Peter Craven

Die Walküre

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Chesterton said – and the poet Peter Porter loved to repeat – that if a thing was worth doing it…

Grace

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Does anyone know where we are in the world of arts and entertainment as Omicron advances, boosters abound, RATS are…

Moulin Rouge

5 February 2022 9:00 am

It seems an aeon ago, the press night of Moulin Rouge, on 26 November. Since then, there has been illness,…

Don’t Look Up

29 January 2022 9:00 am

How strange it is to be in a supposedly opened-up world, even as the Omicron variety of the virus shuts…

Jeremy Irons in House of Gucci

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Any attempt to fictionalise the Gucci story runs into the same difficulties as Ridley Scott’s handsome and absorbing film, House…

West Side Story

15 January 2022 9:00 am

How strange to revisit the Nova in Lygon Street, Carlton, where a lifetime of films have been experienced, after an…

The Cardinal’s books

8 January 2022 9:00 am

There are a thousand overtly artistic things to talk about at this summer moment including the new Sidney Nolan exhibition…

Sigrid Thornton

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It was the thought of Stephen Sondheim’s death that made us watch Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. It’s the second musical…

Jane Campion

11 December 2021 9:00 am

A new film by Jane Campion is always going to be a magnetsing prospect and the idea of it suddenly…

Nitram

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Nitram is the Martin Bryant film which sent shivers down everyone’s spine at the mere prospect. Justin Kurzel’s film about…

As You Like It

27 November 2021 9:00 am

As You Like It is middle Shakespeare, probably lateish 1590s. It’s not one of the earlier happy comedies like the…

Sean Connery

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Anyone who cares about the theatre should rush to see Kendall Feaver’s Wherever She Wanders which Griffin Theatre Company is…

Bert Newton

13 November 2021 9:00 am

And so the world finally bestirs itself in the direction of going out because it’s now allowable. A young millennial…

The Crucible

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Sometimes you think the Apocalypse doesn’t go away. It just takes new and frightful forms. No sooner was the lockdown…

Keith Michell

30 October 2021 9:00 am

So the lockdowns end, even in Melbourne, and we get a glimpse of what artistic performance may loom in a…

Bob Dylan

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Only in Australia and perhaps only in Sydney, that cradle of the cons and the jailers, the Rum Corps and…

Maggie Smith

16 October 2021 9:00 am

And so we look like being able to see live performance again in the two biggest cities in Australia: Sydney…

Clive Owen

9 October 2021 9:00 am

A time of plague makes us brood on the culture we share in the absence of personal preference. One person…

Heath Ledger

2 October 2021 9:00 am

It’s weird to hear news of artistic life in the midst of Covid. The Sydney Theatre Company has a new…

Nic Denton and Frances O’Connor

25 September 2021 9:00 am

As the northern hemisphere, that ambiguous spectral homeland we’re conscious of, starts to open up, it’s easy to be envious…

Diane Lane

18 September 2021 9:00 am

It was doubly sad the other night to see Virginia Gay deliver a speech from her Covid-cancelled Cyrano on the…

Thomas Mann

11 September 2021 9:00 am

And so Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge is Melbourne’s musical-in- waiting. The show that can only go on when we’re 80…

Charlie Watts

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The endless news is of shows locked down as every form of life is locked down in a nation struggling…

Nicole Kidman

28 August 2021 9:00 am

And, as even Canberra locks down, so do all the shows. The Melbourne Theatre Company shuts down its production of…

Ernest Hemingway

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Entertainment in a public place shrivels as the lockdowns continue. The Australian Ballet has cancelled its Melbourne season, Anna Karenina…