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UK Burlesque superstar Anna Fur Laxis is Down Under this month for the Australian Burlesque Festival, heading up a bevy of beauties that includes American tassel-twirling virtuoso Peekaboo Pointe, Canadian cutie Coco Framboise, Finnish ice-princess Loulou D’Vil, and local royalty Imogen Kelly, Tasia, Danica Lee, and Vesper White. An inspiration to many of her peers, Anna took five to tell us how she does that thing she does…
There are very few comedy writers or directors who could say that, at some point in their career, they haven’t been inspired by Woody Allen. His body of work, stretching over the last four decades and beyond, includes some of modern cinema’s most enduring classics; more importantly, he single-handedly took weedy, neurotic guys and made them seem sexy. His influence cannot be underestimated, and for filmmaker Robert Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm, How To Lose Friends & Alienate People), chronicling Allen’s career has been a life-long passion.
In 2006 the Walt Disney corporation took the anglepoised Pixar under its fusty, dusty, white-gloved arm. Disney had previously released and marketed the tiny CG studio’s output, starting with Toy Story and, after an almost unprecedented string of hits (including Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles) its future films would come via the corporate OK from the wonderful world of Walt (when many were wondering just how much magic was left in the kingdom). And while sequels to Toy Story and Cars seemed to scream of the meddling hands of the house of mouse, Pixar’s new addition to the ever-growing princesses franchise might be the first reaction to that earlier acquisition. It takes between 5-7 years to make a Pixar flick… and, well, here we are.
There’s a man who wanders the streets of Newtown selling his typewritten poetry for a dollar a sheet. I’ve never bought any, but often wondered about him, his life, what compels him to minstrel to the largely disinterested crowds of King Street. Lucky for me, he was one of the subjects of Impossible Plays, theatre-maker Alice Williams’ attempt to explore and represent the imaginary lives of four strangers on stage. It’s a compelling concept – which of us hasn’t stared at a stranger on a train and fantasised about what gets them out of bed in the morning?
Bob Marley has been held up as a symbol representing a plethora of altruistic goals, so it is only natural that a film about him offers very few moments for catharsis. The man born Robert Nesta Marley possessed a fiery passion and will to succeed comparable in magnitude only to his famous charisma. Scottish director Kevin Macdonald (Touching The Void, One Day In September) has spent many years labouring over the documentary, with thorough consultation and approval from Marley’s family. So it’s surprising the extent to which this film questions the sanctified myth of the man, particularly in relation to personal aspects of his life such as his role as a husband and father.