Arts & Culture

Cupid: The Improvised Dating Show at Fringe Perth


Love them or hate them – reality shows are aplenty on tv.

On a festive Friday evening, my friend and I headed to Studio Underground to watch Cupid: The Improvised Dating Show. All the way from their world premiere in Singapore, the show makes its debut at Fringe Perth this year.

It is a reality show with a difference as it is completely unscripted on the night, which means that nothing is rehearsed and you don’t know what you will be seeing from performance to performance.

The millionaire dollar question is:

Who will find love and with who on Love Island ?!

The audience gets to decide.


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Matt Hale Hypnotist Top Fun 80's Spectacular at Fringe Perth


 I’ll be honest here. Matt Hale, you had me at “80s”.

And yes, I know Jerry Maguire is a 90s movie… but it does star Tom Cruise, who was of course in Top Gun, which is spoofed in Top Fun: 80s Hypnosis Spectacular.

I’ve known about Matt Hale the comedy hypnotist for a long time through social media. For some reason I’d never gone to one of his shows. But I also have an inexplicable love of the 80s despite not actually living through it, so when I saw that Matt was doing an 80s-themed show, I figure it was finally time.

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Close at Perth Festival


My friend and I headed to UWA Somerville on a cool March night, looking forward to our pre ordered garlic prawn pizza from Charlies Pizza before watching the movie Close.

The Belgian movie Close centres around the friendship between 2 teenage boys: Léo (Eden Dambrine) and Rémi (Gustav De Waele).

They do everything together. They cycle to school together, they play together, they have sleep overs at each other’s place. They are bonded in the special way that close friends are.

Until the school year begins at a new school and their friendship takes a turn – triggered by the observations of their peers on their intimate closeness.

Close is a poignant movie about the tenderness and bonds of friendships, along with the volatility and inner turmoil of emotions that can be felt and heightened during the formative teenage years.


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The Blue Caftan at Perth Festival


As the Perth Festival movie season comes to an end (there will be an encore season from the 3rd to 9th April), my better half and I headed to UWA Somerville to watch The Blue Caftan.

The Blue Caftan is set in a small Moroccan town where Mina (Lubna Azabal) and Halim (Saleh Bakri) run a store making beautifully embroidered caftans. Their days are spent manning the shop, dealing with customers, and keeping up with the workload of making caftans for sometimes demanding customers.

The middle aged couple decide to take on Youssef (Ayoub Missioui) as an apprentice.  He is keen to learn embroidery and tailoring from Halim (the master tailor – also known as a maalem). And thereon as the story unfolds, an intimate love triangle develops between them.

The story is tender, the story is sensuous. It is exquisite in portraying the fragility of love that comes in many forms and the intimacy that goes with love. 

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7 Days at Perth Festival


On a warmish February evening, my brother and I headed to the lovely UWA Somerville to watch 7 Days at as part of the Perth Festival movie season.

It's boy meets girl….but with a difference.

Set up on a pre-arranged date by their parents who created their profiles for them on a dating website, Ravi (played by Karan Soni) and Rita (played by Geraldine Viswanathan) end up being stranded together in a house during covid times.

What starts out as a pre-arranged date turns into an uncomfortable situation as they get to know each other in close quarters.

They are like chalk and cheese – Ravi is conservative, traditional and his nerves are on edge as he tiptoes around Rita who is chilled out, relaxed and Westernised in her habits – she drinks alcohol, she eats meat...and that is where their adventures together begin.

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Broker at Perth Festival


On a warm balmy evening, my friend and I headed to watch Broker at UWA Somerville as part of the Perth Festival movies.

A young woman abandons her baby in a baby box outside a church in Bhusan Korea on a wet rainy night... and so the story begins when two men try to broker a deal for someone to buy the stolen baby at the highest price that they can get.

Of the two men, one of them runs a laundry shop (Song Kang Ho as Ssang-hyun) while the other (Gang Dong Won as Dong-soo) grew up in an orphanage and works at the church manning the baby box service.

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Other People's Children at Perth Festival


On a warm summer’s night my partner and I headed to UWA Somerville as part of the Perth Festival movie season, to watch Other People’s Children, an insightful look into everyday people going about their daily lives – something I love about French movies.

Other People’s Children (Les Enfants des autres) doesn’t disappoint. It is a beautifully crafted movie starring Virginie Efira as Rachel Friedman, with the story revolving around her blossoming relationship with the new man in her life Ali Ben Attia (Roschdy Zem)  and his 4 year old daughter Leila (played by Callie Ferreira-Goncalves). As Rachel begins to form a deep bond with young Leila , complications arise as she encounters dramas in her relationship.

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