Omar and Dawn

Be one of the first to see this searing new Australian work.

Unflinching and unapologetic James Elazzi’s new work is a blistering portrait of culture, sexuality and isolation. When Omar is placed into foster care with Dawn as a last-hope attempt to get him off the streets, a clash of worlds begs the question: Where do we find refuge when the world seems to have forgotten us? 

Award-winning director Dino Dimitriadis (Angels in America I & II, Metamorphoses) directs the premiere production of Omar and Dawn by James Elazzi, a new and urgent voice in Australian playwriting. Dino heads up a superb team at KXTfeaturing Maggie Blinco, Antony Makhlouf, Lex Marinos, and Mansoor Noor. 

From Apocalypse Theatre and Green Door Theatre Company in association with Bakehouse Theatre Company, Omar and Dawn plays July 12- 27 at Kings Cross Theatre.

Image credit: Robert Catto

With thanks to the producers, we are offering a limited number of double passes to see the show on the 12th of July at 7.30pm. Enter here (leila.a.enright@gmail.com) with the subject line OMAR AND DAWN FOR RbJ. Competition closes Wednesday June 26.

 

Murder She Sang

A lethal cabaret starring Caitlin Rose.

Image credit: Shakira Wilson

“Remember those sweet words, 'till death do us part…’”

Murder, She Sang stars emerging musical theatre performer Caitlin Rose. Caitlin has previously delighted Sydney audiences in Little Triangle’s critically acclaimed productions of Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along. She featured in ATYP’s award-winning production of Spring Awakening and was a 2018 Semi-Finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment Award.

Revenge is a dish best served sizzling and this femme fatale is cooking with gas… From doting housewife to murderous seductress, join our lethal lady on a high-speed joyride through the thrilling twists and turns of a classic film noir mystery - only this time through her eyes, not private eyes. Watch the plot unravel at the hands of this manipulative, malevolent, man-eating mastermind.

Murder She Sang from Little Triangle is at the Newsagency , June 13 - 14.

With thanks to Sydney Cabaret Competition we have a double pass to give away to Opening Night (Thursday 13 June, 7:30pm). Enter here, using the subject line MURDER_SHE_SANG (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com).

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Wednesday June 12, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

First Annual Sydney Cabaret Competition

Cabaret is a funny beast - it combines any mixture of singing, drama, performance, comedy or art - but executed perfectly. According to the producers, it can be about anything - “relationships, memoir, satire, politics, sex, aliens?”

This is your chance to see the best of what Sydney Music and Theatre has to offer and the names are a who’s who of names you will recognize and new artists to meet and follow!

See the full line up at the Sydney Cabaret Competition website. Details of the heats and ticket links below.

Heat 1 - June 16 with a special performance by Catherine Alcorn

Heat 2 - June 23 with a special performance by Margi De Ferranti

Heat 3 - June 30 with a special performance by Matt Lee

Heats are all being held at Ginger's (The Oxford) at 6.30pm with the Grand Final at the Sydney Cabaret Festival featuring Trevor Ashley (and the winners) at The Seymour Centre Wednesday 10 July 2019.

With thanks to Sydney Cabaret Competition we have 5 double passes to give away to a heat of your choice. Enter here, using the subject line SYDNEY_CABARET_COMPETITION (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Don’t forget to nominate the heat you would like to attend.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Thursday June 13, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

 

Anna’s War

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival will screen this haunting holocaust survival story.

Anna’s War, a visually evocative Holocaust tale of a small girl hiding from Nazis in a chimney, is being screened at Event Cinemas in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth this June as a part of a monthly film series by The Russian Resurrection Film Festival.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Aleksey Fedorchenko, Anna’s War is set during WWII and tells the story of a little Jewish girl, Anna who hides in a disused fireplace of the Nazi commandant’s office. From there she views the war and life passing by. Anna’s War disposes this difficult subject matter with an imaginative twist and leaves its viewers mesmerised for days.

The film has been a hit on the festival circuit this year, winning Best Film at the 2019 Russian Golden Eagle Awards and NIKA Awards 2019.

The screening is a part of a series of film screenings The Russian Resurrection Film Festival will present at Event Cinemas over the next four months. Each month will feature either a new Russian blockbuster or renowned Russian classic aimed at introducing audiences to films they’d not likely see anywhere else.  The Russian Resurrection Film Festival is one of the largest, oldest and most respected film festivals outside of Russia. Running across November in capital cities all over Australia, the Festival aims to bring the freshest, most groundbreaking Russian cinema to Australian shores.

Anna’s War by The Russian Resurrection Film Festival - Brisbane: Event Cinemas City Myer Centre Sunday 23 June, 4:30pm; Sydney: Event Cinemas George Street, Sunday 30 June, 3:30pm; Perth: Event Cinemas Innaloo, Sunday 30 June, 3:30pm

With thanks The Russian Resurrection Film Festival we have double passes to give away to each of the screenings.  Enter here, using the subject line ANNAS_WAR_RRFF   (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com).  Don’t forget to include for which screening you are entering: Brisbane, Sydney or Perth.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Tuesday June 18, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the box office on the day.

From Royal Opera House Live

Two recent works and one world premiere showcase the contemporary face of The Royal Ballet.

©ROH, 2019. Photographed by Tristram Kenton.

The Royal Opera House 2018/19 Live Cinema Season will exclusively present three sensational ballets in – Triple Bill: Flight Pattern/Within the Golden Hour/New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (30 June and 03 July 2019) at 20 Event Cinemas and 7 Village Cinemas locations nationally.

First up Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, about seven couples separating and intermingling.

Followed by Crystal Pite’s poignant reflection on migration Flight Pattern, revived for the first time; a

Then the world premiere of a brand-new work by award-winning choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Participating Event Cinemas include: Campbelltown, Castle Hill, Cronulla, Beverly Hills, Bondi Junction, Burwood, Macquarie, Indooroopilly, Kotara, Pacific Fair, Cairns Earlville, Coolangatta, Noosa, Maroochydore, Toowoomba Strand, Marion, Glenelg, Capitol Manuka, Innaloo and Palmerston. Participating Village Cinemas include: Knox, Geelong, Karingal, Albury, Rivoli, Eastlands and Launceston.

During 2018/19, the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden will exclusively present ten thrilling performances of world-class opera and ballet to cinemas across Australia. This forms part of the Royal Opera House’s celebrations of ten years of cinema broadcasting in 2018 and of selling more than one million cinema tickets worldwide during the 2017/18 Season. Audiences are also able to access an array of livestreamed and on-demand content via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel, which is the most subscribed-to YouTube channel of any arts organization in the world.

For tickets and further information visit Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas.

With thanks ROH Live we have 10 double in-season passes to give away. Enter here, using the subject line TRIPLE_BILL_ROHLIVE (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Don’t forget to include your mailing address.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Sunday June 16, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be mailed by the promoter.

 

Circumference of a Squirrel

Knock and Run Theatre - Newcastle

Knock And Run Theatre are following their acclaimed season of Suicide, Incorporated with John Walch’s riff with an inner tube- Circumference Of A Squirrel.

Circumference Of A Squirrel, by award winning American playwright John Walch, follows a young man named Chester who, in the aftermath of several life changing events, reflects on his relationship with his father and tries to come to terms with what kind of a man he is. He realises that his life is a series of circles: a donut, a bagel, a lifesaver, an inner tube, a holiday wreath, a wedding ring- and that each circle is more significant than he initially realised.

James Chapman who plays Chester is well known to Newcastle audiences for his recent appearances in Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll, Suicide, Incorporated, Grace and Year Of The Rooster- being nominated for Best Male Actor In A Lead Role CONDA for the latter. “This play is about how people deal with loss and how they try to carry the weight without letting it crush them. Chester makes the correct observation that other cultures have a way of processing and expressing grief but that our culture really doesn’t prepare people (particularly men) for it.” Chapman says.    

Knock and Run's previous productions have been nominated for 16 CONDA awards and won 3 including Best Dramatic Production for Suicide, Incorporated, Best Male Actor In A Leading Role for Grace and Best Male Actor Under 18 for Year Of The Rooster. Knock And Run has the distinction of having at least one production nominated for the Best Dramatic Production CONDA every year since it’s foundation.

Circumference Of A Squirrel from Knock and Run Theatre runs 24-28 July at The Royal Exchange, Newcastle with nightly performances at 8pm. Tickets for the Central Coast season will be announced soon.

With thanks to Knock and Run Theatre we have a double pass to give away. Enter here, using the subject line SQUIRREL_CIRCUMFERENCE (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Don’t forget to nominate the night you would like to attend.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Sunday June 16, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.  

 

Lady Liberty

A tale of three men, one city and an audition!

When plans for marrying an American, to secure a Green Card derail, Lucienne is left in the city which never sleeps to come up with another option... Or three, fast!

Lady Liberty: A tale of three men, one city and an audition. Featuring songs from Broadway musicals: Wicked A Chorus Line Kinky Boots Songs For A New World And more…

Lucienne Weber has returned to Sydney after undertaking an Intensive program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City. With a background in both classical and musical theatre,vocal training, dance and acting, not to mention airline pilot training, Lucienne is joined on stage by Robert Bertram on keys, James Power trumpet, Craig Herbert bass guitar and Stephen Clifford on drums.

Lady Liberty from Lucienne Weber plays 2 nights only at The Newsagency: Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 23, 9:30 pm.

With thanks to the artist we have a double pass to give away. Enter here, using the subject line LADY_LIBERTY (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Don’t forget to nominate the night you would like to attend.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Tuesday June 11, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

 

La Pointe Courte

Agnès Varda’s debut, described as “the first nouvelle vague film”, was inspired by the style of William Faulkner's The Wild Palms and is infused with philosophy and politics.

Charting two different stories, respected theatre actors Philippe Noiret and Silvia Monfort play an intellectual Parisian couple at a crossroads; and in the alternate story, the villagers of Sète, on the southeast coast of France, enact scenarios drawn from their own reality. An unforgettable work of stark contrasts and filmic complexity, La Pointe Courte was credited by film historian Georges Sadoul as "genuinely the first film of the nouvelle vague."

It's exhilarating to consider that Varda had no formal training, and had seen virtually no other films, before embarking on filming La Pointe Courte.

La Pointe Courte screens June 12 during the Sydney Film Festival.  Tickets and full program here.

With thanks to Sydney Film Festival we have a double pass giveaway to the film. Enter here, using the subject line LA_POINTE_COURTE (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Please note: You MUST include your postcode to be entered into the competition.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Wednesday May 29, 2019. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

 

Sandgirl

An award-winning and beautifully animated journey into the creative world of Veronika Raila.

As a child her IQ tested as zero – she now creates as a poet and cross-platform artist.

What does it mean to be a prisoner of your own body and invisible? Sandgirl takes us into the unique world of experiences and life of Veronika Raila, a young autistic girl, hypersensitive and seriously disabled from birth.

Raila knows what it feels like not to be seen as a person. As a child she was diagnosed with an IQ of 0. Only her parents refused to believe this. Today Raila publishes prose and poems, studies literature and theology. Together with director Mark Michel she reviews her own life in this film. The combination of her writings and thoughts with delicately filmed everyday observation, poetic nature shots and artist Anne Löper’s fleeting but powerful sand animations coalesce into an essay about freedom and perception.

Sandgirl, however, is more than the sequel to the award winning short film Veronika which Michel made about Raila in 2011. This time Veronika is not just a protagonist but a creative partner whose trenchant texts carry the film and who frequently makes detailed suggestions about how to illustrate her interior world. In a profound but sometimes also eminently funny dialogue with Mark Michel she finally becomes the tour guide of her own universe of sand, music and words.

Sandgirl screens June 13 and June 15 during the Sydney Film Festival.  Tickets and full program here.

With thanks to Sydney Film Festival we have a double pass giveaway to the film. Enter here, using the subject line SANDGIRL_SFF (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Please note: You MUST include your postcode and the session you wish to attend to be entered into the competition.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Wednesday May 29, 2019. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

 
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Picture Character

Get Emojis? Fun documentary at Sydney Film Festival

The inventor of emoji, Shigetaka Kurita, draws his original smiley face emoji. (photo credit: David Allen)

The rapid rise 📈 of emoji (Japanese for “picture character”) is a global 🌍 phenomenon without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey complex messages have not only cemented emoji's place as an emerging digital language 🗣, but prompted difficult questions 🤔about the creation of a language and digital communication’s fraught ties 😣 to identity and inclusion. In PICTURE CHARACTER, Directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers 👀on a deep dive into the ever evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan 󾓥 to mobile keyboards 📱 the world 🌎 over, and shed fresh light 💡 on the private consortium 👥 that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting ✊ to make the language more representative of its billions of users.

Picture Character screens June 10 and June 15 during the Sydney Film Festival.  Tickets and full program here.

With thanks to Sydney Film Festival we have a double pass giveaway to the film. Enter here, using the subject line PICTURE_CHARACTER_SFF (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Please note: You MUST include your postcode and the session you wish to attend to be entered into the competition.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Wednesday May 29, 2019. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

 
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Degas: Passion for Perfection

A giveaway to this sumptuous film.

Degas: Passion for Perfection offers a unique insight into Degas’ personal and creative life, looking at his relationship with the impressionist movement, fascination with dance, and struggle with his eyesight, which in time would prevent him from making art altogether. The film uncovers the fascinating story of his obsessive pursuit for perfection both through experimentation with new techniques and the study of past masters, including Italian Renaissance artists and near-contemporaries such as Ingres and Delacroix.

Along with close-up views of Degas’ work, written accounts by friends and commentators and letters by Degas himself reveal the complex inner workings of one of France’s most influential artists.

From Exhibition on Screen Degas: Passion for Perfection is in cinemas across Australia from 6 June 2019.

With thanks to Exhibition on Screen we have a double pass giveaway to the film. Enter here, using the subject line PASSION_FOR_PERFECTION (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). The pass is only valid for the 10am session, June 6. Details here.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Monday June 3, 2019. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

 
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The Babadook

A creepy SFF19 giveaway.

Amelia (Essie Davis), who lives with her small son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) in the Adelaide suburbs, hasn’t recovered from the death of her husband in a car accident six years earlier. Samuel is hyperactive and not easy to deal with and Amelia, who works in a home for the elderly, is having difficulty finding carers for him. Samuel discovers a book, Mr. Babadook, with a bright red cover and sinister pop-up drawings inside. He persuades his mother to read it to him, and in doing so she unwittingly unleashes the Babadook, who becomes an evil presence in the house.

The Babadook screens June 10 during the Sydney Film Festival.  Tickets and full program here.

With thanks to Sydney Film Festival we have a double pass giveaway to the film. Enter here, using the subject line THE_BABADOOK_SFF (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Please note: You MUST include your postcode to be entered into the competition.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Wednesday May 29, 2019. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

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Hotel Mumbai

On digital DVD and Blu-ray June 12.

Hotel Mumbai is based on the true story of the devastating terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008. The terrifying assault brings together the guests and staff of the luxurious hotel including wealthy new parents David and Zahra (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi), Russian businessman Vasili (Jason Issacs) and newly promoted waiter Arjun (Dev Patel) in a desperate fight for survival.

This story celebrates humanity, compassion, courage, resilience, and the unwavering desire to survive.

The celebrate the release on home entertainment of Hotel Mumbai, and with thanks to Icon Film Distribution we have a DVD of the film to give away. Enter here, don’t forget to include your address, using the subject line HOTEL_MUMBAI (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Tuesday June 4, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by RbJ on receipt from the promoter.

 
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Ghost Town Anthology

First of our giveaway competitions to the 66th Sydney Film Festival.

Ghost Town Anthology is directed by Canadian maverick Denis Côté (Vic + Flo Saw a Bear SFF 2013, Joy of Man’s Desiring SFF 2014) and is a beguiling tale set in a grief-stricken Québécois village.

In Irénée-les-Neiges, a small, isolated town with a population of 215, Simon Dubé dies in a car accident. The stunned townspeople are reluctant to discuss the circumstances of the tragedy. From that point on, for the Dubé family as well as for Mayor Smallwood and a handful of others, time seems to lose all meaning, and the days stretch on without end. Something descends slowly upon the area. In this period of mourning and in this fog, strangers start to appear. Who are they? What is happening?

Ghost Town Anthology screens June 5 and June 12 during the Sydney Film Festival.  Tickets and full program here.

With thanks to Sydney Film Festival we have a double pass giveaway to the film. Enter here, using the subject line GHOST_TOWN_ANTHOLOGY (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Please note: You MUST include your postcode and the session you wish to attend to be entered into the competition.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Wednesday May 29, 2019. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

 

Sweet Charity

A chance to experience the rhythm of life! But be quick.

 Willoughby Theatre Company is bringing back the timeless classic musical Sweet Charity to Sydney’s North Shore - 35 years after the company first staged the show.  Exploring the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, hopelessly romantic, but comically hapless dance hall hostess in New York City, the show is a Broadway favourite and loved by audiences the world over.

 With a tuneful, groovy, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, the show features some of  musical theatre’s most memorable numbers including Hey Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Rhythm of Life and There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This.

Sweet Charity from Willoughby Theatre Company is playing at The Concourse, Chatswood May 24 - June 2.

With thanks to Willoughby Theatre Company we have a double pass to give away to the matinee performance Sunday 26th May at 1.30pm. Enter here, using the subject line SWEET_CHARITY_WTC (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com).

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Friday May 24, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the day.

 

All My Sons

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National Theatre Live

10 chances to win a double pass to an advance screening.

Filmed live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award winner Sally Field and Bill Pullman star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons .

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever... With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

All My Sons from National Theatre Live opens in cinemas June 15.

With thanks to Sharmill Films we have 10 double passes to the advance screening, Thursday June 6, 6:30pm. Palace Cinemas Central. 3/28 Broadway Central Park mall, Chippendale NSW 2008.

Enter here, using the subject line ALL_MY_SONS (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com).

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Sunday June 2, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the night.

 

Tobol: The Conquest of Siberia.

This May, The Russian Resurrection Film Festival presents a special screening of Russia’s newest period action flick.

This May, The Russian Resurrection Film Festival presents a special screening of Russia’s newest period action flick, Tobol: The Conquest of Siberia.

Based on actual historical events, Tobol: The Conquest of Siberia takes place in Russia during the reign of Peter I at a time of the empire’s complex formation when bloody feuds and external enemy encroachments are commonplace. The film follows Ivan Demarin, a young officer of Tsar Peter's new guard, who is sent on assignment to Siberia, to a border town of Tobolsk. Here, he meets his first love and but also faces mortal danger when hostile Dzungar hordes attack.

The screening is a part of a series of film screenings The Russian Resurrection Film Festival will present at Event Cinemas over the next four months. Each month will feature a new Russian blockbuster aimed at introducing audiences to films they’d not likely see anywhere else.

Russian Film Festival Director Nicholas Maksymow said “We’re thrilled to be able to screen Tobol: The Conquest of Siberia to audiences in Australia. With a production quality and action sequences that rival that of 2000’s epic Gladiator, we’re sure that this fast paced film will have audiences captivated from beginning to end.”

Tobol: The Conquest of Siberia from The Russian Resurrection Film Festival screens at Event Cinemas George Street, Sunday 26 May, 3:00pm.

Thanks to The Russian Resurrection Film Festival we have a double pass to give away. Enter here, using the subject line TOBOL_RRFF (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com).

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Thursday May 23, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the night.

 

Triple Threat.  

When a hit contract is taken out on a billionaire's daughter who is intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate, a down and out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target.

Triple Threat releases on DVD May 22. 

With thanks to Icon Film Home Entertainment we have 2 DVDs to give away. Enter here, don’t forget to include your address, using the subject line TRIPLE_THREAT (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Sunday May 26, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by RbJ .

The breakneck thriller teams over half a dozen of the world’s biggest action stars for the martial arts film of the year.

 

Collaborators

Next up at New Theatre: a surreal and Stalinist fantasy.

“It’s man verses monster. And the monster always wins.” 

Moscow 1938. Not the best place to have a sense of humour, let alone a yearning for freedom.

So when prominent Russian writer, Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents and hounded by the secret police, is given a surprise commission to pen a biographical (and hagiographical) drama about Joseph Stalin's early years, to celebrate the leader's 60th birthday, he soon discovers there is a high price to pay. In real life, Bulgakov’s work was regularly banned, but his play The White Guard was one of Stalin’s personal favourites. Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators plunges into the frenzied imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a bizarre and disturbingly funny ‘role-reversal’ relationship with the dictator of the Soviet Union. 

As the surreal fantasy plays out in a relentless psychological game of cat-and-mouse, the compromises and humiliations inflicted on artists by those in power are thrown into sharp relief. This clever and outrageously funny satire is a pointed look at the role and value of the artist in society. 

Collaborators by John Hodge plays at New Theatre June 4 - July 6.

New Theatre has offered two double passes to our readers for the Preview Performance Wednesday 15th June. To enter the draw, email publicity@newtheatre.org.au using COLLABORATORS GIVEAWAY as the subject line. The competition will be drawn by New Theatre and closes Fri 31 May 5pm.

 
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Pamela Shaw - Naughty with a Band

One of America’s sassiest exports, Pamela Shaw, is performing her hit show straight from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Naughty With a Band is a musical melange of pop, blues and rock complete with a full band under the direction of local industry stalwart, composer, keyboard musician and musical director, Daryl Wallis.

The gut-wrenchingly funny show, conceived and created by Pamela Shaw herself, is a story that captures her journey from obedience to not really giving a shit. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s book and now a worldwide sensation by Tim Minchin, Matilda: The Musical, the show delivers an extraordinary mix of comedy, dance, cabaret, music, songs and hilarity – all headlined by the New York performer in a stunningly polished, professional, unflappable and unstoppable performance, rich in energy and sensuality.

Cobbstar is in the iconic space formerly Metro Screen at the Paddington Townhall (enter via Chauvel Cinema) and Naughty With a Band is ruling the place for a limited season until June 2, 2019.

Thanks to Cobbstar Live we have 10 double passes to give away. Enter here, using the subject line NAUGHTY_WITH_A_BAND (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com). Please include the night you wish to attend.

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Wednesday May 22, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the night.

 

I Hope It’s Not Raining in London

Bearfoot Theatre are touring their original work from Newcastle to Tuggerah, Sydney and Melbourne. I Hope it’s Not Raining in London is contemporary and hybrid- experimental in its exploration of our perceived realities and the effects of trauma. Featuring four young artists who alternate their roles in each performance.

"Two strangers, trapped in a mysterious room. Boxes appear sporadically, containing objects which trigger memories and gradually their significant moments and remembered and painfully explored."

Bearfoot Theatre is a youth managed not for profit organisation with a focus on producing predominately original works of theatre, which convey relevant social messages and give a voice to young artists.

I Hope it’s Not Raining in London (Sydney Season) from Bearfoot Theatre runs from 26th- 29th of JUNE at PACT (Erskineville)

With thanks to Bearfoot Theatre we have a double pass giveaway to I Hope it’s Not Raining in London on Wednesday 26th June at 7pm. Enter here, using the subject line NOT_RAINING_IN_LONDON (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn after midnight, Sunday June 2, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the night.

 

The Realm

Opens in Australian cinemas May 16. “The political thriller we need right now”- Read the full review here.

Thanks to Rialto Distribution we have 5 double in-season passes to give away.

Enter here, don’t forget to include your address, using the subject line THE_REALM (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Tuesday May 14, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by RbJ on receipt from the promoter

 
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Faust

There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès.

Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris.

Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.

With thanks to Trafalgar Releasing we have five in-season double pass giveaways to Faust from Royal Opera House Live. (8, 9 and 12 June 2019)

Enter here, using the subject line FAUST_ROH_LIVE (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com) Don’t forget to include your address.

The competition will be drawn after midnight, Sunday May 19, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the passes will be posted by the promoter.

 

Joseph K

"Breathtakingly funny, expertly constructed and dripping with acid wit." EVENING STANDARD

On his thirtieth birthday, Joseph K has his sushi home-delivery intercepted by two unidentified agents who inform him he is under arrest. He has no idea what he's done wrong but he's determined to clear his name.

Inspired by Franz Kafka’s classic novel ‘The Trial’, Joseph K tells the story of a man who is arrested and prosecuted for a crime that is never revealed and his subsequent struggle against an inaccessible authority.

Joseph K from Secret House plays May 1-18th at Limelight on Oxford.

With thanks to Secret House we have a double pass giveaway to Joseph K in preview performance on Thursday May 2.

Enter here, using the subject line JOSEPH_K_SECRET_HOUSE (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn after midnight, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the night.

 

TIN STAR Season 2 Trailer (2019) | Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks

The crisp white snow is soaked with blood.  Whitey is dead, Jack has a bullet in him and Angela is desperately clinging on to a distraught Anna. Tin Star Series 2 picks up at the moment series one left off, but this time things are different.  If series 1 was about vengeance, Series 2 is about the opposite:  it’s a story of forgiveness.  Having seemingly destroyed everything he loves, Jack has to win Angela and Anna back.  In order to make amends for his actions and rebuild his family, he must save another from destruction. 

We have 10 DVDs of Tin Star: Series 2 to give away.

Enter here, don’t forget to include your address, using the subject line TIN_STAR_DVD (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Friday May 3, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by RbJ on receipt from the promoter

 
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Little Woods

Opens in Australian cinemas May 16, 2019

The compelling feature debut from writer-director Nia DaCosta is here! Ollie (Tessa Thompson) is barely getting by in Little Woods, an economically depressed fracking boomtown in North Dakota. She has left her days of illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border behind, eyeing a potential new job that would finally break her out of the small town.

But when her mother dies, she is reunited with her estranged sister Deb (Lily James), who faces a mounting crisis. As both bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she’d left behind for just one more score, or to leave it all behind.

An unvarnished film anchored by an authentically drawn sibling bond, LITTLE WOODS speaks to both the biggest and smallest elements of the working-class struggle in rural America.

View the emotional trailer here.

We have 10 double pass giveaways to a special, advanced screening - Dendy Newtown on Wednesday 8th May, 2019, 6:30pm.

Enter here, using the subject line LITTLE_WOODS (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn after midnight, Monday May 6, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the night.

 
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All About Eve

National Theatre Live.

By Joseph L Mankiewicz. Adapted and directed for the stage by Ivo van Hove.

All About Eve: National Theatre Live

Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, filmed live for cinemas from the West End in London.

All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?

With thanks to National Theatre Live we have 10 double pass giveaways to preview screening - Wednesday May 15, 6:30pm. Palace Central.

Enter here, using the subject line ALL_ABOUT_EVE (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn after midnight, Sunday May 5, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the night.

 
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Managing Carmen

The next production at The Guild Theatre is Managing Carmen, a comedy written in 2012 by acclaimed Australian playwright David Williamson.

Brent is a young, handsome AFL star. Brent’s ruthless manager Rohan is loud-mouthed, abrasive and loves all the money that Brent is making him. Rohan is being offered hundreds of thousands of dollars for advertisements with Brent’s endorsement but he cannot put Brent in front of the cameras; Brent is a completely wooden actor .

Desperate, Rohan hires Jessica, a consultant psychologist to ‘unlock’ Brent so he can avail of these lucrative advertising deals. Jessica discovers that Brent has a surprising secret; a quirky addiction that could be enough to ruin Brent’s AFL career, as well as his already rocky relationship with his self-absorbed trophy girlfriend.

Managing Carmen: May 17th - June 8th 2019. Tickets here.

Please note that there is some strong language in the play.

 

With thanks to The Guild Theatre we have a double pass to give away.

Enter here, using the subject line MANAGING_CARMEN (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com) Please include the night you wish to attend. 

The competition will be drawn after midnight, Sunday May 5, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the night.

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Long Shot is in cinemas May 2.

Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogan) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist who has a knack for getting into trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world -- a smart, sophisticated and accomplished politician. When Fred unexpectedly runs into Charlotte, he soon realizes that she was his former baby sitter and childhood crush. When Charlotte decides to make a run for the presidency, she impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter -- much to the dismay of her trusted advisers.

View the trailer here here or learn more about the film at the official website or Facebook.

With thanks to StudioCanal we have 3 double passes to give away.

Enter here, don’t forget to include your address, using the subject line LONG_SHOT (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn after midnight, Friday April 26, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by RbJ on receipt from the promoter.

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‘Sun Dogs’from Bel a cappella

To celebrate Anthony Pasquill’s 10th year as Artistic and Musical Director, Bel a cappella will present James MacMillan’s, Sun-Dogs

This extraordinary work abounds in striking vocal effects: rapid chanting doubling the held notes of a simple four-part choral progression, deep breathing, whistling, free-floating heterophony and ‘stage whispered’ toneless rhythmic chanting… it's truly not to be missed. 

3 pm, May 5 at St Augustine’s Catholic Church, Balmain.

Buy your tickets online and save: $40/$30/$20 or purchase at the door at the door: $45/$35/$20.

See more at the Bel a cappella website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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With thanks to Bel a capella we have a double pass to give away. Enter here, using the subject line SUN_DOGS (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn after midnight, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the pass will be available from the customer service desk on the night.

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM is in cinemas May 16.

In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

View the trailer here or learn more about the film at the official website or Facebook Watch.

With thanks to StudioCanal we have 3 double passes to give away. Enter here, don’t forget to include your address, using the subject line JOHN_WICK (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com) The competition will be drawn after midnight, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by RbJ on receipt from the promoter.

 

The Chaperone’ is in cinemas 25 April 2019.

‘The Chaperone’ takes place amid the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the early 1920’s. The life of a Kansas woman (Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey) is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer named Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson, Law & Order) to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfil her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other hopes to unearth the mysteries of her past.

View the trailer here or learn more about the film at the official website or Facebook.

With thanks to StudioCanal we have 3 double passes to give away. Enter here, don’t forget to include your address, using the subject line THE_CHAPERONE (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn after midnight, Friday April 19, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by RbJ on receipt from the promoter.

 
 

La forza del destino

from Royal Opera House Live.

Superstar singers Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko are the ill-fated lovers Don Alvaro and Leonora in Verdi’s epic opera La forza del destino. This operatic exploration of tragic passion, revenge and the enduring power of a father’s curse contains some of Verdi’s most wonderful arias and choruses and is staged in a powerfully cinematic production.

The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them. In the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies. Leonora and Alvaro become separated during their escape. Leonora's brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father.

La forza del destino is in Event cinemas 11,12 and 15 May. See the official site for more information about Royal Opera House Live.

With thanks to Royal Opera House Live we have 3 double passes to give away. Enter here using the subject line: LA_FORZA_DEL_DESTINO . Don’t forget to include your address.(competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn after midnight, April 20, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by the promoter.

 
 

1985

A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family. Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis.

Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his teen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Michael Chiklis).

When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. Shot on black-and-white super 16mm film, 1985 takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.

1985 arrives in select cinemas from April 25. View the official trailer here and see a review I did for Sydney Arts Guide here.

With thanks to ICON Films we have 2 double passes to give away. Enter here using the subject line: 1985_FILM_COMPETITION . Don’t forget to include your address.(competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Monday April 15, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by RbJ on receipt from the promoter.

 
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Following on from the slow burning hit of first series comes this icy murder mystery. The series will be available on DVD in Australia on the 17th of April.

Outside the Icelandic Parliament in Reykjavík. The Minister of Industry is walking the square to attend a meeting when someone calls out her name. It’s a man - wet from top to toe – smelling of gasoline. Before the minister realizes what to do the man grabs her and sets fire to both of them.

Andri Ólafsson – who now has become the Head of Police Investigation in Reykjavík – goes up north to investigate. This was a murder attempt but what was the motive? He is also under pressure from the Prime Minister and the Government who think this might have been an act of terrorism – as there are currently some very controversial things connected to an expansion of a power plant near the town of Siglufjörður.

‘Trapped’ is the highest rated series ever in Iceland with The Guardian calling it “seductive, involving [and] gripping.”

Thanks to Acorn Media we have 10 DVDs of Trapped: Series 2 to give away. Watch the trailer here

Enter here, don’t forget to include your address, using the subject line TRAPPED_COMPETITION (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com)

The competition will be drawn at Midnight on Sunday 7th April, 2019. Only the winners will be notified and the prize will be mailed by RbJ on receipt from the promoter