Mclean Stephenson is an Australian photographer who has been specialising in music and performance photography since 2009. Stephenson is well-known in the music industry, working with such performers as Alex Cameron, PVT, Megan Washington, Isabella Manfredi and Jack Ladder.
Shooting on a variety of film formats and taking a more hands-on approach toward his medium, Stephenson invites his viewers to see the disturbances and physical transformations that take place in the creation of the images. Stephenson is more than just documenting live performance here, his technical knowledge combined with his unique artistic vision elicit not only visual responses but move the viewer on a subjective, visceral level, transporting the viewer to a performance as it felt to be there.
Until August 16. Black Eye Gallery, 3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst. Entry is free. Info: blackeyegallery.com.au/exhibiting/]]>
“I don’t think it’s been done before except perhaps by default,” said veteran performer Peter Carrol. Joining him on stage are some really great names of local theatre including Maggie Dence, John Gaden, Genevive Lemon, Barry Otto and Anna Volska. “As far as we’re concerned we are just seventeen years olds, and because there aren’t any mirrors around, it’s fine,” said Carrol.
Bringing together a group of friends with a long history makes the chemistry very special, but there are as many creative joys as challenges. “We know ourselves very well artistically, and you know your own architecture as an actor,” said Carrol. “But to play a seventeen year old, you need to create a mind where there are thoughts just there, without creating a history.”
Faced with a set that is a wonderful playground of swings and roundabouts that require much clambering up and down, Carrol conceded: “It is tiring, but it’s a beautiful play and there will certainly be six of us who will be giving it everything we have.”
Until September 13 (Tues 6:30pm, Weds – Friday, 8:00pm, Sat 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sun 5:00pm). Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills. $49-72. Tickets & info: belvoir.com.au or 02 9699 3444]]>
What she was living with was the sheer weight of guilt over the years. In this performance all the memories are flooding back, and you see it from her perspective as she relives all of it. It’s very confronting but there is a gallows humour about it.
“As an actor it’s a rare gift to play her. It’s a 90 minute one woman show, but I don’t just stand there and deliver a boring monologue. It’s a woman reliving her life, looking for some kind of redemption. It’s hypnotic and compelling. I’m [playing] characters, I’m imagining things, I’m myself as a young girl, I take people into that life from the age of 18 to 70,” explained well-known actor Belinda Giblin (Sons and Daughters), who plays Stella.
“It’s not a holocaust play, it’s naturalistic [and] very authentic. The audience will feel they’re in my living room watching. You are drawn into that intimacy, it’s highly emotional, you go on a trip with her.”
Giblin elaborated: “It’s an edgy piece, it’s graphic, you will come out of the play discussing it, debating the morality. There’s a gamut of emotions, it’s thought provoking and that’s the strength of a good play.” (MS)
Until August 15 (Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm). Old Fitzroy Theatre, Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo. $40. Tickets & info: oldfitztheatre.com/tickets-blonde-poison
The big drawcard of this franchise is the action, and director Christopher McQuarrie doesn’t disappoint fans with sequence after sequence. Cruise gives it his all, completing a number of the stunts himself without the aid of CGI, and viewers of Rogue Nation will grasp the enormity of this — it’s damn impressive right from the beginning.
Rogue Nation is an espionage thriller with the excitement of a blockbuster action. The formula is solid and the characters have depth. Simon Pegg is a joy to watch as the tech-man turned field agent, Benji, and Alec Baldwin as CIA chief Hunley turns in another sublime performance. Jeremy Renner is back with the team but it feels like an afterthought inclusion, he doesn’t have much to do and it’s a real shame because the dynamics of the two leading men in the last outing worked so well. Rebecca Ferguson as the mysterious Ilsa Faust and Sean Harris as the villainous Lane round out the newer cast.
Rogue Nation has been billed as the best Mission: Impossible film of the franchise and it’s definitely up there. The foundations are strong and the ending comes full circle while still leaving it open for yet another mission. (LL)
Perfect Match, an initiative started last year by the council, matches local businesses with artists to create elaborate wall art. Painted directly on the external buildings of the businesses, the artworks are creating something inviting for the community and curbing tagging and graffiti in the process.
Mark Gardiner, Mayor of Marrickville says Perfect Match is about the community and “creating something truly beautiful through art”. The initiative started in 2014 with 14 local businesses signing up. This year the number has grown to 21, with participants including the JETS footy club and the opening of the Victoria and Hobbs Café. Artists are chosen through personal applications to the council. The decrease in graffiti has also helped to make this initiative incredibly successful.
Graffiti and ‘tagging’ (spraying your signature phrase on buildings, etc.) is a common problem for all cities, and Marrickville was no exception.
“A white wall is very inviting,” said Gardiner. “…And we know from experience that harsh consequences don’t stop the graffiti.”
With the introduction of Perfect Match, graffiti and tagging has decreased in the area. Gardiner believies that there is a respect from the vandals to the artists and the work they have created.
The Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown had experienced tagging in their building previously, and decided to be one of the many to sign up to have their blank walls turned into artworks this year. “We want something inviting for the people we help, as well as something positive,” said Che Bishop, CEO of the Asylum Seekers Centre. The centre has been around for twenty years but only recently moved to Newtown. They are known for the great work they do for asylum seekers and helping to introduce them to the community. Among their services they have provided emergency housing, food, health care and English language classes for fifteen hundred clients to date.
Bishop states they were looking for an artwork that would be positive as well as one that wound not offend; as the centre services all cultures, religions and races. The council found tthese qualities and more in the work of Andrew B-W. This artist is also known as Jumboist, and with one look at his Instagram and the positivity and colour jumps out at you. “I guess I would consider myself a glass-half-full guy,” said Andrew . He combines the abstract with the beautiful and is creating a new and unique artwork for the Asylum seeker Centre. Starting out studying fine art in school, he soon transitioned to larger and larger canvases. “I have always been interested in the subconscious and what is represents,” he said. Within the collaboration the Asylum Seekers Centre he also wanted the artwork to show a safe place for those who seek their services, as many have come from a place of great instability.
Mayor Gardiner also thinks it is a great idea. “These people have been through a lot,” he said. He hopes the introduction of the artwork brings something to brighten their day. Bishop, who has been watching Andrew B-W complete the artwork over several days, is impressed by what she has seen. Both Bishop and the artist hope that as the building is near the train line, it will also give commuters something beautiful to look at as they go by. The public is welcome to come and have a look at the artwork at the Asylum Seekers Centre on Saturday at a morning tea where light refreshments will also be served.
This year’s Perfect Match has one extra special art piece, with the council’s collaboration with Sydney Water. The Petersham Water Tower is celebrating fifty years and the council will be lighting up the tower with artistic light work by Esem Projects for the weekend. You can also take a bus tour to see all the artwork.Perfect Match is a true community event, where this weekend adults and children can view all the artwork and get to know the businesses in the community. Gardiner was happily surprised by the turnout last year and expects it will be even greater this year. By decreasing tagging and graffiti, creating gorgeous walls for local businesses and promoting artists, Perfect Match has found a genuine community event that benefits everybody.
JUMBOIST ARTWORK UNVEILING
Sat Aug 1, 11am-12pm. Asylum Seekers Centre, 43 Bedford St, Newtown.
See more of Andrew B-W’s work here: instagram.com/jumboist/.
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF THE PETERSHAM WATER TOWER
Fri Jul 31, 5.30pm-7.30pm. Water tower car park, corner Regent Street and New Canterbury Road, Petersham.
For information on these events and much more go to: marrickville.nsw.gov.au/perfectmatch]]>
The decision announced by NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance will mean the 308 peak service from Marrickville Metro to the City will terminate at Redfern station.
The move comes as part of the timetabled CBD light rail construction which will effectively shut down George Street until completion.
From October 4, passengers will have to disembark the bus and join another if they wish to travel into the CBD during the peak morning period.
The bus route, which services the inner west, is one of six bus routes that have been earmarked to stop short of entering the CBD.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said most of the 1000 buses that enter the city during the AM peak hour will continue to do so, but the early termination of the 308 bus was one among 5 routes which will have their final stop movedoutside the CBD to reduce congestion.
“This isn’t going to be easy for everyone, and some commuters will have to interchange for the first time,” Mr Constance said.
A statement released by the minister said the discontinuance of services and changes will reduce bus congestion in the core of the CBD, because there would be 60 fewer buses on York Street and over 60 fewer on Druitt Street.
The statement said that in order to “reduce unnecessary bus movements and duplicated services, some other routes with low patronage will also be discontinued…[and that] customers will still have other alternate routes to choose from”.
Community group Friends of Erskineville posted on their Facebook page lamenting the changes, following proposed government plans to cut train services on the Bankstown line, which stops in Erskineville and St Peters.
President of the group Darren Jenkins said he was very unhappy because the bus route changes occurred without consultation, especially as the suburb faced 1600 proposed new dwellings in the nearby Ashmore estate.
“Even though the council has predicted the population will double, that massive population increase is going to happen sooner rather than later, we need better services, not cuts to trains, no cuts to buses,” he said.
“I think that we are very eager to drive consultation process, to drive an information campaign about what’s happening to the Bankstown line, and to the 308 bus service and the kind of other services that are needed, with the development of the Ashmore estate.”
“We want to bring together as many voices, to insist and demand consultation and answers from the government.”]]>
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However, the local Alice St residents weren’t celebrating just yet, as they feared the developer may only make slight, bare adjustments.
As previously reported by City Hub, elusive developer Al Maha is currently constructing a five storey ‘eyesore’ in the residential street and had recently shocked residents with a push for an additional two storeys.
Marrickville Council rejected the DA, and so the developer took the plan to the Land and Environment Court, where it could have been passed without council approval.
On July 21, a conciliation conference was held at the site with the developer’s lawyers, council’s lawyers, the court commissioner and the residents.
As a result of voiced residential concerns, the commissioner ordered that the application be amended to address the raised issues.
Resident Emma Rafferty attended the conference and said that residents were pleased that the commissioner had noticed their anger.
“It was a victory of sorts in the sense that our concerns were obviously heard, but we’re not popping champagne just yet, because we don’t know what shape the amendments will take, and whether they will actually eliminate our concerns,” she said.
The decision, known as a section 34 process, requires the developer to submit an amendment to Marrickville Council, who have the power to approve or deny.
However, Ms Rafferty said that the process is classified as confidential and that council are not obliged to consult the community on the proposed amendments, which concerns the residents.
“One of the people in our residents group is drafting a letter to council requesting that there is some community consultation about the DA and asking council to petition against any further development,” she said.
Ms Rafferty told City Hub that the residents were concerned that the developer will only make minor adjustments, and that council will simply accept them.
“We’re just worried that the modifications are not going to address all the concerns, so we’re just trying to make sure that council don’t get worn down,” she said.
“We want to be in on that next stage.”
Ms Rafferty said the amendments were due to council in early August.]]>
The Surry Hills building was approved for an Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA), which involves a loan through City of Sydney for environmentally efficient improvements.
The building, owned by company Intrasia Oxley (DRE) Pty Ltd, will witness a $1.2 million upgrade, said to decrease base energy usage by around sixty per cent.
However, City of Sydney Liberal Councillor Edward Mandla said he believes the building was already on track to environmental sustainability, without the council’s help.
“The City of Sydney has utterly failed in its green initiatives,” he said.
He said that many businesses were looking to go ‘greener’, without the help of “bumbling bureaucrats”.
“What we know is that buildings have been voluntarily becoming ‘greener’ for years… not once did someone say ‘I did it because council told me how or why’.”
Council’s statistics favour Clr Mandla’s comments, with only six EUAs signed in Sydney so far.
However, a council spokesperson told City Hub that several building owners are currently investigating the agreement as a possible option.
Executive director of Intrasia Oxley, Braith Williams, said the developments will “increase the building’s energy efficiency, reduce its carbon footprint and provide long term savings for both the tenants and owners”.
The City of Sydney promotes EUAs as an option for owners to improve properties with borrowed funds, with the assurance that they can pay back the finance.
“They are better than traditional debt or cash as it is the energy savings themselves that are used to pay back the finance used to upgrade the building’s energy systems,” said a council spokesperson.
Mr Williams said that the application process for Intrasia Oxley took 14 months, and this could be the reason that so few Sydney businesses are pursuing the agreement.]]>
Friends and locals gathered on Saturday July 25 at Charles Kernan Reserve on Abercrombie St in Darlington. Present was City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore who officially opened a seat inscribed with a poem by Dorothy McRae-McMahon in honour of Davies.
The Lord Mayor described Davies as a “local character” of Redfern and Darlinghurst.
“[He] was active in the Uniting Church, and in Labor politics, and in community groups like RedWatch, and he was involved in the South Sydney Herald” Clr Moore said.
“Trevor, as a great community activist, and a committed democrat, would be appalled by the state government’s latest efforts to take control of the City of Sydney through amalgamation with Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and Botany – none of whom want the amalgamation either.”
Davies was known among Darlington locals for his loquacious tendencies, engaging those around him in political discussions that were always rooted in a sense of social justice and his own Labor values.
It was on this basis it was decided that a seat on the footpath frequented by locals would be an apt memorial for a man who loved to talk with passers by.
Reverend Andrew Collis of the South Sydney Uniting Church knew him for many years and said it was a love of his community and a good headline that he remembers most fondly of Davies.
“He loved his community, and he would have loved to have seen us all together here on a sunny afternoon,” he said.
“He would be naming all the other people he thought more deserving of it, and he would be quick to point out the good work others are doing.”
Rev Collis, who now edits the South Sydney Herald, said it was a daunting prospect putting the paper together after his death.
“We weren’t a hundred per cent sure we could do it without him, he was irreplaceable, but then we were really proud that when we put our heads together we had the power and the passion, and we knew how to do it, just by the way that he modelled the job.”
President of RedWatch Geoff Turnbull met Davies in the 1970s through the Uniting Church.
“Trevor would sit down in the coffee shops and he would talk to anybody that walked past, and it didn’t matter what their political position was. Interestingly one of the apologies was from Duncan Gay who is the Minister for Roads on the coalition side.”
“Trevor and him would have robust discussions about a range of things.”
Norrie May-Wellby worked with Davies as a cartoonist for the paper and said everything Davies did had a political element.
“He would have really liked it when Clover did the political thing at the end her speech and spoke about the issue of amalgamating councils,” May-Wellby said.
“Some people would disagree, oh no it’s not about that, he always liked to make things political and meaningful, and if you could give an important message as part of something, that’s something Trevor would approve of.”
Trevor Davies’ brother Ivor said that his brother would have been laughing if he was there.
“The best thing would be that Clover acknowledged Trevor because they were, at times, head to head.”
“He was a great fan of hers sometimes, and then other times she’d do something he didn’t agree with. But he’d just like the fact all the people were here.”
City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis sent her apologies for being unable to attend.]]>