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BACK AT THE ARC
Film festival focuses on grassroots
Festival programmers Olivier Krischer, Andrew Pike, Alice Taylor and Cris Kennedy have picked a mix of films
spanning Indigenous, Australian, Asian and documentary genres.
With the proliferation of online
streaming services, it s hard enough to
convince people to venture out to see
a movie but the programmers of the
Canberra International Film Festival
hope its new grassroots focus will give
it the edge.
Returning to its former home at the
National Film and Sound Archive s
Arc Cinema after a lacklustre 2014
(when the festival lost $50,000), the
new board and Canberra programmers
hope the shorter nine- day event,
bookended by ACT features, will give
it an edge.
We sometimes drown in film
festival in Canberra. It s a wonderful
thing but it perhaps means the
audience are spoilt for choice therefore
it s important to make a point of
difference," the festival s programmer,
Canberra Times contributor and the
archive s head of education, Cris
He said a boom in Canberra s film
industry, beginning last year with the
feature Locks of Love and TV series
The Code, continued this year with the
recent Me and My Mates vs the Zombie
Apocalypse and upcoming films such
as Joe Cinque's Consolation.
"It may have been a long time
coming but I think Canberra has been
riding a slowly building wave of
interest in and investment in film," he
He hopes some of the rare gems in
the line-up will attract film lovers but
is remaining tight-lipped over the films
until the full program is announced.
So far, restored 1957 classic The
Shiralee and 2015 martial arts film The
Assassin, directed by Taiwanese
director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, are
definites. The festival will also offer
more immersive experiences.
Film lovers and would-be
filmmakers can take part in workshops
or meet film creators in the archive s
gallery, which will be fashioned into a
Munich-style beer hall and bar.
A chance for those firsthand
conversations about the films people
will be seeing and what it s like to
work in film generally, Mr Kennedy
ALBUM: BEYOND SALVATION DELUXE EDITION /ARTIST: THE ANGELS
A classic of hard Aussie rock given new lease of life
There can be no dismissing the power
of Australian rock.
The Angels forged their own path,
borrowing influences from the LA
hard rock scene and wrapping into
their sound a blue-collared toughness.
First released in 1990 and preceded
by the smash hit single Dogs Are
Talking, Beyond Salvation was The
Angels first and only number one
Australian album, and the biggest
album of their career.
Recorded in Memphis with
producer Terry Manning, the album
contained four huge hits -- Dogs Are
Talking, Back Street Pick Up, Let The
Night Roll On and Rhythm Rude Girl.
The three-CD 25th anniversary
version now available contains the
original album, a second disc of
B-sides and rarities from the period
(including earlier hits re-recorded for
the US version of the album).
As a package, it is a thoroughly
convincing argument of how good The
The remastering of the album is
excellent, the sound even clearer than
before and perfectly capturing The
Angels vehement guitar exchange and
Doc s lethal vocals.
Art used in
A new exhibition launching at the
Belconnen Community Service
highlights how powerful art making
can be as a tool to improve wellbeing.
Brian Hennessy House is a mixed
media exhibition of works created by
people living with mental illness.
Art is used as a form of relaxation
and entertainment by participants at
the Brain Hennessy Rehabilitation
Centre during their recovery.
The show features both two-
dimensional and three-dimensional
pieces that demonstrate a wonderful
breadth of skill, talent, creativity and
The free exhibition is part of The
Piece of Mind series.
Following the official launch from
2pm on Wednesday, September 2, the
exhibition runs Friday, September 11.
Gallery opening hours: Monday-
Friday 9am-4.30pm. Details at
YOUTH DANCE FEST
More than 38 Canberra high schools
and colleges will take the stage in
September as part of Youth Dance Fest
Explorations will showcase 1300
dancers in 61 performances at the
Canberra Theatre across three days.
The non-competitive event is
focused on creating dance art and
celebrating the expression of ideas
Dancers are encouraged to explore
their creativity rather than learn
someone else s dance routine.
The process of choreographing their
own dance, choosing appropriate
music, introductions and MC s enables
dancers to express themselves and
enhance their teamwork skills.
The Youth Dance Festival 2015 runs
from on September 16-18.
Tickets $32 and concessions $26
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