In many high-school movie dramas there rarely ever seems to be anything remotely average or commonplace about our main characters. There always seems to be a life-changing romance, or the desire to change the world, or save the universe. However, what happens to those who are not tangled up with chasing the heart of their sweetly innocent soul mate, or saving the whole of humanity?
Eight years before, Kanna experienced a tragic loss in her teen years which left her heart shattered and confused before she was old enough to truly understand love. Now in her twenties, she is making her way through life in her film company and enjoys hanging out with her co-worker at the local bar. One night, they are enjoying a meal when a drunken Akazawa tries to hit on the two ladies. Her co-worker claims Kanna always attracts the weirdos but is surprised when most of the attention goes to her.
Don’t lose heart,
Listen, even in sorrow,
Do not give in to sighs.
(An excerpt from “Don’t Lose Heart” by Toyo Shibata)
“The world is at stake. Please, give me your panties!”
At the end of each year all graduating students at the College of Fine Arts showcase their work in the COFA Annual. Like many graduate exhibitions it's a mixed bag of the very good and the not so good with the distance between scattered with the so-so.
Dragon Ball Z makes a comeback in its first theatrical anime release in 17 years, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. Original creator Akira Toriyama has been heavily involved in production alongside Director Masahiro Hosada, making it a highly anticipated event for avid DBZ fans. Premiering in Australia as part of the 17th annual Japan Film Festival, audiences can look forward to a special opening message from voice actor Masakazu Morita, who plays Whis.
For thousands of people who flock every year from every corner of Japan, eating at humble ramen shop Taishoken, is worth the two hour wait. It isn’t just the simply delicious ramen which draws crowds; it’s a belief, that this tasty dish is even better when cheery faced and kind hearted Kazuo Yamagishi makes it. In this intimate documentary, Director Takashi Innami delves into Yamagishi’s life over a seven year period, uncovering more than just a good recipe and 46 years mastering a craft.
Meet Bruce. He’s a "hero" cop, turned bestselling author, turned astronaut, turned time traveller. He’s also the titular star of Tim Watts’ and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd’s new production Bruce. Oh and in case you hadn’t noticed already he’s a giant yellow foam block.
With the issue of bullying constantly in the media limelight around the globe, Stephen King’s story of Carrie continues to pop up as one of the most relevant and timeless horror tales ever written. Not only has both the book and Brian de Palma’s movie adaptation become horror staples for their social commentary, there are images and scenes which have become iconic. Needless to say, a musical adaptation is going to have a lot to live up to.
The Complex is the latest horror offering from Director Hideo Nakata, who’s credited with directing the original versions of the Ring 1 & 2. To complement the release, a 12 episode drama titled Kuroyuri Danchi was aired prior, which follows events leading up to those that take place in the film. Although the film debuted at number 1 in Japanese box offices, it received mixed reviews, and upon closer inspection it becomes clearer why it may not have lived up to the hype.
"We are suffering from way too much truth" - Annabel Crabb.
As a Doctor Who/Marvel/Game of Thrones/Star Wars/Adventure Time fanatic, Supanova is a haven for the ultimate nerdiness of my fandoms to run rampant. Costumes abound from David Tennants Doctor Who, to a sixties Batman to Jedi Knights. The crossing of hundreds of fandoms is a wonderful and bizarre sight to see.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company have just launched their 2014 season in a new theatre, the Eternity Playhouse, and what a space it is. Far grander than its 200 seats, with a spacious foyer and bar, it importantly has a fantastic seating layout which allows full views of the stage at any point. The façade of a 1940’s house with balcony and thatched wood sits on the stage, and it's here we’re brought into Arthur Miller’s classic All My Sons.
Never before has a show made an audience laugh, cry and then sent them away so happy. But there is only one happiest refugee. And there is only one Anh Do. He is the comedian whose stand-up show and recount of his incredible life story lifted the roof and the spirits of the packed audience at the State Theatre.
The new standard of high definition – 4K – is slowly revolutionising the way we watch and experience film. This ultra HD format – bragging 8.8 million pixels - was used to capture a mammoth performance by mega-band Muse in Rome’s Olympic Stadium earlier in the year and is being screened to the general public for a ‘one night only’ experience on November 7. Screenings will take place all around Australia and in over 40 territories worldwide, giving viewers a chance to preview the awesome atmosphere that is truly unique to a Muse concert ahead of the remaining dates of their current tour.