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Arts Features

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 3:00pm

Welcome to Beat’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Owing to the public holiday (and those cheeky buggers at Marvel), a few major releases snuck past me over the weekend, and I’m rectifying that issue by bringing them to you now – in full HD!

 

On top of two Aussie releases and the naturally unassailable Hollywood blockbuster, it’s a...

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 1:28pm

This is the tenth year of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival; a decade of stories that inform, confront, illuminate injustice and introduce the people who devote their lives to sharing stories in the hopes of awareness driving action.

 

Ali MC, intrepid and curious explorer, visited Myanmar for the third time in 2016 to record daily life through his camera lens.
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Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 1:13pm

“For those who are interested and cruel enough to take a good look, when I walk onstage, you’re basically watching a guy at the edge of a nervous breakdown.”

 

These are practically the last words anyone expects to hear from one of the most acclaimed and prolific composers in the history of cinema – the great Hans Zimmer, who boasts an astonishing 179 composer credits on iMDB,...

Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 1:02pm

Were I to establish a film festival, I suspect we’d hit our first hurdle fairly early into the enterprise. Just how sustainable can an annual program of Cronenberg-meets-Miyazaki actually be? As Paul Harris, festival director of the St Kilda Film Festival tells me, catering to your own preferences is a rather fatal flaw. The lesson is equally true to aspirant film makers; don’t be the next...

Posted 21 Apr 2017 @ 5:01pm

To celebrate the local art scene, we've pulled together six must-see galleries in Melbourne. 

 

 
 1.  Heide Museum of Modern Art
 
This is one of the most incredibly blissful places you can travel to in Melbourne for a gallery. Pure tranquility. Situated in the heart of the Yarra Valley, this exhibition showcases incredibly gifted artists from around the world  ...

Posted 21 Apr 2017 @ 3:31pm

Art aficionados and novices alike cannot deny the brilliance of Vincent Van Gogh. Today the Dutch post-impressionist is known around the world for his exquisite landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, despite the fact he remained poor throughout his life and died virtually penniless, by his own hand, at the age of 37.

 

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Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 5:31pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. 

 

This week, some of cinema's most revered elders return to the screen, alongside new Australian content, wartime propaganda and hot, juicy provocation.

With three of the five releases this week being Eurocentric, this could be an excellent opportunity to sneak some research for...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 2:58pm

 

Leonard Cohen, Everybody Knows:Of all the singer/songwriters of the 20th and 21st century, Leonard Cohen looms large as one of the most influential. With his iconic baritone and poetic lyrics, his songs will loom large in the folk music cannon for years.  The latest incarnation of this book has been updated to include details of his last studio album, while delving deep into his...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:20pm

Fresh from sell out shows at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Matt Stewart brings his downbeat and wry comedy sensibilities to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his first ever solo show, Pretty Dry.

 

“In some ways it’s like a dream doing a solo show at the Comedy Festival,” Stewart says. “I felt I was ready.” The show is the...

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:16pm

When you stop and consider everything that typically goes into a tour, it actually seems like a pretty tough gig. Imagine if, for your work, you had to ride around regional Australia with, say, Greg from marketing or Susan from accounts, living in each others’ pockets. It’d be miserable. The only way it’d work is if you got on with them famously.

 

Fortunately, RocKwiz host Julia...

Posted 10 Apr 2017 @ 10:28am

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In his latest comedy instalment, Tom Ballard explores the modern day, age-old question of what exactly being ‘political correct’ means and people taking it too far – or not far enough. Using comedy as a prime example of a social norm that seems to defy the ever-growing rules of such a controversial issue, the adored Australian act shared his thoughts about a truly...

Posted 7 Apr 2017 @ 5:56pm

For over 11 years, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Deadly Funny competition has showcased the best in emerging Indigenous talent, launching the careers of many of Australia’s most promising comedians. Past participants have included the hilarious likes of Kevin Kropinyeri, Matt Ford and Shiralee Hood.

 

Now entering their biggest year yet, Hood and Kropinyeri will now...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:50am

“David’s disappeared.” This is the voice of Jonah, the manager of musician, puppeteer, devout Christian and unlikely comedy star David Liebe Hart. Our interview was supposed to start ten minutes ago, but the main man is nowhere to be found.

 

Like a lot of weirdos of my generation, I first found Hart's work through Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, the psycho sketch comedy...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:41am

Since appearing in 2011, Aunty Donna have built a sizeable following with their brand of absurd, endlessly quotable sketch comedy. Between their viral YouTube videos and their critically acclaimed live shows, the group have become a staple of the festival scene and a standard feature of group chats around the world. To borrow one of their best-known lines, the Donna boys have done very well...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 1:36pm

As laughable as it may seem, Vir Das is far more than the multifaceted musician, actor, and comedian he is revered for. And while all these aspects have seen the talented Indian comedian climb the ranks of Bollywood and the international comedy circuit alike, it is what Das has done for his home country that truly separates him as an international talent.

 

“When I first started...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:19am

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been delivering laughs to audiences for three decades.  Whoever’s been running the show must doing something right – right?

 

Look no further than Festival Director/CEO, Susan Provan, who earlier this month was recognised for her incredible work and inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. “I got an e-mail from Rich Hall...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:52pm

You may remember flipbooks from your childhood – brief sequences of consecutive images that you rapidly flick through to invoke the illusion of movement, lying somewhere between photography and film in effect – montage theory to a tee.

 

Volker Gerling is a passionate creator of photography, film and an intrepid traveller. His show Portraits in Motion was inspired by this idea of...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:24pm

Chunky Move and Malthouse Theatre’s ANTI—GRAVITY is the creative force to be reckoned with amongst the programs of Asia TOPA and Dance Massive. We talked to the Artistic Director of Chunky Move, Anouk van Dijk, about her dynamic collaboration with visual artist and filmmaker Ho Tzu Nyen and their new piece reflecting the elusive, transformative nature of clouds.

 

It was the...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:15pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Bumper crop this time around, folks, as some locals rough the joint up and a hardline porcine socialist brings her leftist agenda Down Under.

 

There's also the return of an oft-maligned but visually talented Hollywood director, a major award-winner with Aussie faces, an exciting...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:13pm

There's something particularly exciting about this weekend. Of course, Golden Plains, but also the fact that come Monday your alarm will not be going off for work. Finally, it's the Labour Day Long Weekend and there's lots to keep you busy within Melbourne and it's surrounds. 

 

Ballarat Antique Fair
A small...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:20pm

As a representative body that aims to foster and develop important initiatives within the music community, the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) is a vital organisation for the many creatives of our nation.

 

2017 heralds the second year of their Love Live Music 60-Second Film Competition, with ARIA-nominated film director and musician Sunny Leunig taking the helm as its...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:42pm

The epic Fun Run by Melbourne participatory arts and dance company All The Queens Men, will see artist Tristan Meecham run 42 kilometres on a treadmill.

 

His performance is a homage to the Greek messenger Pheidippides, who was sent to Athens to announce the Persians’ defeat in the battle of Marathon. He ran the entire distance without stopping, delivered the news and then...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:33pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This is a big week for us - two Aussie releases, another US blockbuster filmed on our turf, an Iranian award-winner and a Japanese box office smash!

 

There's also ...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:48pm

What started out as a love letter to island life has blown out to an international, multi-disciplinary arts festival, with draw cards as diverse as gypsy-jazz swing quintet the Paris Combo to White Snake, a subtitled work of Chinese theatre about a bloke who falls in love with a woman who turns out to be a magic snake.

 

As the name suggests, the festival runs over ten days...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:59pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we journey back in time to a world where heroine addicts were revolutionaries, Japanese schoolgirls were terrifying, and Ice Cube still had relevance.

 

As usual, on quieter release weeks, I'll put you on to a show that's been keeping me entertained and distracted from...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:25pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we have one major Chinese American co-production, one China vs America production, one Vietnamese release and one American film set in Japan. Asia is the future (and the past).

 

Two special mentions this week - firstly, Hidden Figures officially opens this week (jumped the...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:53pm

Tell us about Work-Shop and what you are looking to achieve? Have you ever had the desire to learn the ins and outs of hand lettering, wanted to make your own Kombucha or even give taxidermy a crack? Well, that’s where Work-Shop comes in. Our aim is to help you unleash your inner awesome through affordable short courses taught by a rockstar lineup of artists, makers, foodies and life experts....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:52pm

How do yoga teachers influence positive change? Once of the most important roles of a yoga teacher is to live the principals of yoga on and off the mat. They help all of us to become aware of when we are pulled away from being present in our being. By encouraging our students to cultivate a daily practise of yoga, meditation and breath, positive change will be inevitable for all.
 
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Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:49pm

Can you share a bit about your school? We offer the Creative Arts and Culture Training package from Certificate IV to Advanced diploma of Screen & Media. Our students are provided with hands on tuition in Short Film Production on up to 20 films per year, taking students from concept right through to the marketing of their films. Our facilities are industry standard and have just installed...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:47pm

Tell us about El Patio Language School. El Patio has amazing teachers, two lovely schools, helpful admin staff, student study support and lots of fun, which is the best environment for learning a language.
 
What makes Spanish such a beautiful language to learn? I think we all know about those adorable rolled Rs, those guttural G and J sounds and the incredibly hot northern Spanish...

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