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Film: The 2017 Lavazza Italian Film Festival

21 September – 11 October @ Cinema Paradiso & Luna on SX ◆

Presented by Palace in conjunction with Luna Palace Cinemas, the 18th Lavazza Italian Film Festival (LIFF) will screen at Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX from September 21 – October 11, showcasing a huge program of Italian cinema.
The festival will kick off in spectacular style with an Opening Night Gala screening at Cinema Paradiso of the Italian Golden Globes award-winning comedy LET YOURSELF GO!, starring Toni Servillo as the uptight psychoanalyst Elia, whose life is upended when he becomes involved with the effervescent personal trainer Claudia (Veronica Echegui) – a woman well-versed in matters of the body but less so of the mind. The film will be followed by an after party with Italian food, wine and live entertainment at Connections Night Club. Luna on SX will also celebrate with an Opening Night Reception with Italian food, wine and live entertainment before the film.

LIFF is thrilled to announce Milan-born Italian/Australian actor Greta Scacchi as this year’s Festival Ambassador. Scacchi will participate in Q&As at selected festival screenings of TENDERNESS (LA TENEREZZA), Gianni Amelio’s latest film, in which she features. Best known for her AFI Award-winning performance in Looking for Alibrandi, Scacchi also made a name for herself internationally in films such as White Mischief, Presumed Innocent and The Player.

There will also be a special event screening of DALIDA, Lisa Azuelos’ glitzy biopic of the acclaimed music icon who gained celebrity in the 50s, singing in Italian, French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew and German. Gather your friends for a bellisima night out with a pre-screening reception at Paradiso featuring a Molinari Limoncello cocktail on arrival and live music.

LIFF Closing Nightwill feature a special 20th anniversary screening at Paradiso and SX of Roberto Benigni’s Best Foreign Language Oscar winning classic LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (LA VITA È BELLA), with pre-screening Campari Aperol spritz, Stella Artois and Connoisseur gourmet ice cream.

Festival highlights include Edoardo De Angelis’s (Perez, LIFF15) David di Donatello Award-winning INDIVISIBLE (INDIVISIBILI), the story of conjoined twin sisters exploited by their father, who makes money from their singing.which will feature as the festival’s Centrepiece film; FORTUNATA, starring Jasmine Trinca (Wondrous Boccaccio LIFF’15) in a performance that earned her the Best Actress Award in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival; and EMMA , by Silvio Solidi, the director of the beloved hit Bread & Tulips and starring Valeria Golino.

Language-teaching schools are also invited to special screenings of FROM NAPLES WITH LOVE (TROPPO NAPOLETANO), a joyous romantic comedy about a young boy and his psychologist.

For the first time Palace will also present a new initiative as part of the 2017 LIFF with six outstanding Italian films in official competition for the Bulgari Critics’ Choice Award.

The winning film will be decided upon by a jury featuring Italian born Australian actress and Festival Ambassador Greta Scacchi, Radio National film critic Jason di Rosso, director Ruth Borgobello, actor Daniela Farinacci, actor Damian Walshe-Howling and Bulgari Australia Managing Director Brad Harvey.

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Exhibition: Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous

20 September 2017 – 28 January 2018 @ Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre •
Presented by the Western Australian Museum •

Prepare for a close encounter with the most extraordinary creatures to ever walk the earth.

The Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition has 23 moving, life-size animatronic models of the Cretaceous period.

Featuring two monstrous Tyrannosaurus rex, the exhibition is an all-ages experience to remember. Roam with dinosaurs using cutting edge augmented reality. Dedicated kids’ activities encourage discovery, with a centrally-located play zone, digital dinosaur track experience and more
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Visual arts: Portent

29 September – 3 December @ John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Building 200A, Kent Street, Bentley ◆

Paul Caporn, ’roundabout’ installation components in artist’s studio.

The John Curtin Gallery celebrates the work of four major Western Australian artists and Curtin University alumni – Paul Caporn, Susan Flavell, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont.

Collectively, their work has won prestigious awards, been commissioned for public spaces, acquired by leading institutions and featured in major art events around the world. All four are being acknowledged through ‘PORTENT’ as part of Curtin University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations this year, commemorating Curtin’s inception as WAIT, the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1967.

Caporn and Flavell are premiering works created for this exhibition while Gill and Mata Dupont are presenting their collaborative video work Gymnasium, which won the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize in 2010.

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Music: Jump, Jam, Jiggle!

Thursday 28 September – 9.45am & 11.15am, Saturday 30 September – 9.45am & 11.15am @ Perth Concert Hall – Wardle Room

In these 50-minute interactive workshop performances, children will enjoy a hands-on musical journey of instrument playing, song and dance inspired by the music of Holst’s The Planets. At the conclusion of the performance, children can “Meet the Musician” to learn more about the instruments of the orchestra and the people who play them.


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Proximity Festival

26 September – 7 October @ Cathedral Square Precinct

Proximity Festival 2017 is 10 days of micro-performances, intimate walking tours, caffeine-fuelled discussions and a late night party 26 September – 7 October 2017. The fifth Proximity Festival will take place in Perth’s historic heart – Cathedral Square.

This is the first time Proximity has occupied an inner city precinct, enabling artists freedom to occupy multiple sites and create intimate experiences inside some of Perth’s most historic buildings and surrounds for an audience of one at a time.

Proximity’s new biannual program brings together nine extraordinary Australian artists who invite you to reconsider what performance can be.

Get ready to search for love in high places, celebrate black matriarchy through power-laden rap, pit yourself against a robotic tennis opponent, and take a ride back-seat on a film set.

Program announced and tickets on sale 22 August.

Pictured top: ‘Whirl’: Cigdem Aydemir. Photo Meg White.

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Music: Lux Aeterna

Sunday 24 September, 2pm @ St Mary’s Cathedral Perth,
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

An inspiring blend of the old and new.

Choral singing touches the soul like nothing else, and Bach’s masterful Chorales are some of the greatest choral music ever written – a joy to both sing and experience. These great masterworks are framed by music of twentieth-century masters, including Samuel Barber’s sublime Agnus Dei, (the choral version of his much-loved Adagio for Strings) and a new work by WASO’s Composer in Residence, Lachlan Skipworth.

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Visual arts: Bill Henson

16 September – 11 December 2017 @ Art Gallery of WA ◆

This exhibition presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes.
The images in this show are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2011, and continue Henson’s sensitive study of the human condition, which he has realised over his forty-year career.

Each of the works included has a palpable sense of the cinematic and together they form an enigmatic imaginative statement. Like much of his work, there is little that is explicit, and rather the works propose open-ended narratives and capture a transitory sensation.

A powerful sense of mystery and ambiguity can be found within the images, heightened by the deep blackness of the shadows and the striking use of chiaroscuro to selectively obscure and reveal the form of the nudes, sculptures and the landscape itself.

Bill Henson is a National Gallery of Victoria exhibition.

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Photo: Bill Henson (born Australia 1955) ‘Untitled 2009/10’. Inkjet print, ed. 2/5, 127 x 184.5 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2011 (2012.9). © Bill Henson.

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Visual art: Portside Exhibition by Stacy Gardoll Art

16 – 22 Sept. Launch Sunday Sept 17 @ Paperbird Gallery (Above Paperbird Bookstore) –

A collection of paintings inspired by Fremantle – the port, the city, and surrounds. Exploring the relationship between the bustling, working port and the natural beauty of the landscape.

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Dance: West Australian Ballet’s The Great Gatsby

14 – 30 September 2017 @ His Majesty’s Theatre –

In Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby, discover the heady, indulgent days of New York’s Long Island during the 1920s as West Australian Ballet brings F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel to the stage.

Nick Carraway comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby – a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties and beautiful women. As the sparkling façade of Gatsby’s world begins to slip, Carraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lies beneath.

World-renowned choreographer, David Nixon OBE (artistic director of Northern Ballet), will bring The Great Gatsby to Australian stages for the very first time. This smooth and sultry interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale will transport you straight into a hedonistic haze of 1920’s New York.
Music by Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett CBE (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Murder on the Orient Express), will be played live by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

David Nixon reflects that Gatsby isn’t just about the wild and glamourous parties. “There will always be some kind of relevance to The Great Gatsby. It’s about basic things, like ‘the pursuit of happiness’ and what that is. We all ask ourselves ‘What is happiness?’, ‘What is success?’ and ‘What are you willing to do to achieve your dreams?’, and that’s basically what Gatsby represents. He is someone who did really bad things to achieve a dream that was beautiful.”

As The Great Gatsby steps into the spotlight, don’t miss your opportunity to see what promises to be one of the most stylish adaptations of this classic literary work.

Approximate running time 2 hours 10 minutes

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Photo: Robert Johnson

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Theatre: Laika: A Staged Radio Play

12 – 30 September 2017 @ The Blue Room Theatre.
Presented by Second Chance Theatre.

Soviet Russia. 1957. The Space Race.
The unsung heroes of the Soviet space program outsmart the competition on a daily basis – breaking records and making history. A lone flight technician dreams of reaching the stars. However, as she climbs closer to success, the price of victory and the sins of a nation reveal themselves.

From the award-winning team at Second Chance Theatre (Between Solar Systems, Coincidences at the End of Time), Laika is a new staged radio play based on historical events that dares you to dream. Live foley transforms the theatre into launch pads, snow-covered Siberia, and even the depths of space.

How far would you go to achieve your dream?

Director, Writer & Lighting Designer: Scott McArdle | Producer: Natalie Di Risio | Live Foley: Andrew David | Dramaturg: Alexa Taylor | Designer: Sara Nives Chirichilli | Composer: Robert Woods | Projectionist: George Ashforth | Sound Mentor: Tim Brain | Stage Manager: Georgia Smith | Publicist: Jessica Russell | Featuring: Daniel Buckle, St John Cowcher, Arielle Gray & Taryn Ryan

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