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Review / ‘Kill The Messenger’ (M) ***

THE source for Michael Cuesta’s film is Gary Webb’s 1996 articles in the “San Jose Mercury” telling how the CIA set in motion the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic by importing planeloads of cocaine into the US to finance the Nicaraguan Contras. Why did the articles not generate media frenzy? Because concurrently with Webb’s articles, Monica […]

Review / ‘The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet’ (M) *** and a half

IN this charming little odyssey written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet from a novel by Reif Larsen, 10-year-old TS (Kyle Catlett) leaves the family ranch on the crest of the Rocky Mountains near the Canadian border to travel to Washington DC to receive a prestigious prize from the Smithsonian Institution. His family doesn’t know where […]

Review / ‘Pride’ (M) *** and a half

REMEMBER “Brassed Off” and “The Full Monty”, films in which British underdogs confronted crisis and the establishment with novel solutions to current industrial problems? Weren’t they great fun? So is Matthew Warchus’ film of Stephen Beresford’s screenplay about one oppressed minority joining forces with another in 1984. In London, working out of a bookshop run by […]

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NSW stumps up $20,000 for Canberra’s theatre awards

MEMBER for Monaro John Barilaro was joined yesterday by Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant to announce a $20,000 grant to help fund the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards. Following the ACT Government’s decision to withdraw funding support for the CAT Awards, Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government was keen to ensure […]

CSIRO’s stolen sculpture dumped in Fyshwick

A sculpture stolen from the CSIRO forecourt on Limestone Avenue, Campbell, was recovered by police yesterday (Wednesday, October 29). Between 9 pm Thursday October 16, and 3pm Friday October 17, the sculpture titled Il grande ascolto (‘the great listening’), was damaged and half of it stolen. The original sculpture consists of two large bronze discs, […]

 First prize for Ronin Films doco

THE latest feather in the cap of Canberra’s ever-classy Ronin Films is news that the company’s film “Message from Mungo” was first prize winner in the special category of “Promotion of Indigenous Recognition,” announced last Friday night at the United Nations Media Awards in Melbourne. The documentary, eight years in the making, traces the historic […]

Arts / Artists dabbling in daydreams

THE Tin Shed Art Group’s 19th annual show, “Daydreams”, is at the Watson Art Centre, 10am-4pm, Wednesday-Sunday, until November 9. The 10 exhibiting artists, Mort Schipp, Alan Pomeroy, Ian Sharpe, Ken Miller, Peggy Spratt, Jacquie Rogers, Tricia Wheatstone, Clare Hughes, Jenny Adams and Joan Costanzo, tell us they’re “daydreaming about dust dragons”. IN “Body and […]

Out-of-towners to star in ‘Poppins’

FREE Rain Theatre has today made its long-awaited announcement of the interstate leads for its March 2015 of “Mary Poppins” at Canberra Theatre. The two leads, Mary Poppins and Bert, will be played by in-demand young musical theatre stars leads Alinta Chidzey and Shaun Rennie. This announcement is likely to further aggravate discontent in the […]

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 […]