Items filtered by date: November 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013 21:07

The Railway Man Preview Passes

Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/ Burma railway during WWII. His experiences left him traumatised and shut off from the rest of the world.

Based on Lomax's best-selling memoir and starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, ‘The Railway Man’ is an extraordinary and inspiring true story of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.

To win one of ten doubles to an exclusive preview screening this Wednesday November 27 at Event Cinemas Indooroopilly This competition has closed.
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Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:57

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular Tickets

The ‘Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular’ with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra looks set to blow your mind.

The show will feature 22 incredible monsters including the spine-chilling Silence and the awe-inspiring Daleks and Cybermen, Silurians, Vampire Girls, Astronaut, Judoon and Oods as well as two stars of the television series who’ll add to the electric atmosphere of the major musical event.

The Queensland premiere takes place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre February 8.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:32

David Dallas CD & Tickets

David Dallas is one of New Zealand's most prolific rappers; and he stands for an entire country, not just a few blocks.

“I want to showcase where I'm from and explain it just because I feel like it's an interesting place and it's a place I'm proud of. I definitely have a sense of pride, especially now people from other parts of the world are going to hear this album.”

The album in question is 'Falling Into Place'. David will showcase material off this release at Alhambra December 19.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 14:52

Metric Tickets

Metric are bringing their cocktail of synth pop, new wave and indie electronica to the Tivoli Wednesday December 11.

Joining them will be Sydney’s Glass Towers who will deliver their glorious tales of teenage turmoil in the form of polished and upbeat indie gems.

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The Brisbane International Film Festival kicked off at the Palace Barracks Cinema last Wednesday evening with the premiere of 'The Railway Man', the latest film from Australian director, Jonathan Teplitzky.

Based on an inspiring true story and starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, 'The Railway Man' is a powerful and beautifully crafted story of love, suffering, forgiveness and reconciliation set against the backdrop of World War II.

Firth plays Brian Lomax, an English soldier struggling to come to terms with his traumatic experiences suffered as prisoner of the Japanese after the fall of Singapore.

Almost 50 years later, Lomax tracks down the Japanese soldier, Takashi Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada) responsible for the horrific torture he endured to try and understand his physical and psychological torment. Gripping and emotionally driven, 'The Railway Man' is sure to be a runaway success.

Opening Night celebrations continued after the film at GoMA where Dubmarine played a stripped-back set while director Teplitzky and producer, Chris Brown (no, not that Chris Brown), mingled with the crowd.

Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the Brisbane International Film Festival boasts a program of 137 feature films, including 45 Australian premiere films, restored classics and a wide selection of international productions.

The Brisbane International Film Festival runs until November 24. View photos from the night here.

Published in Film
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:48

In Bob We Trust: Film In Preview

The controversial Catholic priest stars in a new documentary 'In Bob We Trust'. To say that Father Bob Maguire isn't your average priest would be something of an understatement.

The 79-year-old clergyman presents a Triple J radio show, has over 99,000 followers on Twitter and heads up his own ‘Bob Squad’ of community outreach workers and volunteers. He’s also partial to the odd swear word or two.

“I'm not a great lover of pats on the back. I'm a duty-driven person which is boring but at the same time, it's satisfying in a sense that you know that all you've done was your duty.”

Maguire's latest un-priestly escapade is his starring role in a new documentary.

Directed by Ghost Pictures' Lynn-Maree Milburn and Richard Lowenstein, 'In Bob We Trust' looks at Maguire's clash with church officials when he was asked to end his 38 year stint as the parish priest at a South Melbourne church in 2009.

“The filmmakers must have heard what I would have thought would be the unremarkable news that the priest at St Peter's and St Paul's was being asked by the Archbishop to resign but wasn't going to go willingly.

"Of course I was apprehensive but because I'm feral and I've had to make snap decisions for most of my life and trust them, I thought this business of why I had to resign when other blokes of 75 don't was too big.

"I had a feeling there something untoward had befallen us and that there might have been collateral damage within the neighbourhood. I thought they might help me to sort it out intellectually.”

Filmed over four years, the documentary shines a light on the complicated area of Catholic church hierarchy, as well as Maguire's unique approach to ministry.

‘Father Bob’, who has since stepped down from his position as parish priest, also saw it as a way to set the record straight.

“I thought, 'this will be good discipline' because if there is anything untoward going on in my life or my parish life, it'll be on record by an independent observer and I'd rather commit my reputation and performance to an independent observer than to one of mine.”

'In Bob We Trust' also looks at the impact of Maguire’s charitable work on the local community throughout his time as parish priest.

“From 1973 until about 1990 when we were known to be a poor parish, we were trying to do a shape shift and to become part of a neighbourhood that was demographically changing shape.

"It wasn't actually changing from one demographic to another, it was melding the public housing population with the aspirational class, it was starting to become mixed housing side by side.”

Nevertheless, thanks to his incomparable wit and some surprising costume changes (on the film poster he appears as a medieval knight), Maguire is the undisputed star of the film – even if he didn't want it that way.

“The value I would place on the film now would be as a training tool, not as a kind of 'let us worship at the shrine of the Reverend Maguire' piece but it tends to be like that because I've turned out to be the main bloody character!”

The Brisbane premiere of ‘In Bob We Trust’ takes place at the Schonell Theatre Nov 21.

Published in Film
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:41

R&J: Theatre In Preview

High school students detest it, but its puzzling language has lived on for centuries.

Reading aloud in a monotone from a hand-me-down copy of Shakespeare's ‘Romeo And Juliet’ doesn't sound appealing.

So how is it that the classic has survived as an engaging, worldwide tale? Stage junkie, Bianca Zouppas stars in the production, ‘><R&J’ — an interesting, analytical portrayal of the classic, designed to educate and entertain — and has a theory on its longevity.

“During high school, reading it, I never understood it. Doing this show I have realised that it is a beautiful story; it is tragic and there's so much more to it than what I ever would have read into at high school.

"It's been nice to break it down and look at those themes and understand their story. It gives audiences the opportunity to see ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in a different light.”

This isn't ‘Romeo and Juliet’ — it's a play about ‘Romeo And Juliet’.

The play follows ten young people as they discuss and interpret 'Romeo and Juliet' through dance, song, speech and art. Each member switches between a variety of characters.

“It's really fun to be able to switch between characters. We're playing ourselves, but as these characters — so when I'm playing Romeo, I'm myself as Romeo feeling all of the things he may be feeling.

"One of the scenes I do — the night he's just met Juliet and he's fallen in love with her — I use things like when I have fallen in love for the first time, and I use that energy,” she said.

“I wanted to challenge myself with a traditional text and having text to work with and sink my teeth into.”

In her time in the industry, she has idolised no single character, but a collective of characters.

“I love playing powerful female characters. That's why I love playing Lady Capulet in our show because she's got it going on, she's got the power. There are some great, strong female characters out there.”

‘><R&J’ is at La Boite Theatre until November 30.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:34

Amy Housewine: Cabaret In Preview

Lisa Adam pays tribute to the late singer in her captivating cabaret show 'Back To Crack'.

Despite her short career, Amy Winehouse continues to be an inspiration for countless musicians and performers.

But while she shot to stardom for her inimitable voice and songwriting ability, it was her tragic battle with substance abuse that kept her in the headlines. For musical theatre star Lisa Adam, Winehouse’s chaotic lifestyle provided the inspiration for an unusual cabaret show.

“It was really the idea of a choreographer friend of mine who rang me five years ago and said, ‘You should be Amy Housewine’.

"A charity gig came up and I thought this is a good chance to try her out. Trevor Ashley rewrote the lyrics to ‘Valerie’ with the word ‘Valium’ and it was really well received.

"It started as a bit of a laugh for charity and next minute we had a full-blown show and festivals around the county.”

When Winehouse passed away in 2011, Adams chose to withdraw ‘Back To Crack’, feeling that its content would be inappropriate. She didn’t think much more about the eponymous Amy Housewine until Sydney Mardi Gras invited her to perform the show.

“The original show was rather a parody of Amy’s extra curricula activities that were being tactlessly blazoned all over the media.

"It was with a lot of trepidation that I did Mardi Gras but I worked with Trevor and he helped me create the character of Amy Housewine.

"We thought it would be a shame to rewrite the entire show so we turned Amy Housewine into a completely different entity.

"The real Amy Winehouse was this iconic, extraordinarily talented young woman whereas Amy Housewine is only good at getting trashed. She happens to look like Amy Winehouse and sing her songs but never claims she's better than her.

"That way, we're able to get away with having Amy Housewine onstage without being in total bad taste.”

Although the one-woman show is a comedy, Adams stresses the importance of its darker scenes.

“A 90-minute show would be very boring if it was just joke after joke, you need to have light and shade. Amy Housewine definitely has a problem but rather than her just being a train wreck onstage, we do go into the darker side of where it all started and how she became the way she is.

"The heart of our show is about the seriousness of addiction. While the show is incredibly funny, I also think that the audiences are enlightened by the end of it.

"At one point Amy Housewine performs a monologue about the first time she tried Class A drugs and at the end, no one claps. I absolutely love that moment.”

As a self-confessed Amy Winehouse fanatic, Adam enjoys paying tribute to the singer’s unique voice.

“Her voice is very difficult to emulate but I do my best. I don't think anyone can really do her justice, that was part of her appeal.”

But the real transformation from Adam to Amy happens in the makeup room.

“The main thing that helps me get into character is the costume. I have temporary tattoos all over my body and they take a good 45 minutes to apply.

"The makeup and the costume and the wig takes about an hour but I find that going through that process helps me get into the zone.

"People probably assume that I down a bottle of vodka before I go onstage but I'm not that much of a method actor!”

‘Back To Crack’ runs at the Brisbane Powerhouse December 5-7.

Published in Cabaret
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:30

Woman Of The Beat: The Beat Goes On

This weekend, The Beat continues cranking its 30th birthday celebrations with 'The Women Of The Beat'.

Scene caught up with one of those women, Jen-E, who was in Brisbane for the filming of ‘Flow’ — a docu-tribute to Angus (RIP) (also a Beat DJ, and arguably both Brisbane's favourite and most talented exponent on the decks).

Jen-E, most well-known for her harder style born from event appearances in the late ’90s and early ’00s, has a diverse portfolio which includes breaks which featured heavily in later years.

“I won't bang it out hard for two hours. I'll play stuff that I used to play that reminds me of my best times there, on vinyl."

When asked about The Beat's longevity and its success, the resident between 1997 and 2001 says: "When it went off it was just magical — it was the favourite residency I've ever done.

"And I would have those magical nights as a punter as well when I went to the club when Angus and Edwin were playing.”

When asked about her favourite memories, there were no standouts "because all the times were good, but if I had to pick one it would be my CD launch where everyone was so supportive".

Apart from the magic, perhaps one of the secrets to the club's success is its diversity of punters and talent.

"I loved the fact that there was a drag show — it was annoying coz I'd play for 10 or 15 minutes, then I'd have to stop and watch it from the booth — the lewd jokes and everything, I loved it — it made the atmosphere really fun.

"After one generation goes through a club can die, but not The Beat. It was always just fun to be there."

‘The Women Of The Beat’ with Miss Tracey, Jen-E, Darlin, Akajic and Faith take control of The Beat this Saturday November 23.

[Publisher note] Jen-E was a dance writer for Scene Magazine in the mid-’90s and worked at Central Station Records in Brisbane.

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:20

Arctic Tees: Humanitarian Fashion

Arctic Tees is a small business run out of Tasmania, offering original, artistic t-shirt designs for minimal cost to customers, the environment and manufacturers.

What began as Abraham Fletcher’s humble idea to design affordable t-shirts has evolved into a successful online store.

"We were uninspired t-shirt wise in Australia, especially online. Unless you want logos or one-coloured prints, there wasn't really a lot here that was artistic or had something a little more to it, unless you wanted to pay up to something like 50 or 60 dollars.

"I don't know about you, but I couldn't justify spending 50 or 60 bucks on a t-shirt. So I suppose Arctic Tees was founded on that kind of premise. We wanted to revive some cool designs made by artists for affordable prices," Abraham explains.

Alongside their work with charities, Arctic Tees pride themselves on running a company where making a profit isn’t the primary objective.

"We are different from [other] companies and big businesses out there that only really seem to care about the final dollar profit and things like that.

"We wanted to do something that could be a sustainable business in its own [right], that's been set up with the right foundations [so] when it does eventually grow into a larger company, the compass is set in the right direction.

“At this stage we're currently supporting [the charity] Devil Ark, which helps the breeding program for Tasmanian Devils. They're a heavily endangered species and [in danger of] becoming extinct.

"Basically, we give 50 cents from each t-shirt sold to a charity. Charities out there that would like to work with us, we're more than willing to hear from them and work something out. We rotate the charity we support every three months."

Abraham's moral compass was pointing due north when he moved to Thailand with his business partner as a means of scouting a supplier that suited the moral codes of the company.

"We spent time living there to make sure that the factory we chose didn't abuse their workers, that they worked in proper conditions, environmental standards were met and those kinds of things.

“The factory we ended up choosing is a small family-run operation just outside of Bangkok. They've got a couple of staff that they treat really well.

"We went down and had chats with them in person, and the owners of the factory do a lot of the work themselves and that was very important to us when establishing [the partnership]."

As for the t-shirts themselves, the designs are entirely unique.

"My partner and I came up with a few of the designs to begin with. As well as that we've worked with artists that we've got relationships with in Indonesia, the Philippines and from Europe.

"We're launching a new section on the website where people will be able to submit their own designs to us. Basically we want to involve the community a little bit more."

As part of their community involvement Arctic Tees are running a competition on their website to win tickets to see Muse at Brisbane Entertainment Centre next month.

"We want to give something back to our fans. Muse is a pretty good band, who wouldn't want to win Muse tickets?"

Grab a new t-shirt online at Arctic Tees. Enter the Muse competition here.

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