Local artists enter the world of fringe

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Hiding in the shadows behind big brother, the Melbourne Festival, the city’s Fringe Festival breaks free from formality.

It opens the door for artists, from all walks of life, to strip bare (figuratively, of coarse), and get back to the heart of their passion.

This is Melbourne is one of those shows. Continue reading

Review: ‘Children of Sarajevo’ a worthy Oscar tip

Children of Sarajevo, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Snow has entered the foreign Oscar race as the Bosnian and Herzegovina Filmmakers Association entry. The film, already a hit at Cannes and MIFF this year, is a powerful drama centering on two orphaned siblings and their struggle to survive the aftermath of the Balkan war. Review.

Children of Sarajevo. Screenshot courtesy of Aida Begic/MIFF

Children of Sarajevo (Djeca), premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, delves into the harrowing tale of two orphaned siblings and their struggle to stay united in a society left disheveled and corrupt by the Balkan war. Continue reading

Victory’s local derby siesta


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Melbourne Victory entered the new season full of fire: a new coach, a new game plan and a new star playmaker. But by no means was this a storybook opening round.

A record-breaking crowd of 42,000 witnessed a somewhat unexpected 2-1 defeat for Melbourne Victory to city rivals, Melbourne Heart.

New coach, Ange Postecoglou, and his team are already feeling the pressure, but what part of the new look Victory era became unstuck?

It quite possibly was their unrehearsed game plan. Continue reading

Melbourne kicks off New A-League Season

Melbourne derby

Photo courtesy: Herald Sun

The football derby is like nothing else. A line is drawn in the grass, team colours are worn with pride and for those 90 minutes, friends become enemies.

The A-League begins with a clash of epic proportions. In its third year and only seventh clash, the Melbourne Victory – Melbourne Heart fixture is only one of many highlights in the A-League’s opening round. Continue reading

The untelevised gender divide

In the early hours of wintery July, Australians braved the cold and cheered on their Olympic stars.

In living rooms across the nation, Australians slam-dunked in excitement as the Opals won their fifth straight Olympic medal; hallways became sprint tracks in tribute to golden girls, Anna Meares and Sally Pearson.

But once the green and gold face paint is wiped away, so is Australia’s interest in women’s sport.  Continue reading