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Review / ‘Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)’ (M) ***

THE main element of the title of Spanish filmmaker David Trueba’s prize-winning film begins the second stanza of “Strawberry Fields Forever”, which John Lennon composed in 1966 while tripping on substances. The title’s parenthetical part offers several possibilities from which filmgoers may choose a purpose. One is the obstinate determination of Antonio (Javier Camara) who […]

Review / ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ (M) ***

THE box office will determine whether this German/African co-production, the first film based on one of Francois Lelord’s novels about small-scale hero Hector (family name not stated), has the grunt to initiate a series. Since its August release, IMDb users have rated it 7 on a scale of 10. It arrived in Australia with little […]

Indigenous arts leadership at the National Gallery

THE National Gallery of Australia yesterday announced an Indigenous Arts Leadership Ambassador program and an International Fellowship to the United States as part of a commitment to professional development in Indigenous arts. Rachel Maza, actor and director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Jonathan Jones, contemporary artist join the program as ambassadors and will work closely […]

Youth Theatre and other arts in Canberra this weekend

CANBERRA Youth Theatre’s cast of actors from 13 – 24 years has teamed up with director Tamzin Nugent, to close CYT’s 2014 production season with the ACT premiere of “Where in the world is Frank Sparrow.” WRITTEN by Aussie playwright, Angela Betzien for Graffiti Theatre Company in Ireland. It’s billed “Romeo & Juliet Meets Underbelly”. […]

Arts / Rusanda readies to spark gypsy fire

CANBERRA-bound violinist Rusanda Panfili may be a fun-loving girl in one of the world’s most exciting cities, but she is a serious artist who leads a disciplined private life. “It’s very difficult, I must combine my friendships with my job, but fortunately my dear friends are musicians,” says the 25-year-old Vienna-based performer, where she’s completing […]

Arts in the City / Musical homage to a painting hero

INDEFATIGABLE 2013 “CityNews” Artist of the Year, Chris Latham, is behind a concert at the NGA called “Invocations: Eight meditations on paintings by Arthur Boyd”. Performers will include Louise Page, David Pereira and Virginia Taylor. Latham says he’s paying homage to Boyd and his favourite Aussie curator, the NGA’s Dr Deborah Hart. At James O […]

Arts / Surprises in Canberra Theatre’s celebratory season

TO dark-voiced cabaret star and MC Mikelangelo, it was a once-in-50-year opportunity to celebrate. To theatregoers keen to hear the Canberra Theatre’s selection of theatrical goodies for 2015 it was a chance to “oooh” and “aahh” at novelties, old favourites and one or two surprises at the 2013 subscription season on Monday (October 20). With […]

‘Angelic’ screenwriting accolade for Canberra writer

CANBERRA writer Paul Bissett has won third prize in the Page International Screenwriting Awards for his TV comedy script “Above the Angelic”. The Page Awards, which accepted more than 6,000 entries this year across a variety of categories, are based in Los Angeles, and aim to bridge the gap between emerging writers and producers looking […]

Brazilian Carnival at the Sports Centre

The 2014 Canberra Latin Dance Festival winds up tonight after an action-packed weekend. As our pictures show, Friday and Saturday have seen a mix of local, interstate and intentional artists, but tonight, Sunday, October 19, it’s World Cup celebration time, with the Brazilian Carnaval World Cup Tribute. Canberra Latin Dance Festival, ANU Sport and Recreation […]