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Arts Features

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 11:55am

Abe Forsythe is on stage, his extensive ensemble cast around him. Appropriately for the director's latest feature, the darkly hilarious Down Under, it's screening at the Comedy Theatre as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival's Centrepiece Gala. Moments earlier MIFF Artistic Director Michelle Carey had explained to the 800 gathered that the point of the night was “celebrating the...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 12:14pm

Get ready to throw away every preconception you might have about poetry when you read Dorothy Porter’s work. The late Aussie poet’s work isn’t the stuff of daffodils and clouds – it’s about flesh, sweat, sex, passion, love, obsession, murder, intrigue and death. Read Porter’s workon public transport and you risk blushing, but it’s as beautiful and evocative as it is erotic – and now Kiwi...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 10:55am

Filmmaker and producer Mitu Bhowmick Lange, the director of this year’s Indian Film Festival, believes that art can bridge cultural gaps. With that in mind, she co-founded the Bollywood and Beyond Film Festival, is a director of Mind Blowing Films (a specialist film distributor for Indian cinema and now producer for both Bollywood and Beyond and the Indian Film Festival of...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 10:53am

Every year since 2014 the Glow Winter Arts Festival has featured something so wild that patrons still discuss it. In the first year, UK’s Exxopolis Luminarium took over the car park of the roof of the Jam Factory with 3000 square metres of plastic molded into an illuminated, pulsating labyrinth. Last year, the car park behind Coles and Woolies in Prahran became a hotspot when it...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 10:51am

Wit Incorporated are presenting what might be the first ever gender-flipped casting of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. Beat chats with Company Manager Jennifer Piper about what sets their production apart on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

 

Why swap genders in Macbeth?
 
Why not? It seems trite, but there's really no good reason not to mess with the...

Posted 9 Aug 2016 @ 1:22pm

The hallowed Melbourne Festival returns once more for 2016, under the guidance of newly instated Festival Director Jonathan Holloway. While the program remains as eclectic and creatively fulfilling as ever, littered with special events and oddities, this year's festival will be remembered as a celebration of our city – of all its nooks and crannies,  hidden secrets and exploratory nature – in...

Posted 4 Aug 2016 @ 1:35pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Hey, you know how you got a bonus film last week? Well, now I'm taxing you. Or, more accurately, there's only four films out this week.

 

I'm making up the shortfall with a SURPRISE GUEST that shows how deeply current I am. Witness me.

 

Thing is, for me, there's only...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 3:20pm

When the Police Academy film series concluded in 1994, Michael Winslow had captivated the world with his bewildering yet stunning articulations. Cadet Larvell Jones was a mischievous police officer who used his devious vocality to swindle criminals, authoritarians and innocent citizens alike. It was flabbergasting to say the least, but what would become of this fascinating persona in the films...

Posted 27 Jul 2016 @ 2:49pm

When Amy Winehouse died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning, thereby becoming another victim of the fabled '27 Club', there was an outpouring of grief and a spate of finger pointing. The blame game was amplified with the release of Asif Kapadia’s 2015 documentary Amy. To what degree were her dad Mitch Winehouse and members of management culpable? Would Winehouse have...

Posted 27 Jul 2016 @ 11:21am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Another key franchise entry for the year takes to the silver screen this week, along with classic adaptations that make this cycle truly anachronistic.

 

With a timeline spanning from 18th century England to the Wild Wild East, the present day and the distant future, there's...

Posted 27 Jul 2016 @ 10:57am

Mary Ann Evans isn't a name that would ring a bell for many folks out there today. Come to that, the name George Eliot might reward you with a fair share of blank stares despite having penned one of our classic fictions, Middlemarch (indeed, Julian Barnes rates it as likely the greatest English novel). But Eliot was himself a fiction, a pseudonym employed by Evans to be taken more seriously by...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 1:11pm

Booze and video games. As the old saying goes, it's the simple things in life. As if crushing your mates in a round of Mortal Kombat wasn't satisfying enough, couple that with a few beverages and you've got yourself a recipe for one hell of a good time. With that in mind, we're celebrating ACMI's upcoming Retrolympiad by compiling the very best places to share a pint over some pixels with Beat...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 11:27am

David Icke is a man whose name is often accompanied by controversy. Once a professional footballer turned sports commentator, Icke now focuses his energy on lifting the veil of perceived common knowledge. After spending a quarter of a century researching and writing in excess of 20 publications, Icke is coming to Australia as part of his World Wide Wake Up tour.

 

"What I've been...

Posted 15 Jul 2016 @ 1:58pm

Imagine a world without advertising. In our image and slogan saturated, brand obsessed world, so conditioned to it being a part of the fabric of our lives, could we even consider it? Visual artists Aphrodite Feros-Fooke and Chase Burns have envisaged a world where advertising is illegal (capitalism, block your ears) for their piece The Detour. “It's an intimate roaming projection performance...

Posted 15 Jul 2016 @ 1:51pm

“Imagine a virtual reality experience that goes beyond sight and sound, to stimulate your every sense and propel you back in time!" Indeed, once upon a time – 1998, in fact – Sovereign Hill was advertised as the "ultimate in virtual reality". Ballarat's open-air museum was apparently the best we could do back then. You'll be glad to know the technology has come a long way since, and, according...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:56pm

In its 65th year, Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will celebrate a total of 344 films from around the globe. The program, including 244 features, 91 shorts and nine virtual reality experiences, blends brand new technologies, much-adored classics and the best of the best in current cinema.

 

Acting as the largest annual showcase of both emerging and established...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:00am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The holiday schedule has finally righted itself and we're back on track for some flippin' fun!

 

But look, there's really no contest this week. Aykroyd called it, man. AYKROYD. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE WAS IN THIS PICTURE. And yeah, he might...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 8:19pm

“I think if you can create something well enough, when someone views the work it does create this meditative experience for them, where they do question reality in different ways and sparks maybe a thought in their mind about what is the nature of space and spatial dimension and what's possible in the future in these different realms,” says Kit Webster.

 

Webster, described as a...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 8:16pm

As if it wasn’t already one of the most happening strips in inner Melbourne, Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street is set to get even more exciting when it lights up this month for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Now in its ninth year, the ten-night festival will see a slew of up-and-coming local artists exhibit their masterful projection works across iconic Gertrude Street buildings and...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 9:33am

Eternally curious, unabashedly forthright and driven by an unwavering dedication to the truth, Louis Theroux has spent his entire career diving into the ostracised fringes of society – ever determined to discover the humanity that exists behind the extreme.

 

He’s spent years exploring the world’s most deviant ideologies and believes the common thread that runs throughout them –...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:11pm

 

Located on iconic Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, since September 1995, American Vintage Clothing is run by husband and wife team John and Kerry Sartori. Now a staple amongst Melbourne vintage shoppers who flock to the area, the shop features a large and eclectic range of imported American vintage apparel. There's plenty of boots, homewares, toys and of course clothes, with over 5,000...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:09pm

 

Hunter Gatherer is the home to some pretty incredible vintage clothes, accessories and bric-a-brac, selling fantastic alternative styles at a very low price. Lacking in pretension, the store is welcoming to all who venture through its doors. The added bonus of shopping at Hunter Gatherer is that all proceeds of the sales go into helping to prevent and alleviate poverty across...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:07pm

 

Even if you are a person who can often be found walking down Smith Street, soaking in the sights and sounds of the busy heart of Collingwood, what might come as a surprise to some is that there's a truly unique vintage store sitting directly in the centre of the area. Say hello to Lagoon Vintage – offering a selection that leans towards funky prints, colours and styles over your...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:05pm

 

Sitting on the busy end of Smith Street, Monkey Jar is a rare style of retailer offering both style and substance. They love what they do and it shows in their involvement with seasonal events and local community happenings. Festive sweaters are abound as Christmas in July swings through, plus they're stocking plenty of Kate Bush style dresses so you can get your Wuthering Heights on...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:04pm

 

Established in 2002, RetroStar has evolved into easily one of the most recognised vintage stores within Melbourne, thanks to a great selection of vintage finds and knick knacks. Hidden within the heritage Nicholas Building in Swanston Street, Melbourne, the shop serves as one of the largest vintage focused shopping hubs in the CBD, if not the rest of the city. There's an extensive...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 9:02pm

 

Originally run as a facet of Emil’s Shoe Repairs on Chapel Street, Vintage Sole has evolved into one of Melbourne’s largest boutique vintage stores. Currently boasting three physical locations (Nicholas Building - Melbourne CBD, Brunswick Street - Fitzroy, and Chapel Street – Windsor), an Etsy store, and online store (vintagesole.com.au), Vintage Sole aims to bridge the gap between...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 8:32pm

For two nights only this month, Melbourne’s famed Hamer Hall will be home to the big-top spectacular that is Cirque de la Symphonie. Having enjoyed international success, this unique concept combines the magic and mystery of the circus with popular classical masterpieces performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  

 

Led by Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey, the world-...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 8:30pm

He’s the political comedy kingpin who is able to do it all. Film, television, books and stand-up; Maz Jobrani is the unapologetic Iranian American whose quick and clever wit is a favourite to many. It’s been a few years since he has graced our shores, but now, armed with his razor-sharp tongue and a jam packed new stand-up show, Maz is hitting up Australia for a hilarious Melbourne show.

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Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 4:57pm

It's never too late to learn something new, to expand your worldview and broaden your horizons. Whether you've always wanted to learn a crafty skill, or want to further your audio and production skills; chances are there's a course for you. With that in mind, here's some of the finest, coolest, and downright informative courses you can hit up. Go forth and learn, because you might just...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 3:00pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Now that the election has simmered into a compote of confusion, it's time to get back to the business of cinema. 

 

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