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First Seen 2020: Milk By Dylan Van den Berg

The Street Theatre
Friday 7 August 2020 at 5pm
Book online at https://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/first-seen-milk-dylan-van-den-berg-0
Free; donations welcome

Spanning two centuries, Milk tracks a conversation between three Aboriginal ancestors: an old woman is dying, clutching the stone that should have killed her sealer husband; a middle-aged woman curls her hair in preparation for another date; a young man grapples with the past before plunging headfirst into an uncertain future.

Barbie spoke to Dylan Van den Berg about Milk
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Film review – 23 Walks

Palace Electric Canberra from 30 July 2020
103 mins, rated PG

I first saw Dave Johns (Dave) on screen in Ken Loach’s powerful 2016 film I Daniel Blake when it was included in one of the British Film Festivals – it was a standout. And Dave Johns – once seen, never forgotten. He is a consummate actor, capable of expressing a world of emotions within an always restrained performance.

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House of Cardin- film review

Palace Electric Canberra from 23 July 2020
97 minutes, rated G

House of Cardin begins with a montage of rapid- fire footage and sound-bites, mainly dedicated to admiring assessments of Pierre Cardin as an innovative genius. It is rather a relief when the pace slows somewhat to examine Cardin’s background and early career and then the various periods of his (mainly professional) life.

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The Tale of Barnaby Glurp – The Boy who Burped

Felicity McVay (words) and Caroline Seltz (pictures)
New Holland Publishers, Australia, 2020

Gosh! We are all in need of a bit of fun right now (and always) and The Boy who Burped is guaranteed to inject a dose of this for its readers and listeners. Most small children are rather interested in bodily functions, and those involving embarrassing noises always invoke hilarity.

Barbie speaks with Felicity McVay, author of The Boy Who Burped
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Peter O’Brien – Bush School

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020
Available for pre-order

This is a book so near to my heart that I find it hard to write impartially – in fact, I will not try.

Peter O’Brien’s memoir, Bush School, is mostly an account of that part of his life when as a 20-year old single young man he was sent in 1960 to Weabonga, one teacher school in a remote area out of Tamworth.

As one whose first teaching post in 1972 was a four teacher school, though not particularly remote, I felt such a deep sense of familiarity with everything he writes that I was immediately transported back to my 20s and the challenges of beginning teaching.

Barbie talks to Peter O’Brien about Bush School
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Ashley Dawson-Damer – A Particular Woman

Ventura Press, Australia, 2020

Memoir is an interesting form of writing, as one always speculates what has been left unsaid. In A Particular Woman, we fancy this is also true but Ashley Dawson-Damer has generously shared a great deal.

She speaks with honesty and heart about many aspects and periods of her life and times (she was born in 1945, as she once proudly announced in a Board meeting, when her capacity and experience were subtly called into doubt).

Ashley Dawson-Damer talks to Barbie about A Particular Woman
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Padma Menon – Moving Archetypes Indian Dance and contemplation

Term 3 classes from 20 July
Come and Try class – Saturday 18 July (face to face – please book at https://www.movingarchetypes.com.au/
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Moving Archetypes studio is now open for in person classes whilst continuing online teaching for those who prefer this model at this time.

Term 3 courses will focus on the beauteous and powerful deity, Saraswathi. Padma says: ‘Saraswathi is a contemplative space of depth and profound relevance to our times. As the deity of Vaak, vac or expression, she invites us to expression that is free from delusion and dependence on the conditional narratives we use to frame our reality.

Barbie speaks with Padma Menon about the Saraswathi classes
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Bastille Day relaunch for Alliance Française French Film Festival

New dates: 14 July – 4 August 2020
Palace Electric Cinema Canberra

The 31st French Film Festival had barely begun before it was disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions. But the Festival will resume nationally on 14 July, with 28 films confirmed.

Nancy Waites from the Alliance Francaise de Canberra talks about the resumed French Film Festival.
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Darleen Bungey – Daddy Cool

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020

I must admit I was taken by surprise by this book. It is truly a beautiful, deeply personal work by an awarded biographer known for her writing about two of our most beloved artists – Arthur Boyd and John Olsen.

Daddy Cool is much more than a biography of the man who was first Bob Cutter, top night club singer in the USA, and then Lawrie Brooks, suburban father and proof-reader in Australia. This is a search for the unspoken parts of her father, a pilgrimage to the secret lives of her parents. And it moved me to tears more than once.

Barbie speaks with Darleen Bungey about Daddy Cool
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Kayte Nunn – The Silk House

Hachette, Australia, 2020

This is Kayte Nunn’s third historical novel, an intriguing tale set in the present and in the second half of the 18th century. I found it to be one of those books one is impelled to read on and on into the wee small hours, reluctant to leave before each small resolution and then the final revelation in the last few pages.

Kayte Nunn talks about The Silk House
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Film review – Love Sarah

Screening nationally from 2 July 2020
In Canberra at Belconnen, Woden and Palace Electric

Jake Brunger, writer
Eliza Schroeder, director
Rajita Shah, producer
Enis Rotthoff, composer

If, like me, you are a habitual watcher of BBC television series – crime, domestic dramas, comedies, mysteries, spy stories, the absurd  – you will know actress Celia Imrie. She has appeared in countless films, television productions and on stage. For me it is Kingdom, Poirot, Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders and the like.  

Imrie is a performer who has mastered the art of using the slightest facial movement to portray a world of emotions. Her quiet, poignant performance in Love Sarah for me is the film’s greatest strength.

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Val Johnson – Bonjour and G’Day

Strathnairn Arts
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, ACT
Gallery 1 & 2 | 2 July- 26 July 2020
Online at https://www.strathnairn.com.au/

This exhibition features paintings from Val’s recent travels in France and outback Australia. The paintings show the contrasting aspects of Val’s travels. Each place has its own identity – the soft purples and greens of France, and the reds and oranges of outback Australia.

Barbie discusses Bonjour and G’Day with Val Johnson
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Sharon Field – Dead Leaf Dreaming | vignettes

A solo exhibition of new works
Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore
Saturday 4 July to Sunday 19 July 2020

Online from Wednesday 1 July.

These vignettes are small, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a particular insight into the character of plants and insects and their settings in the bush.

Barbie speaks with Sharon Field about the exhibition

Sharon will be in the gallery on Saturday 4 July between 1 & 4 pm for a chat. On Sunday 5 July between 10 am and 1 pm she will share her technique with visitors in a casual demonstration.

Image: Sharon Field, watercolour and graphite
Image credit: Rob Little Digital Images.