Arts & Culture

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Black Swan State Theatre Company

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Set in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton in 1953, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll tells the story of a group of companions and their long-standing tradition.

Roo (Kelton Pell) and Barney (Jacob Allan) are two mates who work seven months a year cutting cane in Queensland before coming down to Melbourne to stay with Olive (Amy Mathews) and her mother, Emma (Vivienne Garrett).

The play takes its name from the kewpie dolls that Roo gives Olive each year – this marks the seventeenth year of their relationship.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society at Luna

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The much awaited movie The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will be showing at Luna Palace cinemas around Perth from tomorrow.

Based on the best-selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, it chronicles the enchanting story of Juliet (Lily James), a beautiful and charismatic writer who receives a surprise letter one day from Dawsey (Michiel Huisman) on behalf of his book club, the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Intrigued by his letter, Juliet sets off to Guernsey and during her time there she discovers more than she bargained for, as the book club members recall the hardships of German occupation during war time, friendships made, and the complexities of death and grieving for loved ones.

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Pop Aye at Perth Festival

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Pop Aye is a film about a road trip that a Bangkok architect Thana takes to return his long lost elephant from childhood back to his rural home town.

Experiencing a midlife crisis, with his job turned sour, and his wife unhappy with him, he has a chance encounter with his elephant Pop Aye from childhood days.

Armed with only the company of his dear elephant, he takes a slow ramble back to his rural home town in the province of Loei. Along the journey, he encounters some interesting twists and turns, and meets some colourful characters along the way, each with their own stories to share with him.

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Gabriel and the Mountain at Perth Festival

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The film Gabriel and the Mountain follows backpacker Gabriel Buchmann (João Pedro Zappa) as he travels through Africa, keen to make the most of his year long trip before commencing studies at a prestigious American university.

We shadow him on his adventures, as he wanders off the beaten track to explore new places and make new friends. His travels take an interesting turn when his girlfriend Cristina (Caroline Abras) joins him on the journey, and they are faced with several challenges, both on the travel front and with their relationship.

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What doesn't kill you [Blah Blah] Stronger

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When attending Fringe World Perth performances, the alternative and offbeat is to be expected, but Tyler Jacob Jones and Erin Hutchinson of Holland St Productions take it to a whole new level with their cabaret What Doesn't Kill You [blah blah] Stronger, which sets some of the strangest survival tales from around the world to song.

 

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By A Thread by One Fell Swoop

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It was a full house that filled the Big Top for the opening show of By a Thread, the physics-defying Fringe World Festival show by Melbourne-based circus One Fell Swoop.

Six performers entered wearing non-descript grey and white attire that belied the spectacle we were about to witness. Like the name “By a Thread” suggests, the ropes suspended from the ceiling were as integral to the show as its people were.

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Film Stars don't die in Liverpool at Luna

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"Film Stars don’t die in Liverpool" is a story set in the 1970’s about the passionate romance between Hollywood film star Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and young actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell).

In the movie what begins as a light hearted romance deepens into a strong and enduring bond that spans over many decades. Based on the memoir by Peter Turner, the movie flits between the past and the present – as it follows the blossoming relationship between Gloria and Peter.

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