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Review / ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (PG) ***

THREE years after delighting audiences with observations of a group of ageing Brit expats whose lives have followed varying paths, writer Ol Parker and director John Madden revisit them still living in the Indian hotel owned by Sunny (Dev Patel) whose business skills don’t match his ambition. This time he’s in California seeking financing to […]

Review / ‘Project Almanac’ (M) **

IN this debut feature by director Dean Israelite and writer Andrew Deutschman, five Georgia high-school kids led by David (Jonny Weston) playing around with stuff like mobile phones, camcorders, rechargeable batteries and various chemicals, crack the technical problems that hitherto have confounded hopeful time travellers. That’s a fair-enough premise for a lightweight movie about an […]

National Institutions get new board members

COMMONWEALTH Arts Minister George Brandis has announced the appointment of three new members to the governing bodies of the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and National Portrait Gallery of Australia. “Mr Ezekiel Solomon AM has accepted an appointment to the Council of the National Gallery of Australia. Mr Solomon has extensive experience […]

‘Five days in a perfect world’, the 2015 National Folk Festival

BOLSTERED by the idealistic slogan, “Five days in a perfect world”, the National Folk Festival has unveiled its program for 2015 in the grand manner. Festival director Pam Merrigan told those present at the program launch held the National Library of Australia that next year would be the 50th anniversary of the popular event that […]

Mamić to raise the rafters at Wesley

POWERFUL operatic soprano, Jelena Mamić will perform Schubert, Glinka, Mascagni, Rachmaninov, Menotti and Webern at Wesley Music Centre’s Wesley Music Centre’s “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Mamić is everywhere these days, raising the rafters at Llewellyn Hall and smaller venues. Born in Canberra, she moved to Croatia when she was five, making her first public appearance as […]

Ute Muster

The Sutton Country Fair and Ute Muster is coming!

THE Sutton Country Fair and Ute Muster is on Saturday March 21 at Sutton Primary School, just ten minutes from Canberra. It is a community day of fun with entertainment, music, games, rides, raffles and prizes, plus the popular Ute Muster. The Utes will be in various categories including “Best Street Ute”, “Best Chick’s Ute”, […]

Short film festival lights up

CANBERRA filmmakers have  just 10 days to produce a seven-minute film for the popular “Lights! Canberra! Action!” short film festival. Spokeswoman for the event, Dianne Ireland,  tonight  announced this year’s “special items”. “Entrants are required to produce a Canberra-centric short film along the theme of Swings and Roundabouts,” she said. As  an additional challenge for […]

Review / ‘Rosewater’ (M) *** and a half

AMERICAN TV talk-show anchorman and comedian Jon Stewart has gone upscale to write and direct a challenging feature film based on real events. The smell of rosewater combined with human sweat pervades Iranian mosques. Most of the film unfolds in Evin prison where Javadi (Kim Bodnia) interrogated Iranian/Canadian TV journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal) […]

Barr talks up the numbers for a summer of major events

ANDREW Barr says the ACT Government’s commitment to hosting major sporting and community events is continuing to deliver positive outcomes, with strong crowds flocking to venues throughout the summer to enjoy these events and delivering unprecedented national and international exposure to the capital. “The city’s jam-packed calendar of summer events has provided further confirmation that […]