ABR Arts

The Kettering Incident (Foxtel Showcase) ★★★1/2

Jake Wilson
Monday, 05 September 2016

The citizens of Kettering, Tasmania might well feel ambivalent about Foxtel's new drama The Kettering Incident, budgeted at $14 million and shot on location. A small coastal town just south of Hobart, Kettering looks like an attractive spot for a weekend getaway, but the same cannot be said of ...

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Missa Solemnis ★★★★★ (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)

Morag Fraser
Wednesday, 31 August 2016


How fortunate was Rudolph Johann Joseph Rainer, Archduke of Austria. In his short life (he died at forty-three), he enjoyed the privileges of empire and the high positions that accrued to his noble state – including the ecclesiastical roles of cardinal and archbishop. Yet we would hardly remember ...

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The Update - August 23, 2016

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Monash's new performance art space, Eloquent singers galore, Australian World Orchestra turns five, Seraphim Trio plays Schubert, Tristan and Isolde in Tassie, 2010 and all that, and giveaways from Seraphim Trio and Universal Music ...

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David Brent: Life on the road ★★★

Dilan Gunawardana
Monday, 22 August 2016

The ending of the BBC 'mockumentary' sitcom, The Office (2001–03) was suitably cathartic. Its supporting protagonists, Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman) and Dawn Tinsley (Lucy Davis), walked off into the sunset hand in hand to Yazoo's synth love-ballad 'Only You', and its central character ...

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Iron in the Blood is jazz musician Jeremy Rose's ambitious and heartfelt tribute to Robert Hughes's The Fatal Shore (1986). Although some academic historians may demur, The Fatal Shore remains a crucial book for understanding the brutality of Australia's colonial origins ...

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High Rise ★★

Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 16 August 2016

High-Rise has been a long time coming to the cinema screen. J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name has been slated for adaptation almost since it was published in 1975: director Nicolas Roeg (WalkaboutThe Man Who Fell to Earth) was provisionally attached to the project in the late 1970s ...

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Tannhäuser ★★★1/2 (Melbourne Opera)

Barney Zwartz
Monday, 15 August 2016

In 1852 Richard Wagner issued instructions to opera houses planning to stage Tannhäuser. It had closed after only four performances when it opened in Dresden in 1845 – conducted by the composer without most of the scenery, delayed in transport – but was now attracting wide attention. His essay ...

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle ★★★1/2 (Black Swan)

Vivienne Glance
Tuesday, 09 August 2016

As the director of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dr. Wang Xiaoying states, this Black Swan/National Theatre of China production collaboration is 'an ancient Chinese story, written by a classic German playwright, performed by an Australian troupe', and is a 'collision and fusion of different cultures' ...

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The Update - August 9, 2016

Tuesday, 09 August 2016

Saul at the Adelaide Festival, Which Way HomeLaughter and Tears, Gandel Philanthropy Funding for Multicultural Arts Victoria, Brahms and Bendix-Balgley at the ASO, Nijinsky, and a giveaway from Victorian Opera and Circus Oz ...

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Everyone loves a youth orchestra. All that young talent and enthusiasm oozing from the stage energises and captivates. An audience comprising a good number of proud parents and friends lends a sense of heightened anticipation ...

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