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Arts Features

Posted 29 Dec 2016 @ 1:54pm

For media hounds, 2016 was a whirlwind year, with a ton of great music and film accompanying the loss of so very many of our artistic heroes. It was also a year of grand heights in cinema – especially for animated film – and crushing lows, mostly delivered on hype wagons whose wheels came off on opening night. Naturally, these picks are but my humble opinion, and don’t include some of the year...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 12:52pm

It's a busy time of year for most, but for talented Shimmerlands' Film Programmer Lauren Valmadre, a lot of hard work is about to come together in an amazing way.

 

Taking over the University of Melbourne in Parkville for two months, Shimmerlands is a mammoth summer festival set to celebrate music, cinema and the best food our city has to offer.
 
"It's really nice to...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 12:03pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. After Disney's surprisingly divisive Star Wars effort (which I dug), the Boxing Day Onslaught has finally arrived: the cinematic equivalent of...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 1:56pm

This summer, the team behind Shadow Electric will bring you Shimmerlands, a two-month event that brings together an outdoor cinema, concerts, multiple bars, and outdoor dining. The 2017 cinema program is bursting with music documentaries, so we've narrowed it down to five of our favourites. 

 

1. One More Time With Feeling (2016)

 

It's the heartbreaking documentary...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 2:11pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, Disney beats everyone to the punch, with what is shaping up to be the biggest screen event of the year.

 

I, too, intend to punch first by getting a few more of these big ol' Boxing Day launches out of the way. I'm dosing you out another three so that you can still fit...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:09pm

A cinema experience unlike any other, Phillippe Parreno’s free exhibition takes visitors through ACMI’s huge basement gallery, full of sound and inflatable fish, leading to a single screen displaying a retrospective of 30 short filmic works by the French artist and filmmaker. We speak with the exhibition’s sound designer, Nicolas Becker.

 

From Marilyn Monroe’s ghost to a free...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:20pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. I'm easing the BOXING DAY OVERLOAD here by introducing a film *previewed* this week that doesn't launch for a fortnight.

 

In an interesting turn of events after last week's strong female turnout,...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:06pm

Curiosity has led Jad Abumrad down many exciting paths.

 

The founder and co-host of acclaimed science and philosophy podcast Radiolab originally studied to be a film composer. His passion for music has never waned, and he relishes the intricate similarities that encompass his various loves. 
 
"When you're telling stories, there's something very musical that's deep...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:02pm

Anyone who’s seen a segment of The Eric Andre Show knows how difficult it is to do it justice through description alone. Phoning in from the US, the talk show host himself takes a moment, pondering the perfect summary. “It’s like poop and pee mixed together,” he eventually declares. A pregnant pause ensues, until Andre mercifully relieves the tension, roaring with laughter. “That stopped you...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 10:56am

We love a market here at Beat, particularly come summer. And when you think about it, what's not to like? A great market combines some of the best aspects of Melbourne life – a hustling and bustling place where art, music, food and culture collide. A conglomeration of makers and admirers, showcasing handmade wares and goods of their own creation direct to the public is a sure-fire way to find...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 4:07pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, the ladies reign supreme with lead roles in all five films.

 

Plus, three of the six directors are women, meaning actual equal representation! At least for this week, anyway.

 

The women in these stories are not two-dimensional: they are champions, leaders...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:15pm

The Made In Melbourne film festival is about celebrating some of the city's most hardworking and talented minds. Growing from an evening of cinema at an intimate bar, it has cultivated into a week-long event at some of Melbourne’s biggest venues.

 

“It started off when went up Sydney for Tropfest, which is the world’s largest short film festival,” says director Ivan Malekin, who...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:57pm

 

How do you begin a career in the circus industry? I’ve always had a lust for adventure and a healthy disregard for my own wellbeing - this seems to feed in well to a career in sideshow and unusual feats.
 
You incorporate a host of dark carnival and punk-related aesthetic in your show. What is it about carnival-punk that you love?I see a lot of darkness in the world so I...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:49pm

 

Caliban is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with a focus on the threat of climate change. What inspired this creative direction? The director, Dave Kelman pitched the Ensemble the idea, but set in the Pacific Islands.  I didn’t realise climate change was real, until there was this post of the Samoan president saying “Please help us. We’re sinking.” That’s what motivated me...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 12:38pm

With acclaimed circus and physical theatre performer, independent artist, teacher and director Debra Batton at the helm, the National Institute of Circus Arts' (NICA) final year students are on the cusp of showing us once again why circus has become such a serious art form in Australia in their new show The Landscape Project.

 

Charming, funny and as fit as fuck in her fifties,...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 11:02am

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, the folks at A Night Of Horror / Fantastic Planet Film Festival are looking forward to your company!

 

But that's an article in and of itself (if I play my cards right)....

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:36pm

We all probably know a little bit about Marie Antoinette: French Queen, big-hair, beheaded. She's perhaps most famous for coining the phrase “Let them eat cake,” but did she actually say that? While the history books have done an excellent job mythologising this powerful, yet vilified, monarch, how can we ever know who she truly was?

 

It's a question that’s captured the...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:17pm

Fix up a strong tea with no sugar and you’ll share something in common with how British comedian, Bill Bailey, likes his cup of tea. But the commonalities are likely to stop there, as Bailey would much rather consume his tea from a flask – and that’s exactly where his uniqueness begins each day.

 

 “It’s quite nice to have tea out of a flask and it’s good to just have a flask of...

Posted 4 Nov 2016 @ 4:02pm

The sun is finally doing its job  and there's never been a better time to get atop a rooftop and sink a few beers. To start your weekend off right, we've put together a list of some of Melbourne's best rooftop bars. From swankier selections to easygoing hangouts, make the ascent to a higher place with our comprehensive guide. 

 

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Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:39pm

 

What should audiences expect from seeing Anti-Hamlet? The audience can engage with Anti-Hamlet on all sorts of levels. As a straight up comedy, a satire of contemporary Australia, a parody of Shakespeare’s play. There’s also some real human moments and an extraordinary cast playing big characters.
 
How does the show rework Shakespeare's original? We’ve taken some...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 11:32am

As they tread the boards together in the early '80s, a young Francis Greenslade sensed his friend Shaun Micallef was destined for big things. “I’m lucky I got hold of him when he was young and impressionable at uni and forced him to employ me every show he does,” jokes Greenslade.

 

Indeed, Greenslade has been a regular fixture in Micallef’s projects for years now, popping up in...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 11:36am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, everyone wisely backs off the major releases, because the alpha is in the house and hungry for box office dolla$.

 

That's right, folks: for those still not suffering from costumed-hero fatigue, Benadryl Cumberbund...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 4:08pm

Need somewhere to spend your Halloween weekend? Don't have a costume yet? Beat's got you covered.

 

LuWOW
Before the curtain comes down on Melbourne's favourite tropical tiki lounge bar, The LuWOW is gearing up for one extra spooktacular Halloween. On Friday October 28, a huge celebration of Quentin Tarantino's 1996...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:44pm

Who are we speaking to and how are you involved in the exhibition?
We are Tony and Janet Peake the owners of Kustom Lane Gallery, a family runLowbrow Art Gallery that we established in 2007.We are hosting the exhibition Kona Kustom Kulture, the art of Brad ‘Tiki Shark’ Parker. We have been selling Brad's art in the gallery for the past seven years.
 
What should visitors...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:13pm

Sorry God, you were relegated to Fleur Kilpatrick's laptop trash can. “I very briefly wrote in God in one draft, God said about three lines and I wrote God out again”, the award-winning playwright tells Beat of her latest work.

 

Bible stories have captured her imagination in recent times, with Kilpatrick currently writing her way through a trilogy of plays about religion and...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 2:03pm

“Sisters and brothers, welcome to the Great Southern Land, welcome to Australia,”  so proclaim The Wiggles, just some of Welcome to Australia's group of high-profile ambassadors. 

 

Refugees and asylum seekers have surely got to be right up there with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as the most contentious arrivals to Australia, at least since the days of the Tampa crisis in 2001. ...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 12:42pm

From a humble beginning on frozen ponds in Montreal Canada, choreographer Alexandre Hamel grew tired of the rhinestones, bright lights and score cards of the figure skating industry. Searching for more, he risked it all to break the ice and founded Le Patin Libre - the world’s first and only contemporary ice skating company.

 

“I started ice skating when I was three-years-old....

Posted 14 Oct 2016 @ 2:30pm

Melbourne, can you feel that? Is that – yep, I think it is – sunshine? This weather is about to take a turn for the better. I can feel it in my bones, plus the barometer I got as a communion present from my Nonna when I was 14 is telling me the same thing. Thanks Nonna, and thanks Melbourne. To celebrate this newfound glorious sun, we've put together the very best places in Melbourne that you...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 3:40pm

It's a remarkably busy time in the world of Holly Throsby, who is doing a daring balancing act between the various roles in her world. She's a doting mother to a young daughter – “She's almost two now, and she's really hilarious,” Throsby laughs. She's a singer/songwriter, working incrementally on a new album with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann as Seeker Lover Keeper. On top of all of that,...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 9:55am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. One movie for every day of the week this time around. 

 

There's more Tom Hanks than you can poke a global conspiracy at this year, but there's also brand new Aussie drama, real crime, three-quarters of the Ghostbusters, and the return of three masters - Almodóvar, Anno and Chan....

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