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January 19, 2020

Colossus

The Stephanie Lake Company

image: 'Colossus' - The Stephanie Lake Company 

A circle of dancers in black costumes and with bare hands and feet, lie on the floor of a Carriageworks theatre. Flickering shadows, momentary music, voices, silence; the movement of a foot or hand, or the rising of a chest are the only signs of life perceptible to the audience.

Ripples of movement are unleashed around the circle like a pebble...

January 12, 2020

Frontera

Choreography and direction: Dana Gingras

in coproduction with Animals of Distinction

The intensity of this Canadian dance and media coproduction is almost unbearable. Animals of Distinction (AOD) has the core proposition that you can obtain critical knowledge by engaging in the physical and emotional risks inherent to dance and music … exploring a world that is larger than individual, isolated experience.

I don’t think an...

December 29, 2019

Jo Jo Rabbit

Writer, Director and Actor: Taika Waititi

At the beginning of ‘Jo Jo Rabbit’ fanatically screaming crowds – plus a Beatles soundtrack – have you suspecting that you are viewing footage from the Beatles at the height their popularity arriving in some European country. The camera zooms in on close-ups shots of ecstatic young women with tears rolling down their faces and groups of young men scrambling to touch their he...

December 20, 2019

Check out Pete's 2018 exhibition of EcoArt here.


Geoffrey Blainey

Oil paint on canvas

550 cm X 750 cm

Signed bottom left, 2019

Geoffrey is the artist's great friend, in my view one of the great historians of Australia with a wonderful feel for matters economic.  As well as his Australian history he has written an acclaimed book about the causes of war and another, called The Great Seesaw about the swings of optimism and pessimism...

December 15, 2019

Charlie’s Angels

Writer, Director, Co-star: Elizabeth Banks

Totally trashy and quite wonderful.

'Charlie's Angels' 2019 is a very different world to the one that launched Farrah Fawcett-Mayors, way back in the 70’s.

As I am guessing that Henry’s readers are not likely to see this latest offering, I’ll fill you in on some fun details that may, one day, have you nail that trivia session and truly impress your friends and loved ones...

December 7, 2019

Knives Out (a whodunnit)

Director: Rian Johnson

Lots of fun is ‘Knives Out’, an Agatha Christie clone brought into the 21st century.

James Bond goes under-cover … oops Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is on the scene, a Southern gentleman sleuth with an irresistible Southern gentleman charm, to unravel the death of 85-year old crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) on the night of his birthday in his family home. And the...

December 1, 2019

Così 

By Louis Nowra

Directed by Sarah Goodes

What is not to love about the ambition of putting on a show, particularly when it is that age-old entertainment tradition of a-show-within-a-show … think Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's  ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, Bob Fosse’s ‘Cabaret’,  Karel Reisz' 'The French Lieutenant's Woman', even William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’… 'Così' is a little in this tradition and also has th...

November 24, 2019

By Martin McDonagh

Director: Paige Rattray

The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ was so distressing I feel strange recommending it, as exceedingly good as was the acting and production. The emotional residue is still darkening my psyche.

A toxic relationship between Maureen (Yale Stone), a 40 year-old daughter and Mag (Noni Hazelhurst), her 70-year old mother is played out in an isolated cottage in rural Ireland, circa the economically h...

November 17, 2019

The Irishman

Director: Martin Scorsese

It really came down to a choice between the latest ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie or Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’. A trashy fictional film about glamorous girls and guns … or pseudo historical movie by a grand master of film, capturing the height of gangster culture in the US – a Scorsese ‘special topic’ (think ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Casino’).

A hard decision, but ‘The Irishman’ won out, all three...

November 10, 2019

Ladies in Black

A Genesian Theatre Company Production

from the novel ‘Women in Black’ by Madeleine St John

Stage and book adaption  by Carolyn Burns

Directed by Debbie Smith

Music and Lyrics by Tim Finn

What I truly love about this charming musical ‘Ladies in Black’, based on the novel by Madeleine St John, is that while the book is based on a short period of the life of our young heroine Lisa/Lesley Miles (Rosanna Hurley), the stor...

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