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Jo Vabolis

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Film Film

Film review: Martha – A Picture Story

This absorbing new documentary produced out of Adelaide focuses on the ground-breaking work of photographer and icon of the street-art movement Martha Cooper, who has been capturing New York life and graffiti culture since the 1970s.

Film Film

Film review: Honeyland

The intriguing and beautifully filmed documentary Honeyland tells the story of one of the world’s last wild bee hunters – and it’s clear why it was the most awarded film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writes Jo Vabolis.

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Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: All the Lovely Magdalenes

‘What is this place?’ asks the bewildered teen. Girls wearing identical long frocks and aprons surround her. No one makes eye contact with the new arrival except a nun, who addresses her coldly. ‘You will be known as Edith.’ ★★★ ½

Adelaide Festival

Festival review: Blaas

‘I don’t know what to expect.’ My 10-year-old companion’s slightly nervous anticipation seems to be shared by others around us. At the end of this surprising show, we are definitely no longer in the dark.

Adelaide Festival

Festival review: Two Feet

Artistic perfection requires total dedication, mental as well as physical. For some performers – as Meryl Tankard’s captivating dance work Two Feet shows – the pursuit of greatness comes at a high price.

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Pss Pss

Egging each other on with encouraging gestures, two sweet and silly clowns work together to grow their confidence until they reach great heights in this lofty double act that showcases acrobatic skill and physical presence. ★★★★★