I’m getting up scarily early tomorrow to catch a plane, but I couldn’t go to bed without a quick note about this evening. Penny and I and quite a few other people were extras in the film Alex is making as part of his year-long director’s course at AFTRS. That’s the Australian Film Television and Radio School. We spent hours standing around being bored, and minutes sitting in front of the camera – at least I was sitting, pretending to eat disgusting noodles, while Penny had a more upright role, wearing an anti-infection mask. I loved seeing – and being a small part of – the well-oiled machinery of a film shoot in action, and I especially loved seeing the way the two actors, in the midst of so much noise and busyness, managed to make something happen between them. All this happened beneath the roar of the Expressway in Pyrmont, close to the city. I took a number of blurry photos with my phone camera. No time for more – here is Alex with actor Richard Green (of Boxing Day fame), a masked Penny, Alex in a variety of directorial moments (including one with Anna Lise Phillips with an umbrella – did I mention it rained a fair bit? Anna Lise lent me her hoodie), and the disgusting noodles.
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- Das Boot (Johannes W. Betz & Tony Saint 2018) 17 August 2019I haven't seen Das Boot, the film, and wasn't drawn to this series, which I imagined as a claustrophobic yet violent submarine story. It turns out that while there is that, there's a whole complex story on land as well, with actual women.
- Du côté de chez Swann (MArcel Proust 1913) 14 August 2019I plan to read À la recherche du temps perdu in French over the next year or so. This is the first volume.
- Veronica Mars (Rob Thomas 2019) 14 August 2019A reboot that works. The tag line, 'Still fighting crime like a girl', says it all. Kristen Bell has the same sassy charm as she did a decade ago, while around her everyone else has grown old.
- Belvoir: Life of Galileo (Bertolt Brecht 1938, adapted by Tom Wright 2019) 11 August 2019It doesn't seem so long since the last time Belvoir staged Galileo. That production, if I remember correctly, was strong and didn't muck around with Brecht's text unduly. This time it has been adapted, or condensed as he says in a program note, by Tom Wright who has made a career out of giving classic plays a makeover. Colin Friels was terrifi […]
- Waltzing the Dragon (Benjamin Law 2019) 9 August 2019Benjamin Law goes on two excursions, the first with his mother, the second with his father, exploring what it means to be Chinese Australian. The first episode has a lot about Queensland and extraordinary scenes in southern China as Benjamin and his mother visit the home town of her father.
- Das Boot (Johannes W. Betz & Tony Saint 2018) 17 August 2019
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