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Arts Features

Posted 1 Apr 2016 @ 10:09am

Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss has been making waves on the international circuit since he was 16 years old. After receiving world-wide acclaim, he's making his way to Australia for his debut Melbourne International Comedy Festival appearance.  

 

“I’ve been coming across since I was 18 or 19, so it’s my seventh or eighth time here,” says Sloss. “I’ve got so many friends that I...

Posted 1 Apr 2016 @ 10:05am

 

When Beat speaks with Jen Kirkman from her LA apartment, the comedian and author is at war. Not with terrorism, racism, or even herself. Instead, she's in battle with a new sub-sect of Twitter trolls known as 'Bernie Bros' – those that want to make their love of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders known via a continued tirade and abuse of Hillary Clinton. “It's just crazy,” says...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 6:50pm

American actress and self-professed “shy girl” Amy Acker will be making an exclusive trip to Australia in April for the Melbourne leg of the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, joined by a host of big-name television and film stars alongside comic book creators and more. The Supanova convention, hosted in six capital cities across Australia until November, will see Acker return to Australia for the...

Posted 30 Mar 2016 @ 12:57pm

If only I had waited another fifteen minutes, this could have been a much juicer interview. Sure, Matt Okine is still a forthright and funny guy, happily acknowledging the darkness of comedy and his struggles to keep his days from capsizing – between hosting triple j's breakfast show with Alex Dyson, his stand-up schedule, hip-hop and his first DJ gig, the man is effectively running four lives...

Posted 28 Mar 2016 @ 12:48pm

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...

Posted 28 Mar 2016 @ 10:15am

Ross Steeves is the ultimate jack of all trades: he is an actor, improviser,  dancer and a clown with a love for performance and stunt fighting. This all-rounder has expanded his horizons by impersonating all sorts of different characters and roles that he enjoys improvising himself, and now he’s about to take the stage in Melbourne for the upcoming show, Cirque Adrenaline – boasting the world...

Posted 28 Mar 2016 @ 10:12am

“I’m a pretty good cook,” declares Dawn Wells, the woman the world knows as Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island, the world’s longest running sitcom which still screens around the globe in more than 30 different languages. Wells has just completed her second cookbook and she’s proud to tell Beat about it when we speak to her ahead of her appearance at this year’s Supanova Pop Culture Expo – now in...

Posted 24 Mar 2016 @ 9:26am

Jake Johannsen is an unlikely first-timer at this year’s MICF. Not because he already has 30 years of making audiences laugh with his quirky takes on everyday events and his understated yet warm, relatable delivery.

 

Not because he’s one of America’s most prolific standups on the back of virtually non-stop touring, award nominations, several TV specials and a record 46...

Posted 24 Mar 2016 @ 9:23am

Last time I saw Ross Noble, he very nearly killed us all. Well, alright, so maybe not directly. Sydney had been lashed by weather so severe that the roof of the Enmore Theatre buckled under the strain, and the performance we were promised had to be postponed. ‘An act of God!’ I hear you cry, ‘That’s not Ross’s fault at all!’. But now, as his show Brain Dump approaches its run at the Melbourne...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 5:01pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The folks over at DC are pooling the heroes of their expanded universe for one big all-in brawl, even if it comes rather late - Marvel are already teasing their third.

 

But hey, maybe you find Marvel's happy-go-lucky scamps to...

Posted 19 Mar 2016 @ 11:31am

The month of March brings with it a series of guarantees: the leaves will begin to yellow, the Blues will lose to the Tigers and we’ll all feast on far too many Cadbury Creme Eggs. As far as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival headquarters is concerned however, the atmosphere is equally as assured. “It’s busy!” confirms Festival Director and CEO Susan Provan. “When it gets to this...

Posted 19 Mar 2016 @ 10:51am

Daniel Sharman has recently crossed a goal off his performance bucket list.  He'll be appearing on the silver screen alongside one of his longtime idols, fellow actor John Cleese in Albion: The Enchanted Stallion. “He’s a bit of a hero of mine,” Sharman says. “It was an absolute pleasure. He’s a genius"

 

Sharman likes to joke around with his co-stars to diffuse the tension. “...

Posted 19 Mar 2016 @ 10:47am

Acclaimed Irish comedian Jimeoin will be celebrating the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s 30th year in style, presenting a new ninety-minute show, For One Night Only. Those who have already perused the festival’s online guide or flicked through the program may have noticed that, in actuality, For One Night Only runs for three dates. Nicely done. Of course, this one...

Posted 19 Mar 2016 @ 10:42am

We love dinosaurs. It’s a home truth that has seen the film Jurassic World gross a total of $1.67 billion across the world, and which will now see Jurassic World: The Exhibition offer people the chance to get up close and personal with the prehistoric stars of the show. Organisers describe it as “interactive” and “immersive”,  which is an impressive way of saying that the dinosaurs in this...

Posted 4 Mar 2016 @ 9:59am

In a few weeks time, the Castlemaine community and surrounds will come together for the biggest Arts Open and Fringe events yet, and  Arts Open project manager Rob Jennings couldn't be more excited.

 

"It’s looking fantastic because it’s a community run event, so it’s all run by artists themselves, plus myself. Everyone is really working hard at it themselves,” he beams.
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Posted 4 Mar 2016 @ 9:55am

Beat talks to Glaswegian dancer/choreographer Claire Cunningham, currently in Perth for the Perth Festival and on her way to Melbourne to perform in the Festival of Live Art. Cunningham, on her first visit to Australia, will perform two different pieces, Guide Gods in Perth and Give Me a Reason To Live, at FOLA, the latter a work inspired by the paintings of sixteenth century Dutch artist ...

Posted 4 Mar 2016 @ 8:59am

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The Oscars have come and gone, and you may need to duck into the cinema just to escape the braying of Leonardo DiCaprio's fans.

 

Fortunately, there's plenty on offer this week, and the themes run the gamut from homelessness to heists, from...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 11:52am

In a few weeks time, the Castlemaine community and surrounds will come together for the biggest Arts Open and Fringe events yet, and  Arts Open project manager Rob Jennings couldn't be more excited.

 

"It’s looking fantastic because it’s a community run event, so it’s all run by artists themselves, plus myself. Everyone is really working hard at it themselves,” he beams.
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Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 7:41pm

“I am a storyteller,” says Volker Gerling. “A flipbook-film-storyteller.” Gerling is a troubadour of sorts. He is renowned for wandering his native Germany collecting stories, taking photos of people, compiling the photos into flipbooks and turning himself into a travelling cinema. A flip book is a primitive form of animation, and the Germans have a delightful word for it – Daumenkino – which...

Posted 1 Mar 2016 @ 6:05pm

Although he’s danced many coveted dream roles in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, what really gets The Australian Ballet’s Rudy Hawkes going is contemporary ballet.  

 

“For me, that’s the sort of movement I like to do, and I find it most rewarding for my body to push it in that way,” he says, during a break in a chaotic schedule that involves performances of...

Posted 26 Feb 2016 @ 11:36am

You really have to think hard about the human race when hitting a little white ball into a small hole - with a long metal stick while dodging obstacles - is considered fun. But it is, and I take this silly form of golf very seriously. I’ve played mini golf courses the world over, and Victoria has some sweet ones, and some crappy ones too. Go for the hole in one with Beat's Guide to the Best...

Posted 25 Feb 2016 @ 6:50pm

Variety, we are often told, is the spice of life, or at least the seasoning that keeps us coming back for seconds. For the fine folk at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, this ethos is taken further than most. From workshops on computer games, circus and street art to exhibitions on female artists and recovering from war, to their involvement in celebrations like the upcoming Festival of...

Posted 23 Feb 2016 @ 5:09pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. February is quite literally going out with many, many bangs - this week, the screens are dominated by action.

 

There's something to appreciate in every one of these epics. Well, except for one of them. So let's just get that out of the way first...

 

 

13 HOURS...

Posted 18 Feb 2016 @ 7:58pm

In 1966 Ingmar Bergman, one of cinema's most visionary directors, released Persona to immediate and somewhat controversial acclaim. Although now recognised as one of the hallmarks of 20th century film, its depiction of fragmented identities, taboo sexual themes and psychological distress made for confronting viewing. Fifty years later, Chamber Made Opera is mounting an ambitious response to...

Posted 18 Feb 2016 @ 7:07pm

Opening at ACMI this week, Phantom Ride is a two-screen video work inspired by the history of cinema and the way in which trains have featured as an extension of the camera for the purposes of experimentation with the moving image. Taking as a starting point films such as the Lumiere Brother’s Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1896), regarded today as the first ever tracking shot, Daniel Crooks’...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 11:02am

Who among us hasn't fantasised about that inevitable moment we look down from the Dolby Theatre stage at a grinning Jack Nicholson or wide-eyed Anne Hathaway as we thank the Academy for such a remarkable award, from Hawthorn to Hollywood, aww shucks, what a ride it's been? If you find yourself with a successful short film at Flickerfest, that distant dream becomes a whole lot closer. As an...

Posted 16 Feb 2016 @ 6:04pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's a real serious week, you guys, with three more Oscar contenders just in case you weren't already sick of them.

 

Then again, this week is post-Deadpool, so maybe we needed a jolt of something serious to bring us back to reality. Or not, if the...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 11:27am

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Alas, there's only three big Western releases hitting our screens, but with superheroes, supermodels and Saoirse Ronan on offer, there's plenty to enjoy.

 

To fill out the ranks, there's always Bollywood - this time cribbing off a Western classic - and a local favourite whose...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 2:07pm

It’s quite a splendid affair chatting with cabaret chanteuse Meow Meow. Hers is a seductive wit, and her banter bubbly (with just a touch of decadence). When I speak to the world-touring artist she is en route to an early-morning rehearsal in preparation for Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid at Sydney Festival, having recently wrapped a long performance run in Boston and now neck-deep in Seven Deadly...

Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 3:35pm

Welcome to the Beat’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. If you're an Apple devotee (ugh), you'll be happy to know your lord and saviour is back on the silver screen.

 

For the rest of us (i.e. Macbook owners who don't bang on about it), there's plenty of drama and romance to get us through the week. And it's almost the end of Oscar...

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