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March 27, 2020

Contagions

Firstly, I am sharing a piece of propaganda  sent to me by a girlfriend in Dubai that is currently doing the rounds in the Middle East.  It adheres to sound medical advice but I think it will make you smile … or get angry, considering the lack of international alerts communicated by the Chinese government when COVID-19 first struck. 

Next comes some on-theme fiction. I am not going to encourage any of Henry...

March 22, 2020

AGENCY

William Gibson

As we all feel like characters in a surreal landscape at present – and I do wish someone would tell me what my character should be feeling – I’m reviewing the latest William Gibson novel ‘Agency’. Our present reality is threatened by forces and behaviours not so dissimilar to the worlds conjured by Mr Gibson.

OK. Locating shot. It is 2017, Hillary has won the election and the world is on the verge of a nucle...

March 15, 2020

AND NOW 

image: 'Bitcoin Mining and Field Recordings of Ethnic Minorities' (frame only). Liu Chuang. Courtesy of the artist and White Rabbit Gallery.

AND NOW, is the long-awaited exhibition that follows the previous White  Rabbit Gallery's ‘Then’ exhibition. 

With a penchant for obscure metaphors and cryptic imagery, the “Misty Poets” were a little-known movement that flourished in China during the turbulent years...

March 8, 2020

Emma

Director: Autumn de Wilde

Screenwriter Eleanor Catton

Jane Austen novels are things of charm and this movie adaptation of her novel ‘Emma’ will not leave Austen fans wanting.

I must admit that after covering the Mardi Gras these last weeks, watching 'Emma' was a little like having a cup of Earl Grey after a diet of vodka and Red Bull. And an elegant cup it was, accompanied by little pink icing cakes served on exquisite plates...

March 1, 2020

Our Blood Runs in the Street

Creator and Director: Shane Anthony

Cast: Andrew Fraser, Cassie Hamilton, David Helman, Eddie Orton, Sam Plummer, Ross Walker and Tim Walker.

                                    image: Jasmin Simmons

Our Blood Runs in the Street’ draws on the submissions and hearing transcripts from the NSW Pa...

February 23, 2020

Mardi Gras is like LGBTQ Christmas. Happy, friendly people all over town, lots of interstate and international visitors, apartments start playing dance music late into the night, supermarkets and the gyms become pick-up venues … well, maybe not quite Christmas but Sydney is abuzz :)

image: 'Venus as a Bug' (detail) courtesy of the artist and National Art School

I went to Queer Contemporary opening night at National Art School. T...

February 16, 2020

Oscars and Others …

Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’  was an obvious Oscar winner on quality and political depth, likewise the acting ability of Joaquin Phoenix in Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’.  I didn’t see Rupert Goold’s ‘Judy’, but have been told by numerous others that Renee Zellweger was fab and deserved her lead actress award.

I’m not, however, going to celebrate Renee. Instead I’m going to celebrate our Australian Hollywood IT gi...

February 9, 2020

Art Express 2020


Art Express is always one of the most refreshing annual exhibitions held at AGNSW. It showcases a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the art-making component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts and provides an insight into students, their preoccupations and their creativity.


This year’s subject matter highlights the environment, identity, family, tribe … even online dating. Pretty much w...

February 2, 2020

Grand Finale: Hofesh Shechter Company

Choreography and music by Hofesh Shechter

I first saw a Hofesh Shechter Company production in 2014. It was ‘Sun’ and it was preceded by a discussion with the artist, where Shechter spoke of his personal history and also gave a strong impression of his creative and philosophical approach to dance. He emphasised that dance is a language devoid of many of the clever semantic tricks that can obs...

January 26, 2020

FORGET ME NOT (RONNIE BURKETT THEATRE OF MARIONETTES, SYDNEY FESTIVAL)

Even while queuing to enter 'Forget Me Not' we knew we were in for something different. This message was reinforced as we were repeatedly told that once the doors were closed we could not leave. Puppet Maestro Ronnie Burkett’s world-renowned reputation for conjuring a phantasmagorical mix of surreal characters, deep pathos and bawdy humour was my only insigh...

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