Religious scandals in Spotlight

The movie Spotlight, which details how the Boston Globe broke the story of systematic Catholic clergy child abuse in the US, is the best film about investigative journalism since All the President’s Men. See our review.
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Director Charles Slucki working on Saltpillar’s My Name Is Asher Lev last year.

Director, former teacher dies

The theatre world is mourning the death of director and former teacher Charles Slucki, who died suddenly from a heart attack in Los Angeles on December 30 on his way back to Melbourne.

Lior in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo: Jeff Busby

Tailor-made role for Lior

It’s a dramatic change of role for Israeli-born Melbourne singer Lior, who is making his musical theatre debut in a new production of the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof.

Ronald Zehrfeld and Nina Hoss star in Phoenix

Wartime search for identity

The German movie Phoenix, set in immediate postwar Berlin, raises important questions of personal identity, collaboration and betrayal. Read AJN critic Don Perlgut’s review (4 stars).

Sara Reed is set to perform in the hit musical, Fiddler on the Roof.  Photo: Peter Haskin

Sara steps into Fiddler on the Roof

Sara Reed has joined the cast of Fiddler on the Roof to play the role of Bielke, the youngest of Tevye the milkman’s five daughters.

Veteran stage and screen actor Warren Mitchell.

Passing of actor Warren Mitchell

Actor Warren Mitchell, best known for starring as Alf Garnett in the TV series Till Death Us Do Part which screened from 1965-75, has died aged 89.

Artist Judy Cassab

Honouring Judy Cassab

Archibald Prize-winning artist Judy Cassab, who died earlier this month in Sydney aged 95, was loved by her family, friends and members of the art world for her lifetime of painting.

Ash Flanders stars in Buyer and Cellar. Photo: Jeff Busby

Shopping with Streisand

Jonathan Tolins’s play Buyer and Cellar is a comedy about an out-of-work actor who takes a job as a shop assistant in the basement of superstar singer Barbra Streisand’s mansion.

Artist Erwin Fabian with one of his steel sculptures. Photo: Peter Haskin

100th birthday cheer for artist

The opening of Melbourne artist Erwin Fabian’s latest exhibition of recent sculptures took on extra significance as it marked his 100th birthday as well as 50 years since his first exhibition.

Lola Kirke (left) and Greta Gerwig in Mistress America.

New York whirlwind

Writer-director Noah Baumbach’s latest film, Mistress America, is set in New York City and revolves around a college student whose life needs fulfilment. Read AJN critic Don Perlgut’s review (3.5 stars).