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Arts Features

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 10:13am

“It’s been dear to me for a very long time,” says award-winning actor and performer Brent Hill. He’s talking about Little Shop of Horrors, the musical revival directed by Dean Bryant and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth. Hill plays the lead, Seymour – a character nerdy in the old-fashioned sense – who works as an assistant in a flower shop while fostering a love with Audrey (played by Esther...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 9:38pm

Beat talks to Jessica Hogg who’s bringing PhotoMarathon, a nine hour open access photography competition, to Melbourne. When Hogg moved here from the UK, it was obvious to her that the event was perfect for Melbourne – so she decided to make it happen.

 

“I was involved in the event twice back in UK," says Hogg. “PhotoMarathon seemed like something that Melbourne ought to have....

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 7:50pm

Jez Butterworth's The River arrives as a mysterious play about a man and a woman who sneak away to a secluded cabin to go fly fishing in the moonlight. But, as in all good dramas, things might not be what they seem.

 

Red Stitch Theatre has previously brought two other Butterworth plays to the stage, The Night Heron and The Winterling. Red Stitch’s version is directed by John...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 3:50pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's the last mammoth week of April, and Marvel is calling DC's all-in. The combined universes are here, ladies and gents, and here to stay.

 

Unlike me - I'll be jetting off for the next month and TL;DR will be taking a sabbatical. Fear not, dear readers, for I shall soon gift thee...

Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 11:24pm

It’s ironic that Jefferies would be performing in Melbourne around the time of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, while not actually performing as part of it. He’s Australian comedy’s most un-Australian Australian, so of course his contribution would be separate. Before Australians could get a taste of Jefferies’ emerging joviality, he had taken his shtick overseas. Nowadays, things...

Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 10:34pm

Beat talks to Mark Leonard Winter and Robin McLeavy, the two leads of the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of  Miss Julie, directed by Kip Williams. August Strindberg’s 1888 play is set on Midsummer's Eve on the estate of a Count in Sweden....

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 4:59pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. As the mid-year releases tend to come in uneven spurts, I've decided to let a couple of next week's premieres sneak in early and get a mention today.

 

This week's newcomers are...

Posted 18 Apr 2016 @ 11:21am

I recently took a hour-long time-out from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to indulge in a spot of house hunting. Chatting with a prospective flatmate, I went over the highlights and lowlights of the festival and, eventually, we stumbled upon an intriguing question: what sort of person do you have to be to pursue comedy? I left the house ruminating on the subject, as...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:47pm

In 2000 Paul Elliot, founder of Polyester Records and Polyester Books, was interviewed by triple j after his presentation on censorship at the Young Writers’ Festival. Elliot, never afraid to speak his defiantly libertarian mind, was characteristically critical of the Commonwealth Customs agency’s modus operandiand cultural awareness. “I said something like, ‘These customs officers aren’t that...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:25pm

 

When Jack Gleeson first hinted at leaving acting for film and television, it seemed to be the only thing everyone could talk about. For some, it seemed like he was turning his back on Hollywood. And so when the moment of his untimely demise as King Joffrey Baratheon in the fourth season of Game of Thrones came, one question loomed large ­– what next?
 
When it comes to the...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:22pm

The mile. It’s an elusive phenomenon in contemporary athletics talk and has been aloof from major championship track and field competitions for almost 50 years. It remains the only imperial distance where the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) hold an official world record and is perceived as one of the most difficult track running distances. The enigma embodies a...

Posted 15 Apr 2016 @ 6:23pm

The Melbourne Showgrounds are set to welcome some of the world’s finest animated and non-animated screen-gods to its residence for the 2016 Supanova Pop Culture Expo. There will be Game of Thrones, there will be Smallville and even Ginny Weasley will be popping in. With so much to look forward to, here’s our tips for your Supanova weekend.

 

 

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Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 10:27pm

Look, let's get down to brass tacks here. If you'd asked me a week ago who the Pajama Men were, I would have stood there silently imaging some 1950s' Doctor Who storyline while you got slowly creeped out about why I was staring intently into middle distance. I'll certainly never look at pyjamas, or the men who love them, the same way again. Shenoah Allen dips into the foundation of the...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 10:16pm

Widely lauded comedian Paul Foot has touched down in Australia for his upcoming Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows. He spoke with Beat on the meeting point between religion and surrealism, his plans for the rest of the year and his favourite Comedy Festival moments.

 

Q:  Your current festival show is described as a highlight reel of the best bits of your previous...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 10:10pm

In September 2014, the Hellenic Museum launched its Gods, Myths & Mortals exhibition. Slated to stay on display until 2024, Gods, Myths & Mortals is made up of many precious Greek antiquities, including pottery, statues, figurines, jewellery, weaponry and icon paintings, all on loan from the Benaki Museum in Athens. The artefacts span 8000 years of Greek history, dating from the...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 10:07pm

They’re real, you guys. I saw one. With my own human eyes. On a dance floor. At the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras After Party, no less. They’re real.

 

I spotted my friend Jake from a distance and walked through the sweaty throng to hug him and say hello. I hadn’t seen him since last Mardi Gras. He was wearing overalls over a bare chest. Fair enough. 
 
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Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 12:23pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Sadly, we can't say this will be the last week we'll ever have to mention the Divergent series, because distribution models for young adult sagas are effing stupid.

 

Never fear - the...

Posted 7 Apr 2016 @ 3:50pm

“It was one of those experiences that took a while to fully comprehend,” Bonnie Wright says of the moment her decade-long stint as Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter came to an end. “It takes days to come to realise what the experience meant to you and what it was. It was definitely one where all of us were really excited with the next chapter ahead of us – having spent such a long...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 4:00pm

“I'm still torn between the large box of Nutri Grain at the supermarket being $3.50 and the small box being $4.90 and buying the large box – even though we're on holidays and it's only going to be two days and my wife is going to get angry at me for the large box, not the small box - but I can't walk away from the value of the large box of Nutri Grain being cheaper than the small box of Nutri...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 3:57pm

It's certainly not uncommon for modern comedians to rely on personal anecdotes and brute honesty as a way of better relating to their audiences. We see it from prolific comedy icons like Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis CK, with the latter only reaching success after he got older, fatter and had a couple of kids to complain about. Australian humour has always had blunt, genuine and...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 3:54pm

The exceptionally talented and effortlessly funny Sara Schaefer is coming to Australia for the first time this year, making her debut at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival. "My father served in the Navy in the Vietnam War, and he has always said – and he has travelled all over the world – that Australia has the nicest people he's ever met," she laughs. "So there's a high...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 3:52pm

With the 30th Melbourne International Comedy Festival officially in full swing, Sam Taunton and Pat McCaffrie – two of the stars of The Comedy Zone – are very much excited to be amongst everything. “It’s the only time of year I feel like comedians are almost on par with AFL players for the most important people in Melbourne. It’s bizarre,” jokes Taunton. “You flyer down at the Town Hall and...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 3:19pm

Once upon a time, long before he became the face of Australian stand-up comedy, Wil Anderson was weighing up his options, career-wise. Looking back, what seemed like a roll of the dice actually turned out to be a pretty safe bet. “When I quit the 'safe' world of newspaper journalism to tell dick jokes to strangers in bars, that probably seemed like a crazy choice," says Anderson. "But...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 2:57pm

The cheeky and charming Amos Gill is back at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his new show, Netflix and Gill. Covering a range of topics from sex to nuclear waste, the stand-up comedian is set to win over an even bigger fan base with his honest and very Australian humour.

 

Gill first knew he was going to be a comedian...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 2:55pm

Given our relative countries are about as far apart as you can get without stepping into myth (it's no coincidence Russia and Narnia have the same number of letters), it's possible you've yet to discover Igor Meerson. But with Hou I Lernt Inglish, all that is set to change. We chat with the friendly but oddball Russian about comic identities, national stereotypes, and ubiquitous ushankas....

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 2:07pm

Colin Lane has been gallivanting around the comedy scene for almost as long as the Melbourne Comedy Festival has been in existence. An expert of his craft, he’s even been around long enough to remember the “old days,” when the festival always began on April Fool's Day. “It was just such a perfect day to start it on,” he explains. Lane is still delighting audiences just the same as ever, and...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 1:52pm

“I might be at a point in my life where I don’t really have time to take an animal that really should be wild and domesticate it,” Charlie Pickering laughs. “Although there is a woman online who is convinced it’s possible. Her guide on how to do it is a very interesting insight into her life and – I assume – the life of fellow squirrel tamers.”

 

When I call for our interview, I...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 1:49pm

Tanylalee Davis is something of a veteran of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, although there's admittedly a bit of time between her debut performance and Actual Size, her second. She first appeared here back in 2001, having forged a name for herself both at home in the US (though the 3'6” comedian is Canadian born) and across the UK. She has just wrapped performances at the SoHo...

Posted 5 Apr 2016 @ 12:58pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Frankly, given the horrendously massive turnout to the horrendously horrendous Batman v Superman, it's about time we broadened the horizons and looked for something brighter.

 

Still, there's good...

Posted 1 Apr 2016 @ 10:14am
Blake Everett is the youngest solo performer to grace the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival stage. Straight out of high school and into the spotlight, the Melbourne-based 18 year-old is yet to shake off his charming schoolboy ways. Leaving the final preparation for his show, Ready Since I Was Five, to the very last minute, the young talent is in search of that top grade. “I’ve left it...

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