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Baz revives ballroom magic

WHEN Baz Luhrmann’s movie Strictly Ballroom was released in 1992, it became a stunning hit in Australia, taking more than $80 million at the box office, and winning awards and fans overseas. Luhrmann, who directed and wrote the film, is …

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Epic Noah has a few leaks

FILM REVIEW by Don Perlgut. Director Darren Aronofsky, best-known for his feverish and emotionally bleak films such as Black Swan and The Wrestler, has created an apocalyptic story


Memories of Carlton shtetl

WHEN book editor Julie Meadows became involved in the “Write Your Story” program in 1998 to help members of the Melbourne Jewish community publish their life stories, she


Orphaned Land thrills fans

CONCERT REVIEW by Gareth Narunsky. Israeli metal band Orphaned Land wowed its fans at a fantastic concert at The Espy in St Kilda last Saturday night. It was the


Showtime for Pratt’s musicals

AS a child, Jeanne Pratt had two records she loved to listen to – a Frank Sinatra album and the soundtrack to the musical Show Boat. The Show Boat


Lord of the dance

IN choreographer Gideon Obarzanek’s latest work, a disembodied voice constantly disrupts the action with questions that raise hackles and guffaws of laughter until finally, the exasperated dancers invite


Cleese relives a lifetime of laughs

THEATRE REVIEW by Danny Gocs. Some of the funniest scenes on television and film during the past 40 years have involved the genius of John Cleese. From British TV


Ageless singers shine brightly

CONCERT REVIEW by Danny Gocs. Veteran performers John Farnham and Lionel Ritchie showed that age has not affected their voices and their enthusiasm as they shared the bill


Heavy metal music of peace

DURING a 23-year career as one of Israel’s most successful music exports, Orphaned Land has toured the world, defined a new sub-genre known as “oriental metal”, picked up


Dancing for joy

ARRIVING in Jerusalem late last year, Paula Abdul wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Having traversed the globe as a hit recording artist and now as a judge

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