Comment | It was in its second season that Ricky Gervais’ already-brilliant Britcom Extras really came into its own.
The first series had mock-documented a gaggle of despondent actors as they sought to break out of the interminable round of auditions and bit-parts, and into mainstream success.
In the second series though, Gervais’s character, Andy Milman, finally finds the success he craves, when his pilot TV show “When The Whisle Blows” is green-lit … only for him to realise his holy grail is an empty vessel.
His vision of making a gritty slice of social realism is twisted by studio executives and his own innate desire for approbation into a camp Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em-style sitcom, replete with silly wigs and his ubiquitous catchphrase: “Are you ‘avin a laugh? Is ‘e Full Story »
Adelaide | Adelaide’s behind-closed-doors bid to become World Design Capital in 2018 has been scuttled by the State Government at the final hurdle, InDaily can reveal.
The Olympic Games-style bid – submitted in late March and protected by confidentiality agreements signed by all parties – has been abandoned, despite months of work by the Department of State Development, Adelaide City Council, South Australian universities, BrandSA, national design, planning and architecture institutions, state cultural institutions and the Jam Factory.
Had the bid been successful, it would have brought a year-long festival of design to Adelaide, likely comprising hundreds of events around the city, including a design-themed New Years Eve party.
However, after the bid was submitted, t Full Story »
Adelaide live music and theatre venue The Soul Box has closed down, forcing a number of Cabaret Fringe shows to find an alternative performance space ahead of next week’s festival opening.
The West End venue’s manager confirmed to InDaily yesterday that it had been “dismantled”, but did not want to make any immediate comment on the reasons why.
The Soul Box described itself as an “independently owned multi-arts centre” and had an audience capacity of around 80 to 90, seated cabaret-style.
It had operated for three-and-a-half years at 252 Hindley Street and was a popular Adelaide Fringe venue, being nominated as one of the top four Fringe venues in 2012 and 2014. It also held weekly Friday Night Fever events featuring a varied line-up of musicians, comedians and other performe Full Story »
JAZZ AWARDS | The increasing number of young people playing music has helped build the jazz and blues audience across Australia, says renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.
Morrison, who will be in Adelaide next week to participate in the Helpmann Academy and Elder Conservatorium of Music 2015 Jazz Awards, is passionate about music education.
He is also positive about its future, despite concerns expressed by some in recent years about funding cuts and changes to school music programs.
“These days there’s a lot more involvement of young people,” he says.
“When I was in high school, it was a rare school that had a jazz band; now it’s a rare school that doesn’t. That’s a big difference.”
Morrison recalls attending an AFL game some years ago and pondering Full Story »
LUNCH REVIEW | “In Italy a cafe is open 24-7,” says Manuel Francesconi, owner of La Moka Café + Aperitivo Bar in Peel Street. “They are in a cycle to suit customers’ changing appetites, from coffee in the morning to cocktails at night.”
Francesconi is an electronic engineer who has “always worked in hospitality on the side”, so when he migrated to Adelaide in 2006 from Ravenna on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, he saw an opportunity to make hospitality a full-time occupation.
“I married an Italian here – it took two years for my partner (Linda Mercorella) and I to find this location on Peel Street. We opened in June last year.”
Francesconi admits that it’s hard to be both a day and a night-time venue, so the fit-out had Full Story »