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ANNOUNCING THE OZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

In November of last year Richard Wolstencroft felt it necessary to resign as Director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. At that time he asked me to take the reins and chart M.U.F.F’s overhaul and new direction. I accepted because I felt that the festival is an important outlet for emerging film makers to find their feet and their...

Free Lunch Society | The Transitions Film Festival

Receiving public funds simply for existing may seem like sci-fi, but the idea of an unconditional basic income has been gathering steam – Metropole What will we do for work and meaning when the robots take over? Free Lunch Society explores the history, and possible future, of a ‘Universal Basic Income’ and gives us a glimpse into the possible economy...

St Kilda Latin Festival 2018

St Kilda Latin Festival When: 23 – 25 February 2018. Where: O’Donnell Gardens St Kilda opposite Luna Park. Opening Night for Festival / Latin American Art Exhibition St Kilda 2018:  23 February at 4Diverse Hub, from 6 – 10pm, at 118a Carlisle Street, St Kilda.  The first annual St Kilda Latin Festival will take place 23-25 February with music, dance, food and art from Latin America. The...

Dive, Under The Covers

Aly Loren is a queer-non-binary-femme-tomboy-dreamboat who likes her whiskey neat, her face glittered, and her kebabs after 3am. In Share My Blankets she shares with you her most intimate truths. Beneath Aly Lorén’s blankets there are stories of human fluidity and validity which are ready to be un-covered. Through the power of spoken word and, supported by a live electro/acoustic two-piece band....

Mountain

Mountain,  is a documentary directed by Jennifer Peedom that uses high-altitude photography to bring to life the salient themes of Robert Macfarlane’s Mountains of the Mind (Granta Books, 2008), which I had just finished reading (thank you, Chester!).  The images are selected to fit a magnificent soundtrack, including Vivaldi, Beethoven and many others, played by the Australian Chamber Orchestra directed by...

Let The Sunshine In

Let The Sunshine In, is a French romcom starring Juliette Binoche.  The film develops themes around the possibility of a relationship that satisfies ‘on all levels’ (sur tous les plans).  The only character that has succeeded here isn’t talking about it, whereas everyone else is busy analysing, advising and verbalising.  At one stage Isabelle embraces her potential new lover...

Chasing Trane

Chasing Trane is everything you want from a music documentary and should appeal to newcomers as well as to jazz aficionados.  The legacy and influence of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Franklin and Thelonius Monk enables us to see Coltrane’s continual evolution towards the boundaries of the jazz canon as he turns from playing to composing.  The southern Baptist childhood,...

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless comes highly recommended, having been awarded the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Festival, but it only elicited lukewarm applause in Melbourne. Perhaps Australians are less welcoming to the wintry bleakness of the film’s settings, not to mention the searing, hateful exchanges between Boris and Zhenya as they approach divorce and argue about which of them is best...

Loktak Lairembee

Loktak is a lake that supports a fishing community that builds houses on floating biomass and fish from long canoes. A fully self-sustainable community that the Indian Government decided was polluting the lake their houses were destroyed. The Floating demolition rig is a monstrous looking machine boat loaded with armed military and the locals are scared and angry. The story...

Melbourne Festival Our Top Ten

The Melbourne Festival program has just been released. Once again, for 18 days this October it will unify, divide, enchant and entice our city with some of the most colourful, bright and brilliant acts from around the world. Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway describing the selection of this years program  as having “Searched the world for the most courageous, visionary and ambitious artists:...

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