Arts & Culture

The Torrents by Black Swan State Theatre Company

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Imagine a time in the late 1890’s where a newspaper in a town called Koolgalla (think of a town somewhat like Kalgoorlie) has hired a new editor “J.G. Milford”.

She also happens to be a woman!

And so in The Torrents - Black Swan State Theatre Company’s latest co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company, the mayhem and madness begins as the staff have to cope with the introduction of the gentler sex into their traditionally masculine workplace.

On stage, in the midst of the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre of WA, the set takes on a distinctive look with stacks of old newspapers piled high in the newsroom, surrounded by its period style furniture and adornments. You can almost smell the ink from the printing press. It is another triumph from the creatives at Black Swan State Theatre Company.

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Revelation Perth International Film Festival

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Fancy a short or a long short?!

Not of the coffee variety – we are talking about celluloid here. Now in its 22nd year, the Revelation Perth International Film Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, boasting an impressive line up of independent films from around the globe.

From snails to submarines to shorts, there is plenty on offer with a large selection of genres to suit a wide range of tastes.

Here are Perth Walkabout’s picks for the 2019 #revfilmfest :

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My Big Gay Italian Wedding at Luna

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It's been 25 years since the success of Four Weddings and a Funeral, but the impact of Richard Curtis' romantic comedy masterpiece is still felt in cinemas around the world, as evidenced by movies such as My Big Gay Italian Wedding.

And while the year is now 2019 and attitudes towards sexuality have changed a lot, it is not surprising that the theme of “love conquers all” still remains a central tenet of plot lines around the world.

When Antonio (Cristiano Caccamo) proposes to his boyfriend Paolo (Salvatore Esposito) in their apartment in Berlin, Paolo asks to join him on his journey back to his hometown for Easter, so that he can meet Antonio's parents and announce their impending marriage. But Antonio hasn't actually come out to his parents yet...

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Water by Black Swan State Theatre Company

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Picture a family re-union at an idyllic holiday location in Perth.

What could go wrong? And what does the future hold for all of us?

What starts out as a convivial get-together gradually unravels into a sequence of events that unearth what has really been going on in each of the characters’ lives.
Ex politician Peter, a once powerful man, is celebrating his birthday with his family and the water on his island holiday home is running out.

He has had to step down because of party pressure and is in self-imposed exile at his island holiday home with his loving and supporting wife, who is awaiting the arrival of their two daughters – one having a gap year and who turns up with an uninvited stranger (Yize), and the other a successful lawyer on her way up.

It’s a cracker of a play and a timely one in light of our Federal election coming up next week and important issues to decide upon.

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Spanish Film Festival jump starts with Champions

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The 2019 Moro Spanish Film Festival in Perth has officially kicked off. Opening night featured cups of sangria on arrival and pre-show entertainment from The Flamenco Collective.

Launching the festival was comedy-drama Champions, which won three Goya Awards and was Spain’s highest-grossing Spanish language film of 2018.

In Champions, Marco (played by Javier Gutiérrez) is the assistant coach of a professional basketball team. He is also rude, arrogant, politically incorrect, and living with his mother after becoming estranged from his wife.

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The Chaperone at Luna

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After a bracing walk through the suburb of Nedlands, my partner and I finished up at the Windsor Theatre, which was hosting a preview of Downton Abbey screenwriter Julian Fellowes' latest work – The Chaperone.

As Downton Abbey fans, we were looking forward to something a little different but just as enjoyable, and The Chaperone lives up to that promise.

The story is set in prohibition era America, circa 1922, and the action begins in the backwater of Wichita, Kansas, in Midwestern USA. The main opening scene sets the tone for the rest of the film, introducing us to most of the main characters, and hinting at some of the tensions and secrets buried beneath the facade of genteel society.

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Celeste at Luna Leederville

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What happens when the past catches up with you?

The movie Celeste is a hauntingly beautiful story involving love and loss. It is about a once famous opera singer Celeste (Radha Mitchell) who at the peak of her international career gave up everything to be with her one true love, who then died in a tragic accident.

Reconciling the past is not an easy thing when heart break and anguish are lurking just below the surface.

Fast forward 10 years to the present, and Celeste is still struggling with the aftermath of her lover's death - battling to live day to day, yearning for the past, with things never ever to be the same again. She has by her side her loyal friend Grace who helps her to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

The movie is set in tropical Far North Queensland – a lush paradisiacal rain forest with beautiful waterfalls. Filmed on location at Paronella Park, near Innisfail, it's a spectacular location.

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