Arts & Culture

A Perfect Specimen by Black Swan State Theatre Company


Haunting squeals and whistles echoed around the room as the audience descended into the theatre for the opening night of A Perfect Specimen.

On a dimly lit, two-tiered circular stage stood three A-frames, featuring provocative headlines like Behold! The Monkey Woman.

Then Theodore Lent (played by Luke Hewitt) emerged from the curtains, tapped his cane sharply on the ground and – in an ominous, booming voice – invited us to the show.

A Perfect Specimen, by Perth-born award-winning playwright Nathaniel Moncrieff, is inspired by the true story of Julia Pastrana.


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Goldstone at Luna


On a raining Saturday morning in Perth, I stepped into the cinema in Leederville looking forward to watch the Australian movie Goldstone.

Goldstone is Ivan Sen’s latest Australian thriller, a spin off from his movie Mystery Road.

The movie revolves around the goings on in a mining town – behind the seemingly quiet life of a remote town in outback Australia, what you see is not necessarily what you get behind the scenes.


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God Willing at Luna


What does an atheist father do when his son announces to the family that he wants to be a priest?

That is the dilemma posed in the movie God Willing or “Se Dio Vuole”, where it was the number 1 smash hit comedy success of the 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival.

God Willing has hit the screens in Perth and is now showing at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge and Luna SX in Fremantle.

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Angels in America by Black Swan State Theatre Company


 The Winter Arts Festival is on again in Perth, and as part of the festival program, Black Swan State Theatre Company brings to life the all time classic Angels in America.  So forget about staying home during our cold winter nights and head out for a great night's entertainment instead.

The play is set in New York City circa 1985, and follows the lives of two couples dealing with difficult times: gay lovers Louis Ironson and Prior Walter; and Mormon lawyer Joe Pitt and his wife Harper.

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A Month of Sundays at Luna


Well known Australian writer director Matthew Saville (Please Like Me, The Slap, The Secret Life of Us) brings to audiences his latest movie “A Month of Sundays”.

The Aussie movie is based around the main character Frank Mollard (Anthony LaPaglia), who encounters a funny incidence of receiving a phone call from his “Mum”, even though his Mum past away last year.

From there, the movie unfolds introducing Frank’s somewhat mundane, ordinary life working as a real estate agent.


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An at Luna Leederville


Feeling hungry for a dorayaki?!

“An” - the movie by Naomi Kawase is showing at Luna Leederville, and the story revolves around a baker selling dorayaki – a Japanese pancake filled with a sweet red bean paste “an”.

Life for Sentaro the baker is so-so and as he goes about his daily life, he appears sad and lonely to his customers with little to laugh about.

The story takes an interesting turn when an elderly lady by the name of Tokue applies to help him out in his bakery.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock by Black Swan State Theatre Company


What really happened that afternoon?

We’ll probably never know…….

Black Swan State Theatre Company’s presents its 2nd feature of 2016, this time the iconic “Picnic at Hanging Rock”, adapted by Tom Wright and based on Joan Lindsay’s classic 1967 novel.

Don't expect a simple stage version of Peter Weir's 1975 film masterpiece though.


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