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Arts / The ‘Competition’ heats up

PACKED with Canberra talent, the new feel-good, full-length musical, “The Competition”, is to be finally released publicly on December 11. Finally, because for director and screenwriter Simon Weaving the process of getting together a full-length feature film has been tough. Scripted in 2009, “The Competition” was shot in 2010 and has been in post-production since, […]

Review / American choral musical ‘unfolded’ by Coro

“WE don’t hear much American choral music,” conductor Calvin Bowman told the sweltering audience gathered yesterday at Wesley Church yesterday for Coro Chamber Music’s concert, “This American Life,” adding, “but there is so much good repertoire.” Bowman confided out loud that there was also some rubbish, but that was not on show in a sophisticated […]

Challenging interventions – Canberra’s newest theatre company

SOME of Canberra’s most socially aware and committed theatre artists have drawn accolades at an arts and disability event in Sydney. The ensemble of nine actors make up Canberra’s newest actors’ company, REBUS Theatre, directed by Robin Davidson and aimed at raising awareness of social issues and promoting equality for people living with disabilities, is […]

Pop-up for summer: Sculpture Garden restaurant revived

LAUNCHING what new NGA director Gerard Vaughan called calls “a reformulation of the Sculpture Garden restaurant”, media and gallery staff today joined food mover and shaker Stephanie Alexander for a light lunch that put together food and art. Long hidden behind the Fujiko Nakaya ‘Fog sculpture’ at the NGA, the restaurant is now enlivened by […]

Review / ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1′ (M) ***

PITCHED at young adult audiences, the film of Suzanne Collins’ futurist political fantasy pseudo-science-fiction novel basically bored me in the same way as does listening to Tony Abbott and his coterie of Ministers. That doesn’t deny that its plot, adapted by Collins and moulded into a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, made me […]

Review / ‘The Dark Horse’ (M) **** and a half.

REMEMBER “Once Were Warriors” (1994)? Or “Boy” (2010)? When Kiwi filmmakers get their creative teeth into a tough topic, the result can be, often is, a shattering experience for filmgoers. Chess as a spectator sport ? You’d better believe it. James Napier Robertson’s film begins with Genesis Potini walking aimlessly in the rain. Seeing a […]

E=mc2 = mighty music-making: music festival launches at shine dome

THERE were some very sophisticated scientific concepts floating around the Shine Dome last night, but they were music to the ears of assembled supporters of the Canberra International Music Festival at the launch of the 2015 event. After Festival board chairman Arn Sprogis complimented the sponsors and reminded us that festive music-making had been happening […]