Editorial 21 June 2017

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21 June 2017

An anxious Australia

Lauren Carroll Harris

In Antidote’s Moving Nations, young visual artists present highly personalised critiques of Australia’s history of migration, writes Lauren Carroll Harris.

21 June 2017

Black Honey Company: bear lives that matter

Teik-Kim Pok

In a “fairytale for the hip hop generation,” writes Teik-Kim Pok, Candy Bowers and Nancy Denis of the Black Honey Company play threatened bears in a wickedly funny tale of cultural appropriation.

21 June 2017

Night Parrot Stories: myth vs reality

Luke Goodsell

Night Parrot Stories, an overlooked essay film on the search for a possibly extinct desert bird, “joins the chorus for the resurrection of endangered mythologies,” writes Luke Goodsell.

21 June 2017

Action Hero: on a mission

John Bailey

John Bailey sees British performance group Action Hero at Arts House fall prey to the delights of the American high school sports movie in Hoke’s Bluff and grippingly transcend the clichés of the celebrity photoshoot in Wrecking Ball.

20 June 2017

Emily Dickinson: her soul is her own

Joanna Di Mattia

“While Dickinson’s life appears on the surface to be a quiet one, Terence Davies interprets it as emotionally brutal,” writes Joanna Di Mattia of A Quiet Passion, showing in cinemas now.

20 June 2017

The Deep Archive: Mikhali Georgeos on Adrian Martin’s Phantasms

From the RealTime files, a 1994 interview with scholar and critic Adrian Martin on the rise of aggro and the accommodation of American dreams in the Australian imagination.

20 June 2017

James Nguyen and Yin Lan Soon: Call////Response (C.2) (2015)

Critical Video

Poet Emily Stewart is engaged by the subtle mood shifts and rhythms of a performance captured in single-take video in a suburban underpass. Watch it now.

20 June 2017

Drama: outside the box

Kirsten Stevens

Melbourne screen scholar Kirsten Stevens reflects on the limited access to films made by Australian women and on tactics to make more films without government funding, with Sophie Mathisen’s Drama as an exemplar.

20 June 2017

Fraught blueprint for survival

Nerida Dickinson

In Blueprint, recent WAAPA graduates conjure a future in which Mars-bound trainees competitively aim for physical perfection, writes an impressed Nerida Dickinson.

20 June 2017

Radio Gothic’s sonic mystery

Steve Dow

At Dark Mofo, Radio Gothic presents The Hanniford Tapes, a live radio performance about murder and paranoia, replete with live sound effects and a digital heightening of ambiguities, reports Steve Dow.

20 June 2017

GIVEAWAY: David Lynch: The Art Life DVD

A small-scale, wonderfully intimate feature-length documentary in which filmmaker, artist and noted eccentric David Lynch sits in his art studio, smokes cigarettes, drinks coffee, chats with his toddler daughter and produces strange paintings.

20 June 2017

Creek learning

Chris Reid

In Creek Lore, a walk conducted by Laura Wills and OSCA along Adelaide’s neglected First Creek, Chris Reid hears of its Indigenous history, its ecology, sees a responsive artwork and collects rubbish.

20 June 2017

Editorial 14 June 2017

Let’s get historical, an antidote to the hysterical politics of the moment. Read the editorial.

14 June 2017

Amiable subversion: Black is the New White

Keith Gallasch

In Black is the New White, playwright Nakkiah Lui deftly takes on and wickedly ramps up the bourgeois comedy of manners to portray an Aboriginal middle class family, its prejudices and deeply felt sensitivities.

14 June 2017

Australian-made in Paris

Eloise Ross

Though boldly made without government funding and successfully exploiting new distribution platforms, Sophie Mathisen’s new comedic movie, Drama, struggles to transcend genre limitations, writes Eloise Ross.

13 June 2017

Seven Stories: archetypal imaginings

Keith Gallasch

With varying degrees of success, Ensemble Offspring’s Seven Stories brings together seven composers, poet, video artist and musicians to engage with primal tales in an ambitious concert.

13 June 2017

The Ham Funeral: Mrs Lusty’s tragedy

Keith Gallasch

Kate Gaul’s chilling production of Patrick White’s The Ham Funeral embraces the work’s poetry, its grim comedy and, above all, sharply delineates the tragedy of a sensual women denied love and forgiveness.

13 June 2017

Rik Rue, sound collagist

Jon Rose & contributors

In a richly evocative socio-cultural account of decades of musical life in Sydney and beyond, Jon Rose and fellow artists applaud the contribution made by a very special sound artist, Rik Rue.

13 June 2017

Stephen Jones: Machine for Making Sense, Silence is…

Critical Video

On with the headphones and hit full-screen, full volume for Stephen Jones’ engrossing, multilayered visual poem of the groundbreaking new music collective in performance in 1994.

13 June 2017
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