All posts by Lynn Belvedere

Once we were old enough, my parents took the whole family to the Sydney CBD cinemas every week. Thus began a lifetime interest, in going to the cinema every week, and became a passionate cinephile by watching all those very heavily edited ''Australian Film Censorship Board'' true cinéaste versions of brand new release ''Cinematograph Films''. Greater Union always gave my father (who worked in Cinema Distribution Exhibition) guest double movie passes, to every first-night ''red carpet Opening Night'' at The State Theatre Cinema at 49 Market Street. Up until his death, my dad always received ''two house seats'' for every Opening Night performance events at the Theatre Royal SYDNEY and at Her Majesty's Theatre SYDNEY. As a child, when mum choose not to go, I often went with him, to those live performance events. As a young child, I remember being taken for each new show, at both The New Theatre at 60 Sussex Street, and the Phillip Street Theatre when located at 150 Elizabeth Street, and for classical music concerts at Sydney Town Hall.   Being happy is a choice, and I have always viewed my life, as material ready be made into a series of amazing tentpole movies. My New Years Resolution is kept every year: ''Get to see/review five new live theatre shows each week, and get to see/review six new cinema movies each week'', plus is one of the Australian Cinema Pioneers and apparently have seen far too much already, but always wanting to experience more and more each year. I am also able to do almost everything that I enjoy doing. Yes, I do have a great daytime job in I.T. as ''Software Design Project Manager'', PLUS each evening until quite late - playwright, writer, director, producer, arts/drama critic and judge, journalist, member FCCA & member AACTA accredited film reviewer-critic-writer, projectionist, plus an innovative iconoclast . . . LYNN BELVEDERE . . .

THE REALISTIC JONESES @ LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

 

Sydney premiere. Starting at night on Jennifer and Bob Jones’s front porch, in a small mountain town, they meet and greet their brand new neighbours Pony and John Jones, who are now renting the house next door. Will Emo has carefully crafted a unique slow-burning and quite wistful play about two unrelated married couples absurdly both named Jones, who are getting to know each other, via highly eccentric and memorable Q and A.

Marriages under substantial stress, due to the constantly erratic but eclectic behaviour of both husbands. Praiseworthy direction by Julie Baz, and she has chosen an impeccable ensemble cast at the height of their craft, with each actor delivering earnest character-driven performances.

The two husbands, Bob Jones (Jeff Houston) and John Jones (David Jeffrey) are both dying, however they are keeping the exact same secret, that will be fully revealed in the Second Act. Discomfort easily generating laughter, their ever evolving back story, grows exponentially as multiple truths revealed.

John Jones displays assertive behaviour whilst delivering comedy immortal one-liners, with effective wordplay that sends the story forward in the most interesting and very entertaining ways, intentionally limiting and setting and respecting relationship boundaries.                               Continue reading THE REALISTIC JONESES @ LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK SIX SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

This week explore comedy, drama and physical theatre with each ten minute play covering all manner of things, including high society celebrity, Irish superstitions, the drug menace, surviving grief and theatre ghosts in a tasty assortment of live theatre treats vividly explored on stage during Short and Sweet Week Six of “The biggest little theatre festival in the world”.

Every week there is a new Short+Sweet Top 80 program (Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 6.00pm) together with a separate new S+S Wildcards program each week (Saturdays at 3.30pm and Sundays at 2.30pm). The annual Short+Sweet huge gala finals, all take place during April 2019.

Second year in this big new venue for S+S, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Top 80 WEEK SIX is a huge week of must-see comedic delights with each brand new play under ten minutes, Thursday 14th March 2019 until Sunday. The S+S festival has new shows every week for eight weeks, and runs through to April 2019.               Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK SIX SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK FIVE SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

This week International Women’s Day is fully recognised in the plays presented on stage during Short and Sweet Week Five of “The biggest little theatre festival in the world”. Special guests visiting this week are the winners from Short+Sweet Hollywood, hailing from Los Angeles, with their amazing ten minute play MATILDE AND LULA.

Every week there is a new Short+Sweet Top 80 program (Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 6.00pm) together with a separate new S+S Wildcards program each week (Saturdays at 3.30pm and Sundays at 2.30pm). The annual Short+Sweet huge gala finals, all take place during April 2019.

Second year in this big new venue for S+S, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Top 80 WEEK FIVE is a huge “International Women’s Day” special event, Thursday 7th March 2019 until Sunday. The S+S festival has new shows every week for eight weeks, and runs through to April 2019.                        Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK FIVE SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK FOUR SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

Just in time for 2019 Sydney Mardi Gras, Short and Sweet WEEK FOUR presents eleven delicious plays about all things LGBTQIA, each in under ten minutes delivering absolutely entertaining live theatre. However just for this huge LGBTQIA special event, the plays are no longer PG rated and do often contain very coarse language, but always effectively used to good effect. Featuring drama, comedy, lust, love and romance plus two Trans and many LBGBTQIA actors.
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THE THINGS I COULD NEVER TELL STEVEN @ LIMELIGHT DOWNSTAIRS @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

 

Steven’s intimate hidden secrets are gradually revealed, in this delicious one act musical of under 80 minutes, with music and lyrics by Australian Composer/Lyricist Jye Bryant, a well paced new musical with wonderful lyrical harmonies performed by a great cast of four.

Steven is often missing with work-related excuses, and has four important people involved in his life; his Mother, his Father his Wife and his grinder Ex-Boyfriend.

These four characters, all share their most intimate details about their life with Steven, and the many many important things that they struggle to tell Steven, and have failed to tell Steven. There are many relationship damaging secrets, of course Steven also has his own secrets.
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37 WAYS TO SAY I’M GAY – LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Superb night of heart-warming entertainment, drama interspersed with perceptive comedy. Real change begins with full acceptance rather than choosing compromise, and these 37 “coming out” stories reflect the world finally changing for the better.

Twelve actors delivering 94 characters within 29 very short plays, 37 Ways to Say “I’m Gay”, fast paced and very easily extending the continuing storyline, plus beautifully crafted with a number of clever episodic story arcs, and returning to each dramatic story arc, at just the correct moment.

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SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK THREE SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

NOT SO ENCHANTED
NOT SO ENCHANTED

 

Short and Sweet is “The biggest little theatre festival in the world” and now returns for the third week of “live on stage” delicious incredible theatre entertainment, weird and vivid comedies plus elegant dramas, this week providing thirteen wonderful plays in bite sized morsels, each under ten minutes. This week also has the best of international entries from the world-wide network of S+S venues, including a full crew visiting Sydney from Chennai.

Every week there is a new Short+Sweet Top 80 program (Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 6.00pm) together with a separate new S+S Wildcards program each week (Saturdays at 3.30pm and Sundays at 2.30pm). The Short+Sweet huge gala finals, all take place in April 2019.

Second year in this big new venue for S+S, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Top 80 WEEK THREE, Thursday 21st February 2019 until Sunday. The S+S festival has new shows every week for eight weeks, and runs through to April 2019.             Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK THREE SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

REMOTE ACCESS (THE FILM)

 

REMOTE ACCESS (THE FILM) directed by Penelope Berkemeier, is the latest thriller movie from writers Michela Carattini and Leanne Mangan. In 2018 filmed in the Blue Mountains of Australia, located to the west of Sydney NSW.

Very entertaining point of view, and all of the unexpected consequences of a Police Investigation of these two innocent bystanders, flowing from a night-time home invasion and domestic violence incident.

Abby breaks up with Ben, but unfortunately Ben starts stalking his ex. Stupidly and thoughtlessly, Ben posts online his angry diatribes about his ex. Posting on the very worst kind of online forum, resulting in Abby becoming the target of repeated and escalating attacks, both on the internet and off-line in the real world.

Wonderfully dark, with thought provoking dramatic ending, unexpected and very complicated, should make REMOTE ACCESS a film festival favourite.

STUDIO: Remote Access Productions, in association with Rowling Enterprises, Trashtastic Productions, and Charcol Pictures.

STARRING: Michela Carattini (Abby) and Tom Dalzell (Ben) with Kyle Rowling, Blake Wells, Gregory Dias, Leanne Mangan, Florence Florens, Justine Scali, Terrence Antoniak, Caroline McQuade, Alessandandro Guerrera, Patricia Pemberton, Kurtis Wakefield, Oliver Fogwell and Patricia Dy.

Australian Classification rated CTC (probably would be rated M)

Running Time 20 minutes and 41 seconds.

https://www.facebook.com/RemoteAccessShortFilm/ 

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SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK TWO SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

Short and Sweet is “The biggest little theatre festival in the world” and now returns for the second week of “live on stage” delights, providing wonderful plays in bite sized morsels, each under ten minutes. Twisted Comedy, Elegant Drama, Potboiler Mysteries, and the incredibly weird too.

Second year in this big new venue for S+S, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Top 80  WEEK TWO  Thursday 14th February 2019 until Sunday. The S+S festival has new shows every week for eight weeks, and runs through to April 2019.

S+S Top 80 program (Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 6.00pm) together with a separate S+S Wildcards program (Saturdays at 3.30pm and Sundays at 2.30pm). The S+S gala finals take place in April 2019.                             Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK TWO SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK ONE SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

Short+Sweet Sydney 2019, the 18th thrilling season. Each delightful morsel of vivid effective storytelling, is delivered in under ten minutes. There are eleven simply superb plays being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet Sydney. Plays completely focused on the power of the visual narrative, with captivating drama, strange circumstances, unique outlooks, and laugh-out-loud entertainment galore.           Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK ONE SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE

DORIAN GRAY NAKED @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

 

 

Clever witty songs and delightful banter, two-hander musical expertly directed by Melvyn Morrow. On the cabaret stage at Limelight on Oxford, BLAKE APPELQVIST becomes the fictional character Dorian Gray (as created by Oscar Wilde). Vividly and hugely entertainingly recounting the stylish and flamboyant life of Oscar Wilde and his fictional alter-ego Dorian Gray.        Continue reading DORIAN GRAY NAKED @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst