Festivals Film/Theatre Pre 2018

RODIN: PART OF THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

Izïa Higelin as Camille Claudel in Rodin

For me, clay comes first.”

While yes perhaps this is a little slow and ponderous at times it is full of fascinating detail, beautifully photographed and examines how artists can be visionary and struggling (sound familiar?) and, focusing on Camille Claudel , Rodin’s mistress and muse, also the problems of being a female artist , especially at that time but also still very relevant today , as embodied by Claudel . Continue reading RODIN: PART OF THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL: DOCO HEAVEN

Albatross Dir. Chris Jordan

The Transitions Film Festival is touring to Dendy Newtown in Sydney this March with an enthralling selection of its most engrossing and inspiring documentaries about the existential challenges and creative visions that are redefining what it means to be human.

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2018 : HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FREE EVENTS

It is a convention  of the Sydney Festival, in conjunction with the traditional paid for performances, to stage a number of free events.

Fortunately some of the big events such as Opera In The Park and Symphony Under The Stars have been with the Festival since its inception  and have remained. The latter, however, has a new home, no longer in the Domain but in The Crescent at Parramatta Park. One need not worry as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with fireworks was still performed.

The Meriton Festival Village was present yet again in Hyde Park. However this year it had transformed into a Sideshow Alley.

Across the city, at Carriageworks in Newtown, German artist Katharina Grosse draped the entire front atrium in tie-dyed fabric in an immersive work entitled THE HORSE TROTTED ANOTHER COUPLE OF METRES. THEN IT STOPPED.

Aboriginal history was not forgotten with a performance entitled At Nawi Cove, Barangaroo. The performance commemorates the 4000 or so fish plundered by the early colonists thereby depriving the local Aboriginals of a vital part of their staple diet.

Let’s hope next year’s Festival, both paid for and free, is even bigger and better.

Pics by Ben Apfelbaum.

WILD BORE: WHAT ARE WE GAME TO SAY?

WILD BORE
Production images: Tim Grey

WILD BORE playing as part of The Sydney Festival at Carriageworks has some very clever design and tech.

Beginning with 3 superbly sewn pants.  My favourite was the plaid, checked ones.  Were those straight lines in the black fabric green?  It certainly looked like that.   Anyway.  All three pair were sewn so that the artists had ease of use and yet the audience was able to get the full picture, especially for the opening ‘Full Moon Rising’ sequence.  The trousers were cut to enable moon rising without impeding the full-dress requirement for later in the show.  I was eyeing off the very nice leather jacket as well. Continue reading WILD BORE: WHAT ARE WE GAME TO SAY?

NAUTILUS IS A TEN: HOW WILL YOU SCORE?

Production Images: Jamie Williams

It is simply not going to pass with the editor if this is a one-sentence review.  Like …

You really should see Trygve Wakenshaw’s NAUTILUS playing as part of the Sydney festival because it is hilarious, clever, artful and probably the funniest thing you will see all year.
Continue reading NAUTILUS IS A TEN: HOW WILL YOU SCORE?

MY URRWAI : GOING HER WAY @ BELVOIR STREET THEATRE

Photos by  David Charles Collins.

Mime, dance, song and stand-up comedy make up MY URRWAI a soulful, mostly sunny sixty minute solo show by Torres Strait Islander dynamo, Ghenoa Gela.

In wordless depiction that becomes clear by repetition and the inclusion of simple English, we learn Ghenoa’s place in her family’s hierarchy. Fourth child, second daughter.

A Torres Island family living in Rockhampton, Ghenoa’s parents are determined to keep their culture alive and impress a strict regime of daily dance practice. Perceived as a chore between chores and school and prayers, it becomes a passion.

Like most adolescent girls, she dreams of breaking away from her small town and making a bid for some kind of stardom in the big city. Away from her family and roots, she embraces independence but also grapples with identity – racial, sexual, and cultural. Continue reading MY URRWAI : GOING HER WAY @ BELVOIR STREET THEATRE

SEA SICK: THOUGHT PROVOKING AND INFORMATIVE

SEA SICK.   A solitary woman stands within a chalk drawn circle on a sparsely set stage. The stage contains a chalkboard, chalk, a shell and a table. On the table sits a glass of water and a jug containing clear liquid, piquing the audience’s curiosity as to their purpose. The performer begins her one woman, non-fiction play by introducing herself through personal anecdotes, sharing snippets of her early family life and career, which led her to travel the world researching for her novel. Continue reading SEA SICK: THOUGHT PROVOKING AND INFORMATIVE

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES: UNIVERSAL MASCULINITY

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES.  Stunning, vibrant, dazzling, electric, sublime and sensational barely begin to describe this wonderful experience of drama and music. Continue reading BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES: UNIVERSAL MASCULINITY

BACKBONE: RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

Adelaide-based Gravity & Other Myths is directed by Darcy Grant and stuns in their new show BACKBONE at Riverside Theatres Parramatta, a mesmerizing blend of physical theatre/circus /acrobatics . It is a virtuoso performance of rigorous discipline , super-elite physical acrobatics . The company has been previously nominated for Helpmann awards. Continue reading BACKBONE: RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

THE BACKSTORIES: MOYA DODD IN FOCUS

BACKSTORIES: Moya Dodd
Images courtesy Fairfax

THE BACKSTORIES  is a rare glimpse behind the public persona of one of the most influential Australians in women’s football, Moya Dodd, as she shares the experiences that have shaped her life. Originally commissioned and presented by Adelaide Festival, THE BACKSTORIES comes to Carriageworks for three performances in February. Friday 2 February 8pm and Saturday 3 February 2pm, 8pm Continue reading THE BACKSTORIES: MOYA DODD IN FOCUS

WORLD WITHOUT US:TIME MEASURED BY DECAY

This image: of THE HORSE TROTTED ANOTHER COUPLE OF METRES, THEN IT STOPPED by Nic Tenwiggenhorn Banner Photo of THE WORLD WITHOUT US BY Mirjam Devriendt

WORLD WITHOUT US

Greetings to the inhabitants of the universe from the third planet Earth of the star Sun.
Greetings to you, whoever you are; we have good will towards you and bring peace across space.
Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time.
Greetings to all peoples of the universe. God give you peace always.

Continue reading WORLD WITHOUT US:TIME MEASURED BY DECAY

MY NAME IS JIMI: A GIFT OF CULTURE

MY NAME IS JIMI
Photos: Daniel Boud

By chance, my companion to the show last night was friend and Indigenous educator, Natalie.  Larrakia woman, Saltwater woman.  Which was handy because myself, 6 generations here, and the British woman and the Nigerian woman in front of us needed some help during the pop quiz!    Yep, there’s a few audience tests in MY NAME IS JIMI! House lights up and a chance to enjoy the reactions of the people near me.  It’s just part of a gift from the Bani Family to me and I accept with open heart and joy in the receiving.  After experiencing this brilliant theatrical event how could I not?  Continue reading MY NAME IS JIMI: A GIFT OF CULTURE

MODEL CITIZENS: CIRCUS OZ UNDER THE BIG TOP PARRAMATTA

MODEL CITIZENS: The latest wonderful production from Circus Oz, the first production for the company by new artistic director Rob Tannion and celebrating 40 marvellous years, started the 2018 Sydney Festival with a bang. Continue reading MODEL CITIZENS: CIRCUS OZ UNDER THE BIG TOP PARRAMATTA

ALICE IN WONDERLAND: CURIOUSER AND WONDERFULLER

“Alice is Awesome” said Alice.  “Alice, you’re awesome” said I to Alice.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND is intergenerational theatre crafted with care and performed with joy.   It is an offering received with the love of immersion and the thrill of total involvement in a world of imagination.   And wonderfullest of all, it’s home-grown. Continue reading ALICE IN WONDERLAND: CURIOUSER AND WONDERFULLER

SYDNEY FESTIVAL FAVOURITE: SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS

Photos: Jamie Williams

Always a favourite night out during the SYDNEY FESTIVAL, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is heading to Parramatta Park for SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS on January 20th 2018.

It’s the perfect evening for families and friends to pack a hamper, grab a blanket, and settle back in a Sydney summer dusk to enjoy beautiful music. Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL FAVOURITE: SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS

SURVIVAL FAMILY: A SWEET FILM PLAYING AT JFF

What a sweet little movie SURVIVAL FAMILY (Sabaibaru famirî) is.  It played as part of the Japanese Film Festival in Sydney and has one more showing for the Melbourne season of the JFF.

Classified as a comedy/drama, it is much more than that.  This is a heart-warming, zero to hero, feel good film that not only tells the survival story of the Suzuki family as they tough it out post-apocalypse style but gives a real sense of the beauty of modern rural Japan.  Because it is quite the road movie as well. Continue reading SURVIVAL FAMILY: A SWEET FILM PLAYING AT JFF

TROPFEST ANNOUNCES NEW INDUSTRY HUB

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES – FEBRUARY 11: Despite the heat a healthy crowd gathers to enjoy the Tropfest short film festival on February 11, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

TROPFEST ANNOUNCES NEW INDUSTRY HUB, NEW PARTNERS AND ADJUSTED DATE!

Tropfest Australia, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance, today unveiled plans for TropNest, a groundbreaking creative hub for filmmaking, collaboration, workshops, screenings and events in Western Sydney, thanks to a new partnership with Melrose Park urban developers – PAYCE.

Young emerging filmmakers from around Australia will be invited to apply for a limited number of spaces at the Nest, where they will work rent free — with no strings attached — on their film and television projects.

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THE JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS ON NOW: Giveway double passes

Images from My Mother’s Lost Children and Rebel in the Rye

From Australian documentaries The Last Goldfish and My Mother’s Lost Childrento intimate Yiddish drama Menashefascinating biopic Rebel in the Rye, and award-winning hits In Between and Keep the Changethe JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is back for another year of outstanding Jewish cinema from all over the world. Continue reading THE JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS ON NOW: Giveway double passes

SLICE OF LIFE DRAMA TO ABSURDIST MANGA COMEDY -JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

 

Images: Top – BEFORE WE VANISH Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. They are among us and plans for human extinction are afoot.
Second – A DOUBLE LIFE Directed by  Yoshiyuki Kishi,taking  inspiration from French artist Sophie Calle’s work following strangers.

 

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS 2017 PROGRAM

 The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2017 with a line-up of the very best of fresh and classic Japanese cinema, 16-26 November at Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Curated by the Japan Foundation, Sydney, the 2017 Festival will present the most exciting new films direct from Japan, including comedies, samurai and yakuza action, manga adaptations, romances, drama and much more.

The Festival will open in true Japanese style with MUMON: THE LAND OF STEALTH, an action-packed film about a deadly ninja with unmatched strength who accidentally triggers a deadly battle between a warlord’s army and the ninjas in his province. Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story) and starring Satoshi Ohno (The Locked Room), this film will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Other program highlights of the 2017 Festival include BIRDS WITHOUT NAMES, a visceral tale of lust, devotion and redemption from Kazuya Shiraishi (The Devil’s Path) fresh from the Toronto International Film Festival; MY UNCLE, a heartfelt comedy about a young boy who embarks on a transpacific adventure with his eccentric, free-loading uncle; and A DOUBLE LIFE, a poignant drama from first-time feature film director Yoshiyuki Kishi, which was nominated for Best Director and Best Actress at London’s Raindance Film Festival in 2016.

Fans of Japanese Anime will be delighted by Katabuchi Sunao’s (Mai Mai Miracle) adaption of Kono Fumiyo’s comic IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD, a captivating and beautifully hand-drawn coming of age story set in turbulent times; and ANCIEN AND THE MAGIC TABLET, a multi-layered story of mystery and spirited adventure inspired by the sleepy but brave Okayama folk hero Momotaro, that merges a science fiction-inspired dream world with the glimmering beauty of contemporary Okayama.

“Every film in this year’s program was handpicked to present fresh perspectives and showcase the next generation of Japanese cinema,” said JFF Program Coordinator, Margarett Cortez. “Among this selection are genre-benders such as BEFORE WE VANISH by veteran Kiyoshi Kurosawa, stunning arthouse comeback film SNOW WOMAN by Asia’s indie darling Kiki Sugino, and international collaborations such as GUKOROKU – TRACES OF SIN by filmmaker Kei Ishikawa and Polish cinematographer Piotr Niemyjski. We’re also excited to introduce new blood in the Japanese cinema industry through a short film special supported by ‘New Directions in Japanese Cinema’, a Japanese government program supporting emerging filmmakers.”

The Festival will also host a number of special event screenings and special guest Q&A screenings in select cities.

The program is available via www.japanesefilmfestival.net

SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2018. Dairies out …go!

Featured image: AquaSonic (Photo by Per Victor)  https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2018/aquasonic

SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2018 Director Wesley Enoch is infectious.  Infected by the love of ideas, performance and ‘better angels’.  Enoch says of next year’s festival, “Artists are here creating more and more ways of celebrating our better angels and questioning the things that are holding us back.” Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2018. Dairies out …go!

THE RUSSIAN FILM FESTIVAL IS COMING!

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival is one of the largest, oldest and most respected Russian film festivals outside of Russia. The festival takes audiences on a captivating journey into one of the world’s most diverse film cultures.

From humble beginnings in 2004 screening in just three cities in Australia, the festival has grown in size and now screens in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland in New Zealand.

2017 is set to be bigger than ever with a fantastic line up of new films screening and a special retrospective celebrating the 80th Birthday of Andrei Konchalovsky, the legendary Russian and Hollywood director.

One of the most keenly anticipated films of 2017, THE BOLSHOI tells the story of a young small-town girl who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer with the Bolshoi Theatre. Continue reading THE RUSSIAN FILM FESTIVAL IS COMING!

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS : BONNIE CURTIS PROJECTS IMPRESSES WITH ITS DEBUT FULL LENGTH PRODUCTION

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is the first feature length work to be performed by Bonnie Curtis Projects and is part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

Bonnie Curtis Projects has previously performed various short pieces examining the theories of psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, domestic violence and other related topics.

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS attempts to explore the experiences of young modern Australian women, body image and sexualization, the mask women wear as a public face, and the use of social media.

Our emcee for the evening was Melinda Penna, in a black dress with a white fluffy short wrap – think the ads for Australian Dance Theatre’s Birdbrain – and sparkly silver high heels.

Penna introduced the two works to be performed through the evening and has a big part in the second half – more of that later. Continue reading GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS : BONNIE CURTIS PROJECTS IMPRESSES WITH ITS DEBUT FULL LENGTH PRODUCTION

12th LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL @ DENDY OPERA QUAYS

Only a limited window of an extended long weekend opens for the 12th Latin American Film Festival, but it’s chock full of films you may not see otherwise.

A highlight is the Ricardo Darin starrer, KOBLIC, about an ex Argentinian top gun who rebels at his government’s policy of taking political dissidents up in his aircraft and jettisoning them sans parachute.

A study in abusive political power and the power of an individual to to oppose, KOBLIC is a suspenser full of intrigue, subterfuge and romance. Continue reading 12th LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL @ DENDY OPERA QUAYS

WHAT ARE WE : HERE WE ARE @ FACTORY THEATRE, MARRICKVILLE

Collectively, What Are We’s members Belinda, Jaz and Concetta  have performed and written for numerous shows including the Sydney Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe comedy.

They are  an inseparable bunch of dorky adult-babies and the three best friends you haven’t met yet. Join them for a chaotic night of make-believe comedy, slapstick, characters and sketch.

They have won competitions such as Verge Festivals’ Get up Stand up,  and most recently, performed a sold out trial show at Sydney University’s Cellar Theatre.

Performances at the  Factory Theatre
Tue 26th September 2017 – 7:00 pm
Thu 28th September 2017 – 7:00 pm
Sat 30th September 2017 – 7:00 pm

Show Duration
60 mins

Ticket Prices
$15 adult. $10 concession.

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