Peter Craven

Wizardly wham-bam

28 May 2022 9:00 am

It’s an extraordinary thing in its way to revisit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child three years after its triumphant…

Great Tenor, shame about the bric-a-brac

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Lohengrin is early, just after Tannhäuser in the cavalcade of Wagner’s masterpieces, with a swan-drawn Arthurian hero in thrall to…

A dramatic dream of Australia

14 May 2022 9:00 am

1922 is the wonder year of twentieth century literature, the so-called annus mirabilis: T.S. Eliot published The Waste Land, James…

Life from both sides now

7 May 2022 9:00 am

It’s a strange thing the way we keep interpreting and re-interpreting the different aspects of our culture that have become…

Anatomy of a forgettable scandal

30 April 2022 9:00 am

An evening of shorts, courtesy of Flickerfest, even at a lustrous cinema like the Kino in the Sofitel complex off…

A peculiar backwards mutation

23 April 2022 9:00 am

It’s not hard to sympathise with Christopher Allen’s recent column in the Review section of the Australian decrying the juxtaposition…

A remarkable film that gleams with mastery

16 April 2022 9:00 am

What a relief it was to see Parallel Mothers the new film by Pedro Almodóvar. There was the tediousness and…

Archangel of Italian film

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Like yesterday, there’s the memory of William Weaver, the great translator from the Italian of Umberto Eco’s The Name of…

Mighty and majestic

2 April 2022 9:00 am

There is nothing like a ghastly war, an inscrutable election and a great rush of entertainment high and low to…

A darkened stage lights up

26 March 2022 9:00 am

An American in Paris was always a stage musical waiting to happen even though it is immemorially associated with Gene…

Not worth the price of admission

19 March 2022 9:00 am

There are moments when you wish the theatre would just be swallowed up and be as if it had never…

Great musicals

12 March 2022 9:00 am

It’s strange how literature finds its way into other mediums. The current French film festival includes a film of Balzac’s…

Tinkling irrevelancies?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

So Opera Australia is in quest of a new artistic director to replace Lyndon Terracini. It’s a good moment to…

Richard Roxburgh

26 February 2022 9:00 am

It’s not often that you get such a rapturous reception for a new show as Fun Home received and the…

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…