Arts & Culture

Good Vibes at In the Next Room - Black Swan State Theatre Co


With a title like In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Black Swan State Theatre Company had eschewed their usual polished productions in favour of the crude, rude, and lewd.

You would, of course, be greatly mistaken.

While the play is powered by Dr Givings' new method of treating hysteria in Victorian England (the electrical vibrator), it is the interactions between the cast that provide the friction, tension and satisfying release for the audience.

Once again Black Swan State Theatre Company have put together a stunning and innovative set that allows the audience an intimate peek into Dr Givings' operating theatre (the Next Room of the title) as the backdrop to his wife Catherine's family parlour, without the need for jarring scene changes.

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British Film Festival


Less than a week away, the British Film Festival will grace our screens in Perth from the 25th October to the 14th November.

It will feature films spanning a variety of genres and times – from the Swinging 60’s to modern days - including those paying tribute to film legend Michael Caine, war movies, and family classics such as Paddington Bear and Mary Poppins.

Our top 5 movie picks from this year’s #BritishFilmFest are:

Colette will premiere at the Opening Night of the #BritishFilmFest. At the dawn of the feminist age, Colette tells the story of twentieth century writer who is swept into the world of high society when she arrives from the countryside betrothed to literary entrepreneur Henry Gauthier-Willars.

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My Generation at the British Film Festival


The opening of the 2018 MINI British Film Festival in Perth is just around the corner, and a plethora of excellent films await movie goers, including the documentary “My Generation”.

Narrated by Michael Caine, My Generation takes us on a nostalgic journey through the Swinging 60’s. It was a period of decadence and “sex, drugs and rock and roll” as the young generation enjoyed the heady days of music and fashion to excess – think Beatles mania, Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, and fashion icons such as Twiggy and fashion designer Mary Quant.

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@lantis The Year of the Long Tail by Thought Jar Productions

Following my first taste of @lantis: A Science Fiction Radio Play last week, I returned to Nexus Theatre for the second half of a double episode.

After a recap of the previous week, Episode 5: The Year of the Long Tail continued where Episode 4: A Dark World left off. Mary (played by Tegan Mulvany), Jules (Murray Jackson), and Harry (Max Rankin) have been captured by the Rattus Sapiens, a community of intelligent human-sized rats. Harry is seemingly dead, Jules is facing the prospect of becoming a human guinea pig, and Mary’s life depends on her ability to cure a gravely ill child.

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@lantis Episode Four A Dark World by Thought Jar Productions

I didn’t know what to expect when I headed to Nexus Theatre to check out @lantis: A Science Fiction Radio Play – more specifically, Episode 4 of a seven-part series, having not seen the previous instalments. The series was written and directed by Stephen B. Platt as part of his PhD research into science fiction and live performance. In keeping with the futuristic theme, programs were not available in print but could be accessed by scanning a QR code.

@lantis is set in the future at an underwater city and research facility (also named @lantis). In Episode 4: A Dark World, two botanists from @lantis go missing and the quirky team at Ponderlust Laboratory are sent to the surface to investigate.

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Juliet, Naked at Luna

Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, the movie “Juliet, Naked” tells the story of Annie (Rose Byrne) who lives in the quiet, seaside town of Sandcliff in the UK.

In a relationship with long-time partner Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), she feels stuck as Duncan devotes most of his time to his obsession with yesteryear rock star Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke).

One day, Duncan is sent a stripped back demo version of Tucker Crowes' one and only album, Juliet. While Duncan is enraptured by the early versions of his favorite songs, Annie finds them dreary and uninspiring. After an argument with Duncan about the album, Annie decides to post a comment on the Tucker Crowe fan site run by Duncan, sparking a lively debate and triggering a chain of events which leaves her with more than she bargained for.

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Scandinavian Film Festival at Luna


Just around the corner, a smorgasbord of films await with the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2018 to open in Perth on the 19th July. The Festival will feature 21 films from across a range of countries in the Nordic region including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Our movie picks for the upcoming Scandinavian Film Festival are:

What Will People Say

Iram Haq’s semiautobiographical film revolves the main character teenager Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) whose family live in Oslo, Norway. She balances two different areas of her life - enjoying the nightlife with her high school friends whilst at the same time being a dutiful daughter at home with her conservative family who originate from Pakistan. What Will People Think is an award-winning tale of the complexities of family life, community, and culture.

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