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KING AND QUEEN OF JORDAN VISIT GOVERNMENT HOUSE

King Abdullah and Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan made a quick visit to Sydney, such that they did not even have time to do the obligatory trip on Sydney Harbour.

However, they did have lovely views of the Harbour from Government House where prior to a formal lunch they inspected its gardens whose flowers were in full bloom, accompanied by Governor David and  Mrs Linda Hurley.

All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2016 – THE CENOTAPH MARTIN PLACE, SYDNEY

The Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the Armistice. After World War 2 the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars.Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day and continues to be commemorated in Allied Countries.

The time honoured proceedings took place at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. Lt Colonel John Moore was the Master Of Ceremonies for the Order of Service.

After the Royal Australian Navy’s Band’s Vice Regal Salute, the 2016 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholars Mr Nikita Papastamatis and Ms Amber Frost read ‘In Flanders Fields’, a poem by John McGrath, composed in 1915. Continue reading REMEMBRANCE DAY 2016 – THE CENOTAPH MARTIN PLACE, SYDNEY

107 PROJECTS AND ACTOR’S CENTRE AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE NEW PLAYWRIGHTING AWARD

 

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Last night saw 107 Projects and The Actor’s Centre Australia (ACA) launch an exciting innovation in funding for playwrights. The new model can be summed up by a comment by Melissa, a writer with whom I was chatting over canapes at the event. “It’s incredibly rare for a playwriting prize to guarantee a production.” she excitedly explained. THE NEW PLOT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD does exactly that and not just for the winner but for each the 6 finalists.

The award was launched this evening by award winning, international director Gale Edwards, who is Ambassador to the project and celebrated Australian playwright Stephen Sewell, who will serve on the expert panel which will shortlist the entries.

Speaking passionately at the launch Gale Edwards spoke of the ‘loneliest experience’ of a writer who creates work which travels “from the little wooden stage to the hearts and mind of strangers”. She stressed the need for collaboration and suggested that no play is complete until a director has tried to rewrite at least a third of it! Collaboration is exactly what this award aims to nurture. Continue reading 107 PROJECTS AND ACTOR’S CENTRE AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE NEW PLAYWRIGHTING AWARD

KIT BROOKMAN WINS INAUGURAL ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY PLAYWRITING COMMISSION

Performer and writer Kit Brookman. Pic by Brett Boardman
Performer and writer Kit Brookman. Pic by Brett Boardman

At  a function held in the Ensemble Theatre Company’s  gorgeous waterfront theatre foyer last Friday evening 4th March Australia’s premiere playwright David Williamson announced that talented young playwright Kit Brookman was the winner of the Ensemble Theatre’s inaugural playwriting commission.

The commission is a result of a partnership between the Ensemble, the Australian Writers’ Guild and David Williamson. Williamson donated the  prize money he received from winning the NSW Premier’s Special Award in early 2015 to make the commission viable.  ‘Words on a page alone don’t help playwrights, but having their plays performed does, so I am  happy to gift my Premier’s prize to encourage a commission and performance of a new work.’ Continue reading KIT BROOKMAN WINS INAUGURAL ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY PLAYWRITING COMMISSION

BLU-RAY REFUSED CLASSIFICATION VERSION HAS BEEN ON RETAILERS’ SHELVES SINCE JUNE 2014

Blue is the Warmest Colour - LA VIE D’ADELE – CHAPITRES 1 ET 2 (DVD)

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LA VIE D’ADELE- BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR – ( DVD BLU-RAY)

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Duration 173 minutes

Director ABDELLATIF KECHICHE
Producer BRAHIM CHIOUA / ABDELLATIF KECHICHE / VINCENT MARAVAL
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OFLC Classification: rated R18+ (High impact sex scenes),  173 minutes.    http://www.classification.gov.au/Pages/View.aspx?sid=mapm7kPB72VXr%2F6EzVRKzA%3D%3D               

This Blu-Ray 180 minute version of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR has been on retailers’ shelves since 18th June 2014, without a classification rating issued by the Federal Government  (OFLC) having been purchased for this 180 minute version.

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Paramount Home Entertainment (Australasia) Pty Limited  is the distributor of the blu-ray 180 minute version of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR. The blu-ray movie version was purchased and screened length was 179:38 minutes, compared to the 172:27 minutes approved for sale in Australia by OFLC.

 

Refused Classification (RC) is a classification category. Material that is Refused Classification is commonly referred to as being ‘banned’.           Films, computer games and publications that are classified RC cannot be sold, hired, advertised or legally imported in Australia.

 

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TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

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Sydney Arts Guide is inviting regular readers of the site to submit their own reviews. The review has to be of a show or arts event that is currently  taking place in Sydney.

A new page has been created just for you, that is simple to use and we only ask for the information that we need to publish.

Tell us what you think about the shows/arts events that you are seeing around Sydney.

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Wesley Enoch appointed as Sydney Festival Director 2017-2019

Sydney Festival has announced that Wesley Enoch as the incoming Festival Director for a three-year tenure from 2017-2019. He will take the reins from Lieven Bertels, who completes his term in 2016, marking the Festival’s 40th anniversary.

Wesley is currently the Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company (2010-15). He has been the Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra in Brisbane (1994-97) and Ilibijerri in Melbourne (2003- 04), Resident Director for Sydney Theatre Company (2000-01), Associate Artistic Director of Belvoir (2006- 08), a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House (2003- 2011) and a director of the Indigenous section of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

He has directed six projects for Sydney Festival over the past 15 years: The Sunshine Club (2000), Eora Crossing (2004), The Sapphires (2005), Nargun and the Stars (2009), I am Eora (2012) and Black Diggers (2014). Wesley has worked with almost every major theatre company and festival in the country and toured shows internationally.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said “Sydney Festival is one of the world’s pre-eminent arts and cultural festivals and I am delighted that Wesley Enoch will be the Festival’s new Director. Wesley has already made a significant contribution to the Australian arts landscape and brings a wealth of experience to this coveted role in which he will lead one of our country’s most important annual events alongside Executive Director, Chris Tooher.”

The Lord Mayor, Clover Moore MP said “Wesley is one of Australia’s finest creative talents and it’s terrific to see him at the helm of Sydney’s major cultural festival. Judging by his past contributions to Sydney Festival, with productions like I am Eora and Black Diggers, he will not shy away from the important issues. Under Wesley Enoch’s watch I’m looking forward to seeing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and audiences, who make such a valuable contribution to our country’s creativity and culture, taking part in the Festival.”

Wesley is delighted about the new challenge, saying “Excited is too inadequate a word for how I’m feeling. I have had a long love affair with Sydney Festival and its audiences. I’m totally thrilled to return in the role of Festival Director. The Festival is a huge family of people who give their time, resources, money and talent; and I want to meet every single one of them. Festivals provide a huge cultural canvas and help reimagine a city, helping it think creatively and see things differently. I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting started.”

Sydney Theatre Company Announces Patrick White Playwrighting Awards

Back row- STC Artistic Director Andrew Upton, Playwright Debra Thomas. Front row- STC Literary Manager Polly Rowe, Playwright Kate Mulvany. Pic by Hon Boey
Back row- STC Artistic Director Andrew Upton, Playwright Debra Thomas. Front row- STC Literary Manager Polly Rowe, Playwright Kate Mulvany. Pic by Hon Boey

Kate Mulvany is the new Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow and Debra Thomas has won the 2014 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award Kate Mulvany has been announced as the latest recipient of STC’s Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellowship at a special event held at The Wharf last Friday, 22nd May.

Now in its fifth year, the Fellowship is a position for an established playwright whose work has been produced professionally in Australia within the last four years. Mulvany receives $25,000 in recognition of her body of work and previous artistic achievements. As well as including a commission from STC which she will develop during the year-long tenure, the Fellowship provides opportunities for her to share her skills with other playwrights and artists. Continue reading Sydney Theatre Company Announces Patrick White Playwrighting Awards

THE DEPOT THEATRE closes before it opens

The Depot Theatre closes before it opens

It is with deep sadness that we announce that The Depot Theatre is over before it has begun and we are permanently withdrawing from the Sydney independent theatre arena after 20 years. We warmly and sincerely thank our supporters and our audiences, we will miss you very much. We are very proud of what we and our countless collaborators have achieved over the years and we hope our performances have impacted the lives of our audiences in some small way.

So why are we withdrawing? It is not by choice. We had great plans to create a new independent theatre venue, but instead have been forced out by detractors conducting what can only be described as a witch hunt. Continue reading THE DEPOT THEATRE closes before it opens

FCCA 2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards

2014 FCCA AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM
2014 FCCA AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM

 

2014 FCCA AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM

WERE PRESENTED ON TUESDAY EVENING 10 MARCH 2015

AT THE PADDINGTON WOOLLAHRA RSL, PADDINGTON, NSW.

 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
THE BABADOOK PRODUCERS: KRISTINA CEYTON, KRISTIAN MOLIERE
CHARLIE’S COUNTRY PRODUCERS: ROLF DE HEER, PETER DJIGIRR, NILS ERIK NIELSEN
PREDESTINATION PRODUCERS: PADDY McDONALD, TIM McGAHAN, MICHAEL SPIERIG,
PETER SPIERIG
TRACKS PRODUCERS: IAIN CANNING, EMILE SHERMAN
THE WATER DIVINER PRODUCERS: ANDREW MASON, KEITH RODGER, TROY LUM
THE UNIVERSAL PICTURES AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
RUSSELL CROWE THE WATER DIVINER
JOHN CURRAN TRACKS
ROLF DE HEER CHARLIE’S COUNTRY
JENNIFER KENT THE BABADOOK
MICHAEL SPIERIG, PETER SPIERIG PREDESTINATION

 

BEST ACTOR
RUSSELL CROWE THE WATER DIVINER
JOEL EDGERTON FELONY
DAVID GULPILIL CHARLIE’S COUNTRY
DON HANY HEALING
GUY PEARCE THE ROVER
BEST ACTRESS
ESSIE DAVIS THE BABADOOK
SARAH SNOOK PREDESTINATION
MIA WASIKOWSKA TRACKS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNG ACTOR
TILDA COBHAM-HERVEY 52 TUESDAYS
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS GALORE
ANGOURIE RICE THESE FINAL HOURS
NOAH WISEMAN THE BABADOOK
BEST SCREENPLAY
MATTHEW CORMACK 52 TUESDAYS
ROLF DE HEER, DAVID GULPILIL CHARLIE’S COUNTRY
JOEL EDGERTON FELONY
JENNIFER KENT THE BABADOOK
MICHAEL SPIERIG, PETER SPIERIG PREDESTINATION
THE ACS AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
IAN JONES ACS CHARLIE’S COUNTRY
RADEK LADEZUK THE BABADOOK
ANDREW LESNIE ACS ASC THE WATER DIVINER
BEN NOTT ACS PREDESTINATION
MANDY WALKER ACS ASC TRACKS
THE AGSC AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC SCORE
DAVID HIRSCHFELDER HEALING
DAVID HIRSCHFELDER THE WATER DIVINER
ANTONY PARTOS THE ROVER
PETER SPIERIG PREDESTINATION
BEST EDITING – Shared Award
BRYAN MASON 52 TUESDAYS
SIMON NJOO THE BABADOOK
MATT VILLA PREDESTINATION
MATT VILLA THE WATER DIVINER
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
JO FORD THE ROVER
ALEX HOLMES THE BABADOOK
CHRIS KENNEDY THE WATER DIVINER
MATTHEW PUTLAND PREDESTINATION
BEST ACTOR – SUPPORTING ROLE
JAI COURTNEY FELONY
ADAM DRIVER TRACKS
YILMAZ ERDOGAN THE WATER DIVINER
ROBERT PATTINSON THE ROVER
TOM WILKINSON FELONY
BEST ACTRESS – SUPPORTING ROLE
JUSTINE CLARKE HEALING
MELISSA GEORGE FELONY
ERIN JAMES THE LITTLE DEATH
JACQUELINE McKENZIE THE WATER DIVINER
SUSAN PRIOR THE ROVER
THE SOLRUN HOAAS AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
THE ANIMAL CONDITION DIRECTOR: MICHAEL DAHLSTROM
PRODUCERS: MICHAEL DAHLSTROM, ANDE CUNNINGHAM,
AUGUSTA MILLER, SARAH-JANE McALLAN
CHINA’S 3DREAMS 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.

 

 

 

Oscar Winners 2015 – The Academy Awards – Complete List

One of the greats, Julianne Moore, finally receives her first Oscar
One of the greats, Julianne Moore, finally receives her first Oscar

Full list of winners from the 87th Academy Awards, announced Sunday Evening 22nd February 2015 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California, USA. The 87th Academy Awards show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and was televised live on the ABC Network in the USA.

This year three movies were the big winners, “Birdman”, “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash”.

Continue reading Oscar Winners 2015 – The Academy Awards – Complete List

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW @ Sydney Lyric Theatre

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

Producers Howard Panter and John Frost just announced the full cast for the 2015 season of Richard O’Brien’s   The Rocky Horror Show, which will be playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 11 April 2015 and then moves to Melbourne from 12 June 2015.

In the coveted role of Frank N Furter will be television and theatre star Craig McLachlan, who won the 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical for this performance. Beloved theatre and television performer Bert Newton will play the Narrator, and reprising their roles from the 2014 Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show will be Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, Nicholas Christo as Eddie and Dr Scott, and Brendan Irving as Rocky.

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

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BAFTA 2015 British Academy Awards – Nominations and Winners

 

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BAFTA FILM 2015 British Academy Awards, and as we are on the other side of the world, you will need a satellite dish to tune in to this one when shown live in the UK. Hosted live by Stephen Fry on television channel BBC One at 9:00pm on Sunday 8th February 2015 in the United Kingdom – or at least there will be edited highlights.

Mike Leigh will receive the BAFTA Fellowship, this highest accolade is given to an individual in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film, television or games.

BAFTA FILM nominations this year includes the Australian Made Animated Film THE LEGO MOVIE.

UPDATED and yes the winner is THE LEGO MOVIE (Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller).

BAFTA 2015 British Academy Awards

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Behind the Scenes with the Australian Ballet

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET Swan Lake
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET Swan Lake

Suitable for ages 10 and above we will get a fascinating, privileged insider’s look and exclusive access into the world of an elite dancer. We’ll observe morning class on stage – a daily ritual for all the dancers of The Australian Ballet – and this year, for the first time ever, we’ll sit in on private coaching as a principal dancer prepares for their role. Raw, beautiful and full of insights – this is a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to prepare for a performance. Don’t miss this special in-theatre experience .                  

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Students works come to life @ ARTEXPRESS 2015

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is presenting ARTEXPRESS 2015- between the 12th February and the 19th April- bringing together a selection of artworks produced by student artists in NSW. This year there are 37 students represented at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the principal venue for ARTEXPRESS.

Drawn from the most outstanding works submitted for the 2014 NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Visual Arts examination, ARTEXPRESS provides insights into students’ creativity and the issues and ideas that are important to them.

The 37 works being exhibited at the Gallery were selected from almost 10,000 students who completed the HSC Visual Arts examination in 2014 in NSW.

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Steve Rogers takes out the inaugural Lysicrates Prize

Inset pic- Photo 6861 Premier Mike Baird announces Steve Rogers as the winner of the first Lysicrates Prize in front of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Featured pic- In front of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney after Premier Mike Baird’s announcement:-Lee Lewis, Artistic Director Griffin Theatre Company, Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet, Environment Minister Rob Stokes, Patricia Azarias, Kim Ellis, Executive Director, Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, John Azarias

On Friday, 30th January 2015,  Steve Rodgers was awarded the inaugural Lysicrates Prize, receiving a full $12,500 Griffin Theatre Company commission, as voted by audience at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  The Lysicrates Prize was founded by Patricia and John Azarias, in conjunction with Griffin Theatre Company and the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Mike Baird – Premier NSW, Luke Foley – NSW Opposition Leader, and Industry Leaders were amongst the audience.

Steve Rodgers was amongst three finalists who were shortlisted to submit the first act of a new play. The two runners-up Justin Fleming and Lally Katz each received a $1,000 cash prize. This innovative new Australian playwriting competition was inspired by the imminent restoration of an historic monument in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden: The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates.

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2014 ​ ​ Film Critics Circle of Australia AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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2014 FCCA AWARDS NOMINATIONS   

On Monday 2nd February 2015, the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA)  announced the nominations for the 2014 FCCA Awards. The nominations for Best Film of 2014 are  The Babadook (producers Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere), Charlie’s Country (producers Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr and Nils Erik Nielsen), Predestination (producers Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig), Tracks (producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman) and The Water Diviner (producers Troy Lum, Andrew Mason and Keith Rodger).

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4TH AACTA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT STAR-STUDDED CEREMONY IN SYDNEY

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 4th AACTA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT STAR-STUDDED CEREMONY IN SYDNEY 

 

Awards Ceremony Hosts Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman were joined on stage by a star-studded line up of presenters including Geoffrey Rush (AACTA president), Lachy HulmeStephen Curry and cricketer Brett Lee to honour Australia’s best achievements in Australian film and television at the 4th  AACTA  Awards Ceremony, held at The Star Event Centre, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, SYDNEY, NSW.

FILM & DOCUMENTARY AWARDS In an unusual though not unprecedented twist, an equal tie for Best Film was announced, with  two feature films awarded the AACTA Award for Best FilmTHE BABADOOK (by first-time feature film director, Jennifer Kent) and THE WATER DIVINER (also marking a directorial debut for Russell Crowe). THE BABADOOK  also took home the  AACTA Award  for  Best Direction presented by Hyundai Genesis , and ^ Best Original Screenplay .

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2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards and Nominees

2015 winners Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards)
2015 winners Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards)

2015 SAG Awards and Nominees    

Yes you can catch up with the full list of SAG winners, if you were watching the Miss Universe Pageant Contest instead. All the winners of the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards  have now been announced at the annual awards gala event, that was held at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, on Sunday Evening 25th January 2015.

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NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2015 AFCA FILM AWARDS

 

The Rover at the LA Premiere
The Rover at the LA Premiere
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2015 AFCA FILM AWARDS

Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) is an Australian film critic organisation, based in Melbourne, Victoria.  A professional association for film critics, reviewers and film journalists.   Supporting mainstream, independent and Australian Cinema and also provides informed discussion.
     


(Nominations and Winners are generated through a two-stage voting process involving all AFCA members.)    

 

More good news for The Rover, with six Australia Film Critics Association (AFCA) Awards nominations. Predestination has five Australia Film Critics Association (AFCA) Awards nominations, including BEST FILM.

UPDATED Saturday 7th February 2015 ALL WINNERS LISTED

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NOMINATIONS announced for THE ANNUAL SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS FOR 2014

2014 Glass Menagerie BELVOIR ST THEATRE
2014 Glass Menagerie at BELVOIR ST THEATRE

 

 

The nominations have been announced for the annual Sydney Theatre Awards for 2014. The nominations were spread across a record 49 productions, that played on live theatre stages in Sydney, both mainstream and independent, during calendar year 2014. All the reviewers responsible for selecting their nominations for the Sydney Theatre Awards, had the feeling that 2014 was an extraordinary year for live theatre in Sydney.

Hayes Theatre Company’s Sweet Charity has received a massive nine nominations. Sport for Jove’s All’s Well That Ends Well with eight nominations, and Sydney Theatre Company’s Switzerland and Squabbologic’s The Drowsy Chaperone each have seven nominations. Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V and Red Line Productions’ Howie the Rookie have both received six nominations.

Continue reading NOMINATIONS announced for THE ANNUAL SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS FOR 2014

2014 Sydney Arts Guide Stage & Screen Awards

Bell Shakespeare's WINTERS TALE  2014 winner - Best stage production
Bell Shakespeare’s WINTERS TALE  2014 winner – Best stage production

 

Sydney Arts Guide is a key part of stage and film culture, and exists to celebrate the art of performance, in theatres and cinemas.

2014 was a year of amazing diversity, and our twenty accredited specialist reviewers, were all spoiled for choice in the quality of the live theatre performances to be experienced in the City of Sydney, and the suburbs of Sydney.

As the old adage goes, “live theatre is not dead theatre, as there is a different performance to be experienced every night”. Our team of professional reviewers, have each nominated their personal preferences for both theatre and cinema. A small number of movies were nominated out of the hundreds of cinema films that were seen during the last twelve months.

At the end of another outstanding year for the arts in Sydney, on Wednesday 31st December 2014, Sydney Arts Guide announced its 2014 awards in these Stage and Screen categories:-

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Russell Crowe’s ‘The Water Diviner’ receives 8 Australian Academy Award Nominations

4th AACTA Awards Feature Film Nominations

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) unveiled its nominees for the Australian equivalent to the Oscar and the Emmy this week, with sci-fi thriller PREDESTINATION, leading the pack of feature films at nine nominations. Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER, received eight nominations including Best Film and Best Actor. Following with seven nominations is David Michôd’s THE ROVER, which will compete in the directing category, as well as in Best Actor for Guy Pearce and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Pattinson.

Continue reading Russell Crowe’s ‘The Water Diviner’ receives 8 Australian Academy Award Nominations

SPECTRE is the next 007 James Bond 007 movie starring Daniel Craig

SPECTRE is the next James Bond 007 movie starring Daniel Craig

 

James Bond 007 returns. This week, full details for the latest outing of Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 were announced live from the franchise’s British studio home Pinewood Studios

The upcoming 24th James Bond 007 film will be called SPECTRE. The title was announced Thursday, along with new cast members Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Monica Bellucci.

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Screen Producers Australia Awards

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Inset Pic- Nicole Minchin and Amanda Brotchie from High Wire Films for the film, The Agony of Modern Manners- winner Light Entertainment Television Award. Featured Pic- One to watch- Kirsty O’Brien

There was a great turnout for the 14th Screen Producers Australia Awards which was held last Tuesday in the Palladium Room at Crown Casino as part of the 29th Screen Forever Conference. The four day conference featured seminars, workshops and gala parties attended by hundreds of film and television professionals from across Australia.

The event was hosted by comedian and writer Adam Zwar who was one of the award recipients when The Agony of Modern Manners, which he produces, was named best light entertainment production. Continue reading Screen Producers Australia Awards