Day: 22 March 2015

Austin's own The Black Angels brings the Pandora Discovery Den to a close at SXSW 2015

March 22, 2015

For the last four days, the Pandora Discovery Den at SXSW has been taking audiences through the world of music, starting with Electronic, moving through Hip Hop, Americana and closing the week out with a day dedicated to Rock. Performing through the final day were artists like Big Data – who earlier in the day […]

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Photo Highlights from The Aussie BBQ at SXSW 2015 ft. Hiatus Kaiyote, Steve Smyth, The Gooch Palms, Ball Park Music & more!

March 22, 2015

The Aussie BBQ returned to Brush Park on Friday, taking over the East and West sides of the venue to bring a day full of incredible Australian acts. Sosefina already brought you the full live review, but now here are some photo highlights from the day. First up, we start with the BBQ itself, supplied […]

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Games Review: Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, 2015)

March 22, 2015

Ori and the Blind Forest marks a return to a kind of game we haven’t seen for a while, that most enjoyable of beasts, colloquially known as a “Metroidvania”. It bears all the hallmarks of those 2D exploratory juggernauts but looks for clever ways to update that formula for the modern era. In this, and […]

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Games Review: Battlefield Hardline (PS4, 2015)

March 22, 2015

Battlefield Hardline takes the venerable combat FPS series in some pretty new directions. Eschewing military combat for a cops-vs-robbers angle, Hardline works hard to make the most of it’s premise. If you’re reading this review, it’s probably to find out what the game’s multiplayer is like – Battlefield’s multi has long been it’s big draw. […]

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Teaser Trailer For Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation Released!

March 22, 2015

Tom Cruise is back, baby. This time it’s in the form of a fifth instalment to the Mission Impossible franchise – Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation. The film stars Tom Cruise reprising the iconic role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996. Returning to the franchise are Simon Pegg as Benji, […]

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Melbourne Queer Film Festival Review: The Circle (Der Kreis) (Switzerland, 2014)

March 22, 2015

The Circle (Der Kreis) was a gay magazine produced in Switzerland and distributed internationally between 1932 and 1967. It is also the name of a docudrama film by director, Stefan Haupt. The film tells the story of a couple who were members of this underground movement that went on to become Switzerland’s first legally-married couple […]

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Tech Byte: Netflix’s Australian pricing and library allegedly leaks ahead of launch *Updated*

March 22, 2015

UDPATE — Netflix have officially confirmed the below pricing to Gizmodo AU. To reiterate, that’s AU$8.99, $11.99 and $14.99 on each plan. Original news piece follows. — There’s only two days left before Netflix officially reveals their Australian pricing and library of titles but someone on Reddit may have beaten them to the punch. Hit […]

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Exclusive SXSW Interview: Ian Hultquist on composing The Diabolical, departing Passion Pit and more

March 22, 2015

Ian Hultquist is at SXSW promoting the horror film The Diabolical, for which he composed the musical score. He is also a founding member of synth pop band Passion Pit, although in October 2014 he announced his departure from the band. In this interview, Hultquist chats about the nature of composing for film, his inspirations, […]

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TV DVD Review: Olive Kitteridge (USA, 2014)

March 22, 2015

Olive Kitteridge is part curmudgeon and all chameleon. The difficult high school teacher is caustic and thorny as a mother and wife living in a bleak town in Maine in the seventies and eighties. The mini-series is a slow, nuanced affair that contains as many layers as an onion. It’s something that will keep you […]

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SXSW Film Review: Ktown Cowboys (USA, 2015)

March 22, 2015

The 2015 SXSW Festival is in full swing in Austin, Texas. And undeniably, one of the most anticipated highlights of this year’s conference was the world premiere of the long awaited, fan-funded, Ktown Cowboys – a film based on the wildly popular web-series of the same name. Directed by Daniel Park, Ktown Cowboys follows the lives of […]

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Film Review: Shaun the Sheep (UK, 2015)

March 22, 2015

Shaun the Sheep is a simple but smart story. It also marks the big screen debut for the Aardman Animations’ character who was spun-off from Wallace & Gromit’s A Close Shave before he got his own popular TV show. This little sheep that could is as charming and engaging as ever and along with his […]

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Melbourne Queer Film Festival Review: All About E (Australia, 2015)

March 22, 2015

Like every genre of storytelling on the big and small screens, LGBT narratives are not without their cliches. Unfortunately, the strongest trope in queer media seems to misfortune – whether it’s bullying, unrequited love, parental disapproval or greater tragedies. But All About E seems determined to shatter every preconceived idea about both the stories of […]

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Melbourne Queer Film Festival Review: Lyle (USA, 2015)

March 22, 2015

Rosemary’s Baby gets the micro budget lesbian remake it deserves in Lyle, an unsettling domestic horror that wins in its grand ambition and unfailing earnestness – despite being somewhat lacking in genuinely terrifying scares. Leah (Gaby Hoffmann) and her partner June (Ingrid Jungermann) move to New York with their adorable toddler Lyle (Eleanor Hopkins) – […]

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Melbourne Queer Film Festival Review: Blackbird (USA, 2014)

March 22, 2015

Attempting to intersect race, sexuality, religion and small town values, Patrik-Ian Polk’s Blackbird is a coming out and coming of age drama that’s an enjoyable watch, but ultimately proves too conventional to be truly special. Randy (Julian Walker), a devoutly Christian choirboy from small town Mississippi, is plagued by a host of personal problems – […]

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What to Watch: The Iris’ Weekly TV Picks (23rd – 25th March 2015)

March 22, 2015

Kimberley suggests we get laughing this week, and recommends both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and also Eric Bana hosting a documentary analysing the Australian comedy landscape, read on for more … Monday 23rd March 2015 The Odd Couple – Ch. 10 – 7:30 pm AEST Tune into the pilot episode of The Odd […]

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SXSW Film Festival Announces 2015 Audience Award Winners

March 22, 2015

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the Audience Award winners from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal, Festival Favourites and Design Award categories. Among the winners was Australia’s own Josh Lawson for his film The Little Death. […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Review: The New Girlfriend (R18+, France, 2014)

March 22, 2015

Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) and Laura’s (Isild Le Besco) friendship is not that unique. Having met when they were young, they had grown up together, and forged a relationship that would see them through school, first love, first heartbreak, marriage and children. Their friendship is like any between two women who grew up together as little girls. When Laura dies […]

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SXSW Film Review: Danny Says (USA, 2015)

March 22, 2015

The name Danny Fields may not mean much to some people but to those in the know he is “The coolest man in the room”, a number one fan and groupie and even the “Mayor of New York City”. The man seems to have seen and done it all in music, having fully immersed himself […]

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SXSW Short Film Review: Le Pédophile (Canada, 2014)

March 22, 2015

Le Pédophile is a confronting short film about a young girl’s abuse. It is Montreal writer and director, Ara Ball’s third short film. Ball has been previously nominated for Canada’s annual cinema award, the Jutra. But this film is much darker and harder than his previous work. The short is provocative in its portrayal of […]

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Theatre Review: From The Rubble – Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Performances until 28th March 2015)

March 22, 2015

From the Rubble is the first work in the latest theatrical season for Perth Theatre Company. Based on the work of West Australian journalist Sophie McNeill, From The Rubble, is an unflinching and timely examination of the impact of war, conflict and extremism on innocent lives, both young and old. From The Rubble, as I […]

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