The film critic Margaret Pomeranz, novelist Charlotte Wood and festival director Wesley Enoch have joined a growing group of creatives and critics protesting against cuts to arts coverage at Fairfax newspapers, and losses to arts criticism in Australia more broadly. In a video compilation uploaded to Facebook on Sunday by the #FairGoFairfax campaign, Pomeranz said: “The Fairfax masthead has been a bastion of arts coverage in this country, and the thought of abandoning that is just appalling.” The video was released after Fairfax announced plans to shed 125 jobs, prompting a week-long strike by its journalists. Guardian Australia understands that positions being abolished will include all dedicated arts, film and books writers at the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, along with two deputy arts editor roles. Contributors will be paid a lower rate for reviews and features, expected to be less than half of what they currently receive. Enoch, artistic director of Sydney … [Read more...] about Australian artists, writers and actors call on Fairfax Media not to cut arts coverage
The premiere for the sixth and final season of Empire debuted on Tuesday without former star, Jussie Smollett, who was written out of the story-line following his alleged fake hate crime controversy. And on Thursday, in a rare Instagram post, the controversial actor shared a boomerang of himself, shirtless and waving his hand side-to-side a couple of times. Along the top of the image he wrote, 'Hi,' along with a hand wave, heart and prayer-position emojis. Scroll down to video Rare social media post: Former Empire star Jussie Smollett, 37, shared a boomerang of himself shirtless and waving 'Hi' to his five million Instagram followers on Thursday In the quick clip, the actor is looking straight into the camera in a close-up shot with his bare chest on display for all of his five million Instagram followers to see. He did done a dark blue bandanna across his forehead, covering some of his close-cropped hair. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Terrence Howard tearfully … [Read more...] about Jussie Smollett makes rare social media post and shares shirtless boomerang of himself waving ‘Hi’… two days after premiere of Empire’s sixth and final season
The victory of Donald Trump in this month’s US presidential election sparked a debate about the impact of the online sharing of fake and misleading news on the final vote. We’ve put together some of the false election stories that were widely shared by search engines or on social media - alongside some events that did actually happen. Can you distinguish fact from fiction? Topics Social media Internet Twitter Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Google Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this content … [Read more...] about Can you spot the fake US election news stories?
Streaming services have contributed to a record $1.3bn spent on Australian TV and film drama, which also got a boost from foreign film production. Online dramas such as The Superwog Show for YouTube contributed $14m to the total for the 2016-17 financial year, which was made up of $667m in Australian projects and $610m from foreign projects. Last year’s hit Stan show Wolf Creek was included in the TV category in the 2015-16 report and not broken out into a separate online category. Big-budget international features including Thor: Ragnarok, Aquaman and Pacific Rim: Uprising, as well as films which used Australian post, digital and visual effects services – such as Spider-Man: Homecoming – contributed to the record foreign features expenditure of $567m. Local feature films contributed $284m. But the sector’s growth was let down by the parlous state of children’s television investment, which is down by an average of 20% from five years ago. The chief … [Read more...] about Record $1.3bn spent on Australian TV and film drama in 2016-17
Is it a crime documentary? A satire of prurient crime documentaries? A drama? A piece of avant garde theatre? Casting JonBenét is all of these, and a brilliant original in multiple dimensions. The raw material of the unsolved 1996 murder of six-year-old US child pageant beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is twisted and turned to fit dozens of different conspiracy theories. Australian director Kitty Green repeats the trick she used in her excellent 2015 short The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul – holding auditions for a drama that may or may not exist. Various hopefuls try out to play JonBenét, her parents, her brother, the police chief and a sinister paedophile. Their auditions are occasionally played for laughs: we don’t know why, but one police chief wannabe explains his whipping tactics for rough sex in great detail. Those auditioning to play the brother try hitting a watermelon as hard as they can, unleashing their inner psychopaths. Mostly, the … [Read more...] about Casting JonBenét review – magnificent provocation to the very notion of truth