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Baz’s ballroom magic

IN 1992 Baz Luhrmann’s movie Strictly Ballroom became a smash hit in Australia, grossing more than $80 million at the box office, and winning awards and fans overseas. Now Luhrmann, who directed and wrote the film, is repeating the success […]
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Survivor’s prized possession

ARTIST Hedy Ritterman has won a $5000 Human Justice Award as part of the 2014 Blake Prize for art exploring religious, spiritual and human justice themes. Ritterman’s winning work is a photo titled Richard 2014 of a 94-year-old Polish-born Holocaust […]


Drama on the screen

IT’S the time of the year when a raft of blockbuster films are released in Australian cinemas, including many Oscar contenders. Adam Blau previews some of the January releases with Jewish connections. Into the Woods ADAPTED from Jewish composer Stephen […]


Playing support for Rolling Stones

WHILE most Jews were sitting in shul on Yom Kippur this year, 27-year-old Gideon Bensen was performing on one of the world’s most sought-after stages in Texas. His band, The Preatures, had scored a spot at the Austin City Limits […]


Bible story on a grand scale

FILM REVIEW by Don Perlgut. Exodus: Gods and Kings is a lavish production where the action is compelling as director Ridley Scott’s attempts to outdo its antecedents, particularly Cecil B DeMille’s 1956 classic The Ten Commandments. Although Exodus is not […]


Musical tribute show

THE world has always been a stage for Fem Belling. It’s little wonder, then, that the vivacious singer and actress doesn’t hesitate when asked how she feels about her latest theatrical role in the one-woman production, Devine – The Sarah […]


Spying for Shin Bet

ISRAELI director Nadav Schirman’s intriguing documentary, The Green Prince, is about a 17-year-old Palestinian cultivated as a spy for the Israeli security service Shin Bet, and the improbable friendship that developed over many years between the spy and his handler, […]


Biblical blockbusters

IT’S being billed as the biggest biblical film in a decade – Exodus: Gods and Kings comes from the hand of Ridley Scott, the great sci-fi and action director responsible for films such as Alien, Blade Runner and the Oscar-winning […]


Strokes of genius from Warhol

IN the late 1970s American lawyer-turned-art dealer Ron Feldman had a chance meeting with celebrity artist Andy Warhol. It turned out that the gallery space that Feldman was renting in New York had once been used by Warhol, and the […]


Finding voice in the street

THE times are changing for the In One Voice community festival, which returns next year as a street festival in Elsternwick. For many years until 2005, In One Voice was held in Caulfield Park and was one of the highlights […]