ABR Arts

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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There is an underlying theme to Nude: Art from the Tate collection: the tussle between the desire to connect humanity to mythology by shrouding our naked forms in grand narratives, and the will to see human nudity both objectively and subjectively, but most importantly as entirely our own ...

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Lion ★★★

Tim Byrne
Monday, 09 January 2017

For the first third of this film, you would be forgiven for thinking you were back under the influence of the Italian neorealists: largely non-professional actors in a realistic milieu; themes of poverty and deprivation; a child at the centre of the action. That it takes place in India only heightens the ...

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No Man's Land (Wyndham's Theatre) ★★★1/2

Ben Brooker
Monday, 19 December 2016

It was in early 1974, while Harold Pinter was in America and working on a screen adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon, that the originating image of No Man’s Land occurred to him

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A United Kingdom ★★★1/2

Anwen Crawford
Thursday, 15 December 2016

In London, 1947, a young white English woman named Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), of modest background, meets an ordinary-seeming young black man named Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) at a dance. They go on a few dates, swap jazz records, and then, in short order, the young ...

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The Update - December 13, 2016

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Tracey Moffatt at the Venice Biennale, Brett Whiteley, Brett Dean and Stuart Skelton, Shakespeare: The Complete Works – 100 CDs, Todd in Venice, Summer Showcase, and giveaways from Transmission Films and Entertainment One ...

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The Crown (Netflix) ★★★★★

James McNamara
Monday, 12 December 2016

When a friend suggested over dinner that I watch Netflix’s The Crown, I responded with an earthier version of ‘Ten hours about an unelected monarch? Nope.’ It made sense, of course, for the US streaming giant to drop $100ish million on a television drama about Her Maj ...

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Two very different touring exhibitions are showing in Canberra this summer. A History of the World in 100 Objects, from the British Museum at the National Museum of Australia, tells a two-million-year story through works from the collection of the British Museum. It is based on former BM ...

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Theodora (Pinchgut Opera) ★★★★

Ian Dickson
Thursday, 01 December 2016

‘The Jews will not come to it because it is a Christian story and the ladies will not come because it is a virtuous one.’ George Frideric Handel’s much-quoted explanation for the lack of success of Theodora, his penultimate oratorio, may or may not be accurate, but there is no doubt about its ...

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