Tragedy stirs up memories often so terrible we try to suppress them, especially when they are part of a monumental event we don’t particularly want to remember.
The brain can be very selective, but the devil is always in the details as Psychologist Peter Bower played intensely by Academy award winning actor Adrian Brody (The Pianist) finds out.
Brody has a sad expressive face, deeply soulful eyes and a vulnerable demeanour, one that enables him with great finesse to brilliantly portray a man in deep trauma.
There is obviously a terrifying secret in Bower’s past, one affecting everyone around him.
He discovers he has to backtrack into his past life, in order to find the truth of what is happening to him and why.
Rated R, Backtrack is a new Australian mystery thriller written and directed by Michael Petroni, soon to be released worldwide, which has a superb musical score by Dale Cornelius.
When we meet Peter Bower’s his mind is playing games with him, teasing him unmercifully as he attempts to discover why the patients he sees in rooms in the backstreets of a city, where an elevated train above the road, thunders by his window relentlessly, all seem strange to say the very least.
Each one of them seems to have suffered a terrifying trauma and collectively they are to coin a phrase, ‘ a weird mob’ from a world half way between a horror movie and a mystery place, one where time seems to have stood still.
Everything is subjective, open to our interpretation after all; so please don’t read any more if you don’t want spoilers.
Modern manners, codes of behaviour, decorum and rules of etiquette matter in every culture and society – they illuminate and respect the human experience. The word culture has evolved its meaning over time to reflect the means by which the nature of the changes in our society over time might be explored. One of the ways it is happening significantly in our age is through the visual and performance arts.
Visually superb STARZ Outlander, a truly outstanding television series inspired by the books of Diana Gabaldon, has been adapted for the screen by a variety of very talented writers. It has won fans world wide not only through the integrity of its scripts but also the outstanding performances by its cast.
Interestingly the stories of the first seven episodes of Outlander Series 2 are taking place at a period in time when France had taken the lead, changing society dramatically to a less rude way of life. Italian born and living in Paris, the Marquise de Rambouillet (1588-1665) established a pattern of well-mannered behaviour in her aristocratic salon that gradually spread to the beau monde, influencing polite society throughout Europe, England and America by the end of the eighteenth century.
No family is ever exempt from sad or devastating events during its lifetime, and our principal heroes Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) and her handsome Scot Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) to date seem to have suffered far more than most.
STARZ Outlander is giving viewers an opportunity to discover how terrible things can happen when we least expect it, because of our interaction with each other. Often what we say or do sets a chain of events in motion hard to stop and however hard it may seem, the decision makers at Outlander do not shy away from ‘shocking’ their audience, or from revealing the ‘base’ nature of human beings, which can descend into acts of depravity.
Episode 7 of Outlander is one of grace; about healing, about forgiveness and about the unconditional love that eventually helps Claire and Jamie to find a road back to each other through Faith, healing their relationship after suffering great loss.
Many scenes provide an opportunity to gain an understanding of the depth of emotions uncovered when terrible things disrupt, and destroy lives and livelihood.
Please don’t read any more if you don’t want spoilers.
I can’t believe it’s another year and another Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). Just where does that time go?
I’m always so excited to be apart of this fabulous week showcasing some of the best that Oz has to offer, and this year didn’t disappoint!
Making my way to Carriageworks in the Sydney suburb of Redfern on a beautiful sunshine day, I’m looking forward to the Sunglass Hut sushi train of sunglasses and meeting up with many pals, including the ever stylish Warren Pasi, the Boy in the Black Bow Tie!
Last year was a huge hit and this year didn’t disappoint either, and I might have fallen in lust …
NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), based in Sydney, has announced its annual June Student Production season. Talented students will be sure to entertain, as they explore and ‘examine the themes: power, oppression and national identity, with a wild and wicked sense of humour’. Suitable for adult audiences, they will present ‘an eclectic mix of works – one brand-new, two Shakespearean classics and two renowned international pieces – each featuring an all-student cast and crew led by an accomplished guest director’.
The Olympians featuring final year Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management and Staging students, ‘pits Australia’s best athletes against the Olympian Gods and asks, what’s it all for?’ The play set on the final night of the biggest sporting event in the world, has been written by Stephen Sewell and will be directed by former Head of Acting Jeff Janisheski. Presented in the Parade Theatre in the NIDA Theatre complex, June 11 – 18, 2016, it is set on the last night of the world’s biggest sporting event, The Olympic Games. Book Tickets
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the bard from Avon will be directed by Iain Sinclair and is a ‘…comic tale of magic, deceit, and above all, love. Featuring second year Acting and final year Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management and Staging students, it will be presented at NIDA Theatres, Playhouse June 9. Book Tickets
Eldorado by Marius von Mayenburg and directed by NIDA graduate Imara Savage, is about finding the fabled city of gold, although adapted to reveal the lengths to which humans in our time will descend to as they protect their entitlements; perks and privileges, the fruits of western democracy. Featuring final year Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management and Staging students it will be presented in NIDA Theatres, Space June 11-18 and June 16. Book Tickets
Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad trans Linda Gaboriau directed by the Sydney Theatre Company’s Sarah Goodes, this is part tragedy, part thriller about two siblings exploring their mother’s life and the nature of family. Featuring final year Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management and Staging students it will be presented at NIDA Theatres, Studio June 14 – 20 and June 17. Book Tickets
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare is directed by Tom Wright ‘…follows a sister and brother as they find their way home from a dream of unrequited love, mistaken identity and adventure’. Featuring NIDA second year Acting and final year Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management and Staging students, it will be presented in NIDA Theatres, Atrium June 7 – 15. Book Tickets
Starring Adrian Brody and Sam Neill, mystery thriller Backtrack is directed by Michael Petroni with a musical score by Dale Cornelius, to be released worldwide
NIDA has announced its June Student Theatre Production season, an eclectic mix of works with an all-student cast and crew, led by an accomplished guest director
STARZ Outlander Series 2 Episode 7 ends gently, Claire informing Jamie of her desire for them to go home to Scotland, following the loss of their daughter Faith
This winter at NGV International in Melbourne, the exhibition Degas: A New Vision will showcase the ‘voyeuristic glamour’ of his innovative works during his age
The exhibition Dulka Warngiid - Land of All, showcases works by artist Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, an enduring cultural legacy for all Australians