TIMEOUT POST ■ February 28, 2015 POST, February 28, 2015 – Page 71 Bunny on the beach SARAH McNEILL It continues to be the year of the giants. Sculpture by the Sea opens next weekend with giant babies, a massive pink bunny, a larger-thanlife red Chinese figure and a giant dot painting. Controversial artist David Cerný from the Czech Republic is exhibiting in Perth for the first time, bringing his giant space-age crawling baby sculptures. In Prague, his larger-than-life social commentaries are well known, including Wenceslas sitting astride an upside-down dead horse, Piss – two mechanical men urinating on the map of Czech Republic – and the three giant ugly babies with slot-machine faces designed, apparently, to make the notoriously ugly Zizkov television tower more attractive. “What inspires me most is rage,” the artist said in a Prague interview. “I just enjoy pissing people off.” While three 2.5m black babies will crawl on the beach, Thai artist Naidee Changmoh’s large bronze cartoon baby, called The Ascetic, will stand benevolently on the beach representing the purity and happiness of Buddhist philosophies. Stormie Mills’ now familiar 4m tall pink bunny will also stand serenely overlooking the ocean. Stormie’s faceless pink bunnies started out as collectible toy characters he designed for a Hong Kong company. He sent one as a gift to Brisbane’s festival director Noel Staunton, who suggested he create giant bunnies for Brisbane’s 2013 festival. The nine bunnies were moved each night around the city centre. Stormie said his street art and scultpture was usually associated with isolation and loneliness – “but ■ Please turn to page 72 ✄ ucher o v s i h nt Bring i receive to OF F T N U O C 10% DIS PER PERSOrcNh 2015 ONmESCatU28PFebruary to Sat 28 MaAT MABLE NT E E D E ONLY R TI CLAREMO F RU T TUT TI Valid fro Shop 10, 22 St Quentin Ave Claremont, WA (08) 9367 3999 ✄ Open Mon - Sat 10am-10pm Sun 11am-10pm POST Page 72 – POST, February 28, 2015 TIMEOUT ■ arts I Wish I Was Lonely Norwich Arts Centre, UK State Theatre Centre ■ David Cerný’s huge black babies crawl their way onto Cottesloe beach. Bunny on the beach cover story ■ From page 71 that doesn’t apply to rabbits”. He expects lots of young people to clamber over the beach bunny. Another interactive sculpture is Water Dreaming, a blend of traditional indigenous art and contemporary culture, a huge indigenous “painting” made up of fit balls. Perth mothers Trisha Lee and Nicole Bailey will re-create an Aboriginal dot painting by artist Shorty Jangala Robertson (19252014) using 250 fit balls half buried in the sand. Norton Flavel, the artist behind last year’s giant goon bag, sticks with the giant theme, this year creating a giant balland-chain he has called Lucky Country. He says it is a commentary on the Australian psyche and what we choose to see. Chinese artist Chen ■ Chen Wenling returns to Cottesloe with another of his popular giant red figures. Wenling’s striking red figures have been features of Sculpture by the Sea for the past three years. He returns with a new largerthan-life red figure called Harbour, which will recline on the grassy banks. ■ Now in its 11th year, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe will feature works from over 70 artists, including 31 from WA. Sculpture by the Sea runs on Cottesloe beach from March 6 to 23. utnabout ARTS ■ Stage and Circumstance Regina Noakes Linton and Kay Galleries 299 Railway Road, Subiaco On show until March 5 Drawing on personal experiences and observations, Regina’s paintings are powerful, ambiguous, fun-loving and metaphorical. ■ Fly By Night Musicians Club to stay in Freo Next month the Fly will move to the heritage-listed building Victoria Hall in High Street, Fremantle. It will continue to stage community programs and national touring acts in the 260-capacity space. ■ Les Arts Florissants William Christie Lecture and recital The Rhetoric of Passion Callaway Auditorium UWA School of Music Friday, March 6, 7pm. To book go to trybooking. com. ■ Les Arts Florissants In an Italian Garden With six singers of Le Jardin des Voix Australian premiere for Perth Festival Perth Concert Hall Saturday March 7, at 7.30pm. Book through perthfestival. com.au. ■ Kaleidescope By Tracey Moffatt PICA Curator tour Thursday, March 5, 6pm Curator Leigh Robb will conduct a free tour through Tracey Moffatt’s major solo exhibition of over 80 photographs and videos. ■ PICAnauts Rottnest swim PICA’s power-women Amy Barrett-Lennard, Leigh Robb, Nadia Johnson and Renae Coles raised $5675 for PICA’s 2015 artists-inresidence program. We have forgotten what it’s like to be lonely because we are very rarely alone. In those moments of aloneness, we reach for the mobile phone and text, phone, facebook, tweet, instagram or google. The highlight of last year’s Perth Festival was You Once Said Yes, a solo journey through Northbridge encountering odd characters. This year, the highlight so far has been the inclusive, utterly engaging and interactive discussion with UK poets and performers, Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe. Instead of the usual instruction to turn off mobile phones, participants were encouraged to answer calls if their mobiles rang. We shared text messages (the text message that my dog had successfully come through surgery earned a round of heart-felt applause!) and randomly rang other people in the room. All this in between storytelling, poems, anecdotes and moving moments of acting out. The result of this extraordinary encounter was that, though our mobile phones continued to be an extension of ourselves, everyone began to engage directly. By the end, we had made new friends, and were all caught up in direct and personal conversations. We may not always be lonely but we still have a beautiful ability to connect, engage and share. festival views Reviews by SARAH McNEILL Ubu and the Truth Commission Handspring Puppet Company State Theatre Centre What French writer Alfred Jarred’s absurd and satirical character Ubu Roi has to do with South Africa’s Truth and Reconcilliation Commission (TRC) is one of the many mysteries of this bizarre production. Wild and outlandish animated cartoons (William Kentridge), a sly crocodile, dogs of war, the outrageous Pa Ubu (Dawid Minnaar), who wears only underwear, and tap shoe-wearing Ma Ubu (Busi Zokufa) combine in a confusion of absurd satirical and metaphorical allusions. While Pa Ubu juggles with his conscience over his countless night-time murders, the real moments of truth in this satire come from the beautifullymanipulated puppets at the TRC, with their real testimonies of tragedy. ■ Madama Butterfly is a visual feast, but starved of emotion. Madama Butterfly English National Opera/Met Opera His Majesty’s Theatre Filmmaker Anthony Minghella’s cinematic version of Puccini’s opera is undeniably beautiful. Set designer Michael Levine’s steeply raked glossy stage is mirrored from above, reflecting the glorious colours of Han Feng’s elaborate Japanese costumes. Sleekly moving Japanese paper screens, flowing silks, falling cherry blossom and delicately beautiful fan dances create an ever-moving, lustrous effect. But lavish visuals are not what this tragic opera is all about. The object of our attention should be English opera singer Mary Plazas as the teenage geisha CioCio-San (Butterfly) and the ruthless American naval lieutenant, B F ■ General Ubu with his political dogs of war. direct My boss would like me to write a letter of Wayne & Tamara complaint on what goes on when he is away from the their love lives and plan office and I am left alone what to do after hours. with two younger By the time they decide co-workers. to work, half the day is When they arrive at the gone. Next day, when the office and clock in, they boss arrives, he wants eat their breakfast in the to know what we each break room, go on the did because so little was computer and do personal accomplished. things, like plan holidays, I started this job a few pay bills and read permonths ago and they sonal emails. have been here over a Sometimes they snooze year. They work on the or leave the office to days the boss is in. It’s on do private business. At the day he is out of the lunchtime we clock out office that they abuse the for 30 minutes, but they system. My boss told me continue their lunch he wants me to write up break after they clock these women in a report. back in. But they will know They are best friends who complained about and hang out together. them and I’m afraid of We all do the same work, retaliation. I want to and even though they see keep this job. I think the me working, they conboss should know what is tinue to text, talk about going on but not use me. answers How can I write a report against them without them knowing I did it? Lizzie Lizzie, we all have an internal gauge, that no one gave us, which says what is fair and not fair. Fairness is valued in business and in life. When it is not met, everyone with a sense of justice notices. “It’s not fair.” That’s where our head goes. You were not hired to make these two do their job. You are not their supervisor. You come to work to do your job and get paid. But for some reason, perhaps your boss’s shortcoming, they have been getting away with this. Evaluating their actions one day a week is not what you were hired for. Tell the boss: “Unless I am their supervisor or manager I do not feel it is appropriate to report on their activities. Pinkerton (Adam Diegel), who weds her, beds her and leaves her, unaware that she is carrying his child. They both have fabulous, powerful and arresting voices, but it is impossible to become emotionally engaged with the story, when their physicality has turned the tale on its head. Mary’s Butterfly makes no attempt to look Japanese (and her wig line is disturbingly obvious) and Pinkerton, who should have passed on his fair skin and blue eyes on to his son, is played by a black-haired American who appears to have Asian heritage. In this setting, he looks Japanese. Maria Zifchak is the strongest in this cast, as Suzuki, Butterfly’s maid. She is deeply moving in her protection of her young charge, and her voice is one of the few not drowned out by the orchestra. Using a Bunraku puppet to play Butterfly’s son is surprisingly successful. The three puppeteers do not overshadow the tiny boy, who must silently watch his mother’s desperate emotional decline. It says much about the emotional engagement with this production when a puppet steals the curtain call. But as a supervisor, with an appropriate title and compensation, I will get them to work on the days you are gone.” These two are like misbehaving schoolchildren. Without authority, you might be writing yourself out of a job if you write them up. With proper authority, you could stop them from doing what they are doing. If you are granted authority, make it clear, when the boss is out of the office, it is just another day at work. Getting these two to work when the boss is absent is equivalent to increasing productivity by 20%. That kind of performance can get you your next, better job. As a supervisor, you would have protection against these two. As an equal, you have no protection. Wayne and Tamara POST, February 28, 2015 – Page 73 Art comes with background SARAH McNEILL A lively, theatrical art parade will open Artitja Fine Art’s first exhibition of Aboriginal art for the year. Art Parade, which premiered last year, is the brainchild of Melbourne art curator, writer, critic and publisher Susan McCulloch. Susan is one of Australia’s visual arts experts and conceived the idea of an art parade as an entertaining, interactive and informative way to educate people on art. Around 80 works of art, paintings and sculptures will be presented and paraded by a team of assistants to the audience as Susan talks about the art, artists and the regional style. Artitja Fine Art director Anna Kanaris said: “We all have to work a little bit harder to present art in new and interesting ways. “I have known Susan for many years and immediately saw merit ■ Left: Emerging artist, Herman Whiskey Tjungarrayi. Above: Ngura (Country): Peter Mungkuri in the concept of an art lecture presented in a creative way. “Not only are you looking at beautiful works of art, you are getting a specific and informed insight into how it comes together.” Susan grew up in the world of art. Her father, Alan McCulloch, was the art critic for the Herald in Melbourne, founding director of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and founding author of the Encyclopedia of Australian Art (1968). He and his wife, Ellen, bought the now-famous property Whistlewood, on the Mornington Peninsula, where he and his childhood friend, Arthur Boyd, designed and built an art studio. Through the 1950s, Whistlewood became a much-visited destination for the art world. Susan’s photographs taken across the 1950s, 60s and Fringe triumph for Blue Room The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights program for the Fringe World Festival won 10 Fringe World awards. The Blue Room, in association with PICA, won Best Independent Program for the fourth year running. Monroe & Associates, by local company The Last Great Hunt, a detective show set in a caraven for one audience member at a time, took out the prestigious Martin Sims Award, with a prize of $10,000 and international touring opportunities at other Fringe Festivals. ■ Hard-working and multiskilled Joe Lui. The Last Great Hunt also won the Melbourne Tour Ready Award with its two-hander play, FAG/ STAG. e h T h t i W y Run Awa Circus t Circus skills classes t School and community workshops t Circus birthday parties (Sundays only) www.circuswa.com (08) 9335 5370 Old Customs House 8 Phillimore St Fremantle Fake it ’til you Make it by Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn won best Theatre Award, and Trygve Wakenshaw (Squidboy) won Best Comedy with Kraken. Lost and Found opera, featuring sopranos Sara Mcliver, Fiona McAndrew and Elisa Wilson, won the WA Award for In the Shadow of Venus. Mikala Westall won Best Emerging Artist for her show, Moving On Inc. The Bookbinder and Lords of Strut jointly won the Children’s Award. Joe Lui, Summer Nights’ production manager, director of A Circle of Buzzards and contributor to numerous other Fringe shows, took out the Spirit of the Fringe Award. All these shows were presented by the Blue Room, which had a 84% capacity across the season. The sold-out and extended season of La Soiree won Best Cabaret, and 3 Is A Crowd’s Fright or Flight, inspired by the behaviour of birds, won Best Circus. Sam Perry Live won the music award and the Georgian production of Carmen (Choreodrama) won the dance award. TIMEOUT 70s, show artists including Arthur Boyd, John Perceval, Godfrey Miller, Guelda Pyke, Dorothy Braund, John Brack and their families, Nina and Clem Christesen, Susan’s godparents Oscar and Dorothy Hammerstein, and the entire cast and crew of the New York City Ballet. Susan still lives at Whistlewood, where she runs a gallery in her father’s former art studio and runs her publishing company, McCulloch and McCulloch, with her daughter. Her concept of art parades results in a greater understanding and awareness of the now oversubscribed Aboriginal art market. Anna at Artitja said: “We don’t encourage buying art as an investment. It doesn’t sit right with us. We sell on the appreciation, the knowledge and understanding of where that art has come from. “Everything I select I have chosen on aesthetics, regardless of who the artist is.” POST ■ arts The art parade and following exhibition feature brilliantly coloured canvases by both established and upcoming talents from more than 20 art centres and remote communities, including the APY Lands (the tri-border area of WA, NT, SA), the Tiwi Islands, and bark works from Yirrkala. The Artitja Art Parade will be held at MosArts, 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park, from 3 to 5pm on Saturday, March 14. After the overwhelming response last year, when they had to turn people away, it is a ticketed event this year. The works will be on show on Sunday, March 15, from 11am to 5pm, before moving to Artitja Fine Art, in Attfield Street, South Fremantle, for the weekends of Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, and 28 and 29. ■ Book tickets for Art Parade online at artitjaartparade. eventbrite.com.au. Painting For the Love of Exhibition open daily 10am - 4pm Saturday 14th – 29th March 2015 Moores Building, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle POST Page 74 – POST, February 28, 2015 TIMEOUT ■ goodtaste Ocean Spice and all things nice the chef’s wife AMANDA CARLIN I am constantly looking for new places to dine. Truthfully, it’s a bit of an obsession. The web is a neverending source of restaurant news and new openings, but Perth’s “urbantrippers” can get a little carried away, ranting about disappointing meals and awful service. On the other hand, when I find a restaurant that attracts nothing but praise, I take it as an excellent sign. One such place is a casual Asian restaurant, Ocean Spice Café, which has been open just a few months – to rave reviews. Ocean Spice Café is in Eric Street, Cottesloe, right next to the Ocean Beach Hotel. It’s modern, airy and has sea views if you get a table next to the large, open window. We dine at 6pm on a Tuesday and already the place is bustling with people and take-away orders. We are very warmly welcomed by the owner, Maria. Ocean Spice is not licensed, so Chef dashes to the neighbouring OBH for a bottle of white. There are soft drinks on offer, as well as Vietnamese delicacies such as sinh to bo, an avocado milkshake, for the more adventurous. There’s a lot of choice on the menu for meat eaters and plenty of vegetarian options too. To start, Chef and I choose a few entrees. at a GLANCE ■ Ocean Spice Café 2/1 Eric Street, Cottesloe. Phone 9383 3303 ■ opening times Tuesday to Friday – 5 to 9pm Saturday & Sunday – 11am to 9pm ■ rating &&& &&&&& service &&&& &&&&& ambience &&& &&&&& value for money &&&& &&&&& food ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ style – Thai and Vietnamese wine – BYO owner – Marie Grace chef – Pop Samasorn feel – casual and unpretentious wheelchair access – small step at entrance cost – Entrée - $7.90 to $8.90 Mains - $11.90 to $21.90 Dessert - $8.90 to $10.90 ■ all in all – Well-priced and well-cooked food with a warm welcome. The TIMEOUT food reviewer visits restaurants unannounced and pays for meals and drinks. Wine month of the beaker west australian sem sauv blanc & cab merlot $999 each Available at all Liquor Barons stores until 1 March 2015 www.liquorbarons.com.au ■ The always popular chicken pad thai is a hit. We have Little Chef in tow. It is the notoriously fussy five-year-old’s first dalliance with Asian food. The four vegetarian curry puffs ($8.90) brimming with potato and peas are only mildly spicy and to our surprise Little Chef tucks into them. The pork spring rolls ($7.90) are deliciously crisp too. Many years ago, my yard stick for satay sticks was set impossibly high during a trip to the Satay Club in Singapore. Never before had we tasted such delicious morsels of nutty meat and sadly, never again since. Our chicken satay sticks ($8.90) at Ocean Spice Café are very tasty, but fall short of our impossibly high benchmark. They are missing the smokiness of being char-grilled. I choose a chicken cashew nut stir fry ($18.90), also available with beef or pork. The thinly sliced chicken is perfectly sautéed and oh-so tender. It is packed full of fresh, crisp vegetables – snow peas, capsicum and spring onions – all covered in soy sauce and sesame oil. It is absolutely delicious. Next, we devour a pile of crispy roast duck ($21.90), which sits atop a mound of crunchy noodles. The duck is moist on the inside and is smothered with a lipsmacking sweet plum sauce. Chef enjoys his favourite To Freo for the hottest festival Chillies are good for you – in moderation. Chillis have up to seven times the vitamin C level of oranges and are good sources of vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium. Chillis, which contain a substance called capsaicin to give the spicy kick, are believed to help fight sinus congestion, aid digestion, help relieve migraines and muscle and joint pain and are considered a potential metabolism booster for weight loss. Cultures where people eat the spiciest food reportedly have much lower rates of heart attack and stroke. What can possibly go wrong? A really hot chilli, usually the smallest ones, can burn the inside of the mouth and severely irritate the bowel. It is a myth that they contribute to stomach ulcers. Chilli lovers can unite next weekend at Araluen’s annual Fremantle Chilli Festival at the Esplanade Reserve, Fremantle. More than 100 stalls will celebrating all things chilli, from plants, curries, sausages and sauces, to chocolate, beer and jams. There will be lots of street entertainment and the Great Cocktail Gastronomy challenge. The hottest festival in Perth is on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, from 10am to 5pm. staple Thai dish of chicken pad thai ($18.90). He practically demolishes the traditional street-food dish of soft stir-fried noodles, perfectly cooked chicken, fried egg, tofu, bean sprouts, garlic and chives. The khong wan menu, which translates as “sweet things”, looks tempting. Feeling rather full, the three of us decide to share the kow neow manung with ice-cream ($10.90). The traditional dessert of sticky rice with succulent fresh mango, sesame seeds and coconut milk with a generous serve of icecream is the perfect end to our meal. This busy café offers outstanding value for money and is incredibly popular. We notice many of the other diners are regulars. Ocean Spice Cafe seems to have filled a niche in Cottesloe. life by the drop Ripper riesling This wonderful grape variety is admired by industry personnel, yet neglected by most consumers. There is some thought that it’s in resurrection mode, back to the glory days of the 1970s and 80s. However panel members are saying that renewed interest in riesling is isolated and it is mainly selling in better liquor stores where customers are wine educated and in restaurants where wines are recommended by sommeliers. The style of today’s riesling also came up for comment. More wines are now made using a modern approach of indigenous yeasts, oak fermentation and lees contact. Perhaps it’s done to make the wines different and to try to enhance sales. I am all for these approaches with sauvignon blanc, semillon/ sauvignon blanc and other white wines but admit to being a traditionalist when it comes to riesling. Riesling grapes are so pure-fruited, it’s unnecessary to use wine making techniques to add secondary characters. Riesling is totally capable of standing alone. Here are two classical wines that have been cold-fermented in stainless steel using cultured yeasts and bottled early to retain freshness. O’Leary Walker 2014 Watervale Riesling Love the light, straw colour and the distinctive greenish tinge in this wine; it is a sign of freshness and health. The bouquet has a floral lift with freshlycut lime and light spice and the palate is long, dry and has crunching acidity. Magic with wild-caught sweet Aussie prawns and a tart citrus dressing. ☛ Score 18.5. $25 K+B 2014 Mount Barker Riesling Winemakers Mike Kerrigan (Hay Shed Hill) and Gavin Berry (West Cape Howe) are good mates and get together each vintage to make this brilliant riesling. From old vines at Mt Barker in the Great Southern, it doesn’t get much better than this. Almost colourless, it’s pure-fruited, incredibly austere and youthful with minerality and rapier-like lemony acidity. It’s as tight as a Conservative Treasurer. Drink it now or in 10 years’ time with panfried plump Rottnest scallops. ☛ Score 18.5. $30 Rod Properjohn for LIQUOR BARONS TASTING PANEL POST, February 28, 2015 – Page 75 Taking a seriously funny look at Oz Comedian Felicity Ward created a television documentary, Mental Mission last year to change the conversation about mental health, expose the fears and stop the stigma. Now her “conversation” continues with stand-up audiences, with a long, hard look at racism, Australia’s critical, and what she unashamedly denounces as illegal, response to illegal immigrants, and cricket. In her documentary about mental health, Felicity was very open and honest about her struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. She said she had suffered from anxiety since her teenage years. Doing stand-up comedy is an extraordinary challenge for someone with such a debilitating condition, which she described as “like having a flight or fight response but being paralysed”. Felicity said: “There is no ‘ Like having a flight or fight response but being paralysed ’ good place to have anxiety. It’s not geographical. I’ve just got to deal with it and make it good wherever I am.” Alcohol was her prop through the early years of her career, but she gave up drinking, which she said was transforming. In 2012, she was the first comedian to be nominated for, or win, every best comedy award at Australia’s four main comedy festivals. In 2013, she decided to take her comedy to London. London has proved to be good. She said she had “stupidly” fallen in love and things were working out for her over there. And it was from a ■ In England, Felicity Ward took a good long hard look at Australia and Australian culture. distance she was able to look at Australia and write a whole new show. She has called it Iceberg because she said the lettuce was like Australians – “we show a bit of ourselves, but most of it is hidden, and which ever way you look at it, it’s different.” She said the new show, which she brings to Subiaco next weekend, is about sport and asylum seekers – “because obviously they go together ... my poor brain!” ■ Felicity Ward is in Perth for one show at the Subiaco Arts Centre on Saturday, March 7, at 7pm. Book through Ticketek. Bruch piece is Sarah’s talisman Korean American violinist Sarah Chang asked her parents for a violin when she was three. She auditioned for, and was accepted into the prestigious Juillard School of Music just two years later. POST TIMEOUT ■ entertainment The piece she played for her audition, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, is the same piece the now 24-year-old will play next weekend with the WA Symphony Orchestra. The child prodigy, daughter of a composer and a violinist, was eight when she was given the opportunity to audition for renowned conductors Zubin Mehta, of New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and Riccardo ■ “The stage is my home”: Sarah Chang has been performing since she was eight. Muti, with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Both gave her immediate engagements, and she released her debut album at the age of 10. She began to perform internationally and was 17, when she asked if she could have a three-month break from touring an average of 150 concerts a year. The break didn’t come until she was 20. She continues to tour all over the world, saying the stage is her home. In 2011, US President Barack Obama asked her to take on the role as State Department special cultural envoy. She comes to Perth for the first time in 10 years to perform with WASO for the orchestra’s first Masters concert program of the year. She said of the Bruch concerto: “I have fond memories of the work since it was the concerto that got me into the school of my dreams. It is such a romantic, beautiful, heartfelt work.” ■ Sarah Chang performs with WASO and conductor Asher Fisch on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, at the Perth Concert Hall. Book through the WASO box office at 445 Hay Street Perth or waso. com.au. Sueno Fashion SF is coming to Dalkeith Shop 7/81 Waratah Avenue Phone: (08) 6161 7662 Come in and see what unique styles of woman’s clothing, shoes and accessories we have. 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The New Yorker agrees: “Some of the menacing atmosphere, and even a few scenes, descend from the first two Godfather movies. But, in fact, Chandor has done something startling: he has made an anti-Godfather.” ✪✪✪ ½ “Let’s say you discover a time machine in your basement. Would you use it to go back and stop Hitler, or would you instead make tiny jumps to tweak the quality of your own life ...? For the teens in the found-footage time-travel movie Project Almanac, the chance to rewrite history is wasted trying to perfect their high-school experience,” says Variety. But The Guardian says: “Despite the uncomfortable sexism and altogether predictable nature of the film, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t modestly entertaining.” ■ Fifty Shades of Grey (MA15+) ✪✪✪ ½ “Glossy, well cast, and a consistent hoot until it becomes a serious drag, this neo-9½ Weeks is above all a slick exercise in carefully brand-managed titillation – edgier than most grown-up studio fare, but otherwise a fairly mild provocation in this porn-saturated day and age,” says Variety. But Rolling Stone reckons it’s “a dull, decorous affair, about as erotic as an ad for Pottery Barn”. There’s definitely “no need to lock up grandma”. ✪ The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) ✪✪✪ REVIEW: PIER LEACH ✪✪✪✪ ■ Project Almanac (M) Average star ratings Advertise your goods in the Classifieds Unashamedly capitalising on its 2012 predecessor’s surprise moneymaking prowess at the box office, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is exactly as its title suggests – second best. Not that the first film inspired superlatives. Rather, it was a likeable comedy about a disparate group of older British expats opting for a warmer and more economically viable retirement in India. What no doubt drew such large audiences was its appealing subcontinental travelogue and a top British cast led by Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy. The same applies here. Director John Madden reassembles the same cast and in the film’s opening scenes neatly apprises audiences of what each character is up to now that they have settled into the charming, now-improved Jaipur boarding house of the first film’s title. Douglas (Nighy) is busy giving factually sketchy tours of local monuments and quietly pining after Evelyn (Dench), who spends her days sourcing ■ Star attraction: Evelyn (Judi Dench) and Douglas (Bill Nighy) are secretly in love. fabrics for export and is secretly in love with him too. Cecelia Imrie’s Madge flits between rich Indian suitors, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are now an item, while Muriel (Smith) is now co-managing the hotel with the enthusiastic, entrepreneurial young Sonny (Dev Patel), who is soon to be married. The only significant change is Richard Gere showing up as Guy, a divorced American writer looking for a bit of inspiration, replacing Tom Wilkinson, whose character died in the first film. The latter event has inspired Sonny’s daily morning roll call, but despite his fear of guests checking out in the biblical sense, he is still intent on expanding his empire of retirement hotels. Returning screenwriter Ol Parker (who adapted the first film from Deborah Moggach’s book) centres the drama on Sonny and Muriel’s bid to bring in investors for a second hotel, which of course leads to all manner of mistaken identity shenanigans and the usual cross-cultural miscommunication. Newcomers will likely find themselves confused by the multiple sub-plots; it all unfolds with a little regard for narrative flow. But fans of the first film will probably roll with the chaos until Sonny’s massive, Bollywood dance-filled wedding finale. It is all sunny, routine, entirely predictable fare. Famed opera is free in the park “Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” is a catch phrase that immediately means opera. And like hairdressers of today, young barber Figaro in 18th century Spain knew WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA 2015 City of Perth’s Opera in the Park THE BARBER OF SEVILLE His Majesty’s Theatre THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO FAUST www.waopera.asn.au West Australian Opera Chorus | West Australian Symphony Orchestra CALL 1300 795 012 AD IMPACT WAO 16340 Presented by alcohol.thinkagain BOOK NOW ■ movietime everyone in town and knew all their secrets. Rossini’s comic opera, The Barber of Seville, will be performed for Opera in the Park on Friday, March 6. A prequel to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, which will be performed at His Majesty’s Theatre in July, The Barber’s plot revolves around Count Almaviva’s (John Longmuir) love for the beautiful Rosina (Emma Matthews) and his determination to woo her without revealing his high status and wealth. He is joined in this quest by Figaro (James Clayton), a young barber. Through a range of outrageous antics, they manage to thwart the plans of Dr Bartolo (Douglas McNicol), Rosina’s elderly guardian, who has plans to marry her himself. Rossini is often reported as having completed the opera in just two weeks, but in his book, Losing the Plot in Opera, opera conductor Brian Castles-Onion notes that the entire overture and several of the most popular tunes, including Figaro’s “Largo al factotum”, were all lifted from the composer’s earlier works. It is full of bravura arias, musical melodrama, flashes of improvisation and farce. ■ Opera for everyone, in the park and under the stars. The WA Opera company, WA Opera Chorus and WA Symphony Orchestra perform this deliciously fast-paced comic opera under the baton of Richard Mills in a free performance at the Supreme Court Gardens at 8pm on Friday, March 6. Take a rug and a picnic. POST, February 28, 2015 – Page 77 Creating drama from real news SARAH McNEILL Foreign correspondent Sophie McNeill was a 15-year-old student at Shenton College when she made her first documentary, Awaiting Freedom, which highlighted the crippling health crisis in a recently liberated East Timor. It won her the Young Person of the Year Award in 2001. Since then, Sophie (no relation to this writer) has become one of Australia’s most acclaimed young journalists. The former Triple J Hack host has gone on to to twice win Young Australian TV Journalist of the Year in 2007 and 2009 as well as a Walkley Award the following year for Questions from Oruzgan, which investigated the deaths of six Afghans, five of them children, at the hands of Australian Special Forces soldiers. ■ Sophie McNeill tells the stories of the victims of violence. Perth Theatre Company’s artistic director Mel Cantwell has been an avid consumer of Sophie’s investigations of the world’s war zones and made contact with her. Mel said: “I emailed her in 2008 because I was such a fan of her work, and I asked whether she would be interested in exploring any of her stories in a theatrical context.” Mel was surprised when Sophie said she was very interested in seeing her powerful and political stories in another context. “There is something about her courage ■ Director Mel Cantwell uses Sophie’s reports to tell stories of women in conflict zones. and passion and her determination to tell the stories other people don’t want to tell that resonates,” Mel said. “And so often the worst news comes to us in grabs and sound bites.” Sophie agrees that the news has become very onedimensional, with the same people saying the same things. Her inspiration has always been the desire to tell the stories of the victims, the powerless and the voiceless, what she calls “hanging out with ordinary people” in difficult and dangerous situations. Over the past six years, during Sophie’s time as a foreign correspondent for SBS’s Dateline, she has also had two children. Mel said of her first meeting with Sophie: “She came into the Perth Theatre Company office in a flak jacket with her duffle bag, on the way to SAS training. “She’s sharp, intelligent and spirited and she laughs easily. She went off to leap out of a helicopter. I began FRIDAY 13 MARCH PRIMARY OPEN DAY OPENING NIGHT 7.00PM - 9.30PM PHONE 9204 9406 TO PURCHASE TICKETS SATURDAY 14 MARCH SECONDARY OPEN DAY, TOURS FROM 10.00AM - 1.00PM ART EXHIBITION FROM 10.00AM - 4.00PM SUNDAY 15 MARCH COMMUNITY FAIR FROM 10.00AM - 3.00PM ART EXHIBITION FROM 10.00AM - 4.00PM PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN FIRST PRIZE “ROUGH LANDING” BY RICHARD BOGUSZ. TICKETS COST $5 AND ARE AVAILABLE OVER THE WEEKEND. WINNER DRAWN ON SUNDAY AT 3.00PM NEWMAN COLLEGE: 216 EMPIRE AVENUE, CHURCHLANDS ENQUIRIES: 9204 9406 [email protected] to dig into her stories.” Together, Sophie and Mel have been crafting a script that turns reportage into a multi-artform theatre work. “Her stories are always so human,” Mel said. “It was a process of unearthing the imagery in her work, which would form the basis of what we hope will be a compelling and moving immersive piece.” From the Rubble investigates the lives of civilians, inspired by stories of women in conflict zones. The women involved in the production are visual artist Fleur Elise Noble; audio visual designer Mia Holton; composer, fine arts student and songstress Mei Saraswati, making her theatre debut; IranianAustralian performer Tina Torabi, and performer Mikala Westall. Mel said the women had turned the complex stories into something visually beautiful, using paper art, projections, film images, soundscapes, music and performance, Mel said: “From the Rubble is a new perspective of the news and the way we imagine other people’s worlds and other people’s lives.” ■ From the Rubble is at PICA from March 16 to 28. Book through PICA at pica.org.au. TIMEOUT POST ■ arts And the winners are... ■ Newcomer of the year, Clarence Ryan. Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, now based in Subiaco, took out three awards at this week’s Performing Arts (WA) Awards. The remounted production of King Hit, based on the life of Geoffrey Narkle, won best production, best supporting actress for Karla Hartand and best newcomer for Clarence Ryan. Black Swan State Theatre Company’s show Laughter on the 23rd Floor won best actor for Igor Sas, and best design for set and costume designer Lauren Ross. Jo Morris won best actor (female) for her role as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and Humphrey Bower won best supporting actor for his numerous roles in Barking Gecko’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s story, Jasper Jones. Leah Mercer won best director for Joey: The Mechanical Boy at the Blue Room Theatre. Chris Isaacs won best script for his debut play, Flood, an award he shares with Jeffery Jay Fowler for his script, Elephents. Retired actor Eileen Colocott won the PAWA Heritage Award.
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