Review: Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Sydney Opera House (29.07.16)

This review should probably be premised with the fact that I am a huge fan of the Indiana Jones series (the first three – don’t even get me started on Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). These films formed an intrinsic part of my childhood and are potentially where my love of history steamed from. So it was with much child-like excitement that I arrived at the concert hall at the Sydney Opera House to see Raiders of the Lost Ark with the score played live by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.... Read More | Share it now!

Comedian Scott Aukerman (USA) chats about Comedy Bang! Bang!s upcoming Australian tour

For fans of the cult comedy series Mr. Show, and the IFC series Comedy Bang! Bang!, the name Scott Aukerman is already a household name – even if they might not be able to spell it (Mott Skokerman? Hot Saucerman?). But what many may not realise is that Comedy Bang! Bang! started its life not on television, but in 2009 as a weekly comedy podcast, Comedy Bang! Bang!: The Podcast! And next month, the man himself will be coming to Australia for the first time to do live recordings of his Podcast series in front of a live audience. We caught up with the man himself to talk about the Podcast, the upcoming tour and much more:... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

In the small hours of the morning, film star Claudette Welles took her young son Ari, got into a rowboat and disappeared, leaving behind her lover, Swedish filmmaker Timou, and an unfinished film. Some years later, in the Irish countryside, linguistics academic Daniel Sullivan stumbles across her, and, abandoning his wife and children in the US, stays, building a life in a collapsing house in the middle of nowhere. Setting out for America when his father takes a bad turn back in Brooklyn, Daniel hears news of an old girlfriend’s death, some thirty years earlier, and alters his plans, sending him to England for answers, and placing his entire life in Ireland in jeopardy.... Read More | Share it now!

Opera Review: Simon Boccanegra – Sydney Opera House (Performances until 13th August)

Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra presents the tragic story of naval hero Boccanegra (George Petean) who experiences great loss when the mother of his child, Maria, dies. Her father, Jacopo Fiesco (Giacomo Prestia), resents him and insists the only way in which to achieve redemption in his eyes is to hand his granddaughter over to him. Sadly he has no idea what has become of his daughter, who was given to an elderly woman to raise but disappeared after the woman died. In the midst of all this there is political drama as the people of Genoa vote Boccanegra as Doge. As we enter into Act I it is twenty-five years later and things are about to get very complicated.... Read More | Share it now!