Arts

Interview: Sarah Marriott gives us the lowdown on Lounge Room Sessions

April 8, 2020

With venues across the country closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, performers are looking to digital platforms to share their creativity. Enter Sarah Marriott and an exciting new project, dubbed Lounge Room Sessions. With more than 2,000 tuning into the first event last weekend, Lounge Room Sessions are already off to a flying start. Fronted by […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: A Better You is a charming, self-reflective look on the social-media age

April 8, 2020

*Due to the current global crisis the planned 2020 Tribeca Film Festival has been postponed. The AU Review has been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. A commentary on the so-called perfection of social media, Eamonn Murphy‘s quirky short A Better You is […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Query addresses the social norms of sexuality in a disarmingly comfortable manner

April 5, 2020

*Due to the current global crisis the planned 2020 Tribeca Film Festival has been postponed. The AU Review has been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. Much like the recent slate of short films that were intended for this year’s SXSW Film Festival, […]

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Biennale of Sydney has closed and will move to a digital format for now

March 23, 2020

In a first for the historic Biennale of Sydney, the currently running arts program will, for now, shut down and move to online. In response to the growing thread of Covid-19, the dynamic city-wide exhibition is working with long-time partner Google to digitise more than 700 artworks by 101 artists and collectives. In 2020, Biennale […]

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SXSW Film Review: Make Up is a self-discovery tale dressed up like a psychological thriller

March 20, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. Perhaps diving a little too heavily into the metaphorical stance on storytelling, Claire Oakley‘s Make Up is a self-discovery tale dressed up like […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Michel van der Aa feat. Kate Miller-Heidke “What A Dream” (2020)

March 19, 2020

February saw Dutch contemporary classical composer Michel van der Aa release his debut indie-pop album. Time Falling saw the composer collaborating with the ever talented and versatile Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke. Today we’re incredibly excited to bring you the exclusive premiere of the music video for album track “What A Dream”.  Time Falling is billed […]

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SXSW Midnight Shorts: Five short films that make us want more

March 18, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. The Midnight Shorts Competition has long been an audience favourite at SXSW.  A bite-sized marathon of twisted ideas that usually fuses gore, overt […]

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SXSW Film Review: The Surrogate is a realistic drama unafraid to be uncomfortable

March 18, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. Detailing a tragic situation with a sobering, uncomfortable realism that has the potential to test even the most patient of viewers, The Surrogate […]

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SXSW Short Film Review: Single is a biting commentary on living with a physical disability

March 18, 2020

*The AU Review will continue with its planned SXSW 2020 coverage.  We have been in contact with the respective representatives for available films in order to give them the coverage they intended. Proof that more than enough can be conveyed in a fraction of the time of a standard feature, Ashley Eakins‘ short-feature Single is […]

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Rouge

Adelaide Fringe Review: Rouge is a fun and sexy celebration

March 16, 2020

There was a good crowd in the Magic Mirror Spiegeltent for the final weekend performance of Rouge. Despite the increasing talk of COVID-19 in the press, audiences remained undaunted and expectant. The tent has a circular stage in the centre, with good views all round. The high fabric and glass covered walls gave the space […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Shark Heist is a wild and crazy trip – Rhino Room (10.03.20)

March 14, 2020

As the audience is shepherded into the tiny downstairs Hell Fire space in the Rhino Room venue, they are greeted by a bearded man wearing nothing but a pair of white briefs. Smiling and friendly, he welcomes everyone with open arms. This is going to be a very intimate performance. Cam Venn explains the show […]

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Review: All About Women at the Sydney Opera House is the feminist fight song for a new generation, so listen up

March 11, 2020

All About Women at the Sydney Opera House celebrated feminism with a line-up of powerful and inspiring innovators and thinkers. Coinciding with International Women’s Day (March 8), the festival was originally conceived to push back against the fact that, at the majority of conferences, most of the speakers tend to be male. What has evolved […]

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More than 700 works are on display for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney

March 11, 2020

NIRIN, the official title of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, will be taking over the city’s foremost art institutions with a total of 700 words in display. 101 artists and collectives, including 39 Australian artists, will have their work displayed from 14th March to 8th June, bringing to life icons like Art Gallery of NSW, […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Dystopia is the original Heavy Metal Circus-Opera (07.03.20)

March 9, 2020

Dystopia is a dark fantastical production set in a post-apocalyptic future Earth. The opening screen shows a static montage of bomber planes, skulls, wartime destruction. This sets the scene for the performance to come. The audience catches glimpses of the characters, an elfin ballerina, a doll, lone guitarist, a zombie troupe and more. The lone […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Bleach is a darkly humorous one man play – Mercure Grosvenor Hotel (05.03.20)

March 9, 2020

From the moment he swaggers into the room, you can tell Tyler Everett (played by Tom Crotty) is going to own the audience. Making eye contact, he begins his story of sex, violence and city living. Dressed in a black leather jacket, white t-shirt and designer stubble, with a backpack slung over his shoulder he […]

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Harry Potter Cursed Child

Why Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is better the second time

March 5, 2020

February 2020 marks the one year anniversary of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reaching Melbourne. With over 325,000 attendees surging into the Princess Theatre to watch the tale unfold across the last twelve months, the show has been a record-breaking success. Although it has been on stage since its London premiere for almost four years, […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Rip, Drag and Ruminate showcases final year dancers – Adelaide College of the Arts (28.02.20)

March 4, 2020

Rip, Drag and Ruminate is a collection of short works from the Adelaide College of the Arts 3rd Year Dancers. Six pieces were presented. The opening sequence by Isobel Stolinski, “To Whom it May Concern”, dealt with art censorship and scrutiny. The Acid Arab soundtrack helped to create an uplifting message which contrasted with the […]

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5 movies not to miss at SXSW Film Festival 2020

March 4, 2020

This year’s South By Southwest is fast approaching (March 13th 2020, y’all!), and with that haste comes a schedule of cinematic treats for the masses to feast on.  Of course with 250 projects to fill the time, getting to each and every screening will be an impossible task, so we’ve compiled our look at 5 […]

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Boys on Bikes at Mardi Gras

Sydney celebrated ‘What Matters’ at the 2020 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

March 1, 2020

Oxford Street became a rainbow river running through the centre of Sydney last night as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 parade chorused through the city. Over 300,000 spectators flocked to the Surry Hills street to watch the celebration of “What Matters”, the theme of this year’s LGBTIQA+ festivities. Leading the parade were […]

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Summer in San Diego: 7 things to do in 2020 in the Southern Californian city

February 27, 2020

With San Diego turning 250 last year, the city and its surrounds have been shaping up a massive year of openings, new attractions and familiar favourites that ensure the coastal Southern Californian destination remains at the top of everyone’s vacation lists, as we head into Summer 2020. Here’s a guide to what you need to […]

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Theatre Review: Billy Elliot The Musical taps its way into Melbourne

February 27, 2020

Billy Elliot was a hard-hitting film that intertwined the beauty of dance with sentiments of toxic masculinity, as well as giving us an intense glimpse into the class struggles working-class England faced in the early 1980s. Not your obvious choice of musical magic; however, Elton John was so moved after seeing the film at Cannes […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Jennifer Liston tells a fascinating story of Grace O’Malley, Pirate Queen – The Gilbert Street Hotel

February 26, 2020

  Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Mhaol), was a powerful seafaring chieftain in 16th-century Ireland who commanded 200 men at sea, and met with Queen Elizabeth I. Curiously, she is not readily found in history books, so Jennifer Liston has bought her story to life, using original poems, songs and music. The upstairs room in the Gilbert […]

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What to expect from Jim Steinman’s Bat out of Hell: The Rock Musical

February 25, 2020

The year was 1977. The legend Jim Steinman wrote (along with Todd Rundgren) what would become the biggest debut album of all time. That album is called Bat Out Of Hell. Singer of Bat out of Hell, Meatloaf, became a sensation with his range of powerhouse vocals often coupled with female singers with such pizzazz […]

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Theatre Review: Your favourite big green ogre takes to the stage in Shrek The Musical (Melbourne)

February 22, 2020

Calling all magical fairytale creatures, pack your bags, vacate the swamp, and fly on down to Her Majesty’s Theatre to see everyone’s favourite green ogre belting out a tune in Shrek The Musical! When I first heard that they were turning Shrek, arguably one of the greatest animated cartoon’s of all time into a musical, […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Barbaroi is fast paced energetic physical circus – Gluttony (16.02.20)

February 19, 2020

Walking into Barbaroi is like walking into a familiar street scene from an early 80s movie. The Ukiyo circus tent is set up in an industrial way, with lighting that makes it feel dark and mysterious. There are six characters in this show who are introduced video game style: a bearded juggler, a bare-chested circus […]

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Theatre Review: ‘Wake in Fright’ is an acid trip into our country’s shame

February 17, 2020

Billed as a one-woman retelling of the famed 1961 novel (and 1971 film), Malthouse theatre’s production of Wake in Fright is an ambitious undertaking – if not initially perplexing. Producing one of Australia’s most classic outback thrillers as a one-cast show is odd enough, but not least of all when you are greeted by a […]

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Adelaide Fringe Festival Review: Amanda Palmer tells all in her one woman show “There Will Be No Intermission” – Bonython Hall, Adelaide (14.02.20)

February 17, 2020

Amanda Palmer has created a deeply personal, autobiographical performance piece that resonates with passion and dignity. As the lead singer of the Dresden Dolls, Palmer is no stranger to controversy and never shies away from the difficult conversation. “Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos fills Bonython Hall, signally the arrival of Amanda Palmer. Dressed in a […]

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What You Need To Know About Your 2020 Eurovision Australian Contender Montaigne

February 12, 2020

Last weekend on the Gold Coast, Australia voted for its Eurovision 2020 Contender. In its second year running, the Gold Coast hosted Eurovision 2020: Australia Decides live on SBS. The results ended up being neck and neck between Montaigne and Casey Donovan – but in the end, no one could stop Montaigne with her song […]

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Theatre Review: Moulin Rouge! The Musical dazzles audiences in New York City

February 12, 2020

Before Moulin Rouge! premiered at New York’s Al Hirshfeld Theatre on July 25th, 2019, a theatre where Kinky Boots had called a home for the 6 years prior, the producers did something quite surprising: so sure they were of its popularity, they announced it would tour out of New York – including a 2021 run […]

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SXSW 2020 adds Janelle Monae, Julianne Moore, and Kim Kardashian West to its final round of keynote and featured speakers

February 12, 2020

South by Southwest (Austin, Texas, March 13th-22nd 2020) has announced the last round of Keynotes and Featured Speakers to be added to the 34th edition of its annual Conference, which celebrates the convergence of technology, film, and music industries. Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have been added to the […]

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