A tapestry commemorating the sacrifice and heroism of Australian soldiers on the Western Front is set to be cut from the loom this month in Melbourne. Designed by prominent Australian artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Morning star will be showcased at the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre (SJMC) in France.... Read More | Share it now!
I travelled to Las Vegas to see Cher. You heard me. Cher. I was first introduced to her music as a child in the 1980s and have always wanted to see her perform. Realising the chances of her coming to Australia were slim, when I discovered she was performing in Las Vegas I felt a 10 day trip was exactly what I needed.... Read More | Share it now!
A question commonly asked in arts circles is where all the new Australian musicals are. Surely, they do exist, but grand-scale, blockbuster song-and-dance shows isn’t something we’re generally known for. Hot Shoe Shuffle – arguably Australia’s first hit musical – premiered only 24 years ago, and since then only Pricilla and Strictly Ballroom have made it to West End audiences. Global Creatures’, (who are also co-producers in Muriel’s Wedding) troubled production of King Kong is due to premiere on Broadway in 2018, but the big ape is hardly a representation of our cultural landscape. A national identity that relies on BBQs, sports and pub rock was always going to have trouble squeezing chorus numbers into the mix, yet our audiences flock to international touring shows in droves. So, why don’t we have more of our own?... Read More | Share it now!
“I wanted to make films from time I saw my first films in the mid-1940’s. Unlike my school friends I had no interest in animated films (I still don’t) but was fascinated by narratives with actors. Somehow I realised while still very young, that the key person in all the films was not the leading man or heroine, but the director”.... Read More | Share it now!
It is one of the most anticipated exhibitions to come to Melbourne this year, and what an absolute privilege it was to step inside the Winehouse world. Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait was curated by Jewish Museum London, and Amy’s brother Alex to show the world that Amy was so much more than just a famous singer.... Read More | Share it now!
It’s been a historic week for the LGBTQI community with an almighty YES vote from 61.6% of Australians who believe same-sex marriage should be legalised. There’s no denying it’s been tough time for all those involved, and it’s hard not to reflect on the events leading up to the result but standing together in strength and solidarity now means and says so much about who we are as a nation.... Read More | Share it now!
Elsie Bainbridge, newly widowed, is sent to her late husband’s estate to see out the last few weeks of her pregnancy. With a skeleton staff, abandoned, dusty rooms, and a surrounding village terrified of the house, The Bridge is far from the haven Elsie hopes it to be. But when she and Sarah, her husband’s cousin, discover a beautiful painted figure behind a locked attic door, things begin to spiral out of control. The figure is not alone and she is not friendly.... Read More | Share it now!
Black Inc’s Writers on Writers series was launched in October 2017 with the publication of its first two books, Alice Pung on John Marsden and Erik Jensen on Kate Jennings. The tag line for the series reads ‘Twelve Acclaimed Writers. Six Memorable Encounters.’ This sums up the idea behind the series incredibly well, which will include such forthcoming volumes as Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White, as well as three other as yet unannounced volumes. Each book contains a personal essay by a well-known Australian writer in which they talk about a stalwart figure of Australian literature who has influenced their life and career. ... Read More | Share it now!