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Arts Features

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...

 

 

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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...

Posted 30 Jan 2016 @ 11:04am

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. And I'll be honest with you, dear readers: it's slower than your mate on the Mary J.

 

Fortunately, the enterprising chaps at some of our nation's biggest cinema chains have tapped into the rich oil vein that is Indian cinema, so I've...

Posted 29 Jan 2016 @ 7:07pm

In 2002, Maajid Nawaz was arrested in Egypt and served four years in the Mazra Tora Prison. As a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist Islamist group intent on establishing a global caliphate, Nawaz had proved a model recruit: articulate and charismatic, he was adept at shepherding impressionable minds into the radical party. Yet while imprisoned, thanks to the auspices of Amnesty...

Posted 29 Jan 2016 @ 1:57pm

Celebrated as Australia's biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition, RAW Comedy looks set to once again harvest the stars of tomorrow. Established 20 years ago, the competition only continues to grow in popularity. “It looks like we’re probably going to have more people trying to get up than last year,” confirms Associate Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival,...

Posted 25 Jan 2016 @ 2:57pm

It takes a lot to make Jimmy Carr sweat onstage. A few diehard fans may cast their minds back to an especially humid evening at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town, in which the typically dapper stand-up comic sweltered through a hilarious preview of his show Gagging Order. “I’d basically organised this whole tour so I could go and watch the tennis in Melbourne,” Carr jokes. “We saw women playing in...

Posted 21 Jan 2016 @ 12:13pm

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight carries a couple of clues about itself in name alone. It’s the eighth film from the one-time cult director, set in a comparable post-Civil War universe to its predecessor, Django Unchained. It’s also one of Tarantino’s most violent films yet. Kurt Russell, a Tarantino veteran from 2007’s Death Proof, acknowledges that in a time when America’s problem with...

Posted 21 Jan 2016 @ 11:39am

On Sunday January 17 thousands of families and partygoers flocked to Alexandra Gardens to revel in all the colours of Carnival; the official launch party of Victoria’s annual celebration of queer arts, culture and diverse gender and sexuality communities. The weekend’s Carnival celebration kicked off a colossal three weeks of Midsumma action that sees art venues, galleries, cinemas, libraries...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 3:41pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's been a brutal week for the arts with the dual loss of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, and we're all searching for distractions.

 

Fortunately a...

Posted 15 Jan 2016 @ 12:59pm

In a digital age that is accelerating faster every day – where 3D printing with metals is no longer a pipedream, but technological canon – the debate around the ever-growing influence of technology on humanity is becoming more nuanced. But for every person who is keen on a measured debate, there’s 20 others decrying smartphone attachment from the rooftops.

 

If you’re tired of...

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 1:08pm

The Wominjeka Festival will soon descend on Footscray Community Arts Centre for its sixth annual instalment. A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, this year’s festival includes a special exhibition, Call from the West, honouring the legacy of Footscray-based Indigenous activist and advocate William Cooper. With its proud focus on Aboriginal resilience, Call from the...

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 1:06pm

Quentin Tarantino is back with his eighth film, The Hateful Eight. Featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen, the film follows eight strangers who are forced onto a stagecoach due to a blizzard not long after the American Civil War. The fine folks at The Astor Theatre will be showing a 70mm run of The Hateful Eight from Thursday January 14-...

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 12:29pm

North American art collective Deliria have been helping to create an alternate universe for your festival to take place in for a number of years. While you might not care about what sits above your heads, at this year's Rainbow Serpent Festival you won't be able to look away from Deliria's work. Beat speaks to key contributor Antonio about what they've got in store.

 

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Posted 12 Jan 2016 @ 3:58pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Normally, we pick five, but I've missed you guys, so I'm throwing in a bonus. Happy New Year.

 

Two of them may have been spoiled by your friends already, so there's no time to waste. Hop on your segue or hoverboard (if it hasn't already...

Posted 7 Jan 2016 @ 10:22am

So you’ve already seen Star Wars twice, but we’re still in for plenty of days when it’s going to be too hot to breathe outside. If an air-conditioned cinema and a choc-top strike you as a fine way to get away from the sun, here are five of the best on offer this summer.

 

Youth (December 26)

 

Academy Award and Cannes Prix du Jury winner Paolo Sorrentino...

Posted 6 Jan 2016 @ 10:21am

ARIA winning singer/songwriter Lior Attar is about to play Motel in what might be the world’s best-loved musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Beat speaks to the Israeli born performer, usually known simply as Lior, about shifting to musical theatre.

 

“The invitation came out of nowhere,” he says. “I hadn’t grown up in music theatre, but Fiddler on the Roof is the one musical I knew...

Posted 6 Jan 2016 @ 7:46am

There’s a grim cliché about visual artists that says when it comes to receiving the recognition they deserve, death’s a good career move. Italian-born Katthy Cavaliere was already becoming a respected installation artist when she died in 2012 at the age of 39. Beat speaks to Sydney-based art curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham, a personal friend of Cavaliere, who is curating a retrospective...

Posted 3 Jan 2016 @ 1:31pm

Rachel Trainor is a happy kiwi. Now based in Melbourne, she has landed a job Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant's 35th production, their new show Terror Byte, an ‘adrenaline-spiked aphrodisiac for the soul.’ Dracula’s is famed for its polished and funny cabaret shows; this new one takes a vampire/poltergeist theme into new territory fusing fetish burlesque, circus, comedy, drag and good old-...

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