Filmed in locations around Melbourne, Warren & Hal is what you could call a micro sitcom. Based around perpetually struggling marketing company Wham, each episode plays out at breakneck speed – as the titular duo attempt to secure just one client.
The show is written by Jason Marion and Nick Maxwell, who also play the leading duo Warren and Hal; brothers struggling with technology while managing to insult every potential client along the way. The real-life Cairnes siblings have previously worked as writers, directors and producers of Australian feature films, including horror/comedy sleeper hit 100 Bloody Acres (starring Angus Sampson) and short film Celestial Avenue. Now they’ve used that morbid sense of humour to inject cringe-inducing accuracy in their portrayal of Australian corporate culture. It stars comedians Nick Maxwell and Jason Marion.
You won’t see many proud Melbourne landmarks in the show’s narrow scope but the charm of Warren and Hal’s fictional haunt, Chao’s – a lethargic bar to which they promise to bring all their clients once they get some – feels more depressingly authentic than any cutaways to Flinders Street Station ever could.… Read more
Production still from the film “River of Fundament”, by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler; cinematographer David Regen. Courtesy Matthew Barney
Gird your loins, people: Matthew Barney is coming to Australia in November for the very first time, courtesy of David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart.
The provocative artist, best known for his epic five-film Cremaster Cycle, is bringing his River of Fundament project, comprised of a film and an exhibition of large-scale sculpture, film stills, storyboards, drawings and performance.
Loosely inspired by Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel Ancient Evenings (set in Ancient Egypt), the film River of Fundament (made by Barney and his long-time collaborator, composer Jonathan Bepler) is described by the artist as “an epic story of regeneration and rebirth” taking place in three major American cities: LA, New York and Detroit. It previously showed at Adelaide Festival, in March 2014.
The exhibition, which premiered early this year at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, presents the ‘artefacts’ of the creative process, or ritual: large scale “narrative sculptures”, storyboards and film stills, drawings.… Read more
The rumours are true, folks. Matt Bax, the can shaker who put Melbourne cocktails on the map with Der Raum (his Richmond venue which he closed two years ago to open Gamsei in Munich) has returned to home base. And in late spring, he’s told Time Out that he will open Bar Exuberante: a cocktail bar inside the still-functioning Bar Economico. Read all about it here…
The long love affair between Australia and one of the biggest pop music successes of the ’90s remains as torrid as ever. Two years after their hugely successful, sold-out national tour, Aqua is returning for another round. The group, who topped the ARIA charts with the songs ‘Barbie Girl’ and ‘Doctor Jones’ in 1997, will play the Palais Theatre on Mon Nov 3 as part of their Greatest Hits Tour 2014.