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September, 2018

 

Film Review: American Animals

Director:  Bart Layton Cast:   Evan Peters, Ann Dowd, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Udo Kier, Jared Abrahamson Rating:   MA Running Time:   116 Australian Distributor:    Madman Films   Audiences are becoming disillusioned with the truth. Whether it’s due to the constant influx of media or the fact that most features take “artistic liberties” with history, there’s a belief that most historical movies are inherently disingenuous. This is why director Bart Layton’s American Animals feels so refreshing. His blending of documentary subjects with narrative filmmaking brings up questions of authenticity.    American Animals is a raucousRead More


Film Review: Custody

Director:   Xavier Legrand Cast:   Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux, Mathieu Saikaly, Florence Janas, Saadia Bentaïeb, Sophie Pincemaille, Emilie Incerti-Formentini Rating:   M Running Time:   93 Australian Distributor:    Palace Films   Spousal and parental abuse is not just physical; it’s the psychological strain that’s just as galling and damaging. Yet, as portrayed in writer/director Xavier Legrand’s assured and measured first feature Custody, one is often a companion to the other. The opening sequence is pure he said, she said in a French family court hearing, as a judge takesRead More


Lee Kernaghan sets out for 25th Anniversary Tour

Lee Kernaghan has announced the final dates for 2018 on his massive 25th anniversary Boys From The Bush tour. With a string of dates in November and December, Lee brings to a close an incredible almost two-years celebrating his seminal Outback Club album. It’s hard to believe this enigmatic country musician has been out on the road for more than 25 years. For fans of his music, it is no surprise Lee Kernaghan just keeps getting better and better. He is always working on new material, tours rigorously and puts incredible energy into each show.Read More


Film Review: McKellen: Playing the Part

Director:   Joe Stephenson Cast:   Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, Adam Brown, Scott Chambers, Penny Clapcott, Luke Evans, David Foxxe, Sean Mathias, Milo Parker, Edward Petherbridge, Martin Sherman, Malcolm Sinclair, Morgan Watkins Rating:   M Running Time:   96 Australian Distributor:   Icon Films   A veteran star of both stage and screen, Sir Ian McKellen holds multigenerational appeal, from his Shakespearean work to more current, box-office guises as Gandalf and Magneto. Joe Stephenson’s docu-portrait, McKellen: Playing the Part, runs the gamut of what has been an illustrious career, while also taking in the actor’s gayRead More


Album Release: Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman

Marie Davidson‘s new album turns the mirror on herself. Working Class Woman – released October 5 on Ninja Tune – is the Montreal-based producer’s fourth and most self reflective record: it’s a document of her state of mind, of operating within the spheres of dance music and club culture. Drawing on those experiences, as well as an array of writers, thinkers and filmmakers who’ve influenced her, Davidson’s response to such difficult moments is to explore her own reaction to them and poke fun.  “It comes from my brain, through my own experiences; the suffering and theRead More


Album Release: Empress Of – Us

Lorely Rodriguez, better known as Empress Of, has announced the release of her sophomore album, ‘Us’, due October 19th via Terrible Records / Caroline Australia. To coincide with the news, Empress Of has also revealed the lead single, ‘When I’m With Him‘, with an accompanying music video that marks the artist’s directorial debut. “It’s been a long two and a half years making this project. I can’t believe today I get to tell you it’s done and yours soon”, Rodriguez wrote on Instagram. The album includes writing credits from the likes of Dev Hynes – who Rodriguez collaborated with on BloodRead More


Album Release: The Fix Ups – The Fix Ups

THE FIX UPS debut self titled album is a genre mashing pop freakout! Like an 80s Trans Am sports car through the French Riviera this is opulent pop with a sense of style. 2000s indie dancefloor bangers, and new wave synths is just the beginning as the gentle lead vocals lure you to your death like a siren of the sea. It’s art pop and punk dance. And it’s not taking any prisoners. Doing a 17 date tour across the USA isn’t how most bands would start, but then again THE FIXRead More


ALISON WONDERLAND AWAKE TOUR

With sophomore record Awake continuing to evolve into the game changer she had always threatened to unleash, Sydney singer / songwriter / producer / DJ quad-slashie Alison Wonderland is hitting the road again for shows across the country. Set to dominate venues in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, the run comes hot on the heels of Wonderland’s recent slot as the highest billed female DJ in Coachella history. That set, and the hundreds before it, confirmed her place as a rising force on the world stage and a leading light in Australian eyes. Three years in theRead More


Joe Satriani Australian Tour 2018

Acclaimed guitarist Joe Satriani returns to Australia this November, thirty years after his first tour here in 1988, with Mick Jagger, bringing his latest album and world tour What Happens Next to Australian fans. For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au. Joining Joe Satriani on stage for his Australian tour are: Mike Keneally – Keyboards and Guitars – (previous tours include Steve Vai and Frank Zappa ) Bryan Beller – Bass – (Dethklok Aristocrats) Joe Travers – Drums – (previous tours include Zappa Plays Zappa /Duran Duran) Inspired to pick up theRead More


THE PLEASURE GARDEN 2018

The Pleasure Garden Horticultural Society have planted their first crop of killer party-starters, beat-droppers and hip-hoppers for the festival’s Welcome to Wonderland edition this December. Get ready to warm your hands on some of the hottest acts right now… Northeast Party House · Sampa The Great · Katchafire · Mad Professor ·Nora En Pure · Spoonbill · Stickybuds · Deekline · Haiku Hands · Eva Lazarus · JFB · The Senegambian Jazz Band · Jamie Stevens Whether you’re grooving out to high-energy party starters Northeast Party House, taking in the dense lyrical mazes of Sampa the Great’s verses, or vibing out to the incredible reggae, roots and funk fusion ofRead More