ABR Arts

Jasper Jones ★★★★

Andrew Nette
Friday, 10 February 2017

There is something deeply satisfying about watching a classic cinematic trope done well. The film version of Jasper Jones, the best-selling Australian novel of the same name by Craig Silvey, is a uniquely Australian take on the coming of age film, done very well ...

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Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts (ACMI)

Sophie Knezic
Wednesday, 08 February 2017

Some may be puzzled by an exhibition titling itself ‘Thenabouts’. As a portmanteau, the word seems confusingly to displace time onto space. The term was in fact neologised by James Joyce in Finnegans Wake (1939), where a character asks, ‘Where are we at all? and whenabouts in the name of ...

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The Long String Instrument (The Substation) ★★★★

Dilan Gunawardana
Tuesday, 31 January 2017

It seems fitting that the co-opted electrical substation in Newport, Melbourne should be the site of an enterprising arts space. Formerly it was used to generate electricity for Victorian Railways (it fell into disrepair in the 1960s). Perhaps some residual energy still pulses through the concrete lattice ...

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The Update - January 31, 2017

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Flick, Ozflix, Van Gogh in Australia, Stravinsky at the SSO, Lion Roars, AYO's sixtieth anniversary, theatre and film giveaways ...

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Manchester By The Sea ★★★★1/2

Anwen Crawford
Monday, 30 January 2017

Aman steers a fishing vessel through grey-blue seas off the coast of wintry Massachusetts, while another man chats with a young boy in a life jacket. The camera keeps its distance, the three figures aboard the boat framed by a wide horizon, but we soon perceive that the boy is son to the man at ...

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Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Decca)

Andrew Fuhrmann
Tuesday, 24 January 2017

It was a job worthy of William himself: not only the ambitious scale of the project, but the speed with which it was completed. In just seven years, between 1958 and 1964, Argo Records, with the Marlowe Dramatic Society, released the complete works of Shakespeare in forty box-set LPs ...

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King Roger (Opera Australia) ★★★★1/2

David Larkin
Monday, 23 January 2017

Within the Australian context, any allusion to King Roger would be taken by most to be an admiring soubriquet for the Swiss tennis maestro who, as it happens, won through to the quarter finals of the Australian Open while this review was being written. But while Melbourne is in thrall to the ...

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Moonlight ★★★★★

Whitney Monaghan
Monday, 23 January 2017

There is a striking scene early on in Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight that sums up the whole film. It is dusk and the sun is about to set on a Miami Beach. A young African American boy and his mentor sit by the sea and watch the ebb and flow of the ocean in the dwindling light. Having just run away ...

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The Testament of Mary (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★1/2

Bernadette Brennan
Monday, 23 January 2017

The opening scene of the The Testament of Mary sets the tone of this excellent production and dramatises brilliantly Colm Tóibín’s radical reassessment of Mary as the Mother of God. Elizabeth Gadsby’s dark marble set, bordered by a red velvet rope, holds one empty chair, one ...

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The Update - January 17, 2017

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Perth Writers' Festival, A new art and design publishing prize, Jaipur in Melbourne, Cirque du Soleil in Melbourne, The Long String Instrument, and film giveaways ...

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