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Billy Elliot: The Musical

By Rita Bratovich. Billy Elliot was first introduced to audiences in the 2000 film directed by Stephen Daldry.  The heartwarming tale of a poor boy from a Northern England coal mining town who pirouetted out of the slums and onto the stage immediately connected with audiences around the world. With its charming characters, feel-good storyline, […]


Following the phenomenal success of the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, a further array of films of this genre can be expected to showcase the lives and careers of iconic entertainers. First off the mark is Rocketman, which lands into cinemas this week. This incredibly imaginative film which successfully utilises fantasy elements in storytelling delves […]

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is too much style, not enough substance. It’s a wanna-be cool movie but in its second outing (the first one was pretty farcical too but somehow managed to turn Colin Firth into an unlikely action hero) it just tries too hard, missing the mark that would have catapulted it into a […]

Smokey Robinson – Smokey & Friends

When you see the words 'and friends' in an album title, it generally indicates a stopgap: an artist roping in a few friends to do some covers and keep their hand in. And that’s what’s happened here. But this being R&B legend Smokey Robinson, it’s done pretty well – and the friends aren’t just any […]


A young Nubian princess falls in love with an Egyptian soldier - a seemingly simple act that is soon followed by a powerful and engaging struggle of love-against-the-odds. With music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, Aida is the story of forbidden love that flourishes in a time of war and tyranny. I […]

Music icon slams ‘Ent Cent’ demolition

Iconic music critic, journalist, television presenter and record producer Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum has urged the State Government to reconsider its plan to demolish the Sydney Entertainment Centre (SEC). In April, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the iconic Haymarket venue would be bulldozed to make way for expanded convention and exhibition facilities at Darling Harbour. Mr […]