With an ensemble cast of familiar Australian talent, each character is well rounded and expertly acted. Lawson’s writing displays quick wit and a love for awkward cringe-worthy comedy. Without loosing the characters to caricature, Lawson unravels hilarious exploits in a genuine manner.
Certainly, the comedy won’t be to everyone’s taste, at times the film walks a close line to taboo but with a charmingly authentic treatment it is a subtle reminder that it’s okay to be weird. (ATS)
Dean (Josh McConville), a quirky, neurotic pseudo scientist is obsessed with Lana (Hannah Marshall) but his quest for her love takes an almost incomprehensible turn when he uses time travel to repair the rifts in their relationship.
The sparse setting of this movie is a reflection of its low budget, but works well as a backdrop for the raw revelation of human emotions.
The wonderfully odd Dean swings between anger, despair and incapacity. He seems most exasperated with himself and by dabbling in time creates the opportunity to express that disappointment personally.
This movie is confusing as a narrative, as are many films in the time travel genre. However as a metaphor for the utter heart rending dishevelment caused by jealousy and abandonment it is a stunning, humorous and thoughtful success. (LR)
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Highasakite: This Norwegian five-piece band will be making their debut trip down under with a show at The Oxford Art Factory. The band has … Read more]]>
Highasakite: This Norwegian five-piece band will be making their debut trip down under with a show at The Oxford Art Factory. The band has been getting some favourable attention and airtime on Triple J with their single Since Last Wednesday. They combine soaring vocals from lead singer Ingrid Helene Håvik (who has been likened to Bjork) with synth, guitar and drums to create a fun multi-layered folk sound.
Thu, Sep 18th, Oxford Art Factory
Saskwatch: This Melbourne nine-piece have been on a meteoric rise over the past four years starting from busking on the streets and climbing all the way to gracing the stage of one of the worlds biggest music festivals, Glastonbury. The band now brings their trademark horns & dynamic vocals blended with low-fi garage rock to Sydney.
Fri, Sep 19th, Manning Bar
Caravãna Sun: Hot off their European tour the Australian gypsy-ska rockers head straight into the 46-show Jackal In The Night homecoming tour. This will be a celebration of the final single from their album AYA and will be capped off by filming the video clip for the song at the Oxford Art Factory show.
Sat, Sep 20th, Oxford Art Factory
Evan & The Brave: In celebration of the release of their new single Stay This Way Sydney quartet Evan & The Brave will provide the perfect soundtrack for a chilled out Sunday afternoon session at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel, with a free acoustic set of their dreamy pop-rock tunes.
Sun, Sep 21st, Beach Road Hotel
Bertie Blackman: The Triple J fan favourite & ARIA Award-winner has announced a two-show tour kicking off in Sydney to coincide with the release of War Of One – the second single from the upcoming fifth studio album The Dash that is due for release in October. This tour showcases not only the trademark alt-pop sound that made Blackman famous, but also explores a new sound which puts a twist on the stereotypical music associated with pop anthems by putting them through a hazy ‘80s prism. (JA)
Wed, Sep 24th, Oxford Art Factory]]>
The first act kicks off with a cheery, bouncy opening number before introducing the seven couples (played by Kirby Burgess, Tyran Parke, Adele Parkinson and Shaun Rennie) in various meet-cutes.
The second act is much more sombre, as the audience finds out from the other halves of the couples how things turned out. You think you know what to expect, but there are some clever twists.
Parke and Rennie have a huge amount of onstage chemistry as a gay couple who meet at a book club but can’t get married in Australia (sadly, still just as relevant today as it was in the ‘90s when the show made its debut), and the biggest laughs come from Annie (Parkinson) and Kevin (Rennie) – a couple based on a cringeworthy urban legend. (AS)
Until Oct 5, Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point, $42.90-49.90, (02) 8065 7337, hayestheatre.com.au
BY ANITA SENARATNA]]>
When the analogue TV signal was finally switched off late last year there were still cathode ray freaks that kept their old receivers right … Read more]]>
When the analogue TV signal was finally switched off late last year there were still cathode ray freaks that kept their old receivers right up until the moment their screens went blank. Some have since installed set top boxes whilst others have reluctantly switched to the flat screen digital.
The new digital network has opened up a host of free-to-air channels but now we are told one of them, the community access channel, is to be switched off and the valuable broadcast spectrum flogged off. Community TV stations like Sydney’s TVS have been broadcasting since 2004 and community television in Australia goes right back to the mid 1990s.
Throughout Australia the various community stations have been not only a valuable training ground for the industry at large but also provided exposure for a diverse range of programs not normally covered by mainstream TV. The production values are often of the low-budget variety but the enthusiasm and creative levels are high. The result is a welcome option to the loathsome pap that dominates much of free-to-air television.
Now the Communications Minister and self-acknowledged techno whiz kid Malcolm Turnbull wants to restrict all community TV to the internet. That means you either watch the station on a computer or handheld device or connect to a smart TV. Great if you are like millionaire Malcolm and own the latest 80-inch smart TV but not so good if you are using run-of-the-mill technology.
Admittedly TVS does currently stream on the internet but that’s not really the issue. Accessing community television needs to be a simple press of your remote control, so that the choice is there and immediately stacked up against all that the other free-to-air channels have to offer. It’s often during the non-peak times that the community stations offer a real alternative to the late night bosh of commercials and the ABC. When all that’s on offer is Psychic TV, the home shopping channels, and yet another repeat of Bargain Hunt, community TV is like an oasis in the electronic wilderness.
Community radio throughout Australia was also under threat earlier this year when the Government threatened to withdraw funding as part of their budget cuts. Fortunately they did not proceed but imagine the furore that would occur if they tried to restrict all community stations to the internet.
As TVS state on their website:
“There are no economic or technical reasons why community television should not be given a permanent home on free to air digital broadcast spectrum. CTV receives no government funding in order to operate its services and there is enough available broadcast spectrums to ensure a variety of media operators can exist including CTV stations. Without community television we lose genuine media diversity, a training ground for up and coming television talent, a resource for tertiary institutions to provide real world experience to students, coverage of local events and festivals and a medium for local sports organisations without access to mainstream media.”
You can show your support for Community Television Sydney by signing up to the campaign via committocommunitytv.org.au, and by liking the campaign on Facebook at facebook.com/committocommunitytv.org.au]]>
The cumbersome rubber suits have been swapped for some ‘realistic’ CGI to help the turtles move like the ninjas they are supposed to be, and the best bits are when the four brothers are interacting with each other – the characterisations, at least, are spot on.
Unfortunately, even the comedic genius of Will Arnett cannot make up for the miscasting of Megan Fox, the mutated mess of a plot, full of holes and crammed with unnecessary touchstones to the originals as well as references to Fox’s hotness.
Entertaining enough for a specific demographic and fan base, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not the impressive nostalgia-stuffed update most were hoping for. (LL)
Launching the festival with some melody is Marina, an entertaining biopic that tells the true story of singer, songwriter and accordionist, Rocco Granata.
I Can Quit Whenever I Want is a fast-moving, farcical comedy about academics that can’t find employment worthy of them, so decide there’s more money in the drug trade. A molecule in the drug they peddle is not illegal so, for a while, they manage to dodge the attention of the law – though not the attention of mobsters from a rival drug-ring.
Perhaps the most hilarious moment is when the gang hold-up a pharmacy with antique muskets and one of them is recognised (despite wearing a mask). The moral of the story is that every choice has a cost – and theirs comes in the form of fractured relationships and imprisonment. The use of saturated colour makes red, yellow and green very evident, resulting in lurid visuals that seem to match the action and the festival itself.
Let’s celebrate the fact that Italy still makes cinema that is uniquely Italian. It could be a wonderful few weeks. (MMu)
Sep 18-Oct 12, Palace Norton St, Palace Verona & Chauvel Cinema, $15-19, italianfilmfestival.com.au
BY MICHAEL MUIR]]>
The visually spectacular display artfully conveys the intricacy of the people’s lives, the complexity of their mythology and the continued influence of the ancient culture on modern Mexico.
A mask made of a human skull and an eerie statue of the god of the underworld, whose dangling liver and curved talons threaten ominously from a niche, are sinister reminders of the importance of human sacrifice in Aztec life.
A replica of the grand temple further illustrates the role of religion in everyday existence.
The combination of interactive technology, ancient relics and contemporary relevance makes this a show which will appeal to a wide demographic. (LR)
Until Feb 1, The Australian Museum, 6 College St, Sydney, $14-24, australianmuseum.net.au]]>
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As a city and beach girl country music didn’t stand out as the most likely career path, but one way or another Lawrence eventually fell into it after being told by her singing teacher to buy a CD from a genre she had never listened to before.
“I picked up a LeAnn Rimes album which I loved and from there my collection continued to grow. Then as time went by and I got more and more absorbed into it I started to write songs with some meaning which led to where I am now,” says Lawrence.
Superheroes is full of songs with deeply emotional meanings for Lawrence, in particular the track Lifesaver which was written as a tribute to her late father that eventually morphed into a true Aussie love story.
Lawrence describes the process of writing the song: “I wanted to write a song about a lifesaver because that’s what my Dad lived and breathed, but as I was writing all these memories came flooding back of stories I was told about when my parents met, so it eventually went more in that direction.”
It is because of songs like this that the album has gained a reputation as Lawrence’s most personal release to date, however, she is quick to point out that “while I haven’t held anything back emotionally and personally I still feel these are some of my most relatable songs because they tap into emotions we all feel.”
To get that final piece of added inspiration Lawrence travelled to the mecca of country music, Nashville, and spent three weeks there writing the album before eventually deciding to also produce it there.
“It was really inspiring being in Nashville and it was kind of a bucket-list thing to do an album in Nashville, since it is where all the really great players are based,” says Lawrence.
For the album launch performance Lawrence will be playing all of the new songs from Superheroes as well as some fan-favourites. She describes her excitement by saying, “I love these songs and think people are really going to respond to them so I can’t wait to sing them to a live crowd. They’re also really well produced, so I know the band is looking forward to playing them also.” (JA)
Sep 18, The Basement, 7 Macquarie Pl, Circular Quay, $25.80-75.80+bf, moshtix.com.au]]>
In fact, the strong focal point of this year’s festival is what Jones calls, “Unusual engagement in high-quality arts experiences.” Children can work with artists on sculptures, be part of the creation of a mural which will decorate the courtyard, and even be part of the show in the case of Twinkle – a theatrical show, “in which young people can sign up. They’ll have four to six hours rehearsal, and then they join the professional actors and become part of it.”
There’s even a circus tent set up outside, where kids can live out their dreams of running away to join the circus. With all of this action jam-packed into one place, expect some very tired kiddies on the car ride home. (SW)
Sep 23-28, Seymour Centre, City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale, no entry fee, event prices vary, sydneychildrensfestival.com
BY SIRI WILLIAMS]]>