In what was the closest finish ever seen in 22 years of Kosher Theatresports at Sydney’s Bondi Pavilion Theatre. Read more
I enthusiastically joined an almost full house at the Sydney Opera House to hear the embedded grand organ played – as I have occasionally done in the past – but nothing prepared me for uplift and grandeur produced by English-born, Australian-educated organist, Joseph Nolan…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more
Karen Feldman’s Mazl is in Yiddish Songs, a journey she has taken over many years…now finally recorded on a CD, remotely collaborated with musical director Adam Starr and musical arranger John Sharpley. A video interview. Read more
Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Arnold Schoenberg. Read more
Silence is about as far as you’ll get from Hollywood fare in a February release from an A-list director. Read more
The NGV has launched pioneering Jewish American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner’s latest installation OUT OF SIGHT, a participatory hopscotch-inspired artwork that aims to inspire and engage through positive visualisation. Read more
Taking the top spot on opening, Hidden Figures, one of several Best Picture nominees and popular releases depicting historical racial tensions in the United States, hits a chord to which many of its more dramatic counterparts never come close. Read more
Fences is a movie that takes its time exploring and unravelling the complexities of human reasoning and nature. Read more
Rags to riches stories are a Hollywood staple. Read more
Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more
The popular Jewish-themed impro comedy show based on the Australian and world-wide hit show, returns to Sydney’s Bondi Pavilion theatre on Sunday 19 February after a 4 year ‘shluff’. Read more
Continuing the series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more
For those who remember the day President John Kennedy died in November 1963, this biopic will bring it all back. Read more
Short+Sweet has spread the popular 10-minute format in theatre, dance, cabaret & comedy across Australia and the globe – with festivals now as far afield as Hollywood, India, Malaysia, Dubai and NZ. But the original theatre festival in its Sydney home is ‘sweet 16’ this year… and plans to celebrate in style! Read more
Angst and tantrums – the teenage years are a challenge for all involved. This well drawn portrait from writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig is worth a look for its depiction of a girl who has yet to work out her place in the world, or indeed, if she even has one.
It has been a long time since a movie like this graced cinema screens.
Much-loved international klezmer ensemble the London Klezmer Quartet return to Australasia in January 2017 and will feature music from their latest hit album. Read more
Ron J. Hutter has written a provocative, entertaining and thoughtful novel that explores the problem of antisemitism in a very original way. Read more
It’s the little touches that make this tale of childhood friendship from director Ira Sachs (Love is Strange) so engaging. The story spans a small arc but for those involved, the consequences are life changing.
For the oldies in this British comedy caper, there’s nothing golden about their declining years. After a lifetime of upright citizenship, there’s no back up or recourse when their superannuation funds collapse.
It’s refreshing to watch a French film about ordinary people. . Filmed in Nevers, a small town in rural France, it’s all about the characters and a plot which hinges on a series of coincidences.
We all bring certain expectations when we begin to read a novel. The nostalgic, pastel cover art and benign blurb on the back of Liam Pieper’s The Toymaker suggests that his book will fall neatly into the canon of Australian Holocaust literature, an unflinching story that explores the human capacity for evil, but settles eventually on the enduring triumph of the human spirit. Read more
A monthly series by Stevie Whitmont of vignettes of Jewish composers banned in by Nazis. This month features Henriëtte Bosmans. Read more
When I spoke with Mahana Director Lee Tamahori earlier this week he told me that westerns were a dead genre. Mahana may not be a western, but the genre’s spirit is alive and well in the accomplished Director’s confronting and visually rapturous thriller. Read more
Let’s Talk About You is the newest offering by playwright Rivka Hartman (My Mother & Other Catastrophes) – a Melbourne born, Yiddish speaking thespian who’s Jewish identity informs much of her writing. Read more
You don’t need to have entered a McDonald’s restaurant to appreciate how a hamburger stand became a billion dollar empire. Director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks) has brought to life the American success story of the man who saw gold in a beef patty.
J-Wire publishes a monthly series by Stevie Whitmont of vignettes of Jewish composers banned in by Nazis. This month features Hans Gál. Read more
The idea of the place where two oceans meet is both romantic and exciting. Writer and director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines) has based his film on the eponymous bestselling novel by M.L. Stedman.
The Accountant is a superhero movie. Despite not being based on an existing comic book (a welcome change), the film has all the beats and tropes we have come to expect from superhero movies, although the R-rating makes it more of an adult experience than one targeted for younger viewers. Read more
A performance of JS Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations for keyboard is a rare treat…writes William Brooks. Read more