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Review / ‘Gemma Bovery’ (MA)   ***

THE heroines of classic novels about women who play away from marriage meet their fates in many ways.  Gustave Flaubert’s Emma Bovary and Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina both suicide. Novelist Posy Simmonds picks the eyes out of Flaubert’s novel in re-birthing Mme Bovary into the 21st century.  Her novel’s narrator becomes Flaubert fan Martin (Fabrice Luchini) […]

Artists go for the Angel’s share in Glenfiddich residency

WHISKY producer, William Grant & Sons, has just announced the launch of an art prize with a difference—the inaugural Glenfiddich Artists in Residence competition. One very happy Australian artist will have the opportunity to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Glenfiddich is running the Artists in Residence contest […]

Good News Week at the NPG

IT’S Good News Week at the National Portrait Gallery. First there was the triumphant news that the national institution had its most successful Multimedia and Publication Design Awards ever, winning four awards announced at a ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum last Friday night as part of the Museums Australia Conference. The Portrait Gallery’s senior […]

And now we’re down to managing graffiti

ANDREW Barr and Shane Rattenbury have announced a new approach to graffiti and street art in Canberra. “The Budget will provide $250,000 towards key measures in the ACT Government’s graffiti management Strategy,” Andrew said. “We’ll take a two pronged approach to remove unwanted graffiti at highly visible locations, while also providing dedicated resources to work […]


Ramayana diplomacy ignores the elephant in the room

THE media launch yesterday for the new Ramayana exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, bore all the earmarks marks of a diplomatic event. Director of the Gallery Gerard Vaughan welcomed the very new Indian High Commissioner Navdeep Suri and his staff, representatives from the National Museum in New Delhi, Commonwealth arts ministry reps and […]

Review / ‘Woman in Gold’ (PG) ****

PUT simply, and having regard to the propensity of filmmakers to gild their current lilies, Simon Curtis’ film about the provenance, history and ownership of a spectacular painting is a lovely movie telling a powerful story. In pre-war Vienna the Bloch-Bauer family, wealthy, cultured, compassionate and Jewish, engaged Gustav Klimt to paint a formal portrait […]

Review / ‘Poltergeist’ (PG) * and a half

IN 1982, Steven Spielberg wrote and Tobe Hooper directed “Poltergeist”, about a family coping with the ghosts infesting their newly-bought house in suburban America. It spawned a short list of knock-offs and sequels. Now Sam Raimi, director of several scare movies and three Spiderman films, has joined Gil Kenan to rehash Spielberg’s parvum opus. In […]