Composer-pianist Yitzhak Yedid and actor Mark Leonard Winter are among 10 artists to receive a $160,000 grant.
All 17 resigned following the response to Charlottesville, prompting the president to skip the upcoming Kennedy Center dinner.
“The Artist and the Pervert” tackles the complexities of Georg Friedrich Haas’ dominant-submissive marriage.
Opens August 3 Genre Comedy/road movie Duration 120 minutes Despite an erratic track record, the director Michael Winterbottom has deservedly earned the respect of most observers of the British film scene. Over two decades he’s established himself as the UK’s most prolific filmmaker, making his films quickly and efficiently on relatively low budgets that make it easier to get the freedom to take creative risks. That said, to mention Winterbottom as a leading European auteur in the same breath as, say, his compatriots Mike Leigh or Ken Loach, is hard, since the themes, stories and genres he tackles follow no obvious patterns while his directorial style changes wildly from project to project according to the needs of the material. No wonder, then, that the results also vary, from the artistic successes like 24 Hour Party People, Wonderland and Genova to failed experiments such as 9 Songs and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, the latter a bold but largely unsuccessful attempt at adapting Laurence Sterne’s unfilmable novel. That film’s chief legacy remains the first screen pairing of its stars, Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden, as a thrusting and parrying comedy double act. Their obvious chemistry went on to find…
In response to RMIT research, APRA AMCOS has announced a raft of initiatives to increase female participation.
Opens: June 22 Genre: Drama Duration: 94 minutes Fifteen years after an adult man initiates an illegal three-month sexual relationship with an underage teenage girl, the victim finally confronts the man responsible in this gripping film set in suburban England, adapted by Scottish dramatist David Harrower from his own acclaimed stage play, Blackbird. What might have been a simple revenge melodrama becomes a far more subtle and a far more nuanced – and therefore more powerful and haunting – affair in the hands of Harrower and his director, Benedict Andrews, the internationally successful Australian theatre director here making an excitingly accomplished cinema debut. While the play – which I haven’t seen – was confined to the meeting between the two adults, the film flickers back and forth between the present and the past, the former unfolding during a single day. Rooney Mara’s Una turns up to the light industrial warehouse where Ben Mendelsohn’s Ray now works. After serving a four-year sentence as a result of his abuse, Ray has moved to a different area, changed his name to Pete and married. Interspersed throughout the film are flashbacks showing Una as a 13-year-old (terrific newcomer Ruby Stokes), flattered by the attention from…
New report finds that domestic visitors rate it Australia’s most creative city, but international visitors put Sydney on top.
The ACO scales the heights with breath-taking visuals and a well-crafted score.
Opens: June 8 Genre: Biographical drama Duration: 110 minutes The life of Winston Churchill was crammed with enough adventure and intrigue to fill several movies. Given the early years were covered by Richard Attenborough in 1972’s Young Winston, it makes sense for later filmmakers to focus on the WW2 years. This new film starring Brian Cox narrows its focus even further to the few weeks leading up to the allied D-Day invasion of Nazi-Occupied France, with no footage of the actual assault. The British leader was largely sidelined by the Americans at this stage of the war and is depicted here chafing in frustration, though his earlier preference for invasion via Greece and Italy is unmentioned. Scripted by historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann and directed by Australian Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), this film aims to paint a realistic portrait of the wartime leader. It goes beyond the iconic British bulldog cliché to give us a multifaceted individual; one skeptical and nervous of the coming invasion, frustrated at being pushed aside by the Americans in the planning, fearful of the potential for disaster (influenced by guilt over his pivotal former role as the WWI leader responsible for the Gallipoli campaign), and dogged by the…
Music and storytelling combine in a performance that brings narrative archetypes to life.
Following the success of The Reef, Richard Tognetti talks about the ACO’s new “cinematic and musical odyssey”, Mountain.
Along with Claire Edwardes and seven canny composers, the playwright explains how she created a musical Everywoman.
Unsatisfied with his instrument’s limitations, the film and television composer designed a seven-octave guitar with a piano’s range.