Doug Anthony All Stars Charm London

The Doug Anthony All Stars have returned to Australia, but their recent stint in the UK proceeds them:

“The iconoclastic musical act recently reunited and their London performance this weekend of their Edinburgh Fringe hit Near Death Experience was a potent reminder that form is temporary, class is permanent….The result was a gig that was funny, moving and profound. While older fans might recall those early shows, those present here will never forget their latest gig.”

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New Pizza: Stefano Manfredi’s guide to new wave pizza

Stefano Manfredi has been researching pizza for for many years, the result is his book NEW PIZZA.

Charting the new wave movement that re-imagines pizza making in a modern context, Manfredi notes “It’s a movement back to pizza’s origins, before industrial flour milling, while at the same time using modern advances in stone milling, machinery and oven technologies.”

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Jane Campion to take Cologne Film Festival Top Prize

Dame Jane Campion will be in Cologne this year to accept the Film Award. The annual prize is given to those who have made an “outstanding contribution to the further development of film and media through their work”.

The 27th Film Festival Cologne runs from September 29 to October 6. The Film Festival Cologne is considered one of the leading showcases of the latest extraordinary productions in film and television.

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Four Australians in International Cinematography Awards

Four Australian Cinematographers have been selected for the inaugural IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography. IMAGO is the European Federation of Cinematographers, a collaborative global umbrella encompassing the world’s Cinematographers Societies. The awards will be held October 28th 2017 in Helsinki.

Two of HLA’s own have been tipped, Andy Commis for The Daughter and Stefan Duscio for Backtrack.

“This is a great opportunity for Australian cinematographers to be welcomed into the room, to play in the same sandpit as their European peers.”

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Missy Higgins Joins Miracle City

Heralded as an uncovered musical theatre gem, Sydney Opera House audiences will have the chance to catch Nick Enright and Max Lambert’s acclaimed musical Miracle City. 

After a smash season at the Hayes Theatre in 2014 Miracle City will arrive at the Opera House in October, this time with Missy Higgins in tow.

Set in the early 1990s, at the height of televangelism, Miracle City tells the story of the Truswells, a family with a dream to build a religious theme park, and the extreme lengths the patriarch, Ricky Truswell, will go to in order to make their dream a reality.

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Record Audiences for Top of the Lake: China Girl

The much anticipated return of Detective Robin Griffin has turned out big numbers as Jane Campion’s series Top of the Lake: China Girl airs to 130,700 viewers.

“These numbers, which do not include all streaming figures, make it the second most watched show on Foxtel this year after Game of Thrones. Tim Christlieb from BBC said it was a credit to the amazing team behind the show.”

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Kate Gaul at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Congratulations to director Kate Gaul whose two shows in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, MISTERMAN and GOOD WITH MAPS, have both played to rave reviews!


“Walsh, Campbell, and director Kate Gaul, form a team that is able to simultaneously shatter tensions and prolong them, like a perpetrator sitting down to eat a sandwich in the middle of a bank robbery. In short, utterly captivating.” – The Reviews Hub


“Director Kate Gaul keeps the pace flowing nimbly … this is a complex, deeply rewarding piece of theatre, one that balances cerebral exuberance with shattering emotional power.” – The List

“A fine performance, delivered from the heart in a way that seems authentically autobiographical. The languid meandering of the often lyrical script flows with the soundscape and music.” – Edinburgh Guide