Category: festivals


Rhymezone Drawing Crowds at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

The patrons for this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival were spoilt for choice when it came to high quality improvised theatre. The variety was especially noticeable, and Rap Rap Rappin’ on Heaven’s Door, a completely improvised rap musical, was especially drawing…

Eggsistentialism at the Melbourne Fringe 2018

If you happen to be a woman in your 30s there is a 99.9% chance that someone has questioned you about your re-productive plans. It is rather astonishing how what we do with our body appears to be everybody’s business…

Sleepover Gurlz

Sleepover Gurlz at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

Fringe performances have been known to experiment with interesting spaces as part of creating quirky atmospheres. Some have been set in car parks, some in swimming pools, and some even use the city blocks of Melbourne as a roving setting….

Murder Village

‘Murder Village’ at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

Murder Village. The name is ominous, yet it is the perfect tongue-in-cheek setting for a genius hybrid between a murder mystery and a professional long form improvised format. Creator David Massingham, starring as a seemingly incompetent Detective Gullet, teams up…

‘Montreal’ by Paul Richards at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

It is always wonderful to see a show dedicated to a passion, yet accessible to all if given the knowledge that the entertainment comes from the handling of the source. Paul Richards delivers ‘Montreal’ during this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival…

Scary Mother

MIFF 2018 Film Review: ‘Scary Mother’

Difficult to describe, a pleasure to watch. Sometimes, a movie requires patience. Watching Georgian director Anna Urushadze’s Scary Mother, I kept trying to pinpoint the film’s genre. I would think it was a drama about a stifling marriage, until it…


MIFF 2018 Film Review: ‘Transit’

Tells the stories that need to be told Storytelling plays a crucial role in Transit, a film about displacement during wartime, directed by Christian Petzold and adapted from Anna Segher’s novel. There’s a scene in which Georg (Franz Rogowski), a…

Leave No Trace

MIFF 2018 Film Review: ‘Leave No Trace’

The most intense bonds are often the most unstable The best movies tell only the stories they need to tell, with only the resources they need. Directed by Debra Granik, Leave No Trace is perfectly minimal. Based on Peter Rock’s…

Electric Castle Festival 2018 – Romania

Personally, I would say Romania is an unknown quantity for most Australians. Beyond Dracula and historical facts garnered via Vlad (What We Do In The Shadows) most Australians wouldn’t have the foggiest about the country, the culture or the people….

sway melbourne magic festival

The Honest Con Man at Melbourne Magic Festival

Lie, cheat, steal, win…words of advice a friend once jokingly gave me to get ahead in life. Nicholoas J. Johnson’s life motto isn’t too dissimilar: persuade, influence, manipulate, which is put on display at his Melbourne Magic Festival show, Sway….