Arts & Culture

Pick of the Litter at Perth Festival


Which of the “P” litter puppies will become the pick of the litter?

Five adorable puppies are tasked with the important job of becoming future guide dogs - this is the topic of the latest dogumentary from the US.

The film Pick of the Litter follows the story of five Labrador puppies from birth through the different and rigorous stages of training that are required to transform a puppy into a fully trained working guide dog in just two years.

It provides an interesting insight into all the different individuals who contribute towards making it happen – at the breeding centre where the puppies are first born; the puppy raisers who volunteer to take the puppies into their homes and teach them the basics; the dog trainers who put each puppy through their paces to see whether they have what it takes to be a guide dog; and on to the individual recipient.

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Sink or Swim at Perth Festival


On a beautifully balmy New Year's Eve my partner and I joined what seemed like half of Nedlands at the Somerville in UWA to watch the French drama / comedy Sink or Swim. Billed as a crowd pleasing Full Monty style film, Sink or Swim found us swimming in darker waters than the traditional British classic. 

Whilst following the standard “bunch of inept losers come together to overcome their problems and rise to the top”, Sink or Swim avoids merely sticking to the stereotypical patterns normally seen in such movies.

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Roma at Cine Latino Film Festival


 The Cine Latino Film Festival in Perth is on!

The choice of movie to kick off the impressive line up of films is Alfonso Cuarón's Roma.

This exquisite movie (set in turbulent 1970’s Mexico City) provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), who works as a housemaid for a middle class family in an impoverished country.

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WA Youth Jazz Orchestra stars to shine at the Quarry

If you are looking for a night of big band jazz under the stars, then head to the Quarry Amphitheatre tonight.

Western Australia’s leading jazz big band – WAYJO – will perform jazz classics by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington plus hits from the 1960 album, The Nutcracker Suite.

The concert will feature some of Duke Ellington’s favourite classics like ‘Sugar Rum Cherry’ and ‘Dance of the Floreadores’ and interpretations of The Nutcracker.

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The Children Act at Luna


What would it feel like to be responsible for making a critical life or death decision for another person?

This is the question posed in the movie The Children Act, adapted from the novel by Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan.

We stand in the shoes of high court judge Fiona Maye (acted by Emma Thompson) as she is tasked with making the legal decision in the courts as to whether a young 17 year old boy who has leukaemia should receive a blood transfusion that will enable him to live. He and his parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses and receiving another’s blood is not in accordance with their beliefs.

The story told in this movie is thought provoking and provides a glimpse into the inner world of Judge Fiona Maye (also known as “My Lady”) and the complexities of her high pressure job as she navigates this complex issue to arrive at a decision.

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Swan Festival of Lights Celebrates Deepavali



The Swan Festival of Lights has launched in Perth this year bigger and better offering an impressive line up of events to celebrate Deepavali.

Deepavali  is a celebration of the Inner Light that resides in all of us and is a joyous occasion that is observed by over one billion people across the world.

Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Deepavali celebrates the positive permutations of ‘Light’ - hope, peace, harmony, knowledge, joy and truth – and it's dispelling of ‘darkness’.

Some highlights of the Deepavali festival include the Act-Belong-Commit Swan Festival of Lights Outdoor Festival which will run over 3 days from the 9th to the 11th November.

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Frankie's at The Blue Room Theatre


When I read that Frankie’s was completely unscripted, I thought: “This will either be amazing or terrible.” Fortunately, it was not the latter.

Frankie’s is the name of the dive bar where this unique play (Is it still called a play if there’s no script?) is set.

Each show is another night at Frankie’s, where we – the audience – get to hang out, observe and engage with the banter between the staff and regular punters.

If you attend multiple shows, you can see where the main characters have gotten to in their lives since you last saw them.

Each show is also illustrated, with the artwork displayed at the Blue Room Theatre during the show’s run, so you can catch up on what happened on previous nights.

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