28 July

Shadow Electric brings ‘Visions’, a musical and visual mash-up, to Estonian House

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The Shadow Electric crew is temporarily relocating its atmospheric Abbotsford Convent screen to the Estonian House in Brunswick West, which is really completing a bit of a circle given that the joint used to be a cinema.

The move’s only happening for three days, but from August 28-30, Shadow Electric will move out of the Convent and into the Brunswick hub to present ‘Visions’: a cinematic journey combining music and visual arts.

As you’d expect, the line-up is killer. Each band is collaborating with a visual artist to bring to life the essence of their music. Melbourne-based indie dream rockers Teeth & Tongue kick off proceedings (7pm. Fri Aug 28 ) followed by electro/hip-hop outfit Rat & Co ( 7pm. Sat Aug 29). There’s also Juice Rap News, the crew that cleverly rap the news live, who’ll be joined by mates Nazeem Hussain and Dan Ilic (1pm. Sun Aug 30), as well as the mock-rock-Bollywood extravaganza Bombay Royale to bring down the house (7pm.Read more

23 July

Meet the Astor Theatre’s fluffiest new tenant, Duke


One of the best parts of seeing a film at the Astor Theatre was Marzipan. You’d notice the tortoiseshell cat curled up in the corner of one the Astor’s couches; or sometimes, softly purring through one of the sessions. Two years ago, Marzipan – aged 21 – passed away, leaving reams of Facebook RIP messages in her wake and plenty of sad glances at the couches.

Now, the newly re-opened Astor – which has recently passed into the hands of Palace Cinemas – welcomes Marzipan’s successor: the dashing Duke, named after Oscar-winning film legend John Wayne (whose nickname was Duke).

The grey and white cat’s cowboy swagger earned him the name, which general manager Zak Hepburn chose as soon as he met Duke at the Lost Dogs’ Home. “Since Palace took over the Astor, there have been so many enquiries as to whether we’d get another cat and while Marzipan is irreplaceable, we thought as this year has marked a new chapter for the Astor, why not give Duke a new chapter in his life?”

Duke, you’ve struck gold, buddy.… Read more

7 July

The 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival program is out, with films to break your heart, change your life and make you mad as hell

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, people went to the movies to be challenged, thrilled and see things they’d never seen before. Not anymore: glance down the multiplex movie times and it’s all same-same, sequel-sequel, high-concept romcoms, rogue agents and alien invasion

So thank heavens for the Melbourne International Film Festival. Their 2015 program is here and it’s got more to be excited about across 18 days than you’ll find in a year’s worth of regular cinema viewing.  The festival will held at various venues across Melbourne (Comedy Theatre is a new addition). Opening night will be held at Hamer Hall. Tickets go on sale July 10.

To help you narrow down your selection, Time Out has surveyed the field and chosen this year’s must-sees – plus the one film that we’re calling compulsory viewing. (Forget sleep, film lover!)

Melbourne International Film Festival. Jul 30 – Aug 16.Read more

7 July

Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under doco to premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival

Bowie Down Under

In the early ’80s, David Bowie ventured 651 km north west of Sydney to film his videoclip for ‘Let’s Dance’: his single from the album of the same name, in an outback Aussie pub in Carinda. The clip is a powerful comment on racism, and while a bit dated in terms of technique, its message is about as relevant today as it was then.

It’s such a kick watching Bowie perform in an old-school Aussie pub and it’s equally as entertaining watching the locals gawp at him (bless the old dude who busts a move). Through its portrayal of racial discrimination, the groundbreaking clip hoisted Australia’s racial prejudice onto the world stage.

The story of Bowie’s fascination with the outback and drive to target inequality in a land so far from his own so intrigued Ed Gibbs and Rubika Shah, two journos turned film-makers, that they spent three years digging into its fascinating story of conception.… Read more

26 May

First Glance at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival’s killer program


This year marks the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival and we have a feeling it’s a going to be a doozy. The First Glance selection has just been released and included is an exciting program of eye-opening documentaries, tear-jerkers, slow-burning dramas and cinematic feats to keep you on the edge of your seat.

With the aftermath of recent earthquakes still a very difficult reality for many in Nepal, the documentary Sherpa will be an enlightening glimpse into the lives of sherpas who die every year whilst accompanying climbers up Mount Everest. Part of the Next Gen program, Being 14 is an unabashed look into the lives of girls at the cusp of womanhood.

Six Australian-made films will be screened as part of the MIFF Premiere Fund program. Putuparri and the Rainmakers tells the story of a man’s fight for his family’s native title and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture, while Downriver is a confronting debut film by director Grant Scicluna.… Read more