Baby Animals played the Factory Theatre on Thursday night with support from The Art and The Bonez. Gwendolyn Lee was there and brings us these photos from the pit.
Despite almost losing her voice, Lisa Kekaula and the members of The Bellrays put on one hell of a performance last night at Manning Bar. Easily one of my top 10 performances this year. Photos by Johnny Au
Up until 2011’s Fast Five, it was hard to believe that people were still milking this franchise. It took longer than it should have, but director Justin Lin and head writer Chris Morgan - who have both been on board since 2006’s Tokyo Drift - have successfully saved the Fast and Furious brand from becoming stale. The new installment – simply named Fast and Furious 6 - is actually better than any of its predecessors and benefits from the fact that Fast Five did a great job at bringing together all the key characters from the past and developing them as a collective or - as Dom (Vin Diesel) calls them – “the family.”
Fraud or artistic oracle? Waste of time or groundbreaking conceptual artist? Love him or hate him, Sydney artist Jesse Willesee knows how to get a reaction. His show ’22 Girls Smoking Weed’ was shut down by a police squad, his website boasts a Jesse Willesee hate page and he’s inspired a graffiti bullying campaign. But he’s a star among the Tumblr and Instagram set and his FLASH/MOB events - live art and fashion installations where the audience become the photographers - attract big crowds. The aureview talks to Willesee about his latest show, Product Placement, and asks, is Jesse Willesee really an artist?
From acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Malcolm Campbell, What Richard Did is a hauntingly plain look at the power of guilt, the danger of emotion, and the ambiguity of responsibility.
The Dendy shorts nominated film Heaven continues the proud Australian screen tradition/obsession of ‘films about drugs’ (Candy, The Mule, Wasted on the Young, etc) that has been a pretty constant theme of the past 10 years. Despite this saturation, the short film is quite touching and masterfully pulled off by Writer and Director Maliar Lahooti.
The stars from new Australian movie Nerve walked the red carpet tonight at their Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival. Photos by Johnny Au
Kids of all ages turned out to the Sydney Film Festival premiere of Pixar's Monsters University. Real life-sized Mike Wazowski & Sulley Sullivan kept the blue carpet crowd amused. Photos by Johnny Au
Everyone seems to have a story about The Stone Roses. Maybe it was the young band that listened to the group’s eponymous debut and decided to make their very own record. Perhaps you were one of the lucky privileged that saw them at their come-back shows or at one of their infamous gigs during their nineties heyday. The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone is a rockumentary but it’s also the ultimate fan’s story.
I've always found David Gordon Green to be a surprising director. Who would have predicted the auteur of the acclaimed George Washington (released back in 2001 in limited theatres and given wider life on DVD thanks to the Criterion Collection) would end up collaborating with comedian Danny McBride on a series of films (Your Highness and Pineapple Express) and the TV series Eastbound & Down. These are projects I've always found disappointing and though successful on many levels, it's in the production of Prince Avalanche that Green seems to feel most at home.
Thundercat hit the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney supported by Hiatus Kaiyote. Nik Thorup was there and brings us photos from the night.
On a normal day, the Overseas Passenger Terminal is used for corporate functions, particularly because of its stunning panoramic view of our city’s two biggest attractions. Serving as a finale to Vivid Sydney and a thank you to Sydney’s party people, Terminal Projekt was no corporate event; Terminal Projekt was an intense weekend-long party, mixing light and sound to give dance lovers something truly spectacular.
Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most loved rock operas in history. Penned by the renowned Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, it was first staged on Broadway in 1971. The plot is based loosely on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, and focuses on the struggle between Judas Iscariot and Jesus. The cleverness with which the plot has been portrayed has led it to become a favourite across all generations. This production of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tim Minchin as Judas and Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, is an astoundingly creative production that deserves the hype surrounding it.
San Cisco played to a sold out crowd at the Metro Theatre on Sunday night with support from Millions and Chaos Chaos. Gwendolyn Lee was there and brings us these photos from the pit.
I walked into the Metro Theatre late, missing Chaos Chaos (apologies, the Vivid traffic was too much). Upon entrance, following a quip of mine about all ages shows, I was informed by the security that we were outnumbered tonight. This became quickly apparent when I walked in to find Millions playing to an already full, bouncing room. The youthful crowd coupled with the sparkling streamers at back of the stage and the late 90’s inspired indie rock Millions specialise in. Resulted in the Metro resembling somewhere between a Blue Light Disco and the prom scene at the end of 10 Things I hate About You.