This Wednesday will mark 50 years of an experience that a generation of Australians will never forget. For them, it really did feel like it happened yesterday. And they’ve been telling their kids that ever since. For two extraordinary weeks in June 1964, never before nor since, has the country ever experienced such hysteria when four young, mop-topped men from Liverpool came down under. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Before One Direction, before Bon Jovi, before U2, before AC/DC, there were The Beatles! Their music was played on every radio station; their famous mop tops copied by young men everywhere, wall to wall Beatles coverage in all print media. In the early sixties, at the height of the cold war and at the dawn of the civil rights era, music was changing. Whilst the pop and rock and roll trends of the 1950s remained popular, a new style was quickly developing. Heavily influenced by Elvis Presley and American soul music, the beat became more important than ever as well as a whole new way of moving and expression.
On Saturday April 5, the Monash Gallery of the Arts opened the Rennie Ellis Show and a showcase book of Ellis’s photography, DECADENT:1980-2000 was launched.
As the captivating chronicler of social change in Australia in the last two decades of the twentieth century, this big bold, bound in gold volume brilliantly illustrates how Ellis came face to face with the see and be seen syndrome; the excesses of hedonism and indulgences of wealth.
Fans of the classic Australian movie and those fascinated by costume design, fashion and theatre will love this exhibition.
It is 30 years since the movie started the world dancing .The Strictly Ballroom story began as a short play developed by NIDA students ( with Baz Lurhman himself in it) . The movie has gone on to win 8 AFI and 3 BAFTAS and has become one of Australia’s most successful films ever grossing over 80 million dollars at the box office! Its soundtrack includes popular songs Cindy Lauper’s ‘ Time After Time’ and John Paul Young’s ‘ Love Is In The Air ‘.
What does a grumpy ogre, a smart talking bee and a kung fu panda have in common? An exhibition. This week, as part of its 2014 Winter Masterpieces series, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square will open its largest exhibit, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition — Journey From Sketch to Screen.
From a very early age, Marion Boyce discovered her love of clothes and fabrics. She says, “I used to drive my mother nuts, and at about age eleven I’d say, I want a full length denim coat, and she’d come home with one and I’d say, No, it’s the wrong cut”. After that, Marion was given a budget to buy her own clothes.
The talent for costume making could well be in Marion’s genes as her great grandmother was a master lace maker in Italy. Marion went on to study fashion design at RMIT college in Melbourne and began presenting fashion parades in nightclubs. A producer/director saw her show and asked her to do a film, which is how it all began.