ABR Arts

The Light Between Oceans ★★★★

Brian McFarlane
Monday, 31 October 2016

If you’ve just read a novel prior to seeing the film derived from it, you tend to know what to expect in the way of major plot manoeuvres. Attention is then apt to focus on how the filmmaker has responded to the original, and the ‘what’ can then often be seriously challenged. As one who believes ...

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Anastasia (Royal Ballet) ★★★

Lee Christofis
Friday, 28 October 2016

Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia is one of several full-length dramas he created on his return to the Royal Ballet in 1971, after directing the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin. It is a hybrid work, incorporating as its third act a famous one-act Anastasia that MacMillan created in Berlin in 1967. A shy ...

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Faith Healer (Belvoir St Theatre) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
Friday, 28 October 2016

Brian Friel’s play Faith Healer is now considered to be, if not his masterpiece Translations (1980) probably takes that distinction at least one of his most successful works, but it took a while before its sneakily subverted approach to truth and illusion was appreciated. Its 1979 Broadway première ...

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In the notes accompanying this year’s Melbourne Festival, artistic director Jonathan Holloway stated that his diverse program was designed to ‘puncture the creative borders between artforms’. The concept of artistic cross-fertilisation is hardly new, nor does it always result in something worth ...

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Graham Sutherland's portrait of Helena Rubinstein

Fiona Gruber
Tuesday, 25 October 2016

‘There are no ugly women, only lazy ones’ was Helena Rubinstein’s attitude to personal allure, and her mantra has been a source of hope and steely resolve to the millions of customers who have bought her cosmetics and unguents over the past century. Although she died in 1965, the Rubinstein ...

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The Update - October 18, 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

ABR Art issue launch, Women In Theatre, The Guarneri cello, Anna Bolena, Patrick White Literary Award, and a Melbourne Opera giveaway ...

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The Weimar period in Germany – spanning less than fifteen years following the end of World War I through to the coup d’état by the National Socialists in 1933 – was crucial in shaping modern Germany. The nation was in a ruinous state because of its wartime defeat, crippling reparations ...

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Two Dogs, Dark Chorus, and Lady Eats Apple (Melbourne Festival)

Andrew Fuhrmann
Friday, 14 October 2016

Well, it wasn’t the usual demure Melbourne Festival crowd that piled into the Merlyn Theatre for the opening of Life and Opinions of Two Dogs: the local expat Chinese community was out in force, and the place was buzzing. Two Dogs follows the adventures of a couple of country mutts ...

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Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème has been delighting audiences (and enriching the company) since its première in 1981. Many of the world’s greatest singers have appeared in it:- since the first cast, which included Teresa Stratas, José Carreras, Renata Scotto, and James Morris ...

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Joe Cinque's Consolation ★★★

Jake Wilson
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Early in Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation (2004) there is a striking description of Anu Singh, the Canberra law student arrested in 1997 for drugging her boyfriend Joe Cinque with a cocktail of heroin and Rohypnol. In court one morning, Singh uses the interval before the judge’s arrival ...

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