This year’s German Film Festival marks
some significant events in German history and culture – the 30th
anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and
the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus architectural movement.
A special event and the closing night
are devoted to the work of Bertolt Brecht with Mack the Knife – Brecht’s Threepenny Film about the making of the
film and the celebrated classic 1931 film The Threepenny Opera itself.
With the public release of this inaugural festival’s program ad some tickets selling out in 10 hours, it is time to get a wriggle on and book for sessions you’d like to attend. There is a full day early bird concession for the Saturday program if you want to get an excellent rate for 6 presentations of your choice.
Festival director Meredith Jaffé tells
us that presenting writers were selected for their successful work and their
capacity to be good story tellers for a live audience. They include well known
names like Jane Caro, Natasha Lester, Candice Fox, Jaclyn Moriarty.
and Leigh Hobbs.
This recital presents the music of
Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Kabalevsky and Shostakovich in a collection of nursery
rhymes and lullabies. The mood will be both bright and dark, the full gamut of
emotions being drawn from the Russian repertoire.
Vocal performances are by Merlyn
Quaife, Christina Wilson and Andrew Goodwin, accompanied by pianist Andrea
Katz, who is also the group’s director.
Tickets at www.trybooking.com/BBEPV or at the door. $35 full, $30 conc. Groups of 8 or more people $30 per person. Artsong members $25, full time students $15.
This is an achingly beautiful and sad story, a work of historical fiction, a tale that, as so often happens in this genre, weaves the past and present through family connections, secrets and lies. Told in two voices, one that of Maddie herself and the other of the omniscient author, the story held me instantly in thrall. The time frames are 1920s and 1990s, the places mainly London, Sydney and Brisbane.
Melbourne based writer and psychiatrist Dr Michael Duke has worked with Aboriginal people from the 1980s.
In researching for this book, he made a number of trips to Arabana country and recorded interviews with Arabana people about their experiences of the railway. He also read extensively and has helpfully provided the reader with a list of references.
In moving into historical fiction,
Nigel Featherstone has created a moving and sensitive work which, whilst set
against a backdrop of war in Egypt in 1941, focusses most strongly on the
nature and possibilities of love.
William Marsh and James Kelly, childhood
friends, meet again unexpectedly minutes after disembarking in Egypt as
soldiers. A stoush with the Italian army forces quick action and William is
found wanting. Not long after this William is posted to the desert to supervise
a stores depot and to train a group of raw soldiers. James goes AWOL. We follow
their separate and entwining stories and those of a rich collection of
Local artists Susan Banks and Thea Katauskas urge
you to explore what is often overlooked as we walk around our town. – to see
the life of the nature strip; the plants above, and the working men, often
‘It’s about the invisible energy and activity that maintains the life of our city, as well as the thriving nature that persists whilst being hemmed by roadways and built environments,’ says Katauskas. Now based in Washington DC, she is a 1996 graduate of the ANU’s Canberra School of Art and Design, and has held three successful solo shows of her unique take on the city’s suburban architecture.
Banks, a former scientist, teacher, and recent
graduate of the same art school, has focused on the disrupted, upended nature
strips; the diggings temporarily occupied by workers and the inconvenient
diversions as people step past the barriers, witches’ hats and piles of rubble.