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Film review – Disclosure

Available on DVD and streaming platforms
85 mins, rated MA 15+ (strong sex scenes, course language)

The 1994 Hollywood film Disclosure was about allegations of workplace sexual harassment. This 2020 Australian film has a related theme: how the parents of a nine-year-old boy deal with allegations of sexual assault made by their neighbours’ four-year-old daughter, Natasha, against their son, Ethan.

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Artists Society of Canberra – 80th Spring Exhibition 2021

  • 13 –22 November 2021
  • Open daily except Monday 10am to 5.30pm
  • Fitters Workshop, Kingston Foreshore
  • Official opening Friday 12 November 2021 at 7pm

In a major achievement for a Canberra arts society, ASOC presents its 80th Spring Exhibition. This annual event is usually a vast exhibition of works by local and regional artists across a variety of mediums with members eligible to enter four works each.

Barbie speaks with ASOC president Peter Van Rens and convener of the exhibition, Dee Copeland.
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Gunning Arts Festival going online again

30-31 October 2021
Online at

Due to the risk posed by COVID-19 in regional communities, GAF is once again online.

Events are currently being scheduled and you are invited to keep up to date on the GAF website.

Highlights include:

  • The popular online Art Exhibition sponsored by Derivan is back and everyone can vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Award.
  • You are invited to join Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, the mother of contemporary dance in Australia, for a virtual lunch, and to be uplfted by her presentation about her work creating dance in Nature.
  • There will be two interactive live Zoom art and craft workshops. Participants will be sent everything they need for the workshop beforehand and then can create their work of art in a Zoom group with live feedback from tutors.
  • Gunning Arts Festival has initiated a very successful SnapWrite Facebook group, where locals post picture stories that capture living in the beautiful Gunning region. A highlight sample of these will be selected and made available on the GAF website. Professional audio recordings of selected FlashWrite stories will be posted.

The Gunning Arts Festival is supported by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal via its Tackling Tough Times Together program and is proudly sponsored by Bailey’s Garage, BJCE Australia, Upper Lachlan Foundation, and the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.

2021 ACT Publishing Awards postponed until February 2022

Shortlist on 31 January, winner announced 25 February 2022

The ACT Publishing Awards awards recognise and celebrate Canberra-region works published by small presses as well as self- published titles.

The final date for submissions will be announced once there is a clearer understanding of Canberra’s COVID-19 restrictions in the coming ensurethat all entrants have an appropriate amount of time to safely drop off their entries.

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First Seen: Just Wrong by David Atfield

Online from The Street Theatre Canberra
5pm, Friday 10 September 2021
Tickets by donation with limited places 

Just Wrong  is a witty, powerful, music-filled trip, moving seamlessly through time, as it explores what it means to be an artist, what motivates artistic creation in a world full of rejection, and the importance of being ruthlessly honest with yourself to create great art. 

David Atfield talks about Just Wrong
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Re-storying: The Resilience Project

The Street Theatre
Until October 2021
Live and online depending on COVID-19 restrictions

The Street Theatre’s Re-Storying: The Resilience Project is a six-module program, which was launched in July 2021 with the support of ACT Health. It is designed for artists from all practices and has attracted actors, writers, poets, visual artists and others wanting to counter the impact of the pandemic on their livelihoods.

Barbie spoke with Abbey Mackay of the Creswick Collective, which has been documenting the project
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Folk duo hits high note with new lockdown album

Montgomery Church
Where the Quiet Can Hide album
Performing at The Street, Canberra
11 February 2022 (COVID restrictions permitting)

Partners in music and life, Cielle Montgomery and James Church, are making the best of their inability to tour and travel because of COVID lockdowns.

They’d originally planned to travel to Nashville to record their new album. Instead, with remote help from a producer in Melbourne and collaborations with musicians from Braidwood, Melbourne, Newcastle and the the USA, they invested in recording equipment and used their stone hut in the Cooma area as a studio.

Richard samples Where the Quiet Can Hide with Cielle Montgomery and James Church
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Twenty Minutes With The Devil – The Street Theatre

World premiere season
New dates – 6 to 14 November 2021
See website
link below
Tickets $37 to $45

Written by Luis Gómez Romero and Desmond Manderson, developed and made in Canberra, Twenty Minutes with the Devil is a gripping tale inspired by events leading to the capture of El Chapo, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, in 2016.

Barbie spoke to one of the performers, Raoul Craemer, about Twenty Minutes With the Devil
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Endangered birds benefit from recycled mobile phones

MobileMuster donating funds to Landcare project
Throughout August 2021

A partnership between Landcare and MobileMuster is directing funds to a project restoring habitat for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater in North Central Victoria.

Barbie spoke to to coordinator of the Regent Honeyeater Project, Andie Guerin
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F*ck COVID! – ACT Writers online initiative

1.30pm to 5pm Saturday 28 August 2021 (two sessions) via Zoom
Both sessions facilitated by Nigel Featherstone
Free event but donations greatly appreciated to assist in paying the participating writers

‘The COVID-19 shut-downs across the country are causing considerable disruptions to writing events: festivals have been postponed or cancelled, bookshops are not able to offer events, and writers aren’t able to attend even small-scale panel discussions or give masterclasses.

F*CK COVID! is ACT Writers’ way of supporting primarily debut Australian writers who are trying to navigate these precarious times.’

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Film review – The Ice Road

Dendy, Hoyts and Limelight Cinemas Canberra
From Thursday 12 August 2021
Rated M, 109 minutes

This action-packed drama about a desperate rescue mission to save miners trapped underground after an explosion was inspired by Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic 1953 French thriller, The Wages of Fear. And it is just as suspenseful.

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2021 Telstra NATSIAA winners announced

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
Exhibition continues until Sunday 6 February 2022
Admission is free

Judges have announced the seven winners of the of the Telstra NATSIAA awards.

They were chosen from 34 finalists from the Northern Territory, 14 from Western Australia, nine from South Australia, four from Queensland including one Torres Strait Islander artist, three from New South Wales and one Victorian artist.

Barbie spoke with the winner of the Emerging Artist Award, Queensland artist Kyra Mancktelow
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Omar Musa – Precious Thing Vanishing Thing

Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT
Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm
Until 22 August 2021
Opening drinks and performance Saturday 7 August at 2pm

As we might expect from performance poet Omar Musa, this exhibition of woodcut prints is strongly political in its theme – his subjects and landscapes come from his dual heritage of Malaysia and Australia, for the most part depicting loss.

Barbie spoke to Omar Musa at Humble House about the exhibition. The interview includes strong language.
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