NOT: Pharaoh’s Daughter, Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton

Cinema Nova launched its season of ballet filmed in HD  ‘The World’s Greatest Ballets‘ with a screening of Pharaoh’s Daughter as performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in 2003. Now the the Royal Opera House is no longer a 30 minute tube ride from my house, I’ve really come around to the idea of seeing opera […]

HOT: My Neighbor, My Killer, Greater Union, 131 Russell St, Melbourne

Australia’s largest film festival is held every year in Melbourne in the depths of winter. Despite the icy chill of August, the Melbourne International Film Festival is one of my favourite times to be in town. I love seeing the snaking queues of black-clad cinephiles and feeling the palpable buzz of anticipation all around the […]

HOT: Red Cliff, Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton

Red Cliff (note official website is in Japanese!) is an epic Chinese drama based on events described in the ancient Chinese historical text “Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms”. The story is very well known in Chinese literature in a romantised version ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’, which may partly explain the film adaptation’s phenomenal box office […]

HOT: Every Little Step, Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton

A Chorus Line is every dancer’s story: the childhood dreams, constant work and injury, the ruthless auditions, hope for the ‘big break’ and soul-destroying disappointment. In 2006, the musical was revived for Broadway and open call castings were announced. 3000 dancers lined the streets to audition for nineteen roles, from seasoned Broadway performers to newbies […]

HOT: Coco Avant Chanel, Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat St, Yarraville

Gabrielle Chanel wasn’t just a seamstress who made pretty clothes. She deserves respect for being a canny and ambitious businesswoman who freed generations from corsets, crinolines and big patisserie hats. By doing so, she also helped bring forth the kind of feminist thinking that was ahead of her time. Coco Avant Chanel covers the beginning […]

HOT: Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Like High Street Northcote, Gertrude Street is a creative hub which runs an arts festival in partnership with residents of the street. The annual Gertrude St Projection Festival exhibits projection art onto shops, restaurants and pubs and this year artists had to interpret the theme of ‘dream’. On a wintery Thursday night some of my […]

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