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Arts Features

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 11:00am

“For those who are interested and cruel enough to take a good look, when I walk onstage, you’re basically watching a guy at the edge of a nervous breakdown.”

 

These are practically the last words anyone expects to hear from one of the most acclaimed and prolific composers in the history of cinema – the great Hans Zimmer, who boasts an astonishing 179 composer credits on iMDB,...

Posted 19 Mar 2017 @ 10:00am

There are many reasons why people turn to comedy. A broken home, a failed life of crime. Premature taxidermy explosion.

 

Perhaps they stared into the abyss and the abyss giggled coquettishly. Perhaps it’s as Eric Idle suggests in The Road To Mars, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours,” and it’s a way of healing...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 4:00pm

Aussie musical comedy outfit Tripod have been performing together for more than two decades now, and if the last few years are anything to go by, they’ve no intention of winding things down.

 

Forming in 1997, the boys known as Scod, Gatesy and Yon are veterans of the performing circuit and masters of their trade.

 

It’s clear that Australian audiences still value...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 @ 11:46am

If there’s one food I don’t fuck around with, it’s a pork roll.

 

I will eat pork rolls before most other foods. Give me the choice of a Michelin star dinner and one of these delicious babies, it’s banh mi all the way. It isn’t even a choice. 

 

That being said, I’m very much devoted to the banh mi for providing me with a relatively healthy, inexpensive and...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 @ 11:36am

The emergence of the alt-right has resurrected an age-old question: why does all great art come from the left? Maybe it's because the right can only borrow and steal from genuine culture, writes JOSEPH EARP.

 

“It has become a popular mantra of progressives to claim that conservatives are unable to contribute in any meaningful way to art or entertainment in America. The sole...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 2:23pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Bumper crop this time around, folks, as some locals rough the joint up and a hardline porcine socialist brings her leftist agenda Down Under.

 

There's also the return of an oft-maligned but visually talented Hollywood director, a major award-winner with Aussie faces, an exciting...

Posted 11 Mar 2017 @ 11:00am

“David’s disappeared.”

 

This is the voice of Jonah, the manager of musician, puppeteer, devout Christian and unlikely comedy star David Liebe Hart. Our interview was supposed to start ten minutes ago, but the main man is nowhere to be found.

 

Like a lot of weirdos of my generation, I first discovered Hart’s work through Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, the...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 2:55pm

On Defending The Indefensible

 

We live in truly divisive times. These days, contemporary culture consistently finds itself torn between the opinions of critics and the tastes of audiences at large, and judgement from both sides seems unceasing – not to mention bilious.

 

By which I mean to say, I am sick of being shat on for loving...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 2:35pm

What’s on the menu?

 

The restaurant menu lends itself to the exceptional beers on tap. Head Chef Sam Tingle has created a menu focusing on a range of smoked produce, and all the meats are smoked in a Yoder YS1500. The on-tap beers and ferments play a key role in the kitchen, and there are a large array of fresh and lively greens, vibrant salads, homemade sauces and interesting...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 4:59pm

Last year, the Australian Tattoo Expo landed in Sydney with new management and a new direction.

 

The feedback from the industry and the general public was so positive that this year’s Expo has exploded. Making the move to a larger venue – the ICC at Darling...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 3:29pm

The Australian film industry has had a history of overachieving with genre film, but our most distinctive stories are buried behind mainstream tastes - and the filmmakers are suffering, reports JOSEPH EARP.

 

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"I think people and audiences, potential audiences, have to be warned about it." – David Stratton on Wolf Creek

 

It was mid-2013, and...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This is a big week for us - two Aussie releases, another US blockbuster filmed on our turf, an Iranian award-winner and a Japanese box office smash!

 

There's also ...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 12:07pm

Lovers of tight-arse Tuesdays and their equally thrifty Wednesdays, rejoice! 

 

For between $1 and $3, you can now stretch the shrapnel in your pocket to cover a range of tasty foodstuffs to keep you satiated while scrimping and saving at the same time. These four Sydney establishments run killer food specials, so you know just where you need to be on Tuesday and Wednesday nights...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 10:39am

Transitions Film Festival is the festival dedicated to documentaries about the people and ideas who are changing the world for the better. 

 

From technology to food, social sciences and ethical fashion, the Transitions program is an uplifting window into our future. Festival director Daniel Simons shares with us his five favourite picks. See more at ...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:55pm

Talk to any Australian between the ages of 20 and 80 about movie critics, and without fail, two names pop up: Margaret and David, the beloved duo who fought over films for 30 years on screens around the country.

 

At The Movies gracefully retired in 2014, but true passion never subsides – and cinema is unquestionably David Stratton’s greatest passion, given that it has consumed...

Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 2:27pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Naturally, I must make some comment on the absurdly expensive spectacle that is the Oscars, but we must also pay tribute to the late, great Bill Paxton.

 

Bill was unstoppable, a product of trashy genre output that managed to get his mug onto award-winning fare, to which he...

Posted 25 Feb 2017 @ 12:00pm

The 1989 pro-democracy protests in China gave us the iconic image of ‘Tank Man’, the anonymous shopper staring down a wall of Type 59s the day after the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

 

In February 2017 we have an alarmist, belligerent leader of a superpower at the onset of his presidency; who knows what image may come to define the uncertainty ahead? Relations between China and the...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 5:14pm

From performing small comedy slots to driving Corvettes with the President, Jerry Seinfeld's stand-up really shows how much the world has changed, and how much he hasn't.

 

After last performing in Australia in 1998, Seinfeld's announcement of a 2017 Australian tour sent fans into meltdown. Tickets sold out in minutes, some even being resold online for upwards of five times the...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 2:27pm

Neel Kolhatkar is appearing as part of the Mardi Gras Comedy Festival Gala lineup at the Enmore Theatre on Tuesday February 28.

 

He also happens to be one of the funniest comedians in Australia, and certainly on YouTube. Now we revisit some of Neel's greatest hits.

 

1. That Time He Nailed His...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 11:35am

OK, so the United States might not be the most popular country in the world at the moment, thanks in no small part to the orange goblin they have elected to run the free world and the associated quasi-fascist cronies he has surrounding him like flies on shit.

 

But not even Donald Trump and his no-goodnik pals have managed to slow down the inexorable global takeover of US cuisine...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 4:50pm

Most theatre seasons are blessed with a production that generates buzz long before opening night rolls around.

 

Be it the calibre of the cast and crew, or the esteem of the play itself, some productions just have a knack for getting tongues talking. Early in the year it may be, but already Bell Shakespeare’s production of Richard 3 has those in the industry on tenterhooks. With...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:16pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we journey back in time to a world where heroine addicts were revolutionaries, Japanese schoolgirls were terrifying, and Ice Cube still had relevance.

 

As usual, on quieter release weeks, I'll put you on to a show that's been keeping me entertained and distracted from...

Posted 18 Feb 2017 @ 8:30am

Let’s be real; it is of national significance to highlight the importance of brunch. 

 

The nature of brunch in Sydney especially is ever-changing, as innovators and traditionalists converge to create amazing wonders out of sourdough and an egg. Forget avocado toast – here’s your chance to try the dishes the locals have been keeping secret, and add these venues to your brunching...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 10:00am

Slowly but surely, society is making progress towards eradicating homophobia, raising its voice for equality and encouraging acceptance across the board.

 

But for many members of the LGBTQI community, these advancements have come too late.

 

In the 1980s, Australia bore witness to some terrible homophobic activity, especially along the coast of New South Wales....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 5:17pm

I once discovered a four-page handwritten letter in a second-hand book, detailing the end of a love affair between three women in Hawaii.

 

It was full of tantalising clues, suggestions of a complex history, and with an unintelligible signature, it’s a story I’ll never complete. Found By Laura takes this intrigue one step further. Drawing from a collection of randomly found notes...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:23pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we have one major Chinese American co-production, one China vs America production, one Vietnamese release and one American film set in Japan. Asia is the future (and the past).

 

Two special mentions this week - firstly, Hidden Figures officially opens this week (jumped...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:54pm

Australians have been among the first to criticise the controversial policies of Donald Trump's administration, including the new President's threat to decimate funding to the arts and creative industries. 

 

However, it's time we looked in our own backyard, where the Coalition government has already enacted these policies. JOSEPH EARP reports.

 

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Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 2:17pm

Boiled, steamed, pan fried, deep fried.

 

With so many varieties of dumplings available from around the globe, there’s certainly a special place in Sydney’s heart for these delicious little buggers – so let’s expand our dumpling horizons and take a look at a few names currently doing the rounds on local menus.

 

Xiao Long Bao

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Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 12:05pm

Over 24 years, Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival has not only showcased some of the best and brightest LGBTQI cinema from home and abroad, it has also helped launch the careers of many emerging filmmakers and encouraged a diverse audience base that is...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 5:44pm

“Is this about Raw? Oh, sweet!”

 

It’s understandable that Cam Knight has spaced on the reason for his interview with the BRAG, for the much-loved comedian-cum-actor-cum-writer is in a constant fluster of activity – he’s just had an audition for a radio show, and he bashfully remarks: “I think it went alright, but I can’t say anything else – who knows?”

 

Yes, even...

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