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THE DICTATOR

Critics will tear this film apart. The plot is flimsy, many of the performances two dimensional and most of all it’s missing Sacha Baron Cohen’s famed candid-camera moments with unsuspecting everyday people as in Borat and Bruno. Still, this is his best work yet. The Dictator holds a big, fat mirror to the ludicrous nature […]

I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT

There’s good cheese and then there’s bad cheese. This movie would be a smooth camembert. Nothing surprising but not at all a stinker from the forgotten section of the fridge. The plot in a line – a female financial executive juggles with being a mother and being really good at her job where she’s under […]

GET LOW

Movies don’t get any better than this. The low down on Get Low is that it is a clever little story about the very idea of storytelling. And hey, it doesn’t hurt when you have brilliant actors like Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek telling that tale. As funeral director Murray whines about going […]

CUT

A call to the end of a scene, a snip at the barber’s, slicing of a cake or detailed incisions that result in a row of paper men. The list goes on with what the title of this one-woman show could mean. With playwright Duncan Graham’s words and Anita Hegh’s acting chops, director Sarah John […]

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL: SCARED WEIRD LITTLE GUYS

After 21 years together, John Chaplin-Fleming and Rusty Berther have had Enough Already. So it seemed only right to name their farewell show exactly that. We catch up with John, one half of the musical comedy duo before they sing their big goodbye on stage at the Sydney Comedy Festival. Why say goodbye now? If […]

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL: GREG PROOPS

There are a few television shows I am guilty watching reruns of. Friends, Sex and the City and Who’s Line is it Anyway. Greg, Colin, Ryan and Wayne playing with props, singing the hoedown and making Drew Carey the butt of every joke. Ahh … those were the days. Greg Proops, a stand-up comedian in […]

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL: DANNY BHOY

On a 38-degree summer day in Sydney, Danny Bhoy blew into a slightly stifling Gleebooks like a cool breeze when he made a surprise appearance at comedy show Wit Large. He came, joked about Australian animals and left. The audience didn’t know what hit them but they loved every bit of the Scotsman’s lightening-speed set. […]

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL: BULMERS BEST OF THE EDINBURGH FEST

What do Dylan Moran, Arj Barker, Ross Noble and Stephan Amos have in common? They were all fresh-faced comedians introduced to the world at Bulmers Best once upon a time. We pick the brains of this year’s graduates Carl Donnelly, Tom Allen, and Seann Walsh (pictured in that order) before they realise their talents are […]

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL: STEVE HUGHES

Former thrash metal rocker who has been drumming up controversial topics all over Europe the past decade returns home to give Aussies a dose of Conspiracy Realist. Is he metal, mad or a thought machine? Take a deep breath and leap into the mind of Steve Hughes, if you dare… You observe and joke about […]

PHOTOGRAPHY & PLACE FILM SERIES

I remember exactly how I felt after watching Australian outback thriller Wake in Fright (1971) starring Donald Pleasence and Gary Bond when it was restored and re-released in cinemas two years ago. I felt every bit of the sweat, dirt, beer breath, hangover, heat and claustrophobia even after I’d left the Chauvel cinema. How aptly […]