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ALEX AND EVE

Peter Andrikidis and Richard Brancatisano in Peter Andrikidis’ film ALEX AND EVE

The Australian romantic comedy ALEX AND EVE has had a relatively long life for a homegrown film.  Peter Andrikidis’ film opened in  cinemas at the end of  October and can still be caught on the big screen. The film is still screening at Palace in Norton Street.

If you are planning to make your way across to Palace’s plush Leichhardt cinema complex to see it, my advice is to go with ‘your eyes wide open’. This film charts well worn territory, and the characters are very familiar. There is, however, nothing fresh or edgy about ALEX AND EVE. It’s a kind of Smooth FM radio experience translated to a cinema experience. A plush armchair ride…if that is what you are after…

ALEX AND EVE- the film’s tagline is ‘a mismatch made in heaven’- is yet another variation on the Romeo and Juliet story.

Andrea Demetriades plays Eve, a very attractive Lebanese Muslim lawyer who meets and falls in love with Alex, played by Richard Branctisana, a handsome, charming Greek high school maths teacher. Their two families  are  vehemently opposed to their union. Adding further tension Eve’s family are in the midst of  setting Eve up in an arranged marriage to a Muslim gentleman, Mohomad, played by Hazem Shamma.

There is little joy to be found in the ‘paint by numbers’ romantic comedy narrative.  On the positive side- the film is lovely to look at. The film was shot around Sydney, and we see familiar streets in local areas such as Canterbury, Lakemba, Glebe, Haberfied, Homebush, the Rocks, Croydon, Belmore, Auburn and Leichhardt.

The performances were appealing. It was good to see a large, multi-cultural cast, with very few ‘big names’.

The dialogue- the screenplay is by Alex Lykos, adapted from  his successful 2006 play (Lykos also has a small role in the film)- flowed well, and there were plenty of witty, amusing lines.

In conclusion, the phrase ‘If only’ comes up. If only the producers had chosen not to play things so safe…to make such a pleasing, commercial film, one so obviously geared to the international market with its numerous shots of Sydney harbour, then ALEX AND EVE could have been something special.

The Dog/The Cat @ Belvoir Street Downstairs

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Production photography by Brett Boardman

This is a comic play and it is excellent.

It  is in two parts: one written by Brendan Cowell (Dog Part) and the other by Lally Katz (Cat Part)

They are both prominent in Australian theatre. Cowell lives in downtown Newtown and Katz is one of Melbourne’s great comedic playwrights. She is also a great actress, though she doesn’t appear in her play.

The play has  three actors and the performance by the two men, Xavier Samuel and Benedict Hardie, deserve the highest superlatives. Andrea Demetriades is also darn good.     Continue reading The Dog/The Cat @ Belvoir Street Downstairs

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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PERPLEX

Tim Walter and Rebecca Massey in PERPLEX. Pic Lisa Tomasetti
Tim Walter and Rebecca Massey in PERPLEX. Pic Lisa Tomasetti

My husband returned from his daily dog walk, drenched from a sudden downpour of rain. He had been stopped in the park by a man who wanted to know the time and who then proceeded to deliver a half hour diatribe about how messed up the world is and it’s all because of technology. Eventually he shook my husband’s hand, thanked him for the chat and left. The delay meant my husband was caught in the rain and when he arrived home he noticed that the reasonably new guttering was overflowing. Once inside he banged his shin on the coffee table that had been moved for vacuuming. He wasn’t happy.

The familiar routine, order and placement of our time and space become second nature and we travel through our days without questioning or thinking, until something disrupts us. We only really notice when things are not working or in their usual spot or people randomly attack or interrupt us. We believe that we can control our time, homes, interactions and things. They are part of the way we establish our identity and attempt to organize our time and our lives.

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