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Jake Robinson: 20 Years of The Hottest 100

May 29, 2013

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Triple J’s Hottest 100 is the world’s biggest annual music poll is now 20 years old and to celebrate Triple J have been compiling a Hottest 100 that covers 1993-2012. Triple J has a unique place in how young Australians listen to music. In a country so geographically spread out, it’s remarkable that one radio […]

Managing Ambition: …Until Monstrous’s “Hotel”

May 27, 2013

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Keen experimentation is a luxury of student theatre; when there’s a safe space for exploration, why not go to the very reaches of imagination and ability? Josiah Lulham and Clancy Moore’s Hotel is a lesson in ambition; the show is both a celebration of adventure and a warning about managing conceptual experimentation. The concept is this: one […]

Shakespeare among the Rubble: Union House Theatre’s “Third Person”

May 25, 2013

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Third Person is set in the ruins of Berlin in 1946, quite literally among the rubble of broken furniture and buildings. The city has been “cut up like a cake” after the fall of the Third Reich and tensions are starkly visible as lines of soldiers file through the Berliners scrounging among the ruins. With […]

“The Hunt”, or “Mads Mikkelsen is a Perfect Human Being” by Caitlin McGrane

May 24, 2013

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First off, I’d like to start with an apology to readers of this column for its slightly morbid fascination with all things fucked up. A few weeks ago we had Mea Maxima Culpa, last week was The Evil Dead and this week I saw The Hunt. Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, A Royal Affair) stars as […]

Matilda Dixon-Smith: R.I.P. “Smash”, You Divine Hot Mess

May 21, 2013

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There are just a few of us out there who understand the deep, resounding sorrow that accompanied the announcement that Smash, NBC’s troubled Broadway TV show, would not return for a third season. Considering the ratings for Smash’s second season—which were utterly dismal and prompted a move to the dead slot on Saturday nights, and then the […]

Jasmine Griffiths Reviews Blank Slate’s “Aussie Rules”

May 15, 2013

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Writer/Director Andrew Keegan’s satire Aussie Rules, takes a wry look at Australian culture and identity while observing the hypocrisy of what we perceive to be the “Aussie” way of life. Genuinely funny comedy is incredibly difficult to write. Satire is even harder—it has to be clever, sophisticated AND funny. Aussie Rules doesn’t quite reach this […]

Matilda Dixon-Smith: “The Voice” and Our Collective Fascination with Spinning Red Chairs

May 14, 2013

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Let’s talk about Ricky Martin, his flawless skin and his flamboyant button pressing. The world’s premier reality TV machine, The Voice, is back on Australian screens. True to form, the ruthlessly intelligent program has tightened the reins since last year’s successful outing—this year the show is even more prescriptively, unconsciously, robotically enjoyable than the last. […]