Sydney Arts Guide is a key part of stage and film culture, and exists to celebrate the art of performance, in theatres and cinemas.
2014 was a year of amazing diversity, and our twenty accredited specialist reviewers, were all spoiled for choice in the quality of the live theatre performances to be experienced in the City of Sydney, and the suburbs of Sydney.
As the old adage goes, “live theatre is not dead theatre, as there is a different performance to be experienced every night”. Our team of professional reviewers, have each nominated their personal preferences for both theatre and cinema. A small number of movies were nominated out of the hundreds of cinema films that were seen during the last twelve months.
At the end of another outstanding year for the arts in Sydney, on Wednesday 31st December 2014, Sydney Arts Guide announced its 2014 awards in these Stage and Screen categories:-
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) unveiled its nominees for the Australian equivalent to the Oscar and the Emmy this week, with sci-fi thriller PREDESTINATION, leading the pack of feature films at nine nominations. Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER, received eight nominations including Best Film and Best Actor. Following with seven nominations is David Michôd’s THE ROVER, which will compete in the directing category, as well as in Best Actor for Guy Pearce and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Pattinson.
Once upon a time, Amelia was being rushed to hospital by her husband, Oscar, for the birth of their baby. A collision, and death collected Daddy. Mummy delivered a son, Samuel.
Seven years on, Samuel is “in the spectrum”, Amelia is working in a geriatric home. She grieves the loss of her husband still, persevering to find maternal purchase with her son.
Samuel is haunted by “in the closet/under the bed monsters” and when a book called The Babadook, magically appears in the house, it exacerbates the nightmare behaviour. Samuel is convinced that a creature from the book is intent on killing Amelia and that he must become her protector.