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The Update - April 11, 2017

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

In this fortnight's Update: Vale John Clarke, Baiba Skride at the SSO, La Sonnambula, The Avengers in Australia, Tasmania’s Tarkine, The man in the iron mask, Black Swan Production Fund, and giveaways from Victorian Opera and Entertainment One ...

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Lord of the Flies (New Adventures and Re:Bourne) ★★★

Lee Christofis
Friday, 07 April 2017

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (1954), about a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island during a nuclear war, has been adapted for radio, stage, and screen. Acclaimed theatre director Peter Brook’s austere, 1963 black-and-white film, with a superb cast, is by far ...

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Denial ★★★★

Andrea Goldsmith
Thursday, 06 April 2017

The opening scene is a stunner. David Irving (Timothy Spall), top of the pile of Holocaust deniers, is giving a lecture. He is framed by darkness, we do not see the audience. ‘I say to you quite tastelessly,’ he says, ‘that more women died on the back seat of Senator Edward Kennedy’s car ...

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The worlds of literature and video games appear at first glance to be distinctly at odds. Book lovers may feel that playing video games is puerile, a waste of time that could be better spent improving oneself by reading. Some gamers regard books as old hat, a stuffy waste of time that ...

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Jazz Greats Weekend at Monash

Des Cowley
Wednesday, 29 March 2017

That Monash University has become a national leader in jazz studies is far from surprising when we consider the calibre of its teaching staff: pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky, saxophonist Rob Burke, trumpeter Paul Williamson, and trombonist Jordon Murray, among others ...

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When ticketholders are forewarned not to wear white clothing to a small-scale production, feelings of trepidation are understandable. The aptly named ‘In Your Face Theatre’ troupe’s Trainspotting condenses Irvine Welsh’s 1993 critically acclaimed collection of short stories about a ...

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Land of Mine ★★★★

James Dunk
Monday, 27 March 2017

Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine is unsettling from the very outset. During the credits a recurring sound becomes audible, then consuming: the sound of heavy, ragged breathing. Sergeant Carl Rasmussen, sitting in Danish army fatigues and a maroon beret, he is watching a column of ...

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How much is too much music? What creates a successful program? The first of András Schiff’s two Tokyo recitals in the splendid Opera City Concert Hall left these and other questions in the forefront of this reviewer’s mind. Advertised under the banner ‘The Last Sonatas’, the pair of recitals ...

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Faster (The Australian Ballet) ★★★1/2

Lee Christofis
Monday, 20 March 2017

The Australian Ballet opened its first 2017 Melbourne season looking like a new creature – mature, chic, and serious, ready to tackle any challenges choreographers placed in its path ...

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The Update - March 14, 2017

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

In this fortnight's Update: Marten Bequest Scholarships, The Faith Healer, Bill Henson at the NGV, The Balnaves Award, Art for Epilepsy, Castlemaine State Festival, and a film giveaway from Entertainment One.

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