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Up to date Arab films throw light on complex world

THE Arab Film Festival Australia is upon us again, now in its 13th year, opening tonight in its Canberra edition and running to Sunday. The festival, founded in 2001, has seen over 23,000 through the doors to see Arab cinema from filmmakers in Australia, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, France, Canada, […]

Khmer art on long-term loan at the National Gallery

THE National Gallery of Australia has today unveiled three Khmer sandstone masterpieces from the collection of the National Museum of Cambodia. The sculptures, created during the golden age of Cambodia’s ancient civilisation, will be displayed in Canberra as a long-term loan, a new initiative. According to the director of the NGA, Ron Radford, they will […]

Review / ‘Magic In The Moonlight’ (PG) *** and a half

WOODY Allen’s latest film is a whimsical confection that Noël Coward might have recognised as reflecting his style – the upper classes at play, romance confronted with seemingly-insurmountable obstacles, witty dialogue, an exotic location on the French Riviera and reprising popular musical hits of its time (1928). And some lovely cars of the period, particularly […]

Review / ‘Felony’ (M) *** and a half

JOEL Edgerton gives a cracking portrayal of NSW Police Service detective Malcolm who has concealed his part in a traffic incident involving a child while driving home after a late-night collegiate drinking session to celebrate his surviving a gunshot and running down the shooter. The old-pals’ network has shepherded Malcolm through RBT. He knows he’s […]

Review / ‘God’s Not Dead’ (M) ***

IN the last couple of millennia, monotheistic religions have arisen, mostly based on books written long before science established knowledge’s superiority over belief. Talmud, Bible and Koran are all belief-based, each appointing its god as the only true one and declaring false all others. Much has happened since Martin Luther kicked the Reformation off with […]

Art and economy welcome Turrell show at NGA

DEPUTY Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, has naturally enough been rejoicing in the ACT Government’s role as principal partner in “James Turrell: A Retrospective”, the coming summer-autumn blockbuster at the National Gallery of Australia, the last for retiring director Ron Radford. But while art was somewhat on his mind, it was another of Barr’s portfolios, that […]

Calling all locally-minded artists for arts mentoring and patronage

CANBERRA artists with a commitment to their local communities are being asked to participate in a new artistic mentoring and patronage initiative for ACT Schools and Colleges. The brains behind the scheme is Dr Jolanta Gallagher, who steered the inaugural National Arts Summit in Canberra last year. In Dr Gallagher’s view, the initiative has the […]

Chaplinitis and other arts this weekend

THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Arc cinema program will stage a special tribute to the greatest of all movie stars, Charlie Chaplin this Saturday August 30. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Chaplin’s first appearance as his iconic character The Tramp. To celebrate this milestone Arc presents “Chaplinitis,” a day of Chaplin-related […]


A James Turrell retrospective to be the next National Gallery blockbuster

FANS of the National Gallery almost universally adore James Turrell’s monumental work “Within Without” so vast one has to enter it to begin to appreciate it. So it is very exciting to hear the Gallery’s next blockbuster exhibition will be a retrospective of his work. One looks forward to seeing how they’re going to fit […]

Calling all river-loving sculptors

QUEANBEYAN City Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Georgina Perri, is keen to remind local artists that Applications close on Friday, September 5 for the inaugural Clearwater Sculpture Prize. Clearwater, named for the fact that the name Queanbeyan derives from an Aboriginal word meaning “clear waters”, will be the first outdoor exhibition of its kind in Queanbeyan. […]

Daniel’s springboard exhibition looks at discrimination

As part of its “Springboard” series, gallery@bcs is presenting a thought provoking exhibition, ‘No offense, but…’ by 2013 ANU School of Art Honours graduate, Daniel Savage. Savage won the gallery’s 2014 Emerging Artist Support Scheme Prize, which included 3 weeks’ gallery hire, catering, and printing of promotional material. His work, gallery@bcs says, is not just […]

Arts in the City / Awards keep dancers on their toes

EAGLE-eyed Neil Roach, at Ausdance ACT, has spotted a swag of Canberra-connected nominees in the coming 2014 Australia Dance Awards. As well as our own QL2 Dance, there’s Janet Karin, formerly principal of the National Capital Ballet School; WA’s Buzz Dance Theatre, directed by Canberran Cadi McCarthy and locals dancer Kathleen Lott, choreographer James Batchelor […]

Arts / Turning opera into kids’ stuff

OPERA Australia will go to any lengths in the quest for new audiences. Proof? The company’s upcoming production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. Trimmed to size and cleverly re-orchestrated by Andrew Greene, it’s been translated by director Michael Gow from a mythical masonic world into ancient and modern Egypt. Posters abound showing performer Sam Roberts-Smith […]

Arts / Down among the fairies

“CUPID is a knavish lad, thus to make females mad,” that troublemaker Puck asserts in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. These familiar lines sound just that bit funnier in the hands of the unforgettably distinctive actress Julie Forsyth, who takes on the role for Bell Shakespeare’s “The Dream”, premiering at the Canberra Playhouse shortly. Forsyth tells […]

Clingan honoured for ‘sharing music and the joy it brings’

CANBERRA musician Judith Clingan has been honoured for her “So Good a Thing” festival with the Award for Excellence by an Individual at the Art Music Awards, run by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre and staged this evening at the Plaza Hotel in Melbourne. A composer, conductor, performer and music educator, Clingan was […]