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LET IT FLY - DIESEL

July 16th 2013 14:59
DIESEL
invites FANS FIRST to ‘LET IT FLY’

World, meet Diesel.

After 25 years in rock n roll, the Artist otherwise known as Mark Lizotte has delivered an album that melds all the varied sides of his musical personality – and reveals a few new ones besides.

World, meet ‘Let it Fly’.



“It’s all of my life’s work so far brought to fruition, in many ways. It’s pretty encompassing,” says Diesel.

‘Let It Fly’ is Diesel at his timeless best. An album of twelve new songs, ‘Let It Fly’ is a superb display of the diversity of the multi-instrumentalist’s musicianship working in harmony with his singing, song-writing and production skills. “Stylistically,” says Diesel, “it’s got the R&B DNA in it that’s very me.” That Diesel DNA, so familiar for 25 years, has sprouted new strands – new instruments, new friends, new stories, new insights and a glimpse at the next generation.

‘Let It Fly’ will be released through Liberation on August 9th, 2013.

To introduce the new album, there will be a special series of four only ‘Fans First’ events in July/August. The ‘Fans First’ events will have a strictly limited amount of tickets available for purchase. The ‘Fans First’ shows are an exclusive opportunity to give Diesel’s loyal audience a chance to experience the new songs in a unique environment prior to release. Diesel will perform these events solo. Diesel will also participate in a Q & A session with the ‘Fans First’ audience members at each of these events. A copy of the new album ‘Let It Fly’ with a signed slick will be shipped to patrons of the ‘Fans First’ events as close to the release date (9th Aug) as possible.


DIESEL ‘Fans First’ SPECIAL EVENT DATES:
Tuesday July 30th THE WHEATSHEAF - Thebarton, SA
Thursday Aug 1st THE HIDEAWAY - Fortitude Valley, QLD
Tuesday Aug 6th GOODGOD SMALL CLUB - Sydney, NSW
Thursday Aug 8th THE SPOTTED MALLARD - Brunswick, VIC
All ‘Fans First’ shows will commence at 8pm.




For further information and to buy tickets for these exclusive ‘Fans First’ events please click on www.dieselmusic.com.au
Diesel will then ‘Let It Fly’ on the road with his band and perform at the following venues.



DIESEL ‘LET IT FLY’ NATIONAL TOUR DATES:

Friday Oct 11th THE BASEMENT - Sydney, NSW

Saturday Oct 12th THE BASEMENT - Sydney, NSW

Thursday Oct 17th FRIENDS RESTAURANT - East Perth, WA (Solo)

Friday Oct 18th FLY BY NIGHT - Fremantle, WA

Saturday Oct 19th CHARLES HOTEL - Perth, WA

Sunday Oct 20th RAVENSWOOD HOTEL - Ravenswood, WA

Friday Oct 25th THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH - Adelaide, SA



Saturday Oct 26 & Sunday Oct 27 Sydney Blues and Roots Festival shows



Friday Nov 1st THE ABBEY - Canberra, ACT

Saturday Nov 2nd THE PALMS AT CROWN - Melbourne, VIC



For further DIESEL ‘LET IT FLY’ tour information and to buy tickets please head to dieselmusic.com.au



‘Let It Fly’ will be released through Liberation on August 9th, 2013.

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RICKY MARTIN LIVE

May 28th 2013 00:06
RICKY MARTIN LIVE

THE GRAMMY WINNING GLOBAL SUPERSTAR AND CURRENT COACH ON THE VOICE WILL MAKE HIS HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURN TO CONCERT STAGES ACROSS AUSTRALIA IN OCTOBER 2013 - TICKETS ON SALE FROM 12PM, MONDAY JUNE 3


A full-scale spectacle... More than ever, Ricky Martin is an all-around showman: a singer whose baritone can be as dramatic or flirtatious as he wants... He’s a charmer... And he filled the concert with joyful pop"
– New York Times


Image: Daily Telegraph


NINE LIVE and Sony Music Entertainment are proud to announce that GRAMMY winning music superstar Ricky Martin will launch an eagerly-awaited Australian concert tour this coming October (See full dates below).

Just prior to his recent starring turn on Broadway, Ricky Martin delighted sold-out audiences and critics with extensive stadium and arena concerts across Latin America, The United States, Europe and Asia.

Now, after reconnecting with his Australian fans through his participation in The Voice and the release of his already Gold-certified Ricky Martin Greatest Hits Souvenir Edition, Martin will once again share his high-energy live show with his first Australian concerts in 10 years.

"I am so excited to bring my music back to the stage again and see all of my loving & loyal Aussie fans up close. I am looking forward to playing some new material, some of the classics and a few surprises" says Martin.

Ricky Martin is the leading Latin Music figure of his generation - beloved by fans worldwide for his instinctive understanding of rhythm, passion for performing, and equal compassion for giving. Declared "an international pop icon and Latin Music’s Global Ambassador" by Billboard and recognised by the Latin Recording Academy as it’s youngest-ever "Person of the Year" honouree, Ricky Martin has now sold over 70 million albums. His impressive list of accomplishments also boasts 95 platinum records, 6 No:1 Billboard albums, 11 No:1 hit songs, 2 American Music Awards, 8 World Music Awards, 10 Billboard Awards, 8 MTV Music Video Awards, and more than 12 million social media followers, ...and on-stage, he is one of the world’s most captivating performers:

A natural showman, Martin came out at mach speed & rarely let up on the furious tempo -Chicago Sun-Times


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Sydney Film Festival 2013

May 13th 2013 23:19
60th Sydney Film Festival

launched with more films, more venues!



Sydney Film Festival
5-16 June, 2013
Tickets & Info: 1300 733 733


The 60th Sydney Film Festival program was officially launched by NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing and Minister for the Arts, The Hon. George Souris.

“The New South Wales Government, through Screen NSW and Destination NSW, is proud to support Sydney Film Festival, a much-loved part of the city’s arts and events calendar. Sydney Film Festival continues to provide filmmakers a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work, as well as boosting the State’s economy,” Minister Souris said.

SFF Festival Director Nashen Moodley said, “Opening with the World Premiere of a landmark Australian film, Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road, is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate just how far both the festival and the Australian film industry have come since 1954. Confident, mature, word-class and compelling – these are words that describe both this wonderful film and this extraordinary festival.

“Our 2013 program has more screenings of more films from more countries in more venues than even our record-breaking 2012 festival. We cover all tastes in film, with the peak best represented by our Official Competition films, made by some exciting new talents as well as masters of the form. Beyond the competition, feature and documentary programs, the 60th Sydney Film Festival features a focus on Austrian cinema, the best of British Noir, a good splattering of horror and some downright weird works that are bound to become future cult classics.”


This year SFF is proud to announce the 2013 festival is expanding its program, audience reach and accessibility to Sydneysiders. 38,000 additional seats will go on sale for festival goers to experience the best films from across Australia and around the world. Sydney’s North Shore residents can now more easily share the excitement with the addition of 23 screenings at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne.

The program features 190 titles (19 world premieres, 5 international premieres, and 122 Australian premieres) from 55 countries at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the new screening location at the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne and Art Gallery of NSW.


The Apple Store Sydney hosts a selection of free public talks; Grasshopper continues as the official festival lounge, open late for
drinks and dinner; and SFFTV@Martin Place returns with a free giant outdoor screen showing a selection of SFF highlights plus fascinating shorts from Film Australia collection at the National Film and Sound Archive.

A few minutes’ walk from the Festival’s major venues, the Sydney Film Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall will return for a second year, celebrating the theme of Cinema, Reconstructed.


Now open until midnight, the Hub offers an expanded line-up of FREE exhibitions, inspiring talks and panels, parties, performances, DJs and screenings throughout the Festival. It is the only place to buy $10 discount tickets for selected screenings, or take part in the new Film Club, daily from 5pm to 6pm, to share your festival experiences.

For the first time ever SFF screens films from Angola (Death Metal Angola, screening in our Sounds on Screen program); Bangladesh (Television, directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and awarded a Muhr AsiaAfrica special mention at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival); North Korea (Comrade Kim Goes Flying); Malawi (William and the Windmill) winner of the Grand Jury Award for Documentary at SXSW; and Saudi Arabia (Wadjda directed by Saudi Arabia’s first-ever female filmmaker).

Among the 19 World Premieres at this year’s festival are two major Australian feature productions. Opening Night’s Mystery Road is an Outback-set murder mystery written, directed and edited by Ivan Sven (Beneath Clouds, Toomelah) and starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Damian Walshe-Howling, Tasma Walton, Zoe Carides and Samara Weaving.

Then we welcome the psychological drama Nerve, a Sydney-based production directed by Sebastien Guy, starring a stellar cast of well-known and upcoming Australian actors including Gary Sweet, Christian Clark, Georgina Haig, Craig Hall, Andrea Demetriades, Denise Roberts and Cameron Daddo.

Eight new documentaries and one important restoration will also make their World Premieres at the festival including:


The World Premiere of William Yang: My Generation, screening in partnership with ABC TV Arts and Vivid Ideas. Yang’s trademark candid narration leads us through the wildly creative and decadent era of Sydney in the ’70s and ’80s, capturing personalities such as Brett Whiteley, Patrick White, Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee.

In collaboration with Vivid LIVE, SFF will screen The Sunnyboy, which follows Australian musician Jeremy Oxley’s 30-year struggle with schizophrenia as he faces up to returning to the stage with his band The Sunnyboys. The screening concludes with the band playing a live gig in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Award-winning Australian photographer Murray Frederick’s (Salt) journey to capture some of the most elusive and beautiful sights of Greenland’s icecaps will captivate you in Nothing on Earth.

Renowned filmmaker and artist George Gittoes is at the centre of Love City Jalalabad, which charts his journey against all odds to create an artists’ collective in western Afghanistan, and to produce films there for the local community with an international cast and crew.

Big Name No Blanket examines the legacy of Indigenous Australian music legend George Rrurrambu Burarrawanga the frontman of the groundbreaking Warumpi Band.

The Unlikely Pilgrims, directed by Kristen Mallyon and John Cherry, follows a group of recovering addicts and a drug counsellor from a New South Wales rehab centre along their journey on the Camino de Santiago, the famous pilgrims’ trail through northern Spain.

The Crossing, directed by Julian Harvey, follows two young Australians, Clark Carter and Chris Bray, as they attempt the difficult crossing of a remote island in the Arctic.

Buckskin is directed by Indigenous filmmaker Dylan McDonald. It follows Jack Buckskin’s mission to renew a once-extinct language and inspire a new generation to connect with the land and culture of his ancestors.
The digital restoration of the groundbreaking 1981 film Wrong Side of the Road, directed by Ned Lander, is based on the real lives of seminal Australian bands Us Mob and No Fixed Address, and is presented in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. It returns an important story to our cultural history – looking and sounding even better than it did when it was released 30 years ago.


Festival Highlights:


On the Public Holiday Monday, 13 June, families and children will enjoy Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University, welcoming Mike and Sulley back to the big screen to find out how the monster pals from the Oscar®-winning Monsters, Inc. met and became friends.

SFF is delighted to present the Australian Premiere of Before Midnight, the latest instalment of director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock) popular, romantic films that began with Before Sunrise (1995) and then Before Sunset (2004), all starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. This is the first time all three films will be screened together in Australia.

This year’s national highlight is entitled Focus on Austria, featuring the award-winning Paradise trilogy by acclaimed director Ulrich Seidl, who achieved the rare feat of playing in competition at the three major festivals in 2012/2013 – Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

The Box Set brings the latest and best cinematic television productions from around the world. The HBO Europe historical-drama TV series Burning Bush, based on real events and directed by world-renowned Polish filmmaker, Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, A Lonely Woman, Angry Harvest, The Wire) is a highlight. Also presented in this section is the gripping Japanese drama series Penance directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Bright Future, Tokyo Sonata).

Continuing SFF’s commitment to presenting the best work by Indigenous filmmakers, SFF has partnered with Screen Australia’s Indigenous department to present Screen: Black, showcasing the latest from across Australia: Mystery Road (opening night), Buckskin (Foxtel), Big Name No Blanket (Foxtel) and The Chuck In (Short Films).

SFF will be screening nine films direct from the 2013 Cannes Official Selection, Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, including: Only God Forgives, a Bangkok-set crime thriller and the latest from director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, 2009 Sydney Film Prize winner Bronson), starring Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott-Thomas; the wickedly funny and strange Dutch film Borgman, directed by Alex Van Warmerdam; Grigris from the great African filmmaker (and SFF 2012 jury member) Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Screaming Man); the French drama The Past, from acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (whose A Separation won the 2011 Sydney Film Prize and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012); the gripping Indian thriller Monsoon Shootout, directed by Amit Kumar; and one of the scariest films of the year We Are What We Are directed by acclaimed genre filmmaker Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street; Stake Land, SFF 2011). The Scottish drama For Those in Peril, directed by Paul Wright, will screen at Critics’ Week and then in SFF’s Official Competition.

Two short films in the Cannes Competition will also screen at SFF: Whale Valley, directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson; and the Australian-Indian co-production Tau Seru, directed by Rodd Rathjen.

Opening Night


The star-studded Opening Night Gala will be made even more special by the World Premiere of the Australian film Mystery Road. Directed by AFI award-winning director Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds, Toomelah) this gripping murder mystery stars Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Damian Walshe-Howling, Tasma Walton, Zoe Carides, and Samara Weaving. The festival opens at the State Theatre on Wednesday 5 June at 7:30pm, followed by an afterparty at Bungalow 8 in Darling Harbour. Opening Night is presented by Audi.

Closing Night


The Australian Premiere of the documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom, directed by award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville and featuring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting, Claudia Lennear and Tata Vega, screens at the State Theatre on Sunday 16 June at 8pm.

Closing Night also includes the announcements of all the SFF awards for 2013, including the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize.

Official Competition


SFF is delighted to announce Hugo Weaving will be the 2013 Jury President for the FIAPF-accredited SFF Official Competition.


The internationally recognised SFF Official Competition, now in its sixth year, awards a $60,000 cash prize, Australia’s richest cash award for film, in recognition of courageous, audacious and cutting-edge cinema. The previous Sydney Film Prize winners are: Alps (2012); A Separation (2011), which went on to win an Academy Award®; Heartbeats (2010); Bronson (2009); and Hunger (2008).

This year’s Official Competition titles are:

The Act of Killing (Australian Premiere) | Denmark-Norway-UK | Director:
Joshua Oppenheimer | Co-directors: Christine Cynn, Anonymous

The Act of Killing
The Act of Killing



Borgman (Australian Premiere) | Netherlands| Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewich Minis, Jeroen Perceval

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Australian Premiere) | Belgium, Netherlands | Director: Felix van Groeningen | Cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse

Child’s Pose (Australian Premiere) | Romania | Director: Călin Peter Netzer | Cast: Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Nata Raab

For Those in Peril (Australian Premiere) | UK | Director: Paul Wright | Cast: Kate Dickie, Michael Smiley, Nichola Burley

Grigris (Australian Premiere) | France| Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Cast: Souléymane Démé, Anaïs Monory, Cyril Guei

Monsoon Shootout (Australian Premiere) | India | Director: Amit Kumar | Cast: Neeraj Kabi, Vijay Verma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee

Oh Boy (Australian Premiere) | German| Director: Jan Ole Gerster | Cast: Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann

Only God Forgives (Australian Premiere) |France, Denmark| Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam

The Rocket (Australian Premiere)| Australia | Director: Kim Mordaunt | Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Po-ngam

Stories We Tell (Australian Premiere) | Canada | Director: Sarah Polley

Wadjda (Australian Premiere) | Saudi Arabia-Germany |Director: Haifaa Al Mansour| Cast: Reem Abdullah, Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani

Confirmed guests for the Official Competition include:

Saudi Arabia’s first woman filmmaker, director Haifaa Al Mansour (a University of Sydney graduate) will be in Sydney to present the Australian Premiere of Wadjda, the first-ever feature film shot in her country. Winner of the Best Arab Feature Film at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival, this is Al Mansour’s debut feature film.


Award-winning Romanian director Peter Netzer will be in Sydney to present the Australian Premiere of Child’s Pose. This the third feature from Netzer, an influential filmmaker in Romanian New Wave cinema. Child’s Pose won the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlinale.

Canadian actor and director Sarah Polley will present her first feature-length documentary at the Australian premiere of Stories We Tell. Polley made her feature-directorial debut in 2006 with Away from Her, for which she won a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction, followed up her second feature film Take This Waltz.

Director Joshua Oppenheimer and producer Signe Byrge Sørensen will be here to introduce the Australian Premiere of The Act of Killing, winner of the Documentary Audience Award at the 2013 Berlinale.

Oppenheimer’s films are known to push the boundaries of fiction and documentary. Influenced by the experimental montage of his mentor, Dusan Makavejev, his first feature film The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1997) won a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival (1998). Sørensen also produced the documentaries The Human Scale and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard, both of which screen at the festival this year.

Australian director Kim Mordaunt and producer Sylvia Wilczynski will attend the Australian Premiere of their award-winning Australian film The Rocket. This charming film just screened at Tribeca, where it won the Best Narrative Feature and Best Actor prizes; and was earlier awarded three prizes at the 2013 Berlinale, including the Crystal Bear. Mordaunt and Wilczynski’s feature-length documentary Bomb Harvest (which world premiered at SFF 2007) was nominated for best documentary in the IF Awards, ATOM Awards and Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards; was nominated for Best Director at the ADG Awards; was nominated for Best Cinematography at the AFI Awards; and won Best Feature – Children’s Rights at Hollywood’s Activist Awards.

German director, Jan Ole Gerster will be here to present his hit Oh Boy. This black-and-white comedy, Jan’s feature-film debut, won most of the major prizes at the German Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Tom Schilling), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Gwisdek) and Best Score; and won Best Feature Film Debut at the 2013 German Film Critics Association awards. Gerster started as a production assistant on the box office hit Good Bye, Lenin! (2003), the comedy about German reunification directed by Wolfgang Becker, and studied directing and screenwriting at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin.

Indian Director Amit Kumar will attend the Australian Premiere of his feature-film debut Monsoon Shootout, direct from Cannes. His student films, including Judgment Day and The Bypass, screened at festivals including Edinburgh and Cannes and won him a number of international awards and artists residencies. He worked as an associate director with BAFTA-winning UK director Asif Kapadia on The Warrior, and Oscar-winning German director Florian Gallenberger on Shadows of Time.

Director Paul Wright will attend the Australian Premiere of his first feature film For Those in Peril, direct from Cannes. Wright studied film at the RSAMD in Glasgow, where he made his first short Hikikomori (2007), which won the Scottish BAFTA for Best New Work and the Best Drama Award at the Royal Television Society awards. In the same year he made Believe, which won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at Locarno as well as major awards at Winterthur and Leeds International Film Festival. His next short, Photos of God, was selected for the 2010 Berlinale. Paul’s graduation film, Until the River Runs Red, won the BAFTA for Best Short Fiction Film in 2011.

Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize
Now in its fifth year at SFF, the Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize winner will be awarded a generous cash prize of $10,000, sponsored by Foxtel, and announced at the SFF Closing Night ceremony on Sunday 16 June.

The 10 Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize Finalists for 2013 are:

Audrey of the Alps | Director: Grace McKenzie
Big Name No Blanket (World Premiere) | Director: Steven McGregor Buckskin (World Premiere) | Director: Dylan McDonald
The Crossing (World Premiere) | Director: Julian Harvey
Love City Jalalabad (World Premiere) | Director: George Gittoes Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls (Australian Premiere)| Director: Juliet Lamont
Nothing on Earth (World Premiere) | Director: Michael Angus
Red Obsession (Australian Premiere) | Directors: David Roach and Warwick Ross
The Sunnyboy (World Premiere) | Director: Kaye Harrison The Unlikely Pilgrims (World Premiere) | Directors: Kirsten Mallyon and John Cherry


The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

The Dendy Awards celebrate the vibrancy of the short form and the talent of Australian short-film creatives. Sponsored by Dendy Cinemas for 25 years, these awards have launched the careers of many of Australia’s most respected filmmakers. The 10 films are competing for three prizes: the Dendy Live Action Short Award, the Yoram Gross Animation Award and the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director. The finalists in this year’s awards will screen together in one session on Saturday 15 June at 4pm and Sunday 16 June at 11am at Event Cinemas George Street.

The 10 finalists for the SFF 2012 Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films are:

All God’s Creatures (World Premiere) | Director: Brendon McDonall
A Cautionary Tail (Sydney Premiere) |Director: Simon Rippingale Butterflies (Sydney Premiere) | Director: Isabel Peppard Heaven (World Premiere) | Director: Maziar Lahooti I Have Your Heart (World Premiere) | Director: Jim Batt
The Last Time I Saw Richard (World Premiere) | Director: Nicholas Verso
Ngurrumbang (World Premiere) | Director: Alex Ryan Perception (World Premiere) | Director: Miranda Nation Ravage (World Premiere) | Director: Jaime Lewis Record (Sydney Premiere) | Director: David Lyons

2013 Foxtel Movie Channels Audience Award The Foxtel Movie Channels Audience Award is the People’s Choice Awards and the winners reflect the most popular feature-length films at the Festival.

After each screening, the audience is invited to rate the film they’ve just seen via the SFF2013 App or SMS. Two audience awards are presented: one to the best narrative feature, and one to the best documentary.

Special Presentations at the State

From award winners to films gathering a global buzz, Special Presentations at the State are highlights of the SFF 2013 evening program.

The SFF 2013 Special Presentations are:

Blancanieves | Spain | Director: Pablo Berger | Cast: Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina
Before Midnight | USA | Director: Richard Linklater | Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Frances Ha | USA | Director: Noah Baumbach | Cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
Gloria | Chile | Director: Sebastian Lelio | Cast: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla
The Look of Love | Australia | Director: Michael Winterbottom| Cast: Steve Coogan, Ana Friel, Imogen Poots
Lovelace | USA | Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman| Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco, Sharon Stone
Mood Indigo | France-Belgium | Director: Michel Gondry | Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh
The Past | France | Director: Asghar Farhadi | Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa Prince Avalanche | USA | Director: David Gordon Green | Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch
Stoker | UK/USA| Director: Park Chan-wook | Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Mathew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Nicole Kidman
The Way, Way Back | USA | Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash | Cast: Liam James, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Steve Carell

Before Trilogy:

With Before Midnight, Richard Linklater finishes a memorable conversation begun nearly 20 years ago, a dialogue across cultures, values and gender. Sydney Film Festival offers audiences the chance to view the first two films, Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) at the Art Gallery of NSW before the Australian Premiere of Before Midnight at 9:30pm on Sunday 8 June at the State Theatre on Market Street.

Before Sunrise | USA | Director: Richard Linklater | Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert

Before Sunset | USA | Director: Richard Linklater | Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff

Before Midnight | USA | Director: Richard Linklater | Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

Features

There are 39 features in the 2013 Sydney Film Festival Program. This selection brings together the best examples of this artform, showcasing prize-winners from the world’s most prestigious festivals alongside new works that deserve to be better known.

The SFF 2013 Features are:

The Attack | Lebanon-France-Qatar-Belgium | Director: Ziad Doueiri | Cast: Ali Suliman, Reymond Amsallem, Evgenia Dodena Betrayal | Russia | Director: Kirill Serebrennikov| Cast: Franziska Petri, Dejan Lilic, Albina Dzhanabaeva
Beyond The Hills | Romania-France-Belgium | Director: Cristian Mungiu | Cast: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andruita Breathe In | USA | Director: Drake Doremus | Cast: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan Camille Claudel 1915 | France | Director: Bruno Dumont | Cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent Closed Curtain | Iran | Directors: Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi | Cast: Kamboziya Partovi, Maryam Moqadam, Jafar Panahi Computer Chess | USA | Director: Andrew Bujalski | Cast: Patrick Riester, Wylie Wiggins, Myles Paige, The East | UK-USA | Director: Zal Batmanglij | Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Jason Ritter
Eat Sleep Die | Sweden | Director: Gabriela Pichler | Cast: Nermina Luka, Milan Dragi, Jonathan Lampinen An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker| Bosnia-Herzegovina | Director: Danis Tanovi; | Cast: Senada Alimanovi, Nazif Muji; Sandra Muji;
Everyday | UK | Director: Michael Winterbottom | Cast: Shirley Henderson, John Simm, Shaun Kirk, Katrina Kirk, Stephanie Kirk, Robert Kirk
A Few Hours of Spring | France | Director: Stéphanie Brizé | Cast: Vincent Lindon, Hélène Vincent, Emmanuelle Seigner, Olivier Perrier
Ginger and Rosa | UK | Director: Sally Potter |Cast: Alice Englert, Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Jodhi May, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Annette Bening A Hijacking| Denmark | Director: Tobias Lindholm | Cast: Søren Malling, Pilou Asbæk, Dar Salim
The Iceman | USA | Director: Ariel Vromen| Cast: Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder, David Schwimmer, James Franco
In Bloom |Georgia-Germany-France | Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross | Cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze It’s About to Rain| Iraq-Italy-Kuwait-UAE | Director: Haider Rashid | Cast: Lorenzo Baglioni, Mohamed Hanifi, Giulia Rupi
It’s All So Quiet | Netherlands, Germany | Director: Nanouk Leopold | Cast: Jeroen Willems, Henri Garcin, Wim Opbrouck
The Land of Hope | Japan | Director: Sion Sono | Cast: Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Otani, Jun Murakami
Lasting | Poland-Spain | Director: Jacek Borcuch | Cast: Jakub Gierszal, Magdalena Berus, Ángela Molina Layla Fourie | South Africa-Germany, France, Netherlands | Director: Pia Marais | Cast: Rayna Campbell, August Diehl, Rapule Hendricks
Longing for the Rain | Hong Kong-China | Director: Yang Lina | Cast: Zhao Siyuan, Fu Jia, Dej Pongpazroj Midnight’s Children | Canada | Director: Deepa Mehta | Cast: Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor
Nerve (World Premiere) | Australia | Director: Sebastien Guy | Cast: Christian Clark, Georgina Haig, Craig Hall, Gary Sweet, Andrea Demetriades, Cameron Daddo Outrage Beyond | Japan | Director: Takeshi Kitano | Cast: Beat Takeshi, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura
The Patience Stone | France | Director: Atiq Rahimi | Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Massi Mowrat, Hamid Djavadan
Pieta | South Korea | Director: Kim Ki-duk | Cast: Cho Min-soo, Lee Jung-jin
Pluto | South Korea | Director: Su-won Shin | Cast: David Lee, Sung June, Cho Sung-ha
Ship of Theseus |India | Director: Anand Gandhi | Cast: Aida El Kashef, Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Shah
Shopping |New Zealand| Directors: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland | Cast: Kevin Paulo, Julian Dennison, Jacek Koman
Television | Bangladesh | Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki| Cast: Chanchal Chowdhury, Shahir Kazi Huda, Mosharraf Karim Tenderness | France, Beligum, Germany | Director: Marion Hansel | Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Marilyne Canto, Adrien Jolivet
Thanks for Sharing | USA | Director: Stuart Blumberg | Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Pink
Touch of the Light | Taiwan-Hong Kong-China | Director: Chang Jung-chi | Cast: Huang Yu-siang, Lee Lieh, Hsieh Kan-chun Upstream Color | USA |Directors: Shane Carruth | Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig
Vic Flo Saw a Bear | Canada | Director: Denis Côté | Cast: Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin What Maisie Knew | USA |Directors: Scott McGehee and David Siegel | Cast: Onata Aprile, Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan What Richard Did | Ireland | Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Cast: Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley White Elephant | Argentina-Spain-France | Director: Pablo Trapero | Cast: Ricardo Darín, Jérémie Renier, Martina Gusman

Sounds on Screen

This year’s selection includes: BAFTA-winning director film Shane Meadows’ (This Is England, Dead Man's Shoes) highly anticipated film The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, about the legendary ’90s Manchester band; the first SFF film from Angola, tracing the hardcore scene in this troubled country, Death Metal Angola; while Becoming Traviata gives an insight into creative process of staging Verdi’s masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France, and featuring opera star Natalie Dessay.

Chris Strachwitz is the guiding force behind Arhoolie Records, on a quest to find the deep roots of American popular music, in This Ain't No Mouse Music. Muscle Shoals (winner of the Audience Award at Hot Docs) pays homage to a small-town studio in Alabama which, since the 1950s, has been the scene for the recording of some of the greatest musical hits and of all time. A hilarious documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, chronicling life on the road with indie band The National, will surprise and delight. The feature Greetings from Tim Buckley follows the journey of the ’60s singer/songwriter’s equally iconic son Jeff as he grapples with his father’s legacy, culminating in his legendary 1991 performance of the elder Buckley’s songs.

The full SFF 2013 Sounds On Screen program: Becoming Traviata | France | Director: Philippe Beziat Death Metal Angola |USA-Angola | Director: Jeremy Xido Greetings from Tim Buckley | USA | Director: Daniel Algrant
Mistaken For Strangers |USA | Director: Tom Berninger Muscle Shoals |USA | Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier The Stone Roses: Made of Stone |UK | Director: Shane Meadows
This Ain’t No Mouse Music |USA | Directors: Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling

International Documentaries

Documentaries continue to increase in popularity all around the world each year. This selection is an excellent survey of the best examples of the factual-film form being created internationally.

Here is the full list of the 32 International Documentaries:

Algorithms | India | Director: Ian McDonald Approved for Adoption | Belgium-France-South Korea-Switzerland | Director: Laurent Boileau, Jung Blackfish | USA | Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite Char…The No Man’s Land | India-Japan-Italy-Denmark-Nor way | Director: Sourav Sarangi The Crash Reel | USA | Director: Lucy Walker
Cutie and the Boxer | USA | Director: Zachary Heinzerling Dancing in Jaffa | USA | Director: Hilla Medalia
Dirty Wars | USA | Director: Richard Rowley Downloaded | USA | Director: Alex Winter
Dragon Girls | Germany-China | Director: Inigo Westmeier
Exposed | USA | Director: Beth B F*ck For Forest | Poland, Germany | Director: Michal Marczak
Fallen City | China | Director: Zhao Qi
Fatal Assistance | France-Haiti-USA-Belgium | Director: Raoul Peck The Human Scale | Denmark | Director: Andreas Dalsgaard
I Am Divine | USA | Director: Jeffrey Schwarz Kink | USA | Director: Christina Voros The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear | Georgia-Germany | Director: Tinatin Gurchiani
La Maison de la Radio | France, Japan | Director: Nicholas Philibert
The Moo Man | UK, Germany | Directors: Andy Heathcote, Heike Bachelier
Narco Cultura | USA | Director: Shaul Schwarz The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology | UK-Ireland | Director: Sophie Fiennes
Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer | Russian Federation-UK | Directors: Mike Learner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
A River Changes Course | USA, Cambodia | Director: Kalyanee Mam Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s | USA | Director: Mathew Miele The Search for Emak Bakia | Spain | Director: Oskar Alegria The Spirit of ’45 | UK | Director: Ken Loach The Summit | Ireland-UK-Switzerland | Director: Nick Ryan
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks | USA | Director: Alex Gibney Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington | USA | Director: Sebastian Junger William and the Windmill | USA-Malawi-South Africa | Director: Ben Nabors William Yang: My Generation | Australia | Director: Martin Fox

Retrospective

The SFF 2013 Retrospective includes a restored Australian classic, an iconic Hitchcock thriller and a specially curated program of British noir.
Rear Window | 1954 | USA | Director: Alfred Hitchcock Wrong Side of the Road | 1981 | Australia | Director: Ned Lander
Brit Noir: Rainy Sundays, Stormy Mondays
Presented in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia, this collection rewrites the rulebook of British cinema history. There are also many fascinating Australian connections to be unearthed from this subterranean collection. A slow-burning social revolt against the conservative routines of the British way of life, these gritty, dark and compelling films are a very different kind of noir, featuring famous faces like Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough and Diana Dors playing completely against type. The results are shocking, engrossing and totally unexpected.
Here is the full list of Brit Noir films:
Brighton Rock (screens with the short Sunday by the Sea)
Brighton Rock | Director: John Boulting | Cast: Richard Attenborough, Hermoine Baddeley, William Hartnell
Sunday by the Sea | Director: Anthony Simmons | Screenwriter: Anthony Simmons | Producer: Leon Clore
Daybreak (screens with the short Cine Gazette no. 12: The Elephant Will Never Forget)
Daybreak | Director: Compton Bennett | Cast: Ann Todd, Eric Portman, Maxwell Reed
Cine Gazette no. 12: The Elephant Will Never Forget | Director, Screenwriter: John Krish | Producer: Edgar Anstey | Cast: Brewster Mason
Hell Drivers (screens with the short Pedestrian Crossing)
Hell Drivers| Director: Cy Endfield | Cast: Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins
Pedestrian Crossing| Director: Michael Law | Producer: Richard Massingham | Cast: Richard Massingham
Hell Is a City (screens with the short Tomorrow’s Saturday)
Hell is a City | Director, Screenwriter: Val Guest | Cast: Stanley Baker, John Crowford, Donald Pleasence Tomorrow's Saturday | Director: Michael Grigsby
It Always Rains on Sunday (screens with the shorts What A Life! and The People at No. 19)
It Always Rains on Sunday | Director: Robert Hamer | Producer: Michael Balcon | Cast: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum
What A Life! | Director: Michael Law | Cast: Michael Law, Russell Waters
The People at No. 19 | Director: J. B. Holmes | Cast: Tilsa Page, Desmond Carrington, Margery Fleeson
Never Let Go (screens with the short Coughs and Sneezes)
Never Let Go |Director: John Guillermin| Cast: Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars
Coughs and Sneezes | Director: Richard Massingham | Cast: Richard Massingham
Noose (screens with the short The Dark Stairway)
Noose |Director: Edmond T. Gréville | Cast: Carole Landis, Derek Farr, Joseph Calleia
The Dark Stairway | Director, Screenwriter: Ken Hughes | Cast: Edgar Lustgarten, Russell Napier, Vincent Ball
Odd Man Out | Director, Producer: Carol Reed| Cast: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack
Robbery (screens with the short A Warning to Travellers)
Robbery Director: Peter Yates | Cast: Stanley Baker, Joanna Pettet, James Booth
A Warning to Travellers| Director: John Waterhouse | Cast: Richard Massingham
The Siege of Pinchgut | Director: Harry Watt | Cast: Aldo Ray, Heather Sears, Neil McCallum
They Made Me A Fugitive | Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Cast: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones
Time without Pity (screens with the short Watch Your Meters)
Time without Pity | Director: Joseph Losey | Cast: Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, Leo McKern, Peter Cushing
Watch Your Meters | TBC
Yield to the Night (screens with the short Nice Time)
Yield to the Night | Director: J. Lee Thompson | Cast: Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig
Nice Time | Director: AlaIn Tanner and Claude Goretta

Focus on Austria

It has been a big year for Austrian film. Michael Haneke’s Amour (SFF 2012) won both the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy achieved the rare feat of playing in competition at the three major festivals: Cannes, Venice and Berlin. Through this Focus on Austria, we pay tribute to these masters and their colleagues, their films and their methods, to the beautiful city of Vienna, and to the next generation of filmmakers.

The titles in Focus on Austria are:

Michael H: Profession Director | Austria-France | Director: Yves Montmayeur Museum Hours | Austria-USA | Director: Jem Cohen
Soldate Jeannette | USA | Director: Daniel Hoesl

Paradise Trilogy:

Paradise Faith | Austria-Germany-France | Director: Ulrich Seidl
Paradise: Hope | Austria-Germany-France | Director: Ulrich Seidl Paradise: Love | Austria-Germany-France | Director: Ulrich Seidl

Freak Me Out

Selected by Guest Programmer Richard Kuipers, and now in its sixth year at SFF, Freak Me Out showcases Cheap Thrills, the winner of the Audience Award at the SXSW;Comrade Kim Goes Flying, the first North Korean movie ever to screen at SFF; Frankenstein’s Army, a gruesomely comic found-footage mockumentary about a crazed Nazi scientist and his half-human killing machines; You're Next, one of the most terrifying films of the year and winner of SCI FI Jury Award at the Gérardmer Film Festival 2012; the bizarre American road movie The Rambler; and We Are What We Are (selected for Cannes), a slow-burn study of a strange backwoods family directed by acclaimed genre filmmaker Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street and Stake Land), which was reviewed by Indiewire as ‘poetic, creepy and satisfyingly gross.’

The Freak Me Out films are:

Cheap Thrills | USA | Director: E. L. Katz
Comrade Kim Goes Flying | Belgium-UK-North-Korea | Directors: Nicholas Bonner, Kim Gwang Hun and Anja Daelemans Frankenstein’s Army | Netherlands-USA |Director: Richard Raaphorst The Rambler | USA | Director: Calvin Lee Reeder
We Are What We Are | USA | Director: Jim Mickle You’re Next | USA | Director: Adam Wingard

The Box Set

SFF audiences have the real treat of watching two of the world’s greatest TV productions in the cinema. These works have brought feature-film production values and screenplays into the home. Now their true qualities are revealed on the big screen for the first time.

The Box Set features:
Burning Bush (Czech Republic, HBO Europe) | Director: Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, A Lonely Woman, Angry Harvest, The Wire)
Penance (Japan) | Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Bright Future, Tokyo Sonata)

Short Films

The 60th Sydney Film Festival presents the following shorts: The Amber Amulet (Director: Matthew Moore; Australia), Captive Radio (Director: Lauren Rosenfield; USA-Colombia), Children Playing (Director: Kai Raisbeck; Australia), The Chuck In (Director: Jon Bell; Australia), Crooked Lines (Director: Lucy Walker; USA), December 25 (Director: Went Dent; Australia), Ellen is Leaving (Director: Michelle Savill; New Zealand), Fighting Spirit (Director: Linda Hambäck; Sweden), Home (Director: Thomas Gleeson; New Zealand), Irish Folk Furniture (Director: Tony Donoghue; Ireland), km (Director: Christos Nikou; Greece), La Pionnière (Director: Daniela Abke; Germany), Notes on Blindness: Rainfall (Directors: James Spinney, Peter Middleton; UK – prizewinner at Hot Docs), Out of Frame (Director: Yorgos Zois; Greece), Pablo’s Villa (Director: Matthew Salleh; Australia), Paper Run (Director: Malcolm Otton, Australia; 1956). Recollections (Director: Nathanael Carton; Japan), Tau Seru, (Director: Rodd Rathjen; India, Australia – selected for Cannes), The Village (Director: Liliana Sulzbach; Brazil), Whale Valley (Director: Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson; Denmark-Iceland – selected for Cannes).


Talks Program:

Meet the Filmmakers: SFF Talks at the Apple Store
To celebrate the 2013 Sydney Film Festival and the spirit of filmmaking, the Apple Store once again hosts its free Meet the Filmmakers series, where you can hear esteemed writers, directors, producers and actors discuss their latest project and answer your questions.

Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda) Saturday 8 June, 2-3pm Pioneering Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al Mansour returns to Sydney, where she earned a Masters in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, to talk about her debut feature Wadjda, the first feature shot entirely in her country. The film screens in SFF’s Official Competition. This talk will be hosted by Dr Richard Smith, Director of Film Studies at the University of Sydney.

Ivan Sen and David Jowsey (Mystery Road)
Sunday, 9 June, 12-1pm
On the vanguard of Australian filmmaking since his acclaimed debut feature Beneath Clouds, Ivan Sen is no stranger to the festival; his previous film Toomelah screened in SFF’s 2011 Official Competition. His highly anticipated Mystery Road is SFF’s Opening Night film this year. In this session Sen, together with producer David Jowsey, will discuss the making of Mystery Road, which he directed, wrote, shot, edited and scored. The talk will hosted by Sydney Morning Herald film writer Garry Maddox.

Kim Mordaunt and Sylvia Wilczynski (The Rocket)
Sunday 9 June, 2-3pm The Australian filmmaking duo of writer-director Kim Mordaunt and producer Sylvia Wilczynski (Bomb Harvest) discuss their Lao-language debut feature The Rocket, which won the Crystal Bear and Best First Feature at the Berlinale and the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and Best Actor at Tribeca. The film’s Australian Premiere will be at SFF. The talk will hosted by Sydney Morning Herald film writer Garry Maddox.

Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell)
Saturday 15 June, 2:30-3:15pm Oscar nominated actor-director Sarah Polley (Away from Her, Take This Waltz) discusses her highly personal first venture into documentary, the award-winning Stories We Tell. The film screens in SFF’s Official Competition. The talk will be hosted by Margaret Pomeranz from ABC’s At the Movies.

Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall

The 60th Sydney Film Festival presents the Sydney Film Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall, offering the public a free venue to relax and mingle before or after screenings, see local and international acts, hear filmmaker talks and grab a drink at the Keystone Bar. The Festival Hub will be the only place where $10 discount tickets for select next day screenings will be available.
Awarding winning Luxembourgian artist and music-video director Jeff Desom will open the Festival Hub with a free video projection exhibition Rear Window Loop, celebrating Alfred Hitchcock’s 60-year-old masterpiece Rear Window. In a stunning 20-minute panoramic three-channel video projection audiences, can see the view out the rear window of the central character’s (James Stewart’s) New York apartment and experience the intrigue and mystery of this classic film. Hear about Desom’s inspiration for creating this work and his successful background in music-video directing on Sunday 9 June from 6-7pm.



Hub Expert Talks: SFF Talks Festival Hub at Lower Town Hall



TALK: Friday on My Mind, Hosted by AFTRS
Friday 7 June, 6-7:30pm
AFTRS brings its popular Friday on My Mind conversation to the Hub, in which acclaimed filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing) discusses his work with Radio National’s Jason Di Rosso.

TALK: Short Cuts 1: Quick Talks by Film Addicts
Friday 7 June, 8-10pm
A series of five engaging and quirky 15-minute talks by obsessive film buffs, curated by The Yeah Sessions. Topics include ‘Re-Queering Australian Cinema’ and ‘A Vodka Martini... or a Heineken? The Glorious Role of Product Placement in Films’.

WORKSHOP: Basement Sound Studio: Live Foley Demo
Saturday 8 June, 3:30-5pm
Local legend Les Fiddess, the man behind the sound effects for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Samson and Delilah, creates live sound effects for cult films in this entertaining hands-on workshop.

WORKSHOP: Show and Tell: Hack Your Smartphone Camera!
Saturday 8 June, 5-6:30pm
Meet and learn from geeks and DIY artists who’ve made surprising use of their smartphone cameras to create innovative and striking work, in partnership with Lomography Australia and Kino Sydney.

TALK: Download This Show: Cinema in the Year 2074
Saturday 8 June, 6:30-8pm
Radio National host Marc Fennell brings cinema kicking and screaming 60 years into the future. Do cinemas still exist? Are all screens holographic? Find out in this mind-expanding panel.

TALK: Julie and the Directors
Sunday 9 June, 12:30-2:30pm
In celebration of SFF’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julie Rigg moderates a panel of Sydney Film Festival programmers past and present, from David Donaldson (1954-57) to David Stratton (1966-1983) to Nashen Moodley (2012 to now). It’s an insightful look at six decades of world-cinema trends, festival challenges and juicy celebrity anecdotes.

TALK: 2SER IN CONVERSATION WITH JEFF DESOM

Sunday 9 June, 6-7pm
Paris Pompor (Groovescooter) chats with European filmmaker and artist Jeff Desom (Rear Window Loop) about remixing Hitchcock, going viral and shooting music videos with zombie babies.


TALK: STILLS PHOTOGRAPHERS IN CONVERSATION: ROBERT MCFARLANE AND MARK ROGERS

Monday 10 June, 4-5pm
Two of Australia’s best still photographers share striking images and juicy anecdotes about their work on the sets of iconic homegrown films, from Heatwave (1982) to Wolf Creek 2 (2013). A co-presentation with Head On Photo Festival

TALK: SHORT CUTS 2: QUICK TALKS BY FILM EXPERTS

Monday 10 June, 6-7:30pm
A series of four entertaining and fascinating 15-minute talks by film experts and academics including Dr Jane Park on ‘Representing Race in Film’ and ‘Sex on Screen’ by Prof. Annamarie Jagose. The talks are curated and presented by the University of Sydney.

TALK: FIVE FILMS FOR AN ALIEN – HOSTED BY AFTRS

Tuesday 11 June, 6:30-8pm
If you had to tell the story of cinema to an alien visiting our planet, which five films would you choose? Acclaimed filmmakers and practitioners share their picks. Intergalactic peace hangs in the balance!

TALK: DIRECTOR IN CONVERSATION: CĂLIN PETER NETZER

Wednesday 12 June, 6:30-8pm
Călin Peter Netzer talks about his creative process and the challenges he overcame to make Berlinale Golden Bear-winner Child’s Pose. A co-presentation with the Australian Directors Guild.

TALK: CROWDFUND YOUR DREAMS

Thursday 13 June, 6:30-8pm
Screen-content creators including Kirsty Stark (web series Wastelander Panda), Craig Boreham (Teenage Kicks) and Jiao Chen (Ngurrumbang) share their successes and disasters crowdfunding their work online. Presented in association with Pozible.com.

SCREEN AUSTRALIA MASTERCLASSES

Screen Australia in partnership with SFF brings leading documentary filmmakers to Sydney for a series of intimate industry masterclasses at the Festival Hub. Participants include: Sarah Polley, Oscar-nominated director of Stories We Tell; Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing; and Danish filmmakers Signe Byrge Sørensen (The Act of Killing, The Human Scale) and Andreas Dalsgaard (The Human Scale). The talks are hosted by SBS’s Sandy George.

Special Events

Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture 2013

11AM MONDAY 10 JUNE, EVENT CINEMAS GEORGE STREET (EV3)
ABC-TV’s David Stratton
brings his consummate interviewing skills to bear as host of a special discussion featuring a surprise guest! Stratton is a former director of Sydney Film Festival and is currently film critic for The Australian and host of ABC TV’s At the Movies. A recipient of the Australian Film Institute’s Raymond Longford Award, David has also served as a former President of the International Critics Jury for both the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, authored three books and lectures in Film History at the University of Sydney. Stratton and co-host Margaret Pomeranz recently celebrated 25 years of their onscreen partnership on Australian TV.

Sydney Film Festival celebrates its 60th anniversary this 5-16 June bringing a packed program of screenings and special events to even more venues across Sydney. For tickets and full up-to-date program information please visit sff.org.au.

ABOUT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Sydney Film Festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animations across the city at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the Art Gallery of NSW, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, the Apple Store, Grasshopper Lounge and SFFTV@Martin Place.

The Festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar and is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals. For more information visit sff.org.au

Sydney Film Festival also presents twelve films that vie for the ‘Official Competition’; a highly respected international honour that awards a $60,000 cash prize based on the decision of a jury of international and Australian filmmakers and industry professionals. Previous Sydney Film Festival Official Competition winners include: Alps (2012), A Separation (2011) – which went on to win an Academy Award®, Heartbeats (2010), Bronson (2009) and Hunger (2008).

The 60th Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia, and the City of Sydney. The Festival’s Strategic partner is the NSW Government through Destination NSW.


What: Sydney Film Festival
When: 5-16 June, 2013
Tickets & Info: 1300 733 733
sff.org.au
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Inertia Presents Access All Areas
- breaking new artists in 2013

Inertia brings an artist manager, promoter, label rep, booking agent and two radio music directors together to develop a plan for an emerging artist, live onstage at Vivid Ideas on 2 June.

‘Inertia Presents Access All Areas – breaking new artists in 2013’ features a panel of specialists highly regarded for nurturing new music talent, including label rep Mark Dodds (Inertia Access: Dune Rats, The Delta Riggs), triple j Unearthed Music Director Dave Ruby Howe, promoter Chris Twite (Handsome Tours: SBTRKT, Polica), FBi Music Director Stephen Goodhew, manager Jo Gray (Borden Management: Seekae) and agent Rob Giovannoni (Select Music: DZ Deathrays, Elizabeth Rose).



One artist will be chosen as the session’s focus, but the panel’s advice will help any aspiring artist, manager, booking agent or radiophile to understand more about how these roles work in tandem to build an artist’s profile.

New artists are invited to enter to be the focus of this session by leaving their details at inertia-music.com/accessallareas. All styles are encouraged, artists must just be free to attend the session on 2 June, and have no pre-existing connection to the panellists. Inertia Access will also release the chosen artist’s single in June.

Inertia Presents Access All Areas takes place at 7pm on 2 June at The Forum on Level 6 of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Tickets are $10. For tickets and further information visit: vividsydney.com.


About Inertia Access:


Inertia Access launched in 2012 to cater to the needs of emerging Australian artists entering the marketplace. It seeks out burgeoning Australian talent, offering access to Inertia services that will help them develop their careers, such as digital distribution, media servicing, royalty collection, film/TV licensing and CD/vinyl manufacturing. It aims to create a space for young artists to develop with expert advice and begin generating income while they assess their overall direction.

About Vivid Sydney:


Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 24 May – 10 June 2013. Vivid Sydney will colour the city with creativity and inspiration, featuring the breathtaking immersive lighting of the iconic Sydney Opera House sails, performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LI VE and a free large scale multi-media outdoor exhibition of interactive light sculptures and building projections around the harbour precinct. The event will also include a range of artistic collaborations, public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers from Australia and around the world, celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia Pacific.
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RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE

April 29th 2013 09:14
XDR (Australia) Cultural Promotion presents
RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE
Swan Lake
The Nutcracker


Australian National Tour
September - November 2013


Returning to Australia to perform two of the most memorable and enchanting classical ballets



The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns for a tour of full-length classical performances of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker in over 20 cities across Australia from September.

With more than 50 ballet dancers, the Russian National Ballet Theatre has toured the USA, China, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Guatemala, Poland, South Korea and Japan transforming Russian Ballet.

Tchaikovsky's instantly recognisable music set against the wonderfully dark story of good against evil; Swan Lake is one of the most famous and loved of all ballets. This production by Evgeny Amosov, Artistic Director of The Russian National Ballet Theatre, is heralded around the world.

Swan Lake's glamorous set is evocative of the Russian Imperial world in which the ballet was created, while the haunting moonlit lakeside is perfect for the tragic conflict of the human and spirit worlds and allows the audience to be swept away in the vulnerability of Odette/ Odile.

One of the most extravagant theatrical events of all time, the original St Petersburg staging of The Nutcracker in 1890 was a remarkable illustration of the Russian Imperial style at its peak. It is known as one of the superior Russian National Ballet Theatre productions in the modern era. Joined by a huge cast in a fairytale setting, the, current staging is also directed by Evgeny Amosov and accompanied by a glorious Tchaikovsky score. This version of The Nutcracker has all the elements of an enduring fairy tale: adventure, fantasy, good versus evil, and of course, love.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The basis for the creation of the theatre was the necessity of promising young theatre with high creative potential, both classical and contemporary.The theatre's repertoire includes not only classical performances such as Sleeping Beauty, Scotland Suite, Don Quixote and Gala Concert, but also modern ballets set to the music of Mozart, Bach, Ravel and others.

Artistic Director Evgeny Amosov, graduated from the Perm Academy of choreography and then joined the Ekaterinburg Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet as a principal dancer. He is also a prize-winner of Russian and International choreography contests of ballet-masters and ballet dancers. In 1988 Amosov was awarded the title Honored artist of Russia and in 1990 was the leading solo dancer of the state theatre Russian ballet.From 1993 till 1998 he studied at the Russian Academy of theatrical arts. In 2001 Amosov co-founded the company Russian National Ballet Theatre.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre is a cut above many of its rivals.
- Washington Post

Their gracefulness, perfect edges and lines demonstrate why the ballet, like opera, is such a powerful art form. You can feel the emotion in your seat without anyone saying a word that you can understand.
- The Star Press





Mackay Entertainment Centre
Sat 21 - Sun 22 September
Tickets: Adult $77.90, Concession $67.90, Student $57.90 ,Child $57.90
Bookings: mackaytix.com.au 07 4961 9777

Toowoomba Empire Theatre
Tues 24 - Wed 25 September
Tickets: Adult $87.90, Concession $77.90, Child under 15 $67.90
Bookings: empiretheatre.com.au 1300 655 299

Bundaberg Moncrieff Theatre
Thurs 26 - Fri 27 September
Tickets:Adult $87.90,Student & Pensioner $77.90, Children $57.90
Bookings: moncrieff-bundaberg.com.au 07 4130 4100

Logan Entertainment Centre
Sat 28 - Sun 29 September
Tickets: Adult: $77.90, Concession: $67.90, Student: $57.90
Bookings: Really Long Link 07 3412 5626

Newcastle Civic Theatre
Tues 1 - Wed 2 October
Tickets: Adult $97.90Conc/Group 8plus $87.90Student/Junior $77.90 (under 12 or full time student ID)
Bookings: civictheatrenewcastle.com.au 02 4929 1977

Wollongong Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Thurs 3 - Fri 4 October
Tickets: Adult $87.90, Concession $77.90, Student $67.90 (A $5.10 transaction fee applies to phone and internet bookings.)
Bookings: merrigong.com.au, 02 4224 5999

Chatswood The Concourse Theatre
Sat 5 October
Tickets: Adult$97.90, Junior/Child$77.90, Pensioner$87.90, Student - Full Time$77.90
Bookings: ticketek.com.au 1300 795 012

Wagga-Wagga Civic Theatre
Mon 7 October
Tickets: Adult $90.90, Concession $80.90, Child $70.90, Student $70.90
Bookings: civictheatre.com.au 02 6926 9688

Griffith Regional Theatre
Tue 8 - Wed 9 October
Tickets: Adult $80.40, Concession $70.40, Member $70.40, Child Under 15 $60.40
Bookings: griffithregionaltheatre.com.au 02 6962 8444

Canberra Theatre Centre
Fri 11 - Sat 12 October
Tickets: Adult $104.90, Concession $94.90, Student $84.90
Bookings: canberratheatrecentre.com.au 02 6275 2700

Capital Theatre Bendigo
Mon 14 - Tues 15 October
Tickets: Adults: $87.90, Concession $77.90, Student $67.90
Bookings: www.thecapital.com.au03 5434 6100

The West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Warragul
Wed 16 Oct
Tickets: Adults: $87.90, Members $77.90, Youth (U18) $67.90, Concession $77.90
Bookings: wgac.org.au 03 5624 2456

SaleESSO BHP Billiton Entertainment Centre
Wed 16 October
Tickets: Adult $87.90,Senior/Pensioner $77.90,Child U15 $67.90
Bookings: ebbwec.com.au 03 5143 3200

Adelaide Her Majesty’s Theatre
Sat 19 - Mon 21 October
Tickets: Adult $105.90, Concession $95.90, Student $84.25, Child $84.25
Bookings: bass.net.au 131 246

Moonee Ponds The Clocktower Centre
Wed 23 - Thurs 24 October
Tickets: Adults $87.90, Concession $77.90, Student/Child $67.90
Bookings: clocktowercentre.com.au 03 9243 9191

Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Fri 25 October
Tickets: Adults $87.90Concession $77.90Students $67.90
Bookings: gpac.org.au 03 5225 1200

Warrnambool The Lighthouse Theatre
Sun 27 October
Tickets: Adult: $87.90, Concession $77.90, Children $67.90
Bookings: lighthousetheatre.com.au 03 5559 4999

Shepparton Eastbank Centre
Mon 28 - Tues 29 Oct
Tickets: Members: Adults $70.10, Concession $61.10
Non-Members: Adults $77.90, Concession $67.90, Student $57.90
Bookings: riverlinksvenues.com.au 03 5832 9511

Melbourne Her Majesty's Theatre
Thurs 31 October - Sun 3 November
Tickets: Adults $105.30, Pensioners/Seniors $95.30, Students & Children $85.30
Booking: ticketek.com.au 1300 795 012

Perth The Regal Theatre
Tues 5 - Wed 6 November
Tickets: Adult$97.90, Junior (2-12years)$77.90
Bookings: ticketek.com.au 132 849

Albany Entertainment Centre
Fri 8 -Sun 10 November
Tickets: Adults $87.90, Concession $77.90, Junior(2-12 years) $67.90, Student (Full Time) $67.90
Bookings: albanyentertainment.com.au 08 9844 5005

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Mon 11 November
Tickets:
Bookings: bunburyentertainment.com 1300 661 272

Geraldton Queens Park Theatre
Thurs 14 - Fri 15 November
Tickets: Adult $87.90, Pensioner & Seniors $77.90
Child Under 12 & Secondary Students $67.90,
Bookings: queensparktheatre.com.au 08 9956 6662

Sydney The Enmore Theatre
Sun 17 - Tue 19 November
Tickets: Adult $105, Concession $95, Student $85
Bookings: enmoretheatre.com.au 02 9550 3666 or 132 849 (Ticketek)

*Check with your local venue for which Ballet will be performed.
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TENACIOUS D in AUSTRALIA

April 29th 2013 02:45
TENACIOUS D

ANNOUNCE NEW AUSTRALIAN SPECIAL GUEST - DAMIEN POWER!

The Frontier Touring Company announced that talented and enigmatic performer, Damien Power, will be joining Tenacious D for the Australian leg of their upcoming tour.

This follows the unfortunate news that Barry Morgan will no longer be able to appear on the tour. Morgan’s management shared this message:

"Due to unforeseen circumstances Barry Morgan has had to cancel his appearance at the Tenacious D Australian May tour. Naturally, Barry is heartbroken that he can’t meet a few of his favourite celebrities and thanks Mr Jack Black and Mr Kyle Gass for the invitation to be involved in their show.


Mr. Barry Morgan looks forward to donning his safari suit and making his way from the Sunnyside Mall in Adelaide in his Toyota Crown Royal Saloon to organ lovers around Australia, later in the year."






Damien Power's sharp wit and contagious energy is an excellent addition to Tenacious D’s already highly anticipated tour. Often touted as one of the top rising stars of Australian comedy, Power has performed to sold out audiences across the country.

Last year was an incredible year for Power; he reached the finals in the national RAW Comedy competition, was selected by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to perform in their exclusive showcase of the country’s best emerging comedians and was nominated for Best Comedy at the Sydney Fringe Festival.

‘A serious talent to watch’ - Scene Magazine

‘An outstanding character comedian, conjuring exotic personae in clever routines.” - The Courier Mail

‘Power is an engaging speaker, his fearless confidence winning over the room. “ - Chortle UK

Appearing on all dates across Tenacious D’s Australia and New Zealand tour will be Sasquatch; an “ape-like creature that some people believe inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.” Sasquatch will be performing solo at these dates, ripping some unreal guitar solos.

The countdown has begun until The D hit our shores in a few short weeks. Be quick to grab the limited tickets available to the tour or you may just miss out!



TENACIOUS D
with special guests
Damien Power (AUS dates only) and Sasquatch (US) (all AUS & NZ dates)

MAY 2013
All shows on sale now

Fri 10 May Brisbane | Convention Centre (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Sat 11 May Sydney | Opera House (All Ages) SOLD OUT
SydneyOperaHouse.com | Ph: 02 9250 7777

Sun 12 May Sydney | Opera House (All Ages)
SydneyOperaHouse.com | Ph: 02 9250 7777

Tue 14 May Adelaide | Thebarton Theatre (All Ages)
VenueTix.com.au | Ph: 08 8225 8888

Wed 15 May Perth | Riverside Theatre (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Fri 17 May Melbourne | Palais Theatre (All Ages) SOLD OUT
Ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Sat 18 May Melbourne | Palais Theatre (All Ages)
Ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Mon 20 May Auckland | Town Hall (All Ages)
The-Edge.co.nz | Ph: 0800 BUY TICKETS

Tue 21 May Wellington | Opera House (All Ages)
Ticketek.co.nz | Ph: 0800 842 538

Wed 22 May Christchurch | The Bedford Marquee (over 18 only)
Ticketek.co.nz | Ph: 0800 842 538


Twitter @RealTenaciousD
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TIM MOORE

April 24th 2013 04:28
TIM MOORE
Singer. Songwriter. Poet.



Here's what Tim Morre has been up to since releasing his EP last year "I've had a forced break from music towards the end of last year after a frustrating trademark issue involving a Tim Moore from the US threatening to sue me for producing music under my birth name; crazy i know!".

With this finally sorted Moore is building momentum again, shooting some videos and supporting for the likes of Passenger.

Moore will be on tour with Stu Larsen and Natsuki Kurai kicking it off in Adelaide on April 18 at the Promethean, he also has some shows in early May. A regular protagonist at intimate and moving shows in Adelaide's vibrant nu-folk scene, Tim is a gifted storyteller with a voice of untempered honesty.

He has collaborated with the likes of Stu Larsen (QLD), Joshua Spier (SA), Cookie Baker (VIC), Natsuki Kurai (JPN) and been involved with stack of local and interstate projects.

He brings his wide experience to bear on the first release of his solo project. Recorded on a shoestring in a small studio in the Adelaide Hills, Fading Fires weaves together six stories about deep breaths, wide open skies and the end of the world.

"Very occasionally you come across a songwriter who stops you in your tracks and forces you to listen. This is the hidden treasure we're all searching for as songwriters and Tim Moore has it in spades." - Tim Hart, Boy & Bear


"What a treat it is to find a folk musician who can be subtle in his methods yet sharp in insight and powerful in impact!" - Anthony Vawser, MusicSA

"Amazing lyrics. Captivating melodies. Perfect instrumentation and production." - Stu Larsen


TIM MOORE
Fading Fires Tour
APRIL 2013

18th Adelaide
20th Hobart
21st Melbourne
26th Sydney
27th Canberra
28th Brisbane




Buy physical/digital at Bandcamp, digital only on iTunes.

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Don McLean in Australia

April 23rd 2013 01:24
Lennard Promotions Present:
Don McLean In Concert

Lennard Promotions present legendary songwriter Don McLean In Concert across Australia in August 2013.

Don McLean galvanised a generation with his timeless hit American Pie, as each generation since its release has discovered, the poignant lyricism and unforgettable melody stirs deep emotion and empathy from all who encounter it, once it has visited it never leaves the heart of the listener, burying itself like a familiar comforting memory only to be re awoken on subsequent encounters.

A once in a lifetime song, from a once in a lifetime artist. This track along with the classic singles Vincent, Driedel, Everyday, The Legend of Andrew McCrew and numerous others confirmed McLean was a gifted storyteller with a talent that ascended his peers and rightfully earned him a place in the Song Writers Hall Of Fame.

As a special treat for Australian fans, Don McLean will be joined by Catherine Britt one of the country's most acclaimed singer-songwriters as special guest at each show (Rockhampton and Tweed Heads not included). Catherine spent 6 years in Nashville and has toured, performed and recorded with some of music’s most respected names.

Don McLean
Born in New Rochelle, NY in 1945 Don McLean was to become one of America's most accomplished singer-songwriters. His early work catching the attention of folk legend Pete Seeger who he performed free for in the latter's efforts to clean up the Hudson River. From these humble beginnings McLean has gone on to release some 29 album (all which are still in print) inspiring artists as diverse as Madonna, Fred Astaire, Chet Atkins, Weird Al Yankovick, Elvis Presley, Josh Groban and Coolio to cover his amazing music. With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide.

Australia's love affair with Don McLean is a long and fruitful one, he held the attendance record at the Capitol Theatre in Melbourne with 18 consecutive performances, breaking the previous record of Joni Mitchell and was the first ever American artist to perform at the then newly built Sydney Opera House. Through subsequent visits, inspired performances and of course his timeless music, Don McLean's art resonates loudly with Australian audiences ensuring that his visit in August will continue to fuel the hearts of long-time fans and music lovers across the nation.

Lennard Promotions Present
Don McLean In Concert
*Tickets Onsale 29th April



15TH. AUGUST WIN ENT. CENTRE, WOLLONGONG
with special guest Catherine Britt
132 849 ticketek.com.au

16TH. AUGUST WREST POINT ENT. CENTRE, HOBART
with special guest Catherine Britt
1300 795 257 tixtas.com.au

17TH. AUGUST ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, HAMER HALL
with special guest Catherine Britt
136 100 ticketmaster.com.au

19TH. AUGUST CONCERT HALL, PERTH
with special guest Catherine Britt
132 849

21ST. AUGUST THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE
with special guest Catherine Britt
8225 8888 venuetix.com.au

23RD.AUGUST QPAC CONCERT HALL, BRISBANE
with special guest Catherine Britt
136 246 qtix.com.au

24TH. AUGUST GREAT WESTERN HOTEL, ROCKHAMPTON
1300 762 545 oztix.com.au

25TH. AUGUST TWIN TOWNS, TWEED HEADS
1800 014 014 twintowns.com.au

29TH. AUGUST CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA
with special guest Catherine Britt
6275 2700

30TH. AUGUST ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY
with special guest Catherine Britt
132 849

31ST. AUGUST EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH
with special guest Catherine Britt
penrith.panthers.com.au (02) 4720 5555

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

April 23rd 2013 01:18
THE ADDAMS FAMILY


THE CREEPY, KOOKY, FULLY FUNCTIONAL
DYSFUNCTIONAL ADDAMS FAMILY HAS ARRIVED IN TOWN -
AND REHEARSALS ARE UNDERWAY


THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Broadway’s musical comedy based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will have its Australian premiere in Sydney on Saturday 23 March 2013 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.


The Addams Family
American Cast


Playing the lovable and bizarre characters Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and of course, Lurch will be John Waters, Chloë Dallimore, Russell Dykstra, Teagan Wouters, Ben Hudson and Meredith O’Reilly. The cast playing the members of the “other” family are Tony Harvey (Mal Beineke), Katrina Retallick (Alice Beineke), & Tim Maddren (Lucas Beineke).

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story and it’s every parent's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. For parents Gomez and Morticia, it's a shocking development that turns the Addams house upside down when they are forced to host a dinner for the young man and his parents.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is directed by Broadway legend Jerry Zaks.

The Addams Family



John Waters
John Waters
JOHN WATERS – Gomez Addams
Leading The Addams Family, in the role of Gomez, will be one of Australia’s finest leading men – John Waters. With an outstanding 40 year career in television, film and theatre, he is much loved by Australian audiences across generations. He is a highly respected television actor, appearing in the Logie Award winning prime time series Offspring currently in its third series and previously in All Saints (Australian Film Institute Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Nomination 2006). Other landmark credits include Rush, All The Rivers Run, Alice To Nowhere, Nancy Wake, Underbelly III, City Homicide amongst many others. John was recognised early in his career and was awarded with the Logie for Best New Talent for his performance in Division 4 (1975). He boasts an impressive film resume including his Australian Film Institute Award winning performance in Boulevarde of Broken Dreams (Best Actor 1988).

As a theatre performer, John has appeared in many productions across London and Australia. From Claude in Hair, to Pontius Pilate in the arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar; Robert Chiltern in the hugely successful Sir Peter Hall’s production of An Ideal Husband; Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Other theatre credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dracula, They’re Playing Our Song, Children of a Lesser God, A Little Night Music, The Graduate, Oliver!, The Women in Black, Let It Be, The Graduate and The Rocky Horror Show.

John is also an accomplished musician, and performed in the national tour of his brilliantly observed role of John Lennon Looking Through A Glass Onion. This self-written one man show, which also played six months on London’s West-End, is currently touring again across Australia.

CHLOE DALLIMORE
CHLOE DALLIMORE
CHLOE DALLIMORE – Morticia Addams
Chloe is probably best known for her portrayal of Ulla, the Swedish blonde bombshell in The Producers-The New Mel Brooks Musical which won her five awards, including the 2005 Helpmann Award. Chloë studied in London under scholarship from Sir Cameron Mackintosh and returned to Australia as an original cast member of Crazy For You.

Musical theatre credits include Chicago-The Musical, Sweet Charity, Wizard Of Oz, Shout!, Oliver!, Billy Elliot, the title role in Thoroughly Modern Mille (The Production Company), Irene in Crazy For You (TPC), Broadway Showstoppers with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Chloe Dallimore’s Magic of Musicals at Taronga Zoo Twilight Series 2009, Showstoppers with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 2009. Recent appearances include The Spirit of Christmas with the Queensland Symphony and Palms at Crown with Todd McKenney, and is currently appearing on stage in the role of Lily in GFO’s 2012 revival of Annie.

RUSSELL DYKSTRA
RUSSELL DYKSTRA
RUSSELL DYKSTRA – Fester Addams
Russell has had a successful career in film, television and theatre spanning over 20 years. He made his feature film debut in the critically acclaimed Soft Fruit, for which he received the 1999 AFI Award for Best Actor and was nominated for a Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Award.

He has appeared in Romulus My Father, which also saw him nominated for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor, Oranges and Sunshine, Clubland, Lantana, Garage Days, Ned Kelly, View From Greenhaven Drive, The Wannabes and Hey Hey it’s Esther Blueburger. Russell’s television credits include Rake Series 1 and 2, Wild Boys, Spirited, My Place Scorched, the Blackjack series, ABC TV’s Loot, All Saints and White Collar Blue. Theatre credits include God of Carnage, Wonderful World of Dissocia and The Unlikley Prospect of Happiness (STC), Toy Symphony and Stuff Happens both of which earned him a Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor, Babyteeth, Ray’s Tempest, The Underpants, The Laramie Project, Yibiyung and The Ham Funeral (Company B).

The Addams Family
BEN HUDSON
BEN HUDSON – Lurch
Ben graduated from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Music Theatre) in 2009. At WAAPA, his theatre credits include 42nd Street (Julian Marsh), RENT (Tom Collins), Parade (Newt Lee) and he took part in the Perth International Arts Festival in Don’t Look Back.

Since graduating, Ben’s theatre credits include Oklahoma! (Jud Fry) and Magnormos’ Merrily We Roll Along. Ben made his solo cabaret debut in 2010 in Monsters in My Closet at The Butterfly Club. Ben recently performed in the Australian premiere of It’s Only Life by John Bucchino and in the Melbourne and Sydney seasons of Love Never Dies.

The Addams Family
MEREDITH O’REILLY
MEREDITH O’REILLY – Grandma Addams
Meredith has been an entertainer for over 25 years. Theatrical highlights include the play, Starkers, first Australasian tour of Les Miserables, Hello Dolly (national tour), Chess (understudy Florence), The New Rocky Horror Show ( Magenta/Usherette Alternate), Gypsy (Tessie Tura), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Smitty), The Producers (Hold Me-Touch Me: Green Room and Helpmann Award nominations), Karaoke the Musical (Tammy), Rain (Julia Gillard), Love Never Dies ( understudy Madame Giry); and her cabaret Only Just Begun. She has co-written three musicals with Guy Noble. She’s appeared in TV shows, commercials, corporate films and voiceovers. Meredith has fronted big bands, Tres Mambo, Horns Plus and her jazz quintet, The Mezzanines.

The Addams Family
TEAGAN WOUTERS
TEAGAN WOUTERS – Wednesday Addams
Teagan graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (Music Theatre) in 2006. She then went on to study full time dance under the guidance of Robert Sturrock. Teagan most recently appeared as Francine, in the Sydney season of Jersey Boys. Before that she performed the role of Sharpay Evans in Disney’s High School Musical – Live on Stage. For The Production Company she has appeared in Follies and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. TV credits include Camp Rock The Tasman (The Disney Channel), It Takes Two, Carols in the Domain and The Morning Show.

The Addams Family
TONY HARVEY
TONY HARVEY – Mal Beineke
Tony has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over thirty years. His theatre credits include The Lion King (Helpmann Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical), Beauty and the Beast, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Lend Me A Tenor, Ying Tong (MO Award Nomination) The Graduate, Barrymore, Damn Yankees and Guys and Dolls. Most recently Tony toured Korea and Taiwan in Jekyll and Hyde. Tony’s film roles include The Wiggles Movie, As Happy as Larry, The Mooncalf, Young Einstein and The Night We Called It a Day. He has worked on several Australian television series including The Restless Years, A Country Practice, Sons and Daughters, Rafferty’s Rules and Love My Way.

TIM MADDREN
TIM MADDREN
TIM MADDREN – Lucas Beineke
Originally from New Zealand, Tim is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

His theatre credits include the Australian/New Zealand tour of Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka) and in the original Australian cast of Altar Boyz. Tim has also appeared in the TV show Blue Water High for the ABC.

Since 2009 Tim has been a member of Hi-5. With the group he has filmed three series, toured internationally, and was nominated along with the rest of the group for two TV Week Logie Awards, an Asian Television Award and two ARIA Awards.

KATRINA RETALLICK
KATRINA RETALLICK
KATRINA RETALLICK – Alice Beineke
Katrina trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Recent theatre credits include A Little Night Music (Opera Australia), No Way to Treat a Lady (Sydney Theatre Award nomination), Jekyll and Hyde (Korean tour), Carousel, South Pacific and Titanic (Seabiscuit Productions), Every Single Saturday, Stainless Steel Rat (Wayne Harrison), Company (Kookaburra) and the tour of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Katrina is known for her work on the TV sketch show Comedy Inc. and for her cabaret show Impossible Blonde. Her most recent film appearance was Accidents Happen with Geena Davis.


Previews Commence Sunday 10 March 2013
Opening Night Saturday 23 March 2013

Performance Times
Evenings: Sunday 6pm; Wednesday 7pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8pm

Matinees: Wednesday 1pm; Saturday 2pm
Sunday 1pm
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AFRAID OF HEIGHTS

April 23rd 2013 01:10
Wavves
‘Afraid Of Heights’

Straight from the dungeons of LA, Nathan Williams (guitar) and Stephen Pope (bass), better known as Wavves, now sound bigger, brasher and shockingly professional than ever- with their fourth album and 3rd on the Pod label ‘Afraid Of Heights’, to be released this 22nd of March through Inertia.

The product of more than a year of writing and recording, ‘Afraid Of Heights’ expands the Wavves sound while remaining true to the band's original vision— working with producer John Hill (known for his work with M.I.A. and Santigold, as well as with hip-hop acts such as Nas and Wu-Tang), the band found a willing party in creating what they felt was the truest expression of what they wanted.

Even when he reaches outside his own damaged psyche, Williams is still making Wavves songs, saying, "The general theme of the record is depression and anxiety, being death-obsessed and paranoid of impending doom." That paranoia manifests itself on many of the album's best tracks, such as the spacey drones and bummazoid vibes of the Weezer-referencing, getting-drunk-because-you-can 't-bring-yourself-to-care-vib ey "Afraid Of Heights" and the string-aided "I Can't Dream" which rounds the record out with the optimistic, "I can finally sleep" before subverting itself with, "But I can't dream."

With their biggest and boldest-sounding record yet, Wavves might have finally come into their own, a fully-realized punk rock force in both sound and vision.

WAVVES


STEREOGUM said “First single “Sail To The Sun” is a fast, snotty rager that sounds a lot like the songs Williams always writes, but it’s cleaner and more direct than any of his older stuff; he’s going for it with this one.”

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND said “This one’s loud and urgent and reeling with energy.”

SPIN said “Afraid of Heights already boasts a couple of songs other beachy punk bands would trade in their bongs for.”

FILTER said “...track two: the solid rock anthem, "Demon To Lean On," with an intensity as infectious as Nirvana's. This is a song that you should play immediately.”
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