Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Fix

It's Friday and time to check-in on the awesome finds discovered during the week.

Hamilton's America (PBS)
I've avoided getting into Hamilton: An American Musical, much to the disgust of my musically-inclined friends. I like to experience a musical in context - music, lyrics, staging and story - but it's been hard to avoid the hype. I managed to watch the PBS documentary (don't ask), and I swoon. The doco is a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the musical, the history of the story, and vignettes of the production. It's not fully comprehensive, but does a fantastic job of capturing the spirit and passion of the musical and its team.

The song pieces are really well handled. Filming stage musicals is a tricky business (Cats, anyone?) Unlike developing a musical for screen, capturing a stage performance is a complex negotiation between viewpoint and ensemble, hampered by staging and choreography - it's a battle between the intimate focus of the camera and the panoramic view of the stage.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean Review

     "The dark stretches long; the dawn is still far away."
Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean (2015) is a beautiful anthology of speculative fiction and fantasy writings and illustrations. A collaborative writing project featuring twenty Australian and Indian writers and artists-including Australian favourites Margo Lanagan, Isobelle Carmody and Kirsty Murray-this project was in response to brutal attacks on women in both regions. Artists were challenged to articulate and inspire in the aftermath-'reimagine the world' as stated in the introduction.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Fix

It's Friday and time to check-in on the awesome finds discovered during the week.

Transparent (Amazon)
I recently started watching Transparent and  I'm conflicted. The Pfefferman family are not unlikeable, just not likeable. They're inherently selfish and self-centred, but have their redeemable moments and you still want them to win. It's well-written, well-cast, and beautifully shot.

What's challenging is that for all it's promo, and it's title, the conflict stems centrally from family history, not from Maura's transition. It is a story about change and identity and growing up, and Maura's story is a narrative framework for exploring family history and historical grievances and relationship dynamics. There's little depiction of broader trans issues, and most of the conflict stems from their family history. The series is semi-autobiographical, so speaks to a specific experience, and no series will be entirely representative, but there's more conflict in their personalities than in Maura's transition itself.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hunted Down and Other Tales

In much exciting news, Hunted Down and Other Tales is a finalist in the Australian Graphic Design Association's AGDA Awards for 2016.
Conceived by Simon Groth and published by if:book Australia, this little project featured as one of three publications as part of Rumours of My Death, a remix project showcasing early Australian authors and works and thrusting them into the the 21st century (more info available over on the Projects page or on the if:book Australia website)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lady Parts Episode 2.02: Bridget Jones's Baby

"Can't go back and keep making same mistakes when I can make new ones."
What to do when your typically static lovelife takes on a new lease in life, and leads to an unexpected life choice? For Britain's favourite hapless single, Bridget Jones, there is never a simple answer.
Bridget is 15 years older and still unlucky in love, but gloriously is wiser and more supportive of her own needs, both in a relationship and career.