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Saroo (Sunny Pawar) is an energetic five-year-old boy who vanishes from Khandwa whilst on an outing with his brother. He embarks on a decommissioned train which takes him to Calcutta and is eventually adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) in Tasmania. He prospers, until his memories return of his former life.
Newcomer Pawar, who won the coveted role from 2000 other hopefuls, is a gifted young actor who manages to successfully carry the first half of the film. Audiences will be affected by his portrayal of a happy child who quickly transforms into a frightened lost soul, desperate to reconnect with his family.
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), who plays the adult Saroo, and Nicole Kidman both deliver career-defining performances, which have justifiably earned them Golden Globe Award nominations in the supporting actor and actress category.
This unforgettable film contains heart-breaking footage of the real homecoming and delivers a shock announcement in the final moments that should ensure there isn’t a dry eye in the house. The resonating theme is that self-identity and grass roots are of paramount importance and overshadow materialism. (MMo)
Thu, Jan 19, Camelot Lounge
Greg Poppleton: Nearing one million YouTube views, Australia’s only authentic 1920s jazz singer is bringing his upbeat 1920s, Charleston and New Orleans Jazz Age show to Ultimo jazz club at Foundry616. Do not miss this unique and extraordinary show.
Thu, Jan 19, Foundry616
Lazertits: This Melbourne band made of five best friends is making their way to Sydney for the very first time tomorrow for a very special free show, which will see them playing their unique brand of garage punk infused with feminist theory and social commentary.
Fri, Jan 20, Vic On The Park
Gondwana Choral School: Hundreds of talented young singers, composers and conductors from across the country have converged on Sydney this month for the 20th annual Gondwana National Choral School. NCS 2017 brings together 329 talented young people aged 10 to 26 years for an intensive two-week training and performance season, guided by leading national and international conductors at UNSW. As part of this experience, the event culminates with the inaugural Festival of Summer Voices, which exhibits the extraordinary talents of the participants.
Fri-Sat, Jan 20-21, Multiple Venues
Great Scott – The Music Of Raymond Scott: Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow) was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick and electronic instrument inventor. ‘Great Scott!’ will explore Raymond Scott’s early quintette miniature masterpieces and his ground-breaking electronica as well as his eerie and often unnerving advertisement jingles.
Sat, Jan 21, The Sound Lounge
We The Lost Sea: This show will be an incredibly emotional one for We The Lost Sea, as they mark the end of era performing their third album Departure Songs for the final time in Australia. This record was their first following the loss of their lead singer and best friend Chris Torpy, so these grief-laden songs are by far their most emotional and experimental.
Sat, Jan 21, Newtown Social Club
Stick To Your Guns: Southern Californian hardcore legends Stick To Your Guns are bringing some serious heat to Sydney early next week. Not only that, they are bringing their friends Knocked Loose with them to make this show one which is sure to be highlight on any hardcore music fans year.
Tue, Jan 24, Bald Faced Stag
Glass Animals: Having just completed a US tour, which included two sold out nights at NYC’s infamous Terminal 5 (3000 capacity), and a UK tour including a sold out show at London’s Roundhouse, the band will making their way back to Sydney mid-week for a special Laneway Festival Sideshow just for Sydney fans.
Wed, Jan 25, Enmore Theatre]]>
As well as de-cluttering, watching less TV and being nicer to certain relatives, many New Year’s resolution lists include goals around fitness … Read more]]>
As well as de-cluttering, watching less TV and being nicer to certain relatives, many New Year’s resolution lists include goals around fitness and health – lofty or insincere goals that are often abandoned after the second week of futile effort. Yet, health goals are utterly achievable, as long as you take a considered, planned approach.
More than anything else, mindset will influence the success or failure of your goal setting. Focusing on “denial” and “resistance” creates a negative frame of reference. Instead, allow yourself to appreciate that you are finally treating your body with care and respect.
A significant factor of mindset is knowledge. Educate yourself about health and fitness and it will lead to increased interest, confidence in your choices and a more positive attitude. The caveat here is to be discerning – there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” solution.
“Each person has a different metabolism and [it] is important to understand what suits your body better,” advises Caique Ponzoni, CEO and founder of Naked Foods, an organic and natural health foods store with six Sydney locations including Bondi, Newtown and the Tramsheds. Their diligence in ensuring products are ethically sourced and delivered translates into goods of high quality and integrity, and advice you can trust.
“We believe that anything at Naked Foods can be incorporated as part of your diet,” assures Ponzoni. And what exactly should you incorporate into your diet?
“Lots of greens, healthy fats (nuts, coconut oil, butter) and organic or grass fed protein.”
Frequenting a store like Naked Foods will allow you to become familiar with particular foods, as well as with staff and other regular customers. You’ll then be more likely to continue with and expand your healthy eating habit.
If you’ve got a collection of mouldy gym memberships in the drawer where you keep best intentions, then chances are you just don’t like going to the gym. But there are options that don’t involve watching people in a g-string leotard do squats. Movement Republic is a boutique gym with a difference.
“It’s designed for how you move through life,” explains Director Ann Charleston, who runs the gym and also designed the custom equipment. Instead of traditional exercises, workouts involve obstacle courses and unique activities that imitate or facilitate everyday movements. They offer individual assessments including 3D body scans and personalised programs.
With both trainers and clients ranging in age from 20 to 60 yrs, the focus is on community and interactivity. ‘No isolated people and no isolated movements’ is their creed.
This is a key concept recognised by Movement Republic and supported by research – the importance, in general, of social engagement for mental and emotional health. Some fitness environments can be intimidating, insular and unsupportive, but many businesses are becoming aware of the inherent human need to belong to a tribe.
SheCamp is a women only boot camp that runs outdoor sessions at Maroubra Beach and St Peters. Susie, chief trainer, explains why it is gender specific:
“There are many mixed groups available so I thought it would be beneficial to provide a female only program, for women of all ages, sizes and fitness levels to come together in a safe and supportive environment to work on their health and fitness goals.”
There is a great selection of activities and they all take place outdoors. According to Susie, “exercising in natural environments has been associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement.” It can provide “structure and camaraderie that can often be difficult to find in indoor settings…”
If you’d like to find a “male-only” equivalent or other specific needs group, try the Fitness Australia website (www.fitness.org.au).
There are many things you can do alone that are much more fun to do with other people – cycling being one. And if riding on a highway at 6am in a moving swarm of fluorescent lycra isn’t your thing, no fear, there are plenty of bespoke BUGs (Bicycle User Group) that you can join.
Sydney Spokes, for instance, is a gay and lesbian cycling group (but welcome to all who are welcome to all). The group conducts social rides on most Sundays, exploring different areas of Sydney and focusing on fun, scenery and coffee. Any fitness level, any bike type and any attire is acceptable (providing it complies with NSW cycling laws). The group also takes part in organised events and fundraising as well as bike and non-bike related socialising. There is a strong sense of community and friendship and some members have even found a partner. Cycling is the perfect entry-level fitness activity.
All this unexpected movement may awaken muscles that thought they had been made redundant, and you may get complaints in the way of pain and stiffness. Of course a trip to the massage salon is an optimum solution, but you should really consider massage therapy even before you start exercising. As Bess De Brenni from My Massage Works points out:
“We spend more time sitting or standing on hard surfaces than we ever have. We spend hours craning our necks to view computers, iPads and phones. This is having a huge effect on our bodies.”
If you’ve been inactive for a while, a massage will help free up joints, release tension, and stimulate circulation. It will help you become aware of your body. A good masseur will teach you about correct posture and the best way to ease into your new activity regime.
“Remedial massage treatments help your body recover, align and flourish. If your body is not performing at its best your mind and spirit [are] also being constricted,” adds De Brenni.
Meanwhile, if you’ve gone for a run after months of sedentary Netflix binging, what’s the best way to apologise to your body?
“Stretching!” says De Brenni. “We all need to do it.”
Being fit and healthy should not be about reluctance, sacrifice, or solitary struggle. In fact, the exact opposite is true. It’s been proven that enjoying and sharing things that are good for you, will make them even better for you. (RB)]]>
City Hub recently spoke with Alexisonfire’s drummer Jordan Hastings to hear the full story behind the breakup and subsequent reunion.
“As you get older, not just as a band but as a human, certain other things apply to your lifestyle and certain changes need to happen. Unfortunately at that point in time there was too much going on in everybody’s lives and none of our hearts were 100% in it, so when that happened it made the music suffer, and not only that, it made our relationships suffer,” Hastings reflected.
During the height of their powers Alexisonfire were an incredibly hardworking band, often spending “a couple of months touring without going home”. This lifestyle contributed to the stress and strain on the relationships between the band mates and their families and friends. Thankfully though, after some time away the band is rejuvenated and ready to return with even more energy.
With Alexisonfire shows being a rarity, Hastings feels they “enjoy it immensely now” because they have a “special occasion” feel to them. “[Not only that but] we’re really grateful to be able to do it this way without having to burn ourselves or the bands morality out, which was a big issue for us when we did actually break up,” he added.
Over the years Alexisonfire has become known for championing the Canadian hardcore scene by showcasing rising talents, which they once again plan to do during this Australian tour by having The Dirty Nil make the trip as a support act. “People gave us a leg up when we were younger. So we’re just returning the favour, why not bring out some amazing musicians and close pals to Australia for their first time. It’s special that we would even be in that position, so to be able to do it just seems like a no brainer for us,” explained Hastings.
Obviously, with a tour of this kind taking place, fans have one major burning question to ask – will there be a new record?
Hasting somewhat teasingly responded to with: “At this point in time we’re all so busy doing other things…so it’s one of those things were obviously we’d love to be able to write a new record, but I don’t know if that’ll ever happen. Ideally I would really hope so, but only time will tell and we’ll have to wait and see.”
Jan 19, 6.15pm. Hordern Pavilion, 1 Driver Avenue, Moore Park. $77.40. Tickets & info: www.ticketek.com.au]]>
Of his drag career, Woo told us it began at school: “I dressed as The Queen in a ‘balloon debate’…and used to dress up in my sister’s clothes as a kid.” However, it wasn’t until he stumbled upon “downtown characters” Lavinia Co-Op and Brandon Olson in New York, age 26, that the love affair with drag truly began. “They took me out to Jackie 60 [a famous weekly party held in New York’s Meatpacking district], and from then on I was often out in heels, jock strap, glitter beard of whatever I found from a thrift store.”
Woo’s partnership with Le Gateau Chocolat (and the catalyst for the show) was born at show in Brighton, UK over 10 years ago, where the pair bonded over their love of musicals. Of their creation, Woo tells us we should expect “fabulous singing, all your fave musicals and tons of sequins!” In terms of songs on the repertoire, they will grace “Phantom, Les Mis, Cabaret, plus loads more” with their glamour.
“We thought about what our audiences would like too, so it’s full of crowd pleasers,” Woo added.
Ultimately, A Night At The Musicals is about providing an uplifting experience “and stupid banter between two good mates”. (NBee)
Jan 23 + 24; doors 7pm, show 8.30pm. Slide Lounge, 41 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. $44 (show only), $79 (includes 2 course dinner). Tickets & info: www.slide.com.au
BY NINA BEESTON]]>
But how do you choose a leader when their policies aren’t even delivered in your language?… Prepare to be tested for ‘aural racism’ as a host of bizarre characters converge for Invasia. This participatory performance piece from The Leftovers Collective is taking over Redfern’s Hustle & Flow bar this Australia Day/Invasion Day.
Performer and Artistic Director, Curly Fries (yes, you read that correctly), describes Invasia as involving “a bit of sound, a bit of dance, a bit of traditional acting, and then there’s also movement and performance”.
There will be no organic English used, as each performer utilizes a unique dialect made up of up to several different languages. Curly’s character will be speaking in a mixture of Hindi, Mandarin, Polish and Gamilaraay, which is a traditional Aboriginal language.
“We’re looking at how rulers get in…how they engage an audience, what manipulative sound tricks they can use, what is it to aurally envelope someone, what it is to bring someone close to you just through your voice…” explained Curly.
“The audience will have to totally work out through sound who they ‘like’ and vote for that person through a visual card, there will be no instruction in English,” he elaborated. “Whoever has the most votes, that person will come forward and that is your ruler for Invaisa. Their laws will be translated into English…”
All the candidates’ speeches are taken from Shakespeare’s great texts. So you could be swayed by the voice and tone of one candidate, only to discover their speech is taken from Macbeth, and killing for promotion is ok’d under his leadership.
“It’s a really fun night where you can step into some of the deep concepts if you want to or you can just enjoy the fun of hearing these weird candidates speak in languages that are familiar and yet not familiar and vote on one…”
Invasia is the fourth performance by The Leftovers Collective to be welcomed into Hustle & Flow since the group’s inception in May last year. Their first performance came as a reaction to “a bunch of artists not getting general auditions for a large theatre company in Sydney”. Not ones to waste good work, they performed these “leftover monologues” and, in a parody of the casting process, invited the audience to critique them.
The Collective’s free public performances are an excellent opportunity to see working artists exploring taboo themes in an unbridled, independent environment which genuinely celebrates diversity. (AM)
Jan 26, 6.30pm. Hustle & Flow Bar, 3/105 Regent St, Redfern. FREE. Info: www.theleftoverscollective.com]]>
The debut album from the pair of teenagers, whilst simplistic, is captivating as it whisks you away with their dreamy coastal indie pop. The six-track offering could be more diverse in regards to its melodies, but somehow it manages to keep your attention throughout it’s entirety.
Of the six tracks, two stand out as must listens: ‘Let’s Be Friends’ and ‘Television Love’. When paired together these two tracks show the potential still laying dormant within Mosquito Coast. (JA)
The phenomenon of course is nothing new except for today’s technology that enables the fakers to spread their message almost instantaneously. For hundreds of years less than ethical newspapers have printed dubious stories, dubbed ‘yellow journalism’, simply designed to increase circulation. In the late 1800’s media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst went to head to head in a circulation battle fuelled by numerous slabs of mischievous misinformation.
More recently the US based Weekly World News, which once sold on newsstands in Sydney, took the concept of fake news to an extreme with a newspaper almost entirely full of absurd made-up news. Headlines such as HILLARY CLINTON ADOPTS ALIEN BABY, ANCIENT PHOTO OF JESUS FOUND and ADOLF HITLER WAS A WOMAN were commonplace and it’s clear the journalists involved were having a laugh – no doubt racking their brains to come up with even more ridiculous stories.
The Weekly World News was a big seller at supermarket checkouts in the US, prior to the cessation of its print version in 2007. A university based study of its readers in the early 2000’s found that whilst the majority bought the newspaper for its entertainment value (i.e. a good chuckle), around one in 10 gave some credence to the authenticity of stories such as RUSSIANS SHOOT DOWN UFO, I WAS CHUCK NORRIS’S CHINESE TWIN and NORTH KOREA PLAN TO INVADE AMERICA. The WWN lives on today in a limp online version, but (sadly) seems totally lost in a cyber world riddled with tabloid style trash.
Whilst more and more people rely entirely on the internet to get their daily news feed, traditional print newspapers, in particular the so called ‘quality press’ are seen as the last bastion of truth in journalism. Even then there are cases where so called ‘fake news’ has escaped the scrutiny of editors and tainted the reputation of some of the most respected members of the Fifth Estate.
Paul Sheehan’s story, “The horrifying untold story of Louise”, about a woman brutally raped and beaten by a Middle Eastern gang, and published in the Sydney Morning Herald in early 2016, was quickly exposed as a total fabrication. Whilst it led to his suspension from the newspaper and the end of his career with the SMH, it also revealed a failure on the part of his editors to question the reliability of his source and his basic fact checking.
There’s little doubt that once Trump and his extended family are firmly planted in the White House, that the degree of media inspection will increase to a level not witnessed since the scandal-ridden days of the Clinton and Nixon administrations. Trump’s previous indiscretions, such as his alleged “pee-party” at the Moscow Ritz Carlton, are bound to rear their ugly heads. He’s likely to be the most scrutinised President in American history, not to mention the collection of cronies and family members he’s assembled as part of his team.
Whether the ‘fake news’ dismissal will work for him in the future remains to be seen. One can only hope that a World Weekly News story that appeared some time ago turns out to be validated:
“Donald Trump’s birth certificate is a fake. He was actually born in Kenya!”
“It’s amazing, but after researching his birth, we learned he was born in Nairobi, Kenya,” said New York’s famous detective, Bo Dietl. “Donald’s father, Donald John Trump, was in Nairobi making real estate deals, when his wife, Mary Anne, gave birth to Donald, Jr. on June 14, 1946.”
Over the course of their almost three decade career AFI have drifted further and further away from their punk roots, however with this record they have recaptured the aggressive essence of some of those early records. Along with this newly rediscovered boldness, which is conveyed through faster tempos and more impactful emotional vocals from Davey Havok, this record captures the spirit of the Sing The Sorrow and Decemberunderground era.
Throughout these 14 tracks it appears AFI have found a middle ground which should appeal to fans from all generations of their career, although in an ideal world I would have liked to see them let the aggression run free a touch more. (JA)
Chiron’s journey unfolds over three chapters, providing vignettes of his life as a painfully shy child (played by Alex Hibbert), a withdrawn teenager (Ashton Sanders) and a hardened adult (Trevante Rhodes).
Moonlight exposes a world many of us don’t often have the chance explore, or at least never so tenderly or earnestly. Following this gentle spirited character, we see how his path is shaped by inescapable circumstances and ingrained societal oppression. Even the most seemingly pedestrian of instances are portrayed with weight and value, and yet we never communicated more than ‘just enough’ information.
The heavy themes and stigmatised social issues evoked in this film are given buoyancy by the beauty of the way handles its characters and its all around masterful filmmaking. It is laced together with beautiful cinematography and an elusive soundtrack, which intuitively contrasts classical music with modern hip-hop.
The earnestness of this film is indebted to the validity of its sources. Writer/Director Barry Jenkins based the film on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Both Jenkins and McCraney grew up in the same Miami housing project, both of their mothers struggled with crack-cocaine addiction, and both of them discovered early on that they weren’t straight. Before this collaboration, they’d never met. Furthermore, Moonlight was filmed in the very same housing project it is based in, and its leading actors were all previously undiscovered.
It isn’t hard to see why Moonlight mesmerised its way into winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama and is stirring up Oscar buzz. But it is revolutionary that a drama like this, that digs far beyond tokenistic character representations, which doesn’t require any white characters to hang its African-American experience against, can win widespread acclaim. This is unmissable cinema. (AM)
In cinemas Jan 26.]]>