All posts by Judith Greenaway

Judith is a Sydney theatre worker who was ‘born in a trunk’. With a lifelong passion for all performing arts, she has turned her hand to many jobs in film, TV and live theatre. Ranging from earning pocket money for trimming the back legs off tables, so they sat flat on raked stages to owning her own touring theatre company. A lighting designer by trade, Judith experiences performances with a technical eye and an understanding of the jobbing actor and the theatrical bedrock which supports them.

COLD PURSUIT- A PULSE POUNDING REVENGE THRILLER. GIVEAWAY.

COLD PURSUIT is a pulse-pounding revenge thriller with a unique look that will excite film-goers the world over.  It stars  Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, John Doman, Emmy Rossum and Tom Bateman and is set against the breathtaking backdrop of snow country Colorado.

Welcome to Kehoe, it’s -10 degrees and counting at this glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren’t used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplow driver, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson), is murdered at the order of Viking (Tom Bateman), a flamboyant drug lord. Fueled by rage and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time, but his understanding of murder comes mainly from what he read in a crime novel. As the bodies pile up, his actions ignite a turf war between Viking and his long-standing rival White Bull (Tom Jackson), a soulful Native-American mafia boss, that will quickly escalate and turn the small town’s bright white slopes blood-red. Continue reading COLD PURSUIT- A PULSE POUNDING REVENGE THRILLER. GIVEAWAY.

I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU is a marvellous film and my favourite so far of the offerings for Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival.  Sad and soulful and conflicted, it grips the viewer with a combination of empathy for the characters and an instinctive romantic desire for these men to be together.  It is shot with integrity and skill and the storytelling, over its 90 minutes, guides the audience to a fulsome understanding of the forces behind their active choices and their powerlessness over the passive.

Cowardice and self-destruction will roil in the two protagonists who we first see together in the second scene of the film.  At their Hong Kong school, these boys meet in the bathroom to discuss the latest manga because one is bullied and the other is too much of a coward to be seen with him in the open.  Flashbacks to Kevin and Jamie’s school days will inform the men who make up the contemporary story ten years later.  A situation where Jamie has a mercantile friendship with the men who were the boy bullies, a girlfriend and need to visit Kevin.  Kevin had been taken to Australia by his parents and he will return the visit by Jamie and begin a kind of half-life in his native country. Continue reading I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

DEER WOMAN. HAUNTING, CONFLICTING, VISCERAL.

Cherish Violet Blood in DEER WOMAN. Photo credit Prudence Upton

Seeing as much independent theatre as I do, I often encounter the rage of all women balled into a tight little fist and raised above head height.  Wrathfully expleted over 90 minutes, DEER WOMAN is the female fury, sudden or protracted, that all women feel at sometime in their lives.

But this morning’s distance gives pause.  What… what… if genders were swapped?  What would we feel?  Would we allow? We sit and are horrified as the themes and events creep into view, as the story the protagonist weaves becomes whole cloth.  Personally confronted, I reeled blinking into the heat with conflicting emotions and a conflict of intellectual response.  And a need to reach out to my best friend, my female best friend.

Any prospective audience is advised to take the trigger warnings about DEER WOMAN seriously as more than one woman left the performance which I attended and one young woman was still sobbing while waiting for her boyfriend outside.   So why attend? Continue reading DEER WOMAN. HAUNTING, CONFLICTING, VISCERAL.

IN THE HEIGHTS. DANCIN’ SINGIN’ CELEBRATIN’

Production images: Clare Hawley

Not so such much a runaway hit as a stay-in-the-neighbourhood hit, IN THE HEIGHTS as directed by Luke Joslin brings a Washington Heights alive in a vibrant, energetic production with the closeness of community at its heart.  No mean feat on a stage as wide as the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.   We love our House and audiences always have a sense of occasion in the iconic building but this was beyond expectations.  A night to bring the whole audience to their feet after a show that vibrates the barrio with brio onstage and brass behind.

The show was conceived, and has music and lyrics, by Lin-Manuel Miranda with the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Joslin directed the show at Hayes Theatre last year.  This production has many cast in common and shares musical direction from Lucy Bermingham and choreography from Amy Campbell.  It was a bona-fide hit then.  And will be now. Continue reading IN THE HEIGHTS. DANCIN’ SINGIN’ CELEBRATIN’

BELIEVER – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

Dan Reynolds and Savannah Skyler in Believer (2018)

Outrage.  I was prepared to be outraged by this film … seeing LDS and LGBTQ in the same sentence enough to cause fear and a presentment of horrors.   Yes, there is plenty to be outraged by here if that’s what you need, but a calm analysis will give a much more reflective, intellectual response.  For BELIEVER is not just about us but about our allies and the choice they can make to walk beside us.

The film follows Dan Reynolds, front man of band ‘Imagine Dragons’, a Mormon on a different kind of mission.  With his consciousness raised by life events he sets out to ally with LGBTQ people by making this documentary about his journey and specifically by producing a music festival called LOVELOUD, in Utah in 2018.  His focus is the alarming rate of suicide in the Mormon community and the responsibility of the church, his church, toward LGBTQ youth. Continue reading BELIEVER – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019 SUBMISSIONS CLOSING SOON

Sam Neill & Hugo Weaving
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening Night
The State Theatre, Market St, Sydney
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016

Filmmakers across Australia and around the world have just weeks to finalise their submissions for the 66th Sydney Film Festival (5 – 16 June 2019).

Each year, the Sydney Film Festival presents a diverse slate of films from Australia and around the world. In 2018, over 330 films from 66 countries were screened to an audience of 170,000.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2019 Sydney Film Festival. Entries are open to features, documentaries and short films (under 40 minutes). Get to it!

Submissions for the Festival are being accepted through FilmFestivalLife. Closing dates are: 31 January 2019 for international productions, 28 February 2019 for Australian productions, Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, and Documentary Australia Foundation Award.

The 2019 season will mark the 49th year of the Festival’s Australian short film competition, making it the oldest short film competition in Australia. Since 1970, the competition has served as a launch pad for emerging Australian film talent, spring-boarding countless directors, producers and actors towards international success.

Past winners include film luminaries from across Australia’s creative landscape, such as directors Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, George Miller, Phillip Noyce, Rolf de Heer and Alex Proyas; cinematographers like Don McAlpine and Dean Semler; and actors such as Bryan Brown and David Wenham.  

TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

This image: Sarah Mitchell as Emily and Melissa DuPrey as Rosa

How to bake a successful modern rom com?  Put the girl in hot water, simmer her in a slob of ennui, gradually add the heat of some hot sex and serve with an alternatively romantic ending.  The chef’s secret technique here?  Balance the dominant spice with vanilla for the most palatable of delicious enjoyment.

Emily, you see, has a nasty addiction to cooking show marathons as she is parked unceremoniously on her friend’s sofa, out of luck in love, career and self-esteem.  TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY is a fun and entertaining independent feature with clever messaging about love and the forms it can take and a discreetly expressed agenda of acceptance. Continue reading TWO IN THE BUSH: A LOVE STORY – PART OF QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

ONE CHANCE ONLY TO SEE ‘PAPER DOLL’ AGAIN.

One night only fundraiser for New Ghosts Theatre to attend Fringe World Festival

There is a one night only fundraising performance of PAPER DOLL which played in Sydney, 2017, to rave reviews, including from SAG.   You can see our review here.

A man stands at a woman’s front door, soaking wet and unexpected. She isn’t surprised. He is older. She has grown-up, but he is not ready to admit that she’s no longer the girl, the princess, he left behind. He needs somewhere to stay and she is all he’s got.

The one night showing, supported by Red Line Productions, will assist the rising indie theatre company with their upcoming Perth tour of PAPER DOLL , as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s illustrious Summer Nights Program at Fringe World Festival.

Written by multi-award winning playwright Katy Warner in response to Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, the production is directed by Lucy Clements and features Hayley Pearl (YEN KXT, Abducting Diana New Theatre Sydney, King Lear Seymour Centre, All Saints & Cops LAC) and Martin Ashley Jones (Paper Doll Old Fitz Theatre, Hamlet Laycock Street Theatre & All Saints).

PAPER DOLL [Facebook Event] from New Ghosts Theatre [Facebook] will return to Sydney’s the Old Fitz Theatre [Facebook] on Monday 4th February, 7 pm.

IF/THEN. NSW PREMIERE AND WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY

With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning creators of Next to Normal, IF THEN  is a fascinating, ambitious and original new musical with adoring fans worldwide.

Theatre & Company is  bringing this exciting new musical to NSW audiences for the first time.

Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.

IF/THEN from Theatre & Company [Facebook] runs Feb 1-8 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

With thanks to Theatre & Company, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass giveaway to IF/THEN  for the 8pm performance on Saturday 2nd February, 2019.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with IF_THEN as the subject and your full name.

Competition closes Midnight on Thursday January 24, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available at the box office on the day of performance.

 

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25. PART OF OLD 505’S FRESHWORKS SEASON.

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 is part of Old 505 Theatre’s FRESHWORKS season.

The new one-and-a-half woman show!  Stand-up comedian Becca Hurd is bringing her new one-woman-show to The Old 505 Theatre in Newtown. Featuring original music and an original story, THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 is hysterical and heartfelt play is written and performed by Becca Hurd.

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 tells the story of Amory, who, despite her best instincts, reluctantly agrees to become the surrogate for her sister’s baby. But after her sister and brother in-law unexpectedly die in a car crash, Amory finds herself stuck, pregnant and on the other side of 25.

The production team behind THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 almost entirely made up of female-identifying artists, something that was very important to Becca Hurd. “I wanted to tell a female-centric story, that captured the humour and pressure of a woman in her twenties.

More than just a story about surrogacy, THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 examines the expectations placed on young women, exploring pregnancy, family dynamics, and what it means for a young woman to grow up. In an age where the ‘kidult’ is king, the play takes the audience on an uproarious journey through the experiences of a very feisty female.

THE OTHER SIDE OF 25 plays 5-9 February as part of Old 505 Theatre’s FRESHWORKS season.   Tickets here.

SHANGHAI MIMI. LUSH PRODUCTION AT RIVERSIDE PARRAMATTA FOR THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL

SHANGHAI MIMI.
Images credit: Prudence Upton

Sure to be one of the big hits of the Sydney Festival, SHANGHAI MIMI is a lush, well- conceptualised production.  It has terrific attention to detail in the creation of the space and artists of considerable skill and charisma.  If I wasn’t the best audience for the work, it’s apparent that the show has wide appeal and the power to draw a diverse viewership.  The cast introduces themselves at one stage and they are certainly from all over.  And I think the lady of Asian descent who was sobbing with recognition as we left the auditorium, would take me to task for my lack of appreciation.  What this lady understood was the importance of this work in reclamation of a period of time and the presentation of it to a new audience. Continue reading SHANGHAI MIMI. LUSH PRODUCTION AT RIVERSIDE PARRAMATTA FOR THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL