From the award-winning director of ‘Chocolat’
Based on the beloved best selling novel
Producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey
We have ten (10) packs to giveaway
Each pack contains a copy of the book, and a double pass to see the movie.
These movie tickets are valid for any participating cinema across Australia for the duration of the film’s theatrical season.
What is the name of the ‘quaint village in the south of France‘ where the movie is set?*
ENTRIES CLOSE 5 PM Monday AUGUST 11, 2014
*Clue in Synopsis following…
Is he a dandy or a dog? Squire or sex addict? Romeo or rapist?
These are the questions that I found myself asking after experiencing Sir David McVicar’ version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 1787 Opera Don Giovanni recently.
Friday the 25th of July was opening night for the winter season of one of the most well known operas in the world.
It was a full house swarming into the iconic Sydney Opera House for the performance and the “House” was buzzing with excitement as to what lay ahead for this the grand premiere.
Would it be a taste of what is to come in the future from the collaboration between Opera Australia and McVicar?
Over the next three years it is planned that we will see Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro in 2015 and Cosi fan tutte in 2016 all overseen by this world-class director.
Born in Scotland and knighted in 2012 in the Diamond Jubilee Honours List, Sir David has a myriad of wonderful productions in his highly skilled repertoire. It is a great coupe to have him join Opera Australia for this tenure.
With a stellar cast including the tremendous Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the “licentious young nobleman” we are led into the dark, menacing underworld that Don Giovanni inhabits, a product of his lecherous ways.
With amazing acoustics, this would be a stunning venue for any special night all on its own.
The set by Robert Jones was truly triumphant, with the piece de resistance being a fabulous staircase being lowered as the orchestra baits the audience with its sublime sounds.
A wonderful use of chiaroscuro flawlessly draws the audience into the shadows. Jones is an associate designer of the Royal Shakespeare Company
The dark, moody lighting designed by David Finn who has worked with director David McVicar before, superbly sets the scene of a pre-romantic era, a dim world where class distinctions are paramount.
Enter Leporello, manservant to Don Giovanni, waiting tensely outside for his master. Out for another notch in his well-worn belt, Don Giovanni has crept inside the home of Donna Anna, with hopes of seducing the Commendatore’s daughter.
Sprung by her father who immediately challenges the lothario, a sword fight ensues to which Don Giovanni slays the protagonist.
Don Giovanni and Leporello then escape and Donna Anna vows revenge for her darling fathers meaningless death. So starts the murky ride to the demise of Don Giovanni.
The costumes are stunning and I was excited to see the finished product on stage as a few weeks before I had been privy to some of these on my wonderful tour of the costume department. Lyn Heal and her team certainly deliver, and the wigs are fabulous too. I was so lucky to have seen these garments up close.
Must say I love going to Sydney’s most iconic building and always feel it is worth the respect to both the performers and other patrons to dress up, making it a special night out.
Drinks in the Utzon room at interval were a very special treat.
It’s amazing how hair has such a huge impact on fashion.
Why do some styles become the hottest look for the season or even the decade?
This week I’m exploring the top iconic hairstyles over the decades and why we loved them.
Think back to the 1920’s.
Post 1st world war, hemlines were going up and women were exploring new freedoms.
This meant hairstyles too.
After years of long hair worn up in romantic styles, women needed a change.
What better way to embrace that than reaching for the scissors!
Movie star and “it” girl Clara Bow wowed the masses with her “flapper” image and her bobbed hair.
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August is National Family History Month at the National Library of Australia, where you can use the Library’s extensive resources if you are curious, to discover the details of your own Australian story from First Fleet to the 21st century.
There are also sorts of events to point you in the right direction, getting you started at the library learning how to use Microform readers, troll the treasure trove of daily newspapers that go back into our past, providing fascinating insights and colourful stories of life of early life in the great Southern land.
The Families and Society Collection is a resource that offers mainly Australian content on family, marriage and women; culture and institutions; private, civil and family law; social services and public welfare. Content includes peer-reviewed journals from government and specialist associations.
There will be many librarians on tap to assist, especially with Social Media and there are to be a great many author talks and special events.
Layers by design: Landscape and Quilts is a talk by Dr Dianne Firth, whose work as a quilter has been widely exhibited in Australia and overseas. Her love of landscape has often inspired her choice of subject and the way she chooses and treats the fabrics making up her quilts.
There will be a special On War Lecture with Dr Roger Lee, Head of the Australian Army History unit, who will reveal the complexities of the Great War as we come close to its one hundred year anniversary. National Library of Australia – Family History Month in August, 2014
Win Double pass to DreamWorks Studios The HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY on The Culture Concept Circle, Entries open 7 am July 18, close August 11, 2914 at 5pm - Hurry!
Australian realist painter Scott McDougall's new exhibition Land Marks - Here and There will be at Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane, 16-28 August, 2014
The story, the script, the acting, the directing, the staging and the cinematography of Calvary are superlative - four and a half star excellence in film making