Arts & Culture

When the Camera Stopped Rolling - UBUD Writers Readers Fest


On a Sunday morning in Perth, I strolled through Northbridge on my way to attend a session at the final day of the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival at The Rechabite on William St.

As I walked through the inner city, I observed the rituals and hum of inner city life - people getting their fix of coffee, peeking in to look at the art work inside the North Metro TAFE building, and watching homeless individuals prepare for their day ahead as they stored their belongings wherever they could.

Today’s session at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival was the feature documentary “When the Camera Stopped Rolling” by Jane Castle about the life and times of her mother Lilias Fraser - a  renowned cinematographer whose working life spanned the decades from the 1950’s to the 1990’s in Australia.

Lilias Fraser’s professional and personal life was a rollercoaster ride in a multitude of ways...

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Whats on in Perth this Spring - Hit the Beach and Top Events


The weather in Perth is hotting up and so are the events springing up around Perth.

Here are Perth Walkabout’s selection of events and top things to do around Perth this spring:

The much awaited British Film Festival celebrates its 10th year anniversary this year, offering a plethora of films to suit all tastes. Our picks this year are the romcom “What's Love got to do with it?” by Director Shekhar Kapur, which follows the trials and tribulations of an arranged marriage. From the makers of Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral - it's  a perfect movie for those looking for something light and bright.

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Cunard British Film Festival 2022


As my partner and I walked across from Northbridge into the Perth CBD and headed towards Palace Cinemas in Raine Square, we watched the hustle and bustle of the daily grind come to the end of the day as workers scurried home on foot, e-scooter, train or bus.

We were looking forward to watching the preview of Fisherman’s Friends 2: One & All as part of the Cunard British Film Festival (BFF), which celebrates its 10th year anniversary this year.

Here is our review of Fisherman’s Friends 2: One & All and Perth Walkabout’s favourite picks for BFF22 :

Fisherman’s Friends 2: One & All

Heart warming and funny best describes Fisherman’s Friends 2 One & All which follows the adventures of a singing group of grizzled Cornish fishermen who are on the brink of a breakthrough with their second album – if they can get it released!

No pressure at all as the band’s big label demands all sorts of PR and appropriate behaviour from the band if they wish to rise to stardom!

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Barracking for the Umpire by Black Swan State Theatre Co


I have a somewhat complicated relationship with Australian rules football.

I was obsessed with footy during my teens and early 20s. I spent many a weekend at mud soaked WAFL grounds, running on during the quarter time and three-quarter time huddles to listen to the coaches, and yelling incomprehensible encouragement (I think) until my throat hurt. As time went by, I developed other interests, became a more rounded person (I hope) and started to realise that there were people dear to me who probably wouldn’t be safe at a footy club.

Which brings me to Barracking for the Umpire.

Early on, we’re introduced to AFL player Ben (played by Ian Wilkes) and his teammate Eckhart (Joel Jackson) in an over-the-top cacophony of blokeyness. We soon find out they are secretly in a romantic relationship with each other – something Ben is not keen for the world to know. Footy has always been his safe space… and coming out could well ruin that for him.

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Blue Orange by Theatre 180


The chilly night air seems a world away as we enter Burt Memorial Hall and take a seat around the edges of a stage, like hungry spectators at a boxing match.

In Joe Penhall’s award-winning play Blue/Orange, we meet Christopher (played by Tinashe Mangwana) – a young black man who’s spent the last 28 days in a psychiatric hospital in London. He’s supposed to be getting out tomorrow, but trainee psychiatrist Bruce (Jarryd Dobson) doesn’t think he’s ready. After all, Christopher thinks oranges are blue and that his father is Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

On the other hand, senior consultant Robert (Andrew Lewis) – the ultimate bureaucrat – is keen for Christopher to return to his community, wherever that may be. They don’t have enough beds, and besides, what if Bruce is just applying a white lens to Christopher’s behaviour and calling it schizophrenia?

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The Glass Menagerie by Black Swan State Theatre Company


Coming in to the warmth of His Majesty's Theatre after the biting cold of a wet and wintry Wednesday night in Perth, my partner and I were looking forward to thawing out while watching an American classic performed by the always professional Black Swan State Theatre Company cast and crew.

Having only a passing familiarity with Tennessee Williams' work (I've watched Newman and Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and the Black Swan State Theatre Company production of A Streetcar Named Desire), I didn't know anything about The Glass Menagerie other than the fact that it was set in the American 1930's.

Coming in cold(!) to a play does allow you to settle down and enjoy the production as a fresh new experience, without any preconceived ideas or expectations, at the risk of not knowing what is going on for a while. Fortunately The Glass Menagerie is easy to follow

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WALK at The Blue Room Theatre


Well, that was different.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I went to see WALK – and as it was happening, I wasn’t quite sure what I was watching.

It was certainly captivating – I couldn’t look away and had the sense that I was seeing something incredibly profound, even if I didn’t fully understand it. Maybe that’s the point. After all, this isn’t my story – it’s Bobby’s.

WALK is the brainchild of Bobby Russell – an intimate journey through their mind that began as we entered the dark theatre through a sweet-smelling corridor with gorgeous clouds directly above us. From there, my night vision and light sensitivity were tested in a bewitching performance that combined theatre, interpretive dance, fine art and intense flashes of light.

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