Jewish actor shines in West Side Story

In the first musical to be performed on Sydney’s harbour stage, Jewish actor Rubin Matters stars as Diesel, second-in-command of the Jets gang in West Side Story.

The fashion flurry

The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) took centre stage last week. Rebecca Davis reports on the Jewish players.

Keeping comedy kosher

Ashley Blaker has gone from working behind the scenes as the producer of acclaimed television show, Little Britain, to occupying centre stage as a successful stand-up comedian. He is set to tour Australia this month, Sophie Deutsch reports.

Beach shots win photo competitions

The judges in The AJN's annual summer competition for best holiday picture and best sunrise/sunset photo have chosen beach shots as the winning entries.

Gerstein’s gift to society

Bold pops of colour weave through Israeli painter and sculptor David Gerstein's artworks, which were exhibited as part of JNF Green Week. Sophie Deutsch reports.

Winning feeling at Tropfest

Seasoned stage and screen performer Evelyn Krape was thrilled at being selected joint best actress at the Tropfest short film festival for the seven-minute dark comedy Can You Hear Me?

Bringing Harry Potter to the stage

Getting British author J K Rowling to agree to a new Harry Potter stage play was a coup for two British Jewish producers. After successfully opening in London and New York, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child has its Australian premiere in Melbourne on February 23.

$10,000 boost for short films

LOCAL filmmakers who want to make a short film with a Jewish theme can apply to the Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) Short Film Fund for a grant from its

Lost & Found, Oscars bound?

AFTER receiving the AACTA Award for Best Animated Short in December, Lost & Found – a thought-provoking stop-motion film co-directed by Melbourne-based Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe – was shortlisted for the Academy Awards for Best Animated Short. It is one of 10 films to make the cut, with final nominations to be announced on January 22.

Refugee love story brought to life

A Canadian production to be staged this month at Sydney Festival illustrates the love that should be extended to modern-day refugees, writes Sophie Deutsch.