Arts

Lightbox at Salamanca Arts Centre: Ghosts in the Landscape

Salamanca Arts Centre
30.08.15 2:26 pm

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GHOSTS IN THE LANDSCAPE is an installation by Elizabeth Barsham in the Lightbox at the Salamanca Arts Centre, 1 - 30 September, 2015. 

Barsham’s work explores the relationship between people and nature. Drawing on old family stories and photographs and the Tasmanian landscape as affected by human activity, she has developed a powerful personal symbolism in which figures take on the twisted forms of native vegetation, trees and rocks resemble watchful beasts and abandoned machinery roams the countryside.

Boundaries are blurred and perspectives shifted.

The centrepiece of this installation is a painting called McCrae’s Hill, the name of a property in northern Tasmania where a murder is said to have been committed in the early nineteenth century.

Distorted, skeletal figures rise from a pile of unidentifiable detritus; the ruined farmhouse looms against stormclouds. The mood is sombre, the intent ambiguous. Sculptures and found objects in front of the painting extend the imagery into the real world.

Barsham picked up these remnants of decaying agricultural machinery around the sheds on her family farm. Every metal relic was once part of some useful, functioning implement; exposed to the elements for more than three quarters of a century it has broken apart, rusted beyond recognition, its original purpose long forgotten.

The three sculptural figures are assembled from sticks, rag and wire, painted with iron oxides to match the other pieces. They are stick figures, frivolous, fragile and ephemeral as memory.

The overall effect is both fascinating and very disquieting.

• The central painting, McCrae’s Hill, is for sale; interested persons can contact Elizabeth Barsham at her website, http://www.tasmaniangothic.com.

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The Rundown ... This Weekend: Joel Edgerton ...

The Rundown
29.08.15 10:35 am

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Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here ...

Naked Girls Reading
29.08.15 8:05 am

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Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty!

Our 3rd reading is from Macbeth

Tickets for sale online until midnight 7/09/15
VIP (reserved seat in first 2 rows) - $12
General admission $10
http://www.trybooking.com/IHQV
Door Sales $15

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Fiery James’ fancy footwork

Paula Xiberras First published August 11
28.08.15 1:58 pm

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Last week I spoke to James Keegan of ‘Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games’. 

He is excited about visiting Tasmania as part of the upcoming Australian tour, in fact he calls it an ‘extra bonus’. James doesn’t know much about Tasmania except ‘where it is’ but senses an ‘exotic’ feel to a place so far away and he’s looking forward to doing some sightseeing while the troupe is performing in Tasmania for a week.

The Keegan name means ‘descendent of the fiery one’ and James, who plays the young lord of the dance, is the new good lord after the demise of the previous one in the original production. James brings his fiery footwork to this latest incarnation of The Lord of the Dance production subtitled ‘Dangerous Games’.

James explains to me the story is familiar to original ‘Lord of the Dance’ but also different. The same battle of the good lord and evil lord continues. The story is explained in the beginning of the production by the character of the dark lord himself and the production takes the form of a big dream of which the characters are part. In the dream the dark lord reminds the other characters of the destruction of the previous good lord and how they are playing dangerous games coming back with a new one.

Other similar strains from the previous Lord of the Dance are the characters of the good girl and the bad girl. The latter wears soft shoes to cover her footprints so she can move around without notice. Entwined in the story of the battle between good and evil is a love story.

Interestingly James may never have been the new good lord or even the first Lord of the Dance because early on he had his own battle of the choice between dancing or a career in football. Living as he did in Manchester football seemed to be the right direction until injury sidelined him and once he was picked for the original ‘Lord of the Dance’  he was as he says ‘a young lad on the way’ and now 12 years later he’s having’ a wonderful time’.

Traditional Irish dancing before Riverdance was a more prudent affair with no movement allowed in the arms as they were held stiffly to the dancer’s sides but with Michael Flatley’s innovation of Irish dance there was ‘an explosion of movement’ as he freed up the arm movement to allow dancers to do and explore more, making Irish dancing more exciting visually for the audience by also introducing fancy and impressive footwork. James says now, even young dancers in traditional competitions have also evolved incorporating some of Michael’s innovations in to their dancing.


James says Michael is keen to take on ideas from the senior dancers and passionate about developing new talent. Michael will often take someone from the back of the line and bring them to the front, pushing them to do their best. Nowadays the dancers are not ‘hobbyists’ who do Irish dancing as a pleasant past time but are instead trained athletes.

James says that one can sense a difference in ‘Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games’ matinees, which are heavily populated by children who are quite vocal in ‘cheering’ the hero and ‘booing’ the bad lord but in the evening production, when it is mainly couples who attend, the reaction is distinctly ‘mellow’. The differences in reaction and reacting to it says James, keeps him both literally and metaphorically on his toes!

You can see MICHAEL FLATLEY’S LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES at

Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, from Thursday 10 September

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FESTIVAL OF VOICES WORLD PREMIERE

Carmen Stephens, Festival of Voices
28.08.15 12:05 pm

SONG ABOUT TASMANIA WITH SINGING STARS THE EXCHANGE (USA)

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Today (Friday 28 August) at 12noon AEST the Festival of Voices and US pop a
cappella group The Exchange will reveal to the world a new song and video about
our remarkable state.

The song ‘To You Tasmania’ was composed in 1979 by Dr Alan Tucker for the 6th District
Military Band and Hobart Orpheus Choir - Australia’s oldest continuous choir.

In 2015 as part of the Festival of Voices, we asked our friends, US vocal pop group The
Exchange to interpret the song in their own style.

The song is a celebration of Tasmania, bringing together the ‘old’ and new’ – and the
outcome…world class. It will be premiered exclusively online today from 12noon on The
Mercury newspaper website at http://www.themercury.com.au for local, national and
international audiences to view.

The video will be shared predominantly online and through social media – The Exchange,
Festival of Voices and Tourism Tasmania working together to encourage the sharing of this
content. Not only does the Festival want to share this song with the people of Tasmania, but
reach new, different audiences and enlighten others about what makes our state and offering
so unique. The Exchange has a strong domestic and international audience, particularly in
China and South Korea and this song about Tasmania will be pushed into these markets.

Song lyrics
Video will be premiered at: http://www.themercury.com.au/entertainment/festival-of-voicesa-
capella-group-the-exchange-records-song-and-video-for-tasmania/story-fnj3tycr-
1227501702259

Tasmania (Here’s To You) music video:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/khk93rakxd4h2yk/FOVM15596 The Exchange Music
Video V7 Graded Correct Audio.mp4?dl=0

Original audio recording of the song:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/u29wrn5h25qgaxa/To You Tasmania Side 1.mp3?
dl=0

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Recording the music video with The Exchange, Saturday 4 July 2015

Quote from Tony Bonney, Festival of Voices Director:

“This project is a remarkable example of those special things that happen when you connect
seemingly unconnected people, and how amazing are the results! While the “Song for
Tasmania” project was always intended to use song to celebrate our unique state, we never
would have guessed what would happen when you connect a group of young American a
cappella pop stars with a Composer/Doctor in Sandy Bay through a song written in the 1970’s
for a choir and brass band.

Last year Tex Perkins and now this - not only do we feel this is a special song - but it is
obvious that Dr Tucker and The Exchange both share the same passion for this state.”

SONG FOR TASMANIA – PROJECT BACKGROUND:

In 2014 the Festival of Voices partnered with Tourism Tasmania to commission Australian
rock legend Tex Perkins to write a song about Tasmania that invoked a spirit and feeling
about our remarkable state. The song titled “See for Yourself” debuted at the Festival
Opening Night on Friday 3 July 2014 to a sell out crowd at Hobart City Hall. The song
attracted significant national media, further positioning the Festival’s profile in front of new
audiences around the country.

FUTURE:

The innovative success of this project has encouraged other artists to create and contribute to
a new body of work that reflects the Festival’s strategic and long term approach. This new
song by The Exchange is part of this new body of work. A key aim of this strategy is to share
content through local, national and international destination networks. Ultimately this project
is about articulating personal experiences – individual responses rather than a
corporate response.

THE VIDEO:
The footage was captured this July whilst The
Exchange performed in Hobart and
Launceston. Working with a local film crew,
the team travelled to significant destinations
to capture the guys experiencing the very
best of what our state has to offer.
Locations included; Mount Wellington, City of
Hobart Bonfire & Big Sing, Bellerive Beach,
Richmond, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary as
well as the guys performing onstage with their
workshop group in Hobart and Launceston.

Quote from Richard Steighner, The Exchange:
“We honestly never thought we’d write a song about Tasmania! But it became a kind of
passion project. The Exchange has performed in Tassie twice now, and our group has fallen
in love with it.

It’s such an inspirational place so we found a lot to write about, but we wanted to make
something that fit our style.

The Festival of Voices asked us to remix “To You Tasmania” by the 6th District Military Band
and Hobart Orpheus Choir. Then over a couple of months and dozens of drafts, we ended up
with a completely different take on the older, classical piece.

We just hope somebody listening to it down in Tasmania enjoys it! We had a lot of fun writing
it and I can’t wait to go back.”

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28.08.15 11:25 am

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SPRING ART WORKSHOPS & EVENTS at Devonport Regional Gallery

Ellie Ray, Director, Dianne Sheehan' Education & Public Programs Officer
28.08.15 11:01 am

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Tara Badcock, The Midwife [detail], 2015, polyester thread, gelatin

Devonport Regional Gallery presents a range of art workshops during spring.

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST: TARA BADCOCK
Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
When: Tuesday 15 September, 11 am
Cost: FREE

Hear from Tasmanian artist Tara Badcock as she speaks about her journey developing work for the 2015 Solo Commission Hunt Nature Birth at Devonport Regional Gallery.

While much of Tara’s art practice has evolved around creating saleable pieces for her small business, she continues to refine her contemporary soft sculptures within a conceptual framework focusing on feminine issues. The choice of fabrics and design play a crucial role in the fusion of concepts and design creating unique objects for contemplative viewing.

Over the past twelve months Tara Badcock has used the Solo Commission to test the boundaries of her practice and complete a body of work that is commensurate with her role as both practicing artist and parent of two small children.

WINE & CHEESE TWILIGHT TOUR
WITH ELLIE RAY
When: Thursday 1 October, 5.30 pm
Cost: Gold coin entry

Join Gallery Director Ellie Ray in a twilight tour of the 2015 Solo Commission Hunt Nature Birth by Tasmanian mixed media artist Tara Badcock, and learn how the works were developed over the twelve month period.

Since its inception in 2004, the Solo Commission has seen an early to mid-career Tasmanian artist create a new body of work for exhibition at the Gallery. The Commission provides the artist with financial and mentoring support which assists artists at a crucial stage in their careers to experiment and progress new ideas.

HIDE AND SEEK (SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS)
WITH ROSIE MCKEAND

Where: Devonport Regional Gallery
When:  Wednesday 7 October
Workshop 1: 10 am – 12 pm (ages 6 – 9 years)
Workshop 2: 1–3 pm (ages 10 – 13 years)
Cost: $12 / $10 members
All materials provided

This is your chance to play Hide and Seek in Devonport Regional Gallery! What stories are hidden in the works made by Tara Badcock for her exhibition Hunt Nature Birth and how shall we seek them out? Using similar art media found in this exhibition, school holiday program participants will be supported to make a work of art that gives a hint of a larger, personal story.

About Rosie McKeand

Hobart-based artist Rosie McKeand has worked with communities and in cultural and educational institutions throughout her extensive career as an artist and art educator. Her way of working engages people of all ages and backgrounds with contemporary art and art practice. Rosie retired from the position of Art Educator at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in 2013 and is currently working as lead artist in the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation program “Fostering Creativity”.
 
Monthly Workshops

1,2,3…CREATE!
FACILITATED BY ALLI DAVIES
When: Wednesday 23 September, 14 October & 18 November, 10–11.30 am
Cost: $5 per child
Bookings: 6424 8296 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

1,2,3…Create is the Gallery’s monthly early years art and music program facilitated by music therapist, Allison Davies. Alli uses music, art and sensory play to create a fun, educational program for children aged 1–3 years with their carers and parents. The program provides a stimulating environment in the gallery setting for young children to socialise and connect with art objects and ideas through music, movement, play and art making.

Each session draws inspiration from the Gallery’s particular exhibitions. The September and October sessions will be based on the themes from Tara Badcock’s Hunt Nature Birth.

Participants at 1, 2, 3…Create!

BOOKS + ART
READING GROUP
When: Monday 21 September, 26 October & 16 November, 6–7.30 pm
Cost: $20/$10 concession (for yearly membership)
Enquiries: 6424 8296 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

In partnership with the Devonport Bookshop, Devonport Regional Gallery’s reading group, Books + Art celebrates art and literature. The group meets monthly to discuss the books selected based on the exhibitions displayed at the Gallery.

“We aim to create an open, friendly and thoughtful atmosphere for people of all ages.” – Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer.

Books + Art members receive discounts at Devonport Bookshop.

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Life!

Sharon Flynn Miranda Brown Publicity
27.08.15 3:53 pm

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We’re pleased to work on Anton Corbijn’s much anticipated new film, LIFE.

Life is the latest feature film from the highly acclaimed director Anton Corbijn, (Control, The American, The Most Wanted Man), with screen play by Luke Davies (Candy, Lion-yet to be released) and stars Robert Pattinson (Twighlight Saga, COSMOPOLIS), Dane DeHaan (Kill your Darlings, Lawless, The Place Beyond The Pines), as well as Australian actor Joel Edgerton and Ben Kingsley.

Below is a brief synopsis of the film ...

Inspired by a true story, LIFE charts the friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955.

Stock was 26, old before his time, and already tied down to family life. Into his buttoned-down world came fledgling star James Dean, a free spirit who would change popular culture from suits to jeans and from matinee idols to teenage heartthrobs. The assignment, which took the pair on a road trip around the US, would change Stock’s life and provide the world with some of the most iconic images of the age.

And a link to the trailer ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SLU8WEX5Yw&feature=youtu.be

Life is opening nationally the 10th of September.

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Cradle Mountain Film Fest: One Month in Tasmania and Mountainfilm on Tour

Anthony O’Hern, Co-owner, Cradle Mountain Canyons
27.08.15 11:10 am

November 21 at Cradle Mountain: One weekend, two amazing film events!

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Above, adventurous Tasmanian’s and visitors are being lured into the North West outside of peak tourist season by a weekend of canyoning and adventure film

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Above, Mountainfilm on Tour will bring some of the best adventure films produced in the world in the last year to Cradle Mt. They will screen alongside short films showcasing Tassie adventure at its best, as part of the One Month In Tasmania short film competition

For the second year, Cradle Mountain Canyons and Cradle Mountain Hotel, supported by Events Tasmania, are running a competition that aims to spark the imagination of adventurous Tasmanian film makers.

Participants in the One Month in Tasmania Adventure Film Competition are asked to submit a maximum five minute film that features a Tasmanian adventure. The catch is, the films need to be entirely shot and produced in a one month time frame – between October 16 and November 16 2015.

“The idea is to showcase the incredible amount of adventure that can be had on this cracker of an island,” said Anthony O’Hern, owner of Cradle Mountain Canyons and the event’s organiser. “Last year we had people out mountain biking, rock climbing, white water kayaking and rafting, dirt biking, bushwalking and canyoning. It’s great to watch all the films and think that all this adventure happened in just one month.”

Over $3000 worth of prizes will entice entries in the competition.

This year the event has been expanded. Shortlisted films will screen at Cradle Mountain Hotel on November 21 as part of the Cradle Mountain Film Fest which this year will also feature a screening of Mountainfilm on Tour – one of the world’s premier adventure film festivals from Telluride, Colorado.

Mountainfilm attracts leading documentary filmmakers, artists, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists, journalists and explorers from around the world to engage in the festival’s tag line of “celebrating indomitable spirit.”

“This fantastic expansion of the event will allow us to screen some of the best adventure films produced in the world in the past 12 months, alongside short films that showcase Tassie adventure at its best,” Mr O’Hern said.

“We got very lucky with Mountainfilm. We got in touch with them, just as they were trying to find some locations in the southern hemisphere to screen their films. Events Tasmania came on board, and we managed to make it happen.”

The event is part of a push by Cradle Mountain Canyons and Cradle Mountain Hotel to get visitors into the North West outside of peak season. “Dark Mofo has demonstrated that people will travel outside of peak time if you give them a good reason,” Mr O’Hern said.

Cradle Mountain Canyons and Cradle Mountain Hotel are offering a package that includes accommodation and a canyoning tour at a special rate for the weekend. The package can be booked at http://www.cradlemountainhotel.com.au

Join us online at http://www.cradlemountainfilmfest.com for entry, program and ticketing information. Like the Cradle Mountain Film Fest page on Facebook to stay up to date with exciting announcements. Contact Cradle Mountain Canyons on 1300 032 384 for more information at any time.

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Grand Ballroom, Government House: Free Concert by Allegri Ensemble

Caroline Miller, Allegri Ensemble http://www.allegriensemble.com
27.08.15 10:39 am

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Allegri Ensemble, directed by Andrew Bainbridge, is proud to present A Garland for the Queen, a concert of choral part-songs in honour of Queen Elizabeth, on Wednesday 9 September 2015 at 6 pm in the Grand Ballroom of Government House, Hobart.

This concert is also a celebration of Her Majesty becoming the longest reigning British monarch, on the evening of 9 September 2015 (UK time).

With a Floral and Choral theme, the program includes Five Flower Songs and Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’ by Benjamin Britten, and a selection of madrigals from ‘The Triumphs of Oriana’, published in 1601 as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth I.

Also included is Robert Pearsall’s sumptuous eight-part madrigal Lay a Garland.

Central to the program is a selection of part-songs from ‘A Garland for the Queen’, a collection commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1952 as a tribute to the young Queen Elizabeth II in the weeks leading up to her coronation, featuring the work of ten contemporary British poets set by ten composers.

Free admission to A Garland for the Queen is by ticket only which can be obtained by clicking the link on the Government House website:

http://www.govhouse.tas.gov.au

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Fresh on Charles (TONIGHT), Republic (TOMORROW): Holy Holy

EMILY CHEUNG ON THE MAP PR First published August 7
27.08.15 6:30 am

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HOLY HOLY IMPRESS WITH CHART DEBUT + SELL OUT ‘HOWLER’ MELBOURNE,
SECOND SHOW ANNOUNCED

It’s been a big few weeks for everyone’s favourite nostalgic Aussie indie rockers, Holy Holy.  After releasing their anticipated debut album, When The Storms Would Come on July 24 and blowing their audience away with a killer set at Splendour In The Grass, the album has now debuted at #11 on the ARIA album chart, #2 on the AIR Independent Labels chart and #9 on the iTunes album chart.  And to top it off, the band have just announced a second Melbourne show set to take place at Howler on September 6, after their September 5 Howler show sold out within weeks of going on sale, with all tour shows selling fast also.

The response to the record can not only be seen with these impressive chart results, but through the incredibly flattering reviews that have been pouring in for the band’s debut effort, with a swathe of Album Of The Weeks & 4 star reviews.

“One of the standout albums to be released this year…Almost perfect” The Daily Telegraph
“When they’re fully engaged, they go at songs like Arcade Fire, 120 per cent committed.” news.com.au
“This is a brave debut album – a dense, sophisticated effort that attempts to blend Bowie with Band Of Horses, or Springsteen with Midlake. And ends up succeeding.”  Best Before
“A killer of a record” Indieshuffle

The national When The Storms Would Come album tour will kick start at the Darwin Festival on August 13 and will then venture on to Bunbury, Perth, Fremantle, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Launceston, Hobart, Adelaide, Geelong, Ballarat, Melbourne, Thirroul, Newcastle, Canberra, Sydney and finishing up as headline act at Sounds Of The Suburbs festival in Cronulla on September 27.

It will then be followed by a newly announced second tour of UK/Europe for the year, celebrating the release of the record on the other side of the world on October 30, which will see the band play a string of shows and festivals in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Berlin, Hamburg, Brussels, Amsterdam and more.

With classic songs, huge supports, extensive radio play, an overwhelmingly positive response from press and blogs both here and overseas, sold-out headline shows and international gigs under their belts, Holy Holy have already achieved so much.  And now their debut full-length album is finally here and it is vaster and wilder than anything they’ve released to date. Recorded in Brisbane with Matt Redlich (Emma Louise, Ball Park Music, The Trouble With Templeton), the album unveils the band pushing in to new sonic territory with daring & classic guitars, driving rhythms and even bigger vocals.

Holy Holy is fronted by the songwriting team, vocalist/composer Timothy Carroll and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson. They are joined on the road by permanent drummer Ryan Strathie (Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Andy Bull), touring bassist Graham Ritchie (Airling, Emma Louise), and Brisbane-based producer Matt Redlich as their touring keys player.  Joining them for a large part of the tour will be Melbourne band, Fractures.  Other supports include Methyl Ethel and Violet Swells, with more to be announced. 

Tickets to the national ‘When The Storms Would Come’ album tour are on sale now
Buy When The Storms Would Come

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ‘WHEN THE STORMS WOULD COME’ TOUR DATES

THU 13 AUG | DARWIN FESTIVAL, DARWIN NT (ALL AGES)
Tickets available from http://www.darwinfestival.org.au

FRI 14 AUG | PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY WA
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 15 AUG | AMPLIFIER, PERTH WA
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SUN 16 AUG | NEWPORT HOTEL, FREMANTLE WA
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 21 AUG | ELSEWHERE, GOLD COAST QLD
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 22 AUG | THE ZOO, BRISBANE QLD *
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

THU 27 AUG | FRESH ON CHARLES, LAUNCESTON TAS
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 28 AUG | THE REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART TAS
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SAT 29 AUG | JIVE, ADELAIDE SA *
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

THU 03 SEP | WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC *
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 04 SEP | KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT VIC *
Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 05 SEP | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC * SOLD OUT
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SUN 06 SEP | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC *
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

FRI 11 SEP | ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW
Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

SAT 12 SEP | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW *
Tickets available from http://www.lizottes.com.au | 02 4956 2066

FRI 18 SEP | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA ACT *
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SAT 19 SEP | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW *
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SUN 27 SEP | SOUNDS OF THE SUBURBS, CRONULLA NSW
Tickets available from http://www.soundsofthesuburbs.com.au/

With FRACTURES*
METHYL ETHEL (WA) & VIOLET SWELLS (TAS)

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Despard: This is Drawing Now LAST DAYS!

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery. First published August 3
25.08.15 6:20 pm

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this is DRAWING NOW

Bertie Blackman, Jo Chew, Brain Foetus, Mish Meijers, Jonathan McBurnie & Mary Scott.

5.30pm, August 5 -28

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Daniel Designing a Cash-ful Career

Paula Xiberras
25.08.15 7:11 am

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In the 60s Johnny Cash performed in Tasmania at Burnie and Devonport. Occasionally, when he is in Tasmania Daniel Thompson, Johnny Cash tribute artist, will be greeted by one of those lucky people that did attend those early concerts and they reminisce with Daniel about the time they were in the company of the man in black.

Daniel has now toured the Johnny Cash tribute show to Tassie around six or seven times and it is becoming an annual tradition. Daniel says Tassie’s ‘a great part of the world’ and his only complaint is that because when he does visit, it is for work and he doesn’t have enough time to see more of the state but each time he does visit he tries to take a little bit more in.

Daniel is thrilled to be performing at the Theatre Royal again and enjoys the waterfront and historic buildings and of course those same scenic areas are a lovely place to have breakfast! Daniel tells me that this time round, a second show has been scheduled for Launceston, such is the demand.

When he was younger Daniel considered careers in design, architecture or engineering but it seemed music was always going to capture his heart and soul, growing up with both his mum and dad musicians. Daniel tells me that Sunday afternoons were music sessions at his house with many of his parent’s friends rocking up with instruments, much to the chagrin of their neighbours.

It seemed Daniel’s sister would evade the music tradition, taking up a career in photography but even she could not escape the family passion, with she and her husband setting up a company that produces music videos!

Daniel says that often at the ‘meet and greet’ after his Johnny Cash tribute show, an audience member might give him a hug thanking him for giving them a glimpse of what it would have been like to see Johnny Cash live. This is important to Daniel and he puts in a great effort to create the authentic feel of a Johnny Cash concert, starting with the familiar black suit ’ a given’  says Daniel. He also tries not to play any guitar type on stage that Johnny himself wouldn’t use. Daniel’s also studied all of Johnny’s nuances to create an uncanny likeness to the famed singer, not to mention being blessed with a Cash like voice. This attention to detail is important in attempting to create the way Johnny himself put across songs. Daniel says that all the kind comments he receives justify the efforts he puts in to the shows and is appreciative of the time to talk with the audience afterwards at the meet and greets.

When he isn’t playing Johnny Cash Daniel is part of the country music scene and does a regular show at Tamworth. You can see Daniel as the man in black at the following times and venues.

Friday, 18 September 2015 – Theatre Royal – HOBART, TAS
http://www.theatreroyal.com.au / (03) 6233 2299

Saturday, 19 September 2015 – Launceston Country Club – LAUNCESTON, TAS
http://www.countryclubtasmania.com.au / 1300 795 257

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Daniel Designing a Cash-ful Career

Paula Xiberras
25.08.15 7:11 am

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In the 60s Johnny Cash performed in Tasmania at Burnie and Devonport. Occasionally, when he is in Tasmania Daniel Thompson, Johnny Cash tribute artist, will be greeted by one of those lucky people that did attend those early concerts and they reminisce with Daniel about the time they were in the company of the man in black.

Daniel has now toured the Johnny Cash tribute show to Tassie around six or seven times and it is becoming an annual tradition. Daniel says Tassie’s ‘a great part of the world’ and his only complaint is that because when he does visit, it is for work and he doesn’t have enough time to see more of the state but each time he does visit he tries to take a little bit more in.

Daniel is thrilled to be performing at the Theatre Royal again and enjoys the waterfront and historic buildings and of course those same scenic areas are a lovely place to have breakfast! Daniel tells me that this time round, a second show has been scheduled for Launceston, such is the demand.

When he was younger Daniel considered careers in design, architecture or engineering but it seemed music was always going to capture his heart and soul, growing up with both his mum and dad musicians. Daniel tells me that Sunday afternoons were music sessions at his house with many of his parent’s friends rocking up with instruments, much to the chagrin of their neighbours.

It seemed Daniel’s sister would evade the music tradition, taking up a career in photography but even she could not escape the family passion, with she and her husband setting up a company that produces music videos!

Daniel says that often at the ‘meet and greet’ after his Johnny Cash tribute show, an audience member might give him a hug thanking him for giving them a glimpse of what it would have been like to see Johnny Cash live. This is important to Daniel and he puts in a great effort to create the authentic feel of a Johnny Cash concert, starting with the familiar black suit ’ a given’  says Daniel. He also tries not to play any guitar type on stage that Johnny himself wouldn’t use. Daniel’s also studied all of Johnny’s nuances to create an uncanny likeness to the famed singer, not to mention being blessed with a Cash like voice. This attention to detail is important in attempting to create the way Johnny himself put across songs. Daniel says that all the kind comments he receives justify the efforts he puts in to the shows and is appreciative of the time to talk with the audience afterwards at the meet and greets.

When he isn’t playing Johnny Cash Daniel is part of the country music scene and does a regular show at Tamworth. You can see Daniel as the man in black at the following times and venues.

Friday, 18 September 2015 – Theatre Royal – HOBART, TAS
http://www.theatreroyal.com.au / (03) 6233 2299

Saturday, 19 September 2015 – Launceston Country Club – LAUNCESTON, TAS
http://www.countryclubtasmania.com.au / 1300 795 257

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New Cultural Heritage Support

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
24.08.15 7:46 pm

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of our cultural industries and the jobs and investment they create.

Today I announced the 2015-16 funding for museums, art galleries and heritage organisations across the state, totalling $443,650.

This funding will support a range of important Tasmanian institutions for projects and exhibitions over the current financial year.

Cultural Heritage Program applications for projects in 2016-17 are now open, and will be assessed on the basis of best practice performance and sustainability.

The Cultural Heritage Program will support museums, galleries and other collections to deliver a range of high quality activities that strengthen Tasmania’s robust, diverse and vibrant cultural heritage sector, engage and inspire audiences and the wider community, and preserve Tasmania’s unique moveable cultural heritage.

Assessment of applications will be undertaken by a specialist cultural heritage panel of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board.

The closing date for applications is Monday 2 November 2015. Arts Tasmania program officers are available to provide assistance in the application process and to discuss project ideas. Face-to-face meetings will be available on request in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart.

The Cultural Heritage guidelines are available on the Arts Tasmania website at http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/culturalheritage.

The following organisations have been awarded funding through the Museums, Art Galleries and Heritage Organisations funding for 2015-2016:

o   The Australasian Golf Museum Inc. will receive $18,000 towards the annual program of the museum, located in Bothwell.
o   The Burnie City Council will receive $63,000 towards the annual program of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.
o   The Devonport City Council will receive $63,000 towards the annual program of the Devonport Regional Gallery.
o   $63,000 is allocated towards the employment of a Statewide Maritime Heritage coordinator, working from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.
o   Narryna Heritage Museum Incorporated will receive $40,500 towards the annual program of the museum, located in Battery Point.
o   The Royal Society of Tasmania will receive $1,800 for its annual program of activities.
o   The Tasmanian Historical Research Association Incorporated will receive $1,350 towards the publication of its papers and proceedings.
o   West Coast Heritage Limited will receive $145,000 towards the operations of the West Coast Pioneers’ Museum, located in Zeehan.
o   Woolmers Foundation Inc. will receive $18,000 towards the operations of Woolmers Estate, located at Longford.
o   In addition, the Foundation of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery will receive up to $18,000, and the QVMAG Arts Foundation Inc. up to $12,000 in matching funds. The Foundations will receive $1 for every $2 raised from the community to purchase new artworks for their collections – principally contemporary Tasmanian artworks.

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Rachel Makes Music Miles Away

Paula Xiberras
23.08.15 7:03 am

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It seems appropriate that Rachel Costanzo bears a second name that means literally ‘constant’.

This young lady has been certainly constant with her musical success in the last few years with her singles ‘Blindside’ and ‘Starlight’ and about each of these releases we have spoken. Last week we chatted once again, this time about her new single ‘Miles Away’  on which she combined in writing and production, with the two Michaels (Michael Paynter & Michael Delorenzis)  from the appropriately Msquared Productions.

Although Rachel tells me that she has not visited Tasmania yet she hopes to in the not too distant future, suggesting some gigs will be pencilled in very soon! Rachel is well experienced at gigs now and performs regularly at Soho, Southbank Melbourne.  And although she is a fine pianist, Rachel forgoes piano playing at her gigs and instead has a backing guitarist.

Rachel talks about her launch on Friday August 7 at Soho Southbank, describing it as ‘amazing’ and including guests from the ‘X Factor’. Rachel says that shows such as ‘X Factor’ are a great platform for artists to gain notice and she doesn’t rule out auditioning for such a show.

Rachel’s new single ‘Miles away’, a ballad, is a change from her previous two pop singles. Rachel says the ballad allows her to ‘show off her vocals and melody’. The video was born of Rachel’s imagination with the concept and ideas all her own. It’s the story of two young people in love who spend special moments in a forest. On one of these occasions the boy of the couple waves his girlfriend goodbye. Rachel says the song and video are left open for interpretation but it is basically about losing someone, whether through a relationship ending or any other of a myriad of ways.

Since finishing school Rachel is a bit undecided about continuing her education right now deciding to have a gap year and see where music takes her and indeed it has taken her around the world already including Hollywood!

You can see Rachel’s video here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qPCONi_yZE

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The Rundown ... This Weekend

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22.08.15 4:25 pm

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Moonah Arts Centre: Friday Nights @ MAC Presents The Surrealists – Debut CD Launch

Michael McLaughlin Cultural Programs Officer Moonah Arts Centre
21.08.15 3:44 pm

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Two of Tasmania’s most original guitarists, Paul Gerard, above left, and Alan Gogoll have united to create The Surrealists.

This upcoming concert at the awrd winning Moonah Arts Centre will launch their first CD recorded live in Hobart earlier this year.

The Surrealists are Paul Gerard and Alan Gogoll.

Paul Gerard has spent 35 years mastering the demanding art of Spanish and flamenco guitar music. Paul has played concerts extensively throughout Tasmanian and Australia as well as England and Europe.

Alan Gogoll is part of a new breed of acoustic guitarists,  with a uniquely expressive harmonic finger style utilizing alternate tunings,  combined with a visually and musically exciting percussive fret board tapping. Alan has been a professional musician for the past 10 years and is in high demand around Tasmania for his beautiful solo playing.

The Surrealists performance is about unique expression taking audiences on a journey using Flamenco guitar, steel string guitar, the harp guitar, the fretless flamenco guitar and the Spanish Cajun. The Surrealists relish the possibilities of change and spontaneity.

Join them at Moonah Arts Centre for the landmark launch of their debut CD, in the acoustically refined environment of the Centre’s Performance Studio.

Where: Moonah Arts Centre 23-27 Albert Road Moonah

When: Friday September 4 Doors Open from 6pm for a 6:30pm First Set

Cost: Entry is by a $5 cover charge, with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

The Surrealists on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSurrealistsDuo/timeline or http://www.thesurrealists.com.au/

MAC venue Inquiries: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

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Exciting opportunity for emerging Tasmanian screenwriters

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts Media Release
21.08.15 1:26 pm

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of Tasmania’s creative industries.

The creative industries are helping to grow Tasmania’s economy and create jobs and this weekend there will be another exciting professional development opportunity for Tasmanian writers.

Sixteen emerging Tasmanian writers will take part in a two-day Masters’ Apprentices workshop with screen industry luminaries Vicki Madden, co-creator of The Kettering Incident, and her creative partner and co-writer, Mike Jones.

The workshop in Hobart this weekend will focus on writing television drama, and the process of developing a TV show that includes multiple storylines, structure and theme work.

The workshop is the first stage in the development of Vicki Madden and Mike Jones’ new TV drama series, Shrewsbury, which received $15,000 in Development Investment Funding from Screen Tasmania.

Up to four of the writers participating in the Masters’ Apprentices workshop will be selected to join a ‘writers room’, working with Vicki Madden and Mike Jones on the next phase of project development for Shrewsbury, which is set in Tasmania.

This initiative is unique among Australian screen agency programs because it combines project development for a new drama series created by two of Australia’s most celebrated writers with professional development workshops and writer’s attachments for Tasmania’s emerging screenwriters.

Vicki Madden: “We are looking for Tasmanian screenwriters who want to learn and can work to deliver on a defined creative brief, and possess skills not only in writing but also in researching and contributing ideas in a rigorous writers’ room process. People who have demonstrated a passion for a TV career will be foremost in our minds for the project.”

Mike Jones: “Screen production is a hard craft and in my experience, particularly working across growth areas of digital and new media as well as TV, the crucial thing so often missing is a genuine opportunity for emerging writers to learn from experienced writers in real-world contexts. This program with ScreenTas is a great initiative to address that problem head on and produce writers who are sustainably industry focused and experienced over the long-term.”

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21.08.15 12:00 pm

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Theatre Royal E-News: What’s On ...

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21.08.15 11:23 am

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Mona is my generation’s Sydney Opera House, a gamble that paid off

Brigid Delaney, Guardian
21.08.15 10:50 am

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David Walsh’s ‘anti-museum’ on the banks of the Derwent river in Tasmania has beaten MoMa and Tate Modern to be named the world’s best modern art gallery. But part of Mona’s magic is that it feels like a dream

How cool it must have been to live through the construction and the opening of the Sydney Opera House in the mid 20th century. I imagine there was the feeling of something new and wonderful being created – not just for an elite with certain tastes and money, but for everyone.

That’s how I feel about the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. Mona is my generation’s Opera House. You may only go there once in your life (or not at all) but it’s comforting to know that it’s there (it’s hard to miss, really, looking like an enormous hybrid cruise ship-submarine that’s crashed into the cliffs along the Derwent).

The fact that it’s even there in the first place is a kind of service. It doesn’t ask much of you except that you attend it with an open mind. Even then it doesn’t really give a fig whether you do or don’t.

Yes, there’s great food and brilliant art and the setting is incredible. It’s arguably rescued Tasmania from decline and fall, and instigated a dramatic reversal of not only fortune but tone and mood. In its wake are new boutique hotels, mom and pop Airbnb operators, baristas, craft beer bars – all the accoutrements that accompany the cultural economy. It’s the Guggenheim to Tasmania’s Bilbao.

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Mofo 2016 dates announced - along with venue change

Bec Fitzgibbon, Jane Menzies, Megan Reeder Hope
21.08.15 6:10 am

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There’s an old saying that every seven years, every cell in the body is renewed and replaced by a new cell; we effectively grow a new body.

It’s not entirely true. Some cells can last a lifetime, like our cerebral cortex neurons, heart muscle cells, and the crystalline lenses of our eyes. Tattoos have staying power too.

Still, it’s a nice idea, and after seven years of Mofo, we’re going with it – the Museum of Old and New Art’s Festival of Music and Art is shedding its skin and emerging as a new beast.

Mofo 2016 will take place January 13 – 18, with events in and around Hobart city venues, leading up to a frenetic weekend at Mona (Jan 15 – 17) of percussion, spoken word, and furious fusions of music and art, with museum access granted only to ticket-holding Mofos.

Curated by Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, The Break), Mofo at Mona will be digging in deep; performances will resonate across the whole Mona site, inside and out; from the Nolan Gallery to the Organ Room; the Escher-esque stairwells to the Moorilla Barrel Room; and the outdoor stage and lawns to the sandstone Void, 14 metres underground.

“Mofo asks you to surrender to music, sound, sight and space,” curator Brian Ritchie says. “Mona plus music creates one big pulsing organism. Whether you are a regular visitor or first-timer, Mofo 2016 will show off Mona in unimaginable ways.”

Mofo 2016 aims to drum up a sensory discombobulation to shake you down to your very cell structure. Fair warning to your cerebral cortex neurons, heart muscles and crystalline lenses.

Mofo is a project of Mona, supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.

Mofo takes place January 13 – 18, 2016. Lineup announced in October. http://www.mofo.net.au

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I leaned in for the kiss ...

Amber Wilson
20.08.15 7:14 pm

I leaned in for the kiss.
He leaned in for the kill.

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Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
19.08.15 4:11 pm

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Street Art Festival breaks the mould

Dane Hunnerup Program Officer Arts & Events Clarence City Council
19.08.15 3:54 pm

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The ST.ART Street Art Festival at Rosny Farm is on in August, encouraging young Tasmanians to explore creative ways of making street art, in an effort to reduce graffiti in the Clarence municipality.

For the first time in its seven year history the ST.ART Festival is exploring new territory, launching the program’s first ST.ART Expo, on Saturday, 22 August from 11am-3pm.

Mayor Doug Chipman said the Festival allowed young people, teachers and artists to share their unique art techniques, inspiring younger artists to pursue non-destructive art forms.

“The Clarence City Council continues to take the lead with young artists, helping them channel their talent toward something the whole community can appreciate,” Mr Chipman said.

“By providing creative alternatives to ‘tagging’, we are supporting young Tasmanians and facilitating their need to express themselves in a way that doesn’t involve anti-social behaviour.

“The ST.ART expo will be supplying a free barbecue, stencil zone and plenty of surprise activities, making it a great day for everyone to get involved.”

For the first time, the 2015 ST.ART Festival is bringing local cross-disciplinary artist Selena de Carvalho to collaborate on a large-scale project involving time lapse film, as well as artists Nicole Robson and Carolyn Amos, who will host a sticky tape sculpture zone.

Local artists Rob O’Connor and ‘Brain Foetus’ will also be hosting the Zine Lab, and Dexter and Seven will lead the free-spray areas.

ST.ART 2015 will also feature performances from the world famous Jim Henson Studio, who will be presenting fortune-telling freestyle hip-hop puppet Madam Moonshine, as well as DJ Wax Doctor West.

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ACO Season 2016 – Beethoven: Mighty Pillar for 21st Century

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
19.08.15 3:51 pm

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Reviewed! Holding the Man ...

Amber Wilson
19.08.15 4:17 am

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It’s the mid-70s and when the captain of the football team just so happens to be a hunky – if rather short – Italian boy with deliciously thick eyelashes, you can bet there’s a love story on the way.

Holding the Man is a love story and a tragedy. But this is no puke-fest, and nor is it a Shakespearean soliloquy. It’s a bloody good love story with a bloody sad ending.

Watching a film like Holding the Man – based on the memoir by gay activist and actor Tim Conigrave – reminds you of what love really is. It’s a welcome departure from the so-often feebly-plotted Hollywood films or the attempts of advertisers to make us feel unworthy of the connection we all want.

The truth is that loving someone is simply about loving them, worshipping their body sometimes, putting up with their shit at other times, but sticking together as a team.

Holding the Man is a seminal gay text and an Australian classic, which had since been developed into a well-loved theatre adaptation. The book was published in 1995, posthumously and shortly after Conigrave’s death, which in itself was a few years after his lover’s John Caleo’s passing, both of an AIDS-related illness.

Their courtship is unbelievably dorky, and unbelievably beautiful – just as all teen romances should be. Tim calls John on the blower, his mum embarrassing him mercilessly by yelling out something about not getting phone calls during dinner-time.

Tim explains to John that they’re having casserole. John replies that his family is having chops and peas. Tim asks bluntly: “John, will you go round with me?” And John doesn’t hesitate in answering: “yes”.

What follows is a 15-year relationship of an absolute and steadfast love – albeit one that goes through its fair share of ups and downs with infidelities, conflicting interests, family and school disapproval, and the fact that Tim so desperately wants to pursue his career as an actor in Sydney while John wants to stay home and work as a chiropractor.

Tim rises to levels of narcissism at times while John retains his gentle, calm demeanour. Ultimately, things work out and they settle into a loving monogamy, but by this stage, the gorgeous young couple has succumbed to the scourge of the 1980s – HIV infection.

Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters, Wolf Creek) delivers the role of Tim Conigrave beautifully, while Melbourne uni student Craig Stott is exceptional as “that beautiful boy”, John Caleo. The pair is joined by some megastar Australian favourites including Guy Pearce as Tim’s dad, Anthony LaPaglia as John’s dad and Geoffrey Rush, who is perfect as a NIDA teacher.

The 1980s styling is perfect – not ridiculous and over-the-top as so often happens – and accurate to a tee, complete with vol-au-vents, bowl-cut hairdos and dorky denims. Director Neil Armfield (Candy) has done a stellar job with the material, delivering a film that does justice to the theme and no doubt to what Conigrave would have wanted.

Perhaps one of the key elements of this film is its somewhat divine timing – with the gay rights movement holding unprecedented levels of support, this is a film with broadscale mass appeal rather than being some kind of “special interest” flick kept aside for arthouse cinemas.

The fact the film is screening at mainstream cinemas like Village, alongside all the usual popcorn guns-and-babes blockbusters, is testament to that.

Holding the Man will screen at the State Cinema from August 27.

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