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Wednesday 23 July 2014
Arts

feminartsy at canberra’s front gallery café: a review

Brianna Doolan
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It was just another icy Friday evening in the cold heart of Canberra. The quiet of Northbourne Avenue indicated that all of the public servants had gone home to hibernate, most likely celebrating the weekend with cups of tea and what I imagine to be an endless supply of snuggies. I, on the other hand,…
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Thursday 17 July 2014
Art Arts

exhibition review: douglas gordon – the only way out is the only way in

Emma Breheny
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    Douglas Gordon’s first retrospective in Australia, showing at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, amplifies over twenty years of his work both physically and metaphorically. Most concretely, a collection of videos in Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now are shown on 101 televisions occupying ACCA’s…
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Tuesday 15 July 2014
Film

film review: the lunchbox

Rosie Hunt
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Romantic comedies are not always the most interesting or unique of films, but every so often one comes along that stands out. The Lunchbox is one of these films. A feature film debut from writer and director Ritesh Batra, the movie has been nominated at several international festivals and won multiple awards, including the Critics…
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Thursday 10 July 2014
Arts Comedy Theatre

theatre review: the magic hour

Jess Oliver
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    Welcome to the Magic Hour- a time of stories and dreams, where the imagination runs wild and the lengthening shadows are never too far away… Written by Vanessa Bates and performed by Ursula Yovich under the direction of Chris Bendall, The Magic Hour is a fantastic one-woman series of monologues that is rude,…
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Monday 30 June 2014
Film

film review: the pretty one

Karla Gamero Gomez
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It is true that most of us tend to define who we are by comparing ourselves to people around us; friends, sisters, mothers, daughters. This is done much more if you are a twin; more commonly, the younger twin. In her latest film, The Pretty One, Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) portrays Laurel and Audrey, identical…
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Saturday 28 June 2014
Film

film review: galore

Emma Robinson
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Teenagers can be bizarre creatures. They spend a lot of time operating in states of supreme self-absorption, almost casually inflicting considerable mental and physical pain on those they claim to love. And yet occasionally they come out with acts of pure bravery or selflessness. All of these capabilities and more are on display in Australia’s…
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Saturday 28 June 2014
TV

tv review: carlotta

Rosie Hunt
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The ABC has broadcast a number of outstanding historical telemovies of late: from Paper Giants to Mabo, these period dramas have told stories of amazing Australians and documented social change in our country’s recent past. The latest offering in line with this trend is Carlotta, a film based on the life of Carol Byron, a…
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Friday 27 June 2014
Film

film review: frank

Giuliana Cincotta
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Jon Burroughs is an insipid, wannabe musician craving excitement. Searching passers-by on the street, desperately attempting to grasp inspiration, his pain — the pain of an unknown musician — is familiar to anyone whose ever suffered through a  severe case of writer’s block. It seems the red-headed hopeful, played by Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), would…
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Wednesday 4 June 2014
Film

film review: maleficent

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Trigger warning for discussions of sexual violence When I was a kid, I was given a Sleeping Beauty doll. She came with pink pouty lips, long lashes, and a switch at the back that made her eyes flutter open and closed – but for all the deluxe features, Disney forgot that women have bendable knee…
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Monday 2 June 2014
Arts dance Theatre

performance review: stones in her mouth

Nikki Kennedy
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  Leni Ponifasio and his company MAU return to Carriageworks with their Australian premiere of yet another thought provoking work,  Stones in Her Mouth. Like MAU’s 2012 production of Birds With Skymirrors, which explored our relationship with the world in a time of climate change, Stones in Her Mouth is a similarly provocative work. Through the…
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Tuesday 13 May 2014
Art Arts Culture

exhibition review: inge king: constellation

Emma Breheny
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Currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), in Melbourne, is a major survey honouring 99-year old Australian sculptural artist Inge King.  Renowned as one of Australia’s most important sculptors, Inge King: Constellation celebrates her extraordinary 60-year career through full-scale pieces and maquette studies, alongside recent sculptures and collages, her lesser-unknown jewellery designs and…
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Thursday 8 May 2014
Arts Comedy Theatre

comedy review: that sexy show

Sophie Lamond
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  Just as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival departs, the cool change has come over and suddenly everything is looking a little greyer and a whole lot less funny.  Luckily for me, I was able to assuage the post-MICF blues and catch  the last performance of the MICF incarnation of That Sexy Show. Taking on…
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Wednesday 7 May 2014
Arts Fashion

lip went to fashfest: here’s what happened

Ray Mardia
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  Dear Canberra, where have you been hiding your stylish self all this time? Eye opening is the best way to describe my experience of Fashfest 2014’s closing night. The venue, lovingly called Fashfest HQ, nestles onto the Canberra International Airport. Its industrial design, modern look and kaleidoscopic displays of light offered the perfect backdrop…
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Friday 2 May 2014
Music

album review: gold fever, little hurricane

Rachel Barber
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Four years since they first exploded onto the live music scene, wowing audiences with their dirty blues beats and swampy guitar slides, San Diego duo Little Hurricane are back with their newest LP. Currently touring the States with home-grown roots heroes, John Butler Trio, Gold Fever represents the sophomore efforts of a band that has…
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