Congratulations to Gary Foley who has been awarded The Red Ochre at the Australia Council’s 8th National Indigenous Arts Awards for his outstanding contribution to, and lifetime achievement in, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. The awards were held last night at the Sydney Opera House to celebrate the involvement of Indigenous artists in propelling the artistic vibrancy and cultural life of Australia.
According to Australia Council Board Director Lee-Ann Buckskin, Gary was chosen as 2015’s Red Ochre Award recipient for his “pioneering work in Indigenous theatre, television, film, arts, culture and academia.”
“Gary Foley has been at the forefront of Indigenous arts, beginning with his acting debut in the revue Basically Black in 1972, various films and television series.
He has left a lasting legacy across Australia’s cultural and political landscape and is in the unique position of not only being part of history but also shaping it.”
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House on the Lake has opened at the Stables Theatre for Griffin Theatre Company. Kim Hardwick directs Aiden Fennessy’s thriller which stars Huw Higginson and Jeanette Cronin.
Razor sharp and tourniquet tight, The House on the Lake is a psychological thriller so crafty it’s criminal. Mired deep in layers of deception, it’s a puzzle of a play certain to engage the intellect and assault the nervous system.
“Hardwick’s direction is stunning and intelligent at every turn”. Daily Review – Crikey
“Kim Hardwick directs an absorbing production for Griffin Theatre Company, simply but eloquently staged” ★★★★ Sunday Telegraph (Jo Litson)
“the sharpness of the writing in the lead-up is matched by the sharpness of every element in this taut, engrossing production directed by Kim Hardwick” Daily Review – Crikey
“Director, Kim Hardwick produces an ‘elegantly’ styled production with great confidence and an invisible control – no trendy Director’s tricks (fingerprints) here, just clarity to the kind of play she is in charge of and an artist’s modesty in controlling its unfolding” Kevin Jackson
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Congratulations to Kate Mulvany for receiving the Sydney Theatre Company’s Patrick White Fellowship.
STC’s Artistic Director, Andrew Upton said: “I’m delighted that Kate Mulvany will be the Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow for the next year. She is a writer who is respected by fellow writers and audiences alike. She has a remarkable nose for story, be it a deeply personal one, like The Seed, or an adaption of a cherished novel like Jasper Jones. Kate’s ability to dramatise tragic events with humour and empathy makes her a very special writer. We look forward to welcoming Kate to The Wharf!”
Don’s Watson’s critically acclaimed meditation on the heartland of Australia, THE BUSH, has won ‘Book of the Year’ and the non-fiction award at the annual New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, held at the State Library of NSW on Monday 18 May.
The judges said Watson’s work ‘illuminates a kaleidoscopic subject central to our idea of ourselves”. Commenting on the range and themes of the work, they said: “Watson moves fluently between genres – social history, travelogue, nature writing, memoir – and produces memorable observations on every page … His vision finds room for mountain ash, weeds and the roses grown by farmers’ wives.’
Our congratulations to Don on his remarkable reviews and awards for his latest book.
Congratulations to client Michael Kalesniko who wrote the original story for Adam Jones. The Weinstein Company have announced that the film starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Emma Thompson and Jamie Dornan, will be released on October 2nd.
John Wells directs the feature about a Parisian chef’s fall from grace and subsequent relocation to London, where he starts assembling a team of talented chefs to realise his goal of creating the “greatest restaurant of all time”.
Congratulations to David Williamson the Special Award for the New South Wales Premier’s Awards.
David was recognised for his outstanding contribution to theatre, film and television writing.The award was given to David, recognising him as “our greatest playwright with a prodigious output of more than 40 plays that have shaped how we view ourselves”. The judges also said, ‘Whether for theatre, film or television, Williamson’s work is marked by its Australianness, intelligence, wit and engagement with social issues.’
Congratulations again David!
Congratulations to Adam Arkapaw who shot Macbeth which has had a wonderful reception at Cannes. The Shakespeare adaptation was directed by Justin Kurzel and stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Critics have singled out the cinematography for particular praise.
Client Ross Mueller has been invited to give the official address at this evening’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. His most recent play A Town Named War Boy recently closed a season at Library and was commissioned by ATYP and The State Library of NSW.
TNT has ordered the pilot for Craig Pearce’s Will. The one-hour scripted series will follow a young William Shakespeare during his wild days in Elizabethan London, “the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows.
It’s the hot, contemporary, dangerous version of Shakespeare’s life, played to a modern soundtrack, exposing all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance.” (Hollywood Reporter)
Pearce, Vince Gerardis, Louise Rosager, Howard Braunstein, Christina Wayne and Hilary Bevan Jones will executive-produce.
The American cable network has also ordered an adaptation of David Michôd’s 2010 drama, Animal Kingdom. The pilot will be penned by Jonathan Lisco with Lisco, Michôd, Lizz Watts, John Wells and Andrew Stearn signed on as executive producers.
Ross Mueller‘s new play A Town Named War Boy, commissioned by ATYP and The State Library of NSW opened over the weekend. The work was inspired by The State Library of New South Wales’ collection of WWI diaries and letters. The play opened over the weekend and here’s what the reviewers are saying:
“But in A Town Named War Boy, a new work written by Ross Mueller for Australian Theatre For Yong People, the laddishness of the boys at the heart of it all are placed front and centre. And that provides a genuinely emotional impact, as their distance from us disappears in the face of their familiarity and the awful things they’re prepared to endure for king and country…. It’s a clever, engaging work, performed by four charismatic and very watchable young actors.”
Daily Telegraph – Chris Hook
“Mueller voices (the vignettes and characters) convincingly and his approach to the use of archival material is inventive and sensitive.”
Sydney Morning Herald – Jason Blake
“A Town Named War Boy is a touching commemoration to the ANZACs and a compelling piece of theatre. It was a confronting reminder of the horror of war whilst remaining an enjoyable and humorous play that showcased power of the human spirit.”
AussieTheatre.com – Bec Caton
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