16 September

The Adventures of Margaret and David – 5 stars

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Richard Linklater, step aside. Your cinematic experiment has been usurped. And it took a little under a fortnight.

Sure it was impressive in Boyhood to see young Ellar Coltrane grow over 12 years from 6 to 18, but that Oscar-tipped effort pales in comparison to the 28 years in which Australian cinema, television and audiences have grown up with Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton.

As the makers of this generation spanning epic have finally unveiled the first plans for the twist ending in which our heroes hand over their mantle of quality arbiters to the comments section of YouTube and a particularly artistic emoji, it is time to take stock of the genuine masterpiece that has stood the test of time and popcorn.

The pair of critics were cast in 1986 at an age … well, roughly that of Coltrane. Since that day, their performance in this epic meta-feature film has been nothing short of outstanding.… Read more

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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1 September

New web series Warren & Hal set in Melbourne

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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

18 August

How to Talk Australians – new web series

Have you ever wondered what Australian culture looks like through the eyes of someone completely unfamiliar with the way of life down under? You’d probably skirt away from the stereotypes that we’ve all endured in grimy backpacker bars around the world; of throwing a shrimp on the barbie, Foster’s lager and the ever-present threat of drop bears. Maybe you’d want to look at our culture for its contemporary notions of multiculturalism, our ability to laugh at ourselves and of the mesh of ideas and identities that makes defining Australia in absolutes an impossible task.

Well, new web series How To Talk Australians promises to undo all the hard work of you recreational foreign diplomats out there in the best possible way. The 8-part series presents Australia through the lens of educational videos in an Indian call centre training college, the Delhi School of Linguistics. If the premise sounds familiar, you might be thinking of short lived series Outsourced which ran for one season in 2010 before its exploration of American culture through the eyes of Indian workers was panned for its reliance on caricatures and obvious observations of cultural divides. How To Talk Australians looks to step the absurdity up a level or two from there with call centre trainees cracking tinnies, piling barbecues with meat and flipping steaks with boomerangs.… Read more

14 August

The Doctor and his TARDIS landed in Australia this week

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David Beckham… what? The Doctor and his TARDIS landed in Sydney this week and Time Out was there to hear about the journey.

Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and even though the classic sci-fi series faded away ingloriously in 1989, it entered the 21st century with a bang in 2005. And it keeps getting bigger: to celebrate the forthcoming 2014 season, new Doctor – number 12 if you’re keeping count – Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, who plays his companion, the Impossible Girl Clara, are doing a whistle-stop international tour, and dropped into Sydney – the first time a 21st century Doctor and companion have visited Australia.

So, after signing a confidentiality agreement and a special preview screening of the new season’s opener, ‘Deep Breath’, ABC radio presenter Adam Spencer chaired a Q&A with Capaldi and Coleman. Here are some highlights – spoiler-free of course, sweetie!

After a quick catch-up of their recent activities – they’d just flown in from Seoul, Korea, where they were almost mobbed at the airport, and had only finished filming on the new season last Wednesday, Spencer asks them about working with each other.… Read more