Adelaide Film Festival has launched a national campaign asking people to nominate their top three Australian films – and for inspiration, it’s sharing the favourite films of industry identities including Hugo Weaving, George Miller, David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz.
This is what happens when you put together a jazz musician, a beatboxer, an acoustic-guitar-playing singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist looping artist.
This year’s Adelaide Festival attracted significantly more interstate and overseas visitors than the 2017 event and generated around $76 million in spending for the state, according to figures released today.
The much-fêted Akram Khan’s final full-length dance performance is a consummate work of anguish and exquisite beauty, writes Katherine Arguile.
With two days to go, the 2018 Adelaide Festival has achieved a new box office record of more than $4.5 million, while the Fringe is on target for a 7.6 per cent increase in ticket sales.
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s beautifully staged exploration of the life of Aboriginal figure Woollarawarre Bennelong is an extraordinary and deeply important work, writes Alison Flett.
GALLERY: Around 96,000 people converged at WOMADelaide over the long weekend to see 70 acts including jazz musician Kamasi Washington, sitar player Anoushka Shankar, the mesmerising Manganiyar Seduction and controversial feather-filled aerial show Place des Anges.
On face value, watching someone balance rocks doesn’t sound like a particularly enticing way to spend an hour, but within minutes Dutch performance artist Nick Steur will have you absolutely spellbound.
Adelaide Festival performance Taha tells the story of a man who lost his home, his lover and his livelihood, but evolved to become one of Palestine’s greatest poets after finding solace in writing.
More than 500 people celebrated the opening of ACE Open’s Adelaide Festival exhibition Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change.
Festival-goers have a packed line-up of music, dance, theatre and visual art shows to choose from as the Mad March festivities draw to a close this weekend. Here are some picks from the Fringe and Festival programs.
Peter Hanlon, it seems, has always been a contradiction. A punk-rock loving aesthete who has scaled the upper echelons of Australia’s finance industry and still sits at the helm of the Bank SA board and who, at 63, has recently found a new career path – as an arthouse filmmaker.
Artists and composers Sacred Resonance manipulate the sounds and imagery of deep space to create an immersive experience under the domed screen of the Adelaide Planetarium. ★★★
Vocal loop artist Sam Perry provides the music for Fringe show The 360 All Stars and is this year showing off his skills in a spellbinding solo show. ★★★★★
Part physical theatre and part comedy, with a hint of political commentary, Unsuitable is a high-energy show from Belfast that is more anti-circus than circus. ★★★
He may claim that fatherhood has toned him down but Sam Simmons’ new show is still packed with his trademark style of random, absurdist humour that fans know and love. ★★★★
Cabaret comedy show The Wine Bluffs is, of course, all about wine and wine ‘wankology’, but it’s also an hilarious homage to South Australia.
The Peruvian queen of exotica music reigns again as the charming and virtuosic opera singer Ali McGregor brings a forgotten star back to life in this enthralling show.
Put on your best thespian hat and prepare to lose yourself in a strange and twisted world of murder, mayhem and sex in Butt Kapinski, a show where the audience not only helps create the story but co-stars in the action.
As intriguing as it can be to unravel the unexplained, it’s equally tempting to occasionally allow a little magic into our lives. Lawrence Leung’s Very Strange Things is a show for the mystery lover, the puzzle solver and those who fall somewhere in between.
With smooth jazz vocals, a fistful of Bowie songs and a truckload of f∗∗∗s, ‘bull dyke in a china shop’ Lea DeLaria blew the feathers and sequins right outa the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Cabaret Festival artistic director Ali McGregor predicted The Cat Empire would be “off-the-hook great”, and they did not disappoint – performing an ultra-cool show of pulsing rhythms and smooth beats that got everyone to their feet.
Madeleine Peyroux is gifted with an apparently effortless voice, so often compared to Billie Holiday, with which she can jump with ease from acoustic roots music, to jazz, to quirky originals.
The Modern Maori Quartet’s talented members bring to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival their accomplished musicianship, lyrical harmonies and a uniquely inclusive New Zealand style of humour.
Glorious Misfits started with a high-energy disco hit and kept raising the bar with 90 minutes of talent, laughs and strategically placed tassels.
From red carpet to stage, it was sequins all the way for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival opening night Variety Gala.
Aussie rock band You Am I brilliantly bring tongue-in-cheek legends Spinal Tap to life – and death – at the Dunstan Playhouse.
Soprano Antoinette Halloran is an accomplished opera singer and in her Adelaide Cabaret Festival show Taking it Up the Octave, you get a little more than you might expect.
Two filmmakers who voyaged across the Great Australian Bight on board a Sea Shepherd vessel say their film Operation Jeedara, screening at this year’s Transitions Film Festival, provides a rare glimpse of South Australia’s most remote islands.
Comedian and screenwriter Lawrence Leung plans to hack people’s PIN numbers, speak to dead pets and read minds at his “science meets the paranormal” Adelaide Cabaret Festival show.
An a cappella performance in Adelaide’s underground tunnels, a cabaret performer with a penchant for electro music and an interactive video game DJ set are just some of the acts featured in this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival program.
South Australian singer Libby O’Donovan will shed light on a notorious criminal matriarch once dubbed ‘the worst woman in Sydney’ in her new show premiering at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
RocKwiz and Home Delivery TV show host Julia Zemiro will bring her engaging interview talents to this year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival in a series of free conversations with musicians about “music, artistry and everything in between”.
A string quartet was the beating heart of this Adelaide Festival chamber music highlight, which took the audience through a gamut of responses to global conflict.
The groove was contagious when Lee Fields and The Expressions took their audience on a soul-train ride on the Adelaide Festival’s Riverbank Palais.
With impeccable timing, landing and pace, stand-up comedian Matt Okine is worthy of an Olympic gold medal for his hilarious rags-to-riches tale. ★★★★½
The deconstructed title of flamenco star Israel Galván’s latest work makes it clear to anyone unfamiliar with his oeuvre: Expect the unexpected.
Patch Theatre’s Adelaide Festival show is a gorgeous affair from start to finish – an invitation to open our hearts fully to life’s delicious possibilities.
Clever, engrossing and powerful, Us / Them presents a ‘child’s gaze’ perspective on the atrocity that occurred when Chechen terrorists stormed a school in Beslan and took 1200 hostages.
This “live animation” show brings the claustrophobia, inhumanity and visceral muck of World War I to grotesque life using everyday items and miniatures: you’ll never be more affected by a dismembered plastic figurine.
Part musical theatre, part cabaret, The Executioners features satirical humour, an original score, lyrical wizardry and whimsical dance. And it’s brilliant. ★★★★½
Sydney Writers’ Festival CEO Jo Dyer is set to take over as the new director of Adelaide Writers’ Week following the departure of Laura Kroetsch.
‘Ross Noble is like an extreme extrovert on speed, providing a weird kind of escapism.’ ★★★½
These biennial awards, run by Arts SA, were announced in a special ceremony at Adelaide Writers’ Week, followed by a VIP function in the Torrens Parade Ground Drill Hall.
Bold, fresh and original, Robert Lepage’s ‘The Far Side of the Moon’ – an exploration of the complicated coming together of two middle-aged brothers following the death of their mother – is theatre at its finest, writes Jo Vabolis.
The Adelaide Festival continues its proud tradition of presenting new operas with Hamlet – a transfixing production that brings an invigorating modernity to Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, writes Greg Elliott.
This show begins with multiple voices, all trying to help someone who’s disabled, who might not want to be helped, who might not be able to be helped: Have you tried hydrotherapy? Gluten-free? Are you getting enough sleep? Have you tried yoga? ★★★★
Wil Anderson’s new show Wilegal is basically the story of how he came to be arrested on a flight to Wagga Wagga in mid-2017. ★★★
More than 80 authors will converge on the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden for the six-day Adelaide Writers’ Week from Saturday. InDaily asked six Adelaide writers and festival guests to share the sessions they’re most looking forward to.
The notorious Nazi doctor from Auschwitz who used Jewish prisoners for all manner of despicable experiments is questioned about his past after nearly drowning on a beach in Brazil in the sobering Fringe play Mengele. ★★★★
Puzzle lovers rejoice – Escape Room Treasure Hunt has returned to Adelaide with its new room, The Bootlegger’s Dilemma. ★★★
Out from amid the archetypes of an ancient tale of horror and violence, this Australian production of Thyestes pulls something searing and terrifyingly familiar.
Darkly comic Fringe play Shell Shock gives insight into the nightmares that continue to plague soldiers when they return from a warzone. ★★★★
The 2018 Adelaide Festival is closing in on last year’s record box-office result, with ticket sales three days out from the official opening already 14.5 per cent ahead of the same time last year and a number of shows expected to sell out.
A powerful and unsettling feeling of impending doom pervades the set of this new State Theatre Company play about three young women partying with AFL footballers, writes Heather Taylor Johnson.
This year’s Cirque Africa show is all shiny and new but the acts are just as heart-stopping as last Fringe and MC Papa Africa is as funny as ever, writes reviewer Anna Solding. ★★★★½
Rehearsals in small groups; rehearsals en masse; rehearsals with the dancers, the children, the singers, the orchestra; technical rehearsals; dress rehearsals. That’s a lot of rehearsals to play one of 215 dead soldiers, writes Rosemary Cadden.
Spinifex Gum, a new music project led by two members of The Cat Empire, is influenced by the young Indigenous women who give its songs voice and the Pilbara landscape in which those songs were created.
Mats Staub has created an extraordinary video gallery of memories of the past 80 years from all over the world, simply by asking ordinary people one question: What happened when you were 21?
Seven exceptional athletes show off their virtuosity in A Simple Space – a hugely impressive, intimate acrobatic showcase at the Royal Croquet Club. ★★★★½
Oh, how I wanted to love this show by Cal Wilson, the feisty Kiwi with multi-coloured hair who has been adopted over the years by Australian comedic panel TV shows. ★★½
Australian composer Robert Davidson’s musical work Stalin’s Piano will re-contextualise famous speeches – including Julia Gillard’s ‘misogyny speech’ – for the Adelaide Festival.
American teenager Eleanor survived World War II in Berlin. Now she’s returning to the US for the hardest year of her life – without her German mother and young siblings, but with the trauma that comes from years of war. ★★★★
Stop sitting back and watching the Fringe festival happen around you – it’s time to step up and get interactive with ‘Escape from Wonderland’, writes Ali Moylan. ★★★★
Loucas Loizou presents a striking and intimate retelling of the ancient Greek Oedipus myth in a one-man show being presented at the Adina Treasury Tunnels and other venues during Adelaide Fringe. ★★★
Children’s show Dinosaur Time Machine is a two-person, humorous performance in which hosts Paul and Kaz teach their audience about the mighty beasts that once ruled the world. ★★★★
Don’t think you’re afraid of the dark? You might change your tune after you experience the imaginative terror of ‘Séance’, writes Trista Coulter. ★★★★★
British playwright Henry Naylor’s new political play Borders shifts between poetry, humour and nail-biting action to smash through our mental borders, writes Alison Flett. ★★★★ ½