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Black Swan: the state of play
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Black Swan: the state of play

23 March 2022

After many challenges during its 10-year residency at the State Theatre Centre of WA, questions hang over Black Swan’s role as the state’s flagship theatre company. Mark Naglazas reports.

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A black and white photo of a man lounging on the roof with a woman sitting beside him and the Paris skyline in the background French Film Festival: vive la difference!
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French Film Festival: vive la difference!

4 March 2022

While English-language cinema has narrowed down to blockbusters, horror flicks and off-beat art movies, French cinema continues to capture the full spectrum of human experience. Mark Naglazas previews this year’s French Film Festival.

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Three men and a woman stand on a harbour with blue sky and water behind them Film studio in Perth an epic flop
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Film studio in Perth an epic flop

3 March 2022

The vision splendid of a movie-making palace on the mouth of the Swan River has been shattered with Mark McGowan’s announcement that his government would not deliver on its election promise. Mark Naglazas investigates.

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Rows of brightly coloured bean bags on the roof of a city building, with the city skyline and a blue sky beyond Perth’s Top Five Outdoor Cinemas
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Perth’s Top Five Outdoor Cinemas

3 December 2021

Watching a movie under the stars is an iconic Perth summertime activity. Mark Naglazas surveys the venues, previews the programs and samples the extras that make an outdoor movie a special experience.

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Documenting a dance of recovery
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Documenting a dance of recovery

10 August 2021

When Dawn Jackson made the transition from dance to film, she didn’t have to look far for a remarkable story, the recovery of fellow WAAPA-trained artist Floeur Alder after a life-altering attack. She spoke to Mark Naglazas.

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A man crouches in front of a great white shark model, holding a film clapperboard A director who refused to give up the hunt
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A director who refused to give up the hunt

18 June 2021

Perth director Martin Wilson has finally hooked his debut feature film, after three decades in the movie industry. He chats with Mark Naglazas about filming Great White.

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A smiling women stands on a film set looking like an aisle in a supermarket, holding shopping baskets What has Marvel ever done for us?
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What has Marvel ever done for us?

20 May 2021

Western Australia is building a film studio to cash in on Hollywood’s rush Down Under. But what will the arrival of big-budget productions mean for the local industry, asks Mark Naglazas in the final in his three-part series on the most significant piece of filmmaking infrastructure in the state’s history.

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People are walking in and out of an archway to a heritage building with the word Fremantle emblazoned on the stonework Lights! Cameras! Fremantle!
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Lights! Cameras! Fremantle!

13 May 2021

The WA screen industry has fallen in behind the idea of Fremantle as the state’s film hub. But is Victoria Quay the best place for a movie studio? asks Mark Naglazas in the second of a series of articles on the most important piece of film infrastructure in our state’s history.

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An artist's impression of a two-storey building lit with pink lights Hollywood or bust?
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Hollywood or bust?

6 May 2021

The long-held dream of a movie studio in Western Australia is edging closer to reality. But is a $100 million state-of-the-art facility on Victoria Quay what our screen industry needs, asks Mark Naglazas in the first in a series on the most important piece of infrastructure in the State’s film and television history.

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A man in a dusty motorbike jacket is having make up applied to his face by a director in a cap and jacket Local indie film dives into the belly of the beast
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Local indie film dives into the belly of the beast

15 April 2021

The dark and confronting narrative of locally-produced film Greenfield could have been ripped from the recent news headlines. In fact it began life over half a decade ago when Danish film-maker Julius Telmer spent six months in WA. He talks with Mark Naglazas about the origins of the film, which opens this month.

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Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio