Arts & Entertainment

THEATRE: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

REVIEW BY LUCY SHELLY The New Theatre in Newtown always promises challenging and confronting theatre, so Anthony Burgess's dark dystopian coming-of-age story A Clockwork Orange should have been perfect for the theatre. Fresh from directing the fantastic production of References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot at Tap Gallery, Frieda Lee drops the ball with […]

THEATRE: LANDS END

REVIEW BY AMELIA GROOM People turn into other people, vanish into the solid floor, appear out of a suitcase, float in billowing bubbles, dance with a giant hand. Miniature houses move with lives of their own, sheets of paper dance through the air, and little dolls morph into enormous bloated creatures. A sense of magic […]

Risky Lunar Love

PREVIEW BY SUNDAY FRANCIS-REISS     It's sexy, it's tiki, it's sci-fi. New musical comedy Risky Lunar Love has been described as something akin to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's the story of an alien invader who manipulates two arch rival science-fiction writers in a scheme destroy planet Earth. According to producer Oliver Wenn, […]

THE TENDER HOOK

Set in a stylised 1920s Sydney ' the 'Jazz age' ' a young woman finds herself in a love triangle with her English crimeboss lover and a young boxer. Oozing with talent in the form of Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne, and a good turn from relative newcomer Matt Le Nevez, such talent nevertheless feels […]

BONNEVILLE

Three women from Idaho take a road trip across the United States to deliver the ashes of one of their dead husbands to his daughter. This film is aimed with almost pin-point precision at a very particular demographic, almost to the exclusion of everyone else. Featuring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen, their performances […]

Orchestra Baobab – Made in Dakar

Made in Dakar - Orchestra Baobab By Chris Peken Orchestra Baobab are Africa's answer to the Buena Vista Social Club but oh so much more. Having begun in Senegal in the 1970's and then disbanded in 1985, Orchestra Baobab reunited in 2002 following the release of their first two albums. Now, some five years on the […]

GYPSY MUSIC IN SYDNEY

BY AMELIA GROOM As is often the case with people living on the margins of society, the nomadic gypsies of Eastern Europe have, over the last few centuries, had a huge impact on the musical traditions of the region. A board term that encompasses many varied regions, 'gypsy music' often entails huge ensembles with varied […]

MUSICAL: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

Hedwig and her angry inch are back for three shows only at the Metro Theatre this month. The playful and subversive off-Broadway production, with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, opened at New York's Jane Street Theatre in 1998. It gradually became a cult hit - the kind of production fanatics boast of seeing hundreds […]

UNCOVERING THE MU MESON ARCHIVES

Up a steel staircase at the back of King Furniture on Parramatta road, a little place known as Mu Meson Archives is salvaging obscure films that the culture has relegated to the fringes.     Countering the trend for ill-fated alternative venues in Sydney, Jaimie and Aspasia Leonarder (aka Jay Katz and Miss Death) have […]

Beck – Modern Guilt

Modern Guilt - Beck By Aidan Roberts We've been waiting a little while now for the next incarnation of Beck, the ingenius creator of skewy pop hits and everyone's favourite Scientologist. He's moved on from the weepy ballads and bubble-gum pop extremes: here we have a denser, highly polished collection, branded distinctly by co-producer Danger […]