while bringing out those joyous and passionate emotions which we love to inspire in our audiences. This is a beautiful way for TMO to launch into what is going to be a huge year for the orchestra. We’re sure audiences will love this vibrant and sumptuous program.” Continue reading TMO PROMISES AN EVENING OF PURE STRING BEAUTY→
Now hear this. One of the funniest films of the season is about a deaf French family called THE BELIER FAMILY.
You heard right. In the Belier family everyone is deaf except for daughter, Paula, the vivacious sixteen year old who serves as interpreter for her mum and dad and baby brother in the running of their dairy farm.
If everything you’ve heard is that this film is funny, poignant, sad and uplifting, then believe everything you’ve heard, because this family is well worth spending time with. And what quality time it is, with seasoned performers Francois Damiens and Karin Viard as the parents, and sensational newcomer Louane Emera as Paula. Continue reading THE BELIER FAMILY→
What is the world’s longest-running musical theatre production? Cats? The Phantom of the Opera? Chicago? The Lion King? No, it’s a boutique musical with a poetic book and a breezy, inventive score which has been performed all around the globe – THE FANTASTICKS. The show’s original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world’s longest-running musical.
Whimsical, poignant and romantic, THE FANTASTICKS focuses on two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the highs of passion, the challenges of distance and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love. Continue reading THE FANTASTICKS COMING TO THE HAYES→
Australia’s legendary, one and only rock and roll and animal free circus Circus Oz will be landing in Sydney soon.
Credited with revitalising a traditional artform in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its foundation in 1978. Circus Oz undertook its first and critically praised international tour in 1980 and has continued touring to over 100 cities and regions in 27 countries – in all playing to over 3.7 million people.
Their new show BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE is the first to have been created in their new custom circus home in Melbourne. The show will feature 12 fabulous performers- graceful men, strong women, incredibly intricate and innovative jugglers, lyrical and virtuosic unicyclers, hilarious flying trapeze artists, booty-shaking hip-hoppers, highly-musical-acrobats and highly-acrobatic-musicians.
Performed under the Big Top within a spectacular large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters, But Wait…There’s More promises to be punchy, exciting and a funny vaudeville-inspired show for humans of all ages.
The show will be presented at breakneck speed through cheeky impersonations, ridiculous knockabout and multi-skilled human physical exuberance. There will be a breath-taking amalgamation of tricks and ideas, including a satirical look at today’s culture of infobesity and consumer overload based around society’s focus on stuff.
BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE will be playing at the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter from the 30th December till the 24th January. Running time 2 hours including a 20 minute interval. For performance times check the website. Bookings ticketmaster.com.au or 136100.
Featured pic – The Circus Oz Ensemble. Pic Rob Blackburn.
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Celebrate Christmas with elegance and style with CANTIQUE DE NOEL, a Christmas opera gala. The concert is being presented by Opera Projects Sydney and the cast includes Jose Carbo, Catherine Bouchier, Anna-Louise Cole, Simon Kim, Sitiveni Talei and Bradley Gilchrist.
The concert will take place at the Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney next Friday evening the 18th December at 7:30pm, and Sunday the 20th December at 4pm. All Tickets are $25. Bookings- http://www.independent.org.au.
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The internationally renowned writer and director Daniele Finzi Pasca has pulled off everything from an Olympic ceremony and a production with the English National Opera to Cirque du Soleil.
Compagnia Finzi Pasca bring their mix of astonishing acts and fantastic visuals to Parramatta in LA VERITA, ushering in spirit and spectacle inspired by a recently rediscovered painting by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí.