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Gig review – MTNS: Feb 14 at Brighton Up Bar

Brighton Up Bar is an intimate live music enclave, which is not to say that it lacks when attracting quality bands. MTNS, Govs and Bexley de Leon is a line-up made in Australian indie heaven. However, neither Govs nor Bexley de Leon were support on the night, which didn’t end up disappointing as stand-ins The […]

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FRANCES HA

Greta Gerwig is a delight as Frances in this unconventional black-and-white comedy set in New York City. As Frances clings to her dream of being a dancer, her dwindling finances and straying friendship with bestie Sophie see her integrate with people that don’t quite relate to her charmingly oddball personality. Frances Ha is a heartfelt […]

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STORM BOY

Sydney Theatre Company and Perth’s Barking Gecko Theatre Company have teamed up for a new production to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Colin Thiele’s much-loved Australian children’s classic, Storm Boy. “There is a great affection many Australians have for Storm Boy,” says Director John Sheedy, “it is arguably one of the greatest Australian stories of all […]

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PHÉDRE

With Phédre, Bell Shakespeare Company has again expanded beyond The Bard that shares their name. However, just because many English-speakers are unaware of this French classic, does not mean the play has not been influential. Edmund Lembke-Hogan, who plays Hippolytus in this new production directed by Peter Evans and based on Ted Hughes’ translation, explains […]

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4000 MILES

In its US Off-Broadway season, 4000 Miles was hailed as “perfection!” by the New York Times, “the best play of the season” by Time Magazine, and went on to be a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Now that Amy Hertzog’s smash-hit play is making its way down under, and will be under […]

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NOËL AND GERTIE

With the upcoming film release of The Great Gatsby, 1920s glamour is back in vogue. Few people epitomised the glamour of that period more than the darlings of stage and screen Noël Coward and Gertrude (Gertie) Lawrence. Including all-singing and dancing performances by the talented James Millar (Oklahoma, Jerry Springer: The Opera) and Lucy Maunder […]

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2013 AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS

The annual Audi Festival of German Films is the largest German film festival outside Germany. Featuring 45 films that range from German Currents to Hot Docs and Kraut Pleasers, the eclectic mix of movies prove that this European country’s rich history leaves it with a depth of stories to tell. The opening night film Two […]

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THE NATURE OF MEMORY

Fresh from the Adelaide Fringe, where her exhibition won The Eran Svigos award for best visual art, Jess Dare brings her beautifully intricate collection to Studio 20/17 on Danks Street. These delicate and skilfully crafted works show the finer side of our native Australian flora. The familiar and at times uncannily reproduced plant seeds, miniature […]

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GIG REVIEW – THE FALLS: 28 March at The Enmore, Newtown

Folk duo The Falls took to the Enmore stage supporting The Lumineers fresh from a US tour, which included a stop at music Mecca SXSW (South by Southwest). “The last weeks feel like a dream,” said singer Melinda Kirwin. “This [Enmore show] makes it feel more like a dream.” But from the first notes of […]

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GIRL IN TAN BOOTS

“To the girl in tan boots who always gets on at St Leonards, you are my angel of the morning. My daily fix of heaven. Man in grey suit.” Hannah is 32, slightly overweight and lives in Sydney with her cat, Cupid. Her daily trip to work by packed commuter train has her gripping MX […]

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