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DARWIN

Photo Gallery: The Presets - Discovery Nightclub, Darwin (03.02.13)

Pictured: The Presets.

The Presets played at Discovery Nightclub in Darwin on Sunday night. Elise Derwin was there to snap the first big act in the Top End for 2013.

Live Review: Josh Pyke + Mark Gray - The Darwin Railway Sports and Social Club (15.11.12)

Josh Pyke - Darwin Railway Club

It’s a casual sit-down affair at The Rails on Thursday evening, candle-lit, except for those dastardly flashing fairy lights.

Live Review: Oh Mercy - The Darwin Railway Sports and Social Club (27.10.12)

Tonight at the hot and sweaty Railway Club, tracks like ‘Deep Heat’, ‘Suffocated’ and ‘Fever’ all seem really appropriate. A layered, deep and funky house party album, Deep Heat is rife with glam-rock references, endearing rock star affectation plus a little bit of reggae. It's a total and planned departure, Oh Mercy frontman Alex Gow says, from the guitar-driven pop and autobiographically personal songs from the previous two albums.

Live Review: Dappled Cities + Green Stone Garden - The Darwin Railway Sports and Social Club (28.09.12)

Tim Derricourt Dappled Cities

The balmy late-September air fills Darwin’s stalwart live music venue, the Railway Club, as it one again goes through an on-again, off-again relationship with its air conditioning. Instead, a small upright fan does what it can.

Film Review: Darwin International Film Festival Closing Night: Your Sister's Sister (2012 USA) (26.09.12)

Jack (Mark Duplass) is mourning the loss of his brother. After a mild implosion at a memorial ceremony, his best friend, also his brother’s ex, Iris (Emily Blunt) orders him to some alone time in her father’s cabin in the wintery woods on an Island off Washington State.

Film Review: Darwin International Film Festival: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011 Turkey - CTC) (20.09.12)

Winner of the Cannes Grand Prix, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia follows the overnight and early morning journey through the wind-swept Anatolian steppes of a group of forensic and law enforcement officers along with two murder suspects in search of a body they buried, but can’t remember where. It’s a long night, and as they drive from place to place, the wretchedness of the situation – for all of them – mounts, and tempers begin to unravel.

Film Review: Darwin International Film Festival: On The Road (2012 USA) (24.09.12)

Kerouac’s classic Beat-generation manifesto On The Road transforms to the big screen in all its pulsing, joyful free-wheeling madness, complete with crazy cats, hustlers, junkies, and poets.

Film Review: Darwin International Film Festival: Beauty (2012 South Africa - R18+) (21.09.12)

Set in South Africa, Beauty is a sombre meditation on masculinity and sexuality. François (Deon Lotz) is an Afrikaanner family man, who, at the film’s opening is celebrating his daughter’s wedding. He is affluent, ordinary, respected and liked. But, as suggested by the film’s opening shot – a long-angle zoom, ever so slowly drawing in on the young son of a family friend, Christian (Charlie Keegan) – there is a darker side to this man.

Film Review: Darwin International Film Festival: Flowers of War (2011 China/USA - CTC - Australian Premiere) (23.09.12)

The horror of war is painted with devastating clarity in Flowers of War, a historical fiction drama by director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers). Set during the 1937 Japanese massacre in Nanjing, under imminent occupation, the city is reduced to dusty rubble and the last remaining citizens are fleeing for their lives amid piles of civilian bodies lining the streets.

Film Review: Darwin International Film Festival: I, Anna (2012 UK/Germany/France - CTC) (22.09.12)

A noir thriller set in grey, low-lit London and based on the Elsa Lewin's 1990 novel of the same name, I, Anna is the directorial debut of Barnaby Southcomb.

Film Review: Darwin International Film Festival Opening Night: Farewell My Queen (2012 France - CTC) (19.09.12)

Set on the eve of the French Revolution (and based on the novel of the same name by Chantal Thomas, winner of French literary award the Prix Femina in 2002), Farewell My Queen, follows a fictional account of the early stages of the monarchy’s epic downfall through the eyes of the court’s peons – specifically Marie-Antoinette’s (Diane Kruger) infatuated servant, Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux).

Live Review: Tim Rogers + Catherine Britt - The Darwin Railway Sports and Social Club (05.09.12)

The first time I speak to Tim Rogers on the phone, he’s delightful; the dream interviewee. Upbeat and charming, he calls me ma’am a lot and answers discursively; seguing smoothly from the book he’s reading about Russian poetry, to baseball and a conversation he recently had with his ex-wife about the Irish-Jewish tradition of mourning, and then on to the anguish of song writing.

Photo Gallery: National Indigenous Music Awards 2012 - The Amphitheatre, Botanic Gardens Darwin (11.08.12)

In the following gallery, Johnny takes us to the top end – Darwin, NT – to experience a night of modern Indigenous music at the National Indigenous Music Awards (the NIMAs), featuring The Medics - who won three awards on the night - East Journey (pictured above) - who won two - triple j Unearthed winner Thelma Plum - Hall of Fame inductees the Sunrize Band and many more.