17 October

Call for entries for The Setting Sun Short Film Festival

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Ioannis Ioannou, Art Direction, Poppy Kat Media

The word is out for aspiring filmmakers, directors and screenwriters to submit their entries for next year’s Setting Sun Short Film Festival (SSSFF). Following a successful festival earlier this year, the SSSFF is back at the Sun Theatre in Yarraville, screening the finalist entries across four days in April 2015.

As for entry requirements, the film must be no longer than 12 minutes, and anyone is welcome to enter. However, applicants are encouraged to film in Melbourne’s Western suburbs and those who do will be judged across five categories; short feature, documentary, animation, screenwriting and directing, and student film.

Four other films will be awarded for; people’s choice, best film in the Western suburbs, best culturally diverse film, and best film in the Metropolitan (non-west) area. There are over $5,000 worth of prizes to be won, and every entrant gets a free 2015 Open Channel membership. On top of this, there is the opportunity to enter films into other competitions; some of the winning films from the 2014 festival went on to win awards in festivals around Australia and overseas.… Read more

15 October

Spandau Ballet on the screen, on the stage and in your face

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New wave icons Spandau Ballet remain a hallmark for Australian music tastes in the early ’80s, despite being resolutely Pommy. You can rarely rummage through the music collection of an erstwhile new romantic fan without finding at least a single from Spandau’s chart-topping 1983 album, True. Their penchant for blurring the lines between music and fashion is a huge part of their ongoing legacy.

For the first time, Spandau Ballet’s story and influence have been mapped on the silver screen in Soul Boys of the Western World. The expansive documentary looks at the human element of the group of friends who grew to become art icons, and their place within London’s then-thriving pop circuit. And for one night only, the band members themselves will be attending the screening on November 5, providing fans with a Q&A session and a 20-minute performance of some of their hits.

The film is the first time a movie has been dedicated to the band’s legacy and is an incredible rare opportunity to ask the members directly all the unanswered questions you might still have immediately after viewing the doco. With new material from the band in the pipeline, the short live performance is a rare opportunity to hear the band before the inevitable album tour commences next year.… Read more

7 October

Campaign to boycott Haider, a film now showing in Melbourne

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They say all publicity is good publicity, and however you feel about Vishal Bhardwaj’s new movie, Haider, there’s no doubt that the controversy surrounding it has pushed it into the global spotlight.

The movie, set in Kashmir in 1995, is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and is the third in a series of such adaptations by Bhardwaj after he turned Macbeth into Maqbool (2003) and Othello into Omkara (2006). It follows the journey of a young man who returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father’s disappearance and seeks to avenge his father’s death.

Critics have commended Haider as one of, if not the best movie of 2014. The Guardian called it “a palpable hit, in any language”. FirstPost wrote “if we get a movie better than Haider in the remainder of 2014, let’s count this as a really good year. At this point, the chances of that happening don’t seem likely.”

However, despite its critical acclaim, many oppose the message of the movie – and there’s a campaign for audiences to boycott it.… Read more

18 September

Mariah Carey announces Melbourne show in November

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Who you callin’ elusive? Mariah Carey will show her face to Australians in six locations this November as part of her Elusive Chanteuse Show world tour. The diva – who last played the country in 2013 – will perform at Rod Laver Arena on Fri Nov 7 to play the hits that have all been burned into our brains along with songs from her recent album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse.

Tickets for the tour go on sale from 9am on Fri Sep 26.

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7 September

Shirley MacLaine unveils plans for a Melbourne show in December

Legendary actress Shirley MacLaine will mark six decades in show business with a special trip to Australia. In her just-announced stage show If They Could See Me Now – Shirley MacLaine, the Academy Award winner will treat audiences in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide to an evening of stories from her many years in the trenches of Hollywood. Producers John Frost and Phil Bathols are promising “an intimate evening” that will take guests on “a head-spinning journey from the golden age of Hollywood to the modern celebrity era, spiced with the fearless outlook that has [also] made MacLaine a best-selling author.” Steel Magnolias fans, Christmas just came early.

Tickets for the show go on sale from Mon Sep 15.

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