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October 4, 2023

Cinema Review: The Seagull

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Cinema: The Creator

The Creator – against the backdrop of a war between humans and robots with artificial intelligence, a former soldier finds the secret weapon, a robot in the form of a young child.

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A win for Feros Village Byron Bay residents

A whole community can expel a sigh of relief at the breaking news that months of distress and sadness can now become part of history – this morning the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, has announced that services providers for aged care are advised that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for Feros Village Byron Bay.

DV awareness run on October 15

I Run For Her is an annual community event held by Got Your Back Sista, which aims to spark critical conversations around domestic violence on a national scale, and for the first time will host events across Australia on October 15. 

What can emergency services do for you?

There is a hot dry summer on its way and between the risks of bushfires and drownings there is...

Tweed Heads West sees sports complex upgrade started

Piggabeen Sports Complex in Tweed Heads West that is used as a rugby league ground, is the home ground of the Tweed’s Queensland Cup rugby league team, the Tweed Seagulls and is enjoyed by local residents for recreation nhas seen the upgrade started this week.

Byron homeless hub forced to cut vital services

Byron’s only homeless hub says it has to reduce services owing to an increase in demand and a lack of government funding.

Sustainable and regenerative farming

Aussie farmers are a particularly fine vintage. In fact, the average age of an Australian farmer is between 50 and 60 years old. This is the result of a number of interconnected social, economic and ecological challenges that typically inhibit the success of aspiring farmers. 

It’s a pretty safe bet with any Russian story written in the nineteenth century that it won’t end in unbridled joy. Or, as Tolstoy famously observed at the beginning of  Anna Karenina, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ But that is not to say that the dramas that unfold are not totally absorbing, reflecting the human condition in a manner that has no truck with western cinema’s reluctance to accept disappointment. Anton Chekov’s play, first staged in 1896 and now revived by American director Michael Mayer, is set in the posh dacha owned by Sorin (Brian Dennehy), a prominent jurist. When his sister Irina (Annette Bening), an actress of renown, and her lover, Boris (Corey Stoll), a celebrated writer, arrive for a summer break, starstruck Nina (Saoirse Ronin), from a neighbouring estate, is immediately smitten by him. Boris has the easy charm of Tolstoy’s Vronsky, which is bad news for Irina’s doting son Konstantin (Billy Howle). An indulged young man with literary pretentions who is wont to throw tanties when his genius is not recognised by his elders, for mine he needed a good boot up the arse. Riven by jealousy, his senseless shooting of a seagull is a heartbreaking symbol of love’s tyranny. Complicating matters is the farm manager’s daughter, Masha (Elizabeth Moss), for she is at the mercy of an unrequited passion for Konstantin and is unabashed in easing her chagrin with alcohol. It is a hand-wringing melodrama, for sure, but Chekov can see deep into his characters’ frailties and desires – more than they can themselves – and with Bening, Ronin and Moss all in top form, it is impossible to not be trapped in the web of relationships. An old fashioned voice-over from the family Doctor (Jon Tenney) tells us of Nina’s later movements and prepares us for the tragic finale. Sumptuously filmed at an estate in forested New York, with veteran designer Ann Roth’s costumes perfectly complementing Mayer’s mise en scène, this provides welcome relief from the sub-adult dross of the mainstream.

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Lucky, Lucky, Friday the 13th encore!

Experience the enchantment once again – The Magic of the Mundane returns to the Byron Theatre for an encore performance that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. Written by the brilliant Mikey Bryant of Mt Warning and brought to life by the captivating Elodie Crowe, with the mesmerising accompaniment of Tara Lee Byrne on the cello, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Bluesfest 2024 – here we go!

Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM, says it’s Bluesfest Byron Bay’s 35th birthday next Easter, and as usual they’ll be rolling out multiple artist announcements over the coming months – here’s a couple of names you might know…

The Almighty Sometimes

The Drill Hall was built in 1916 as home to the Mullumbimby Platoon of the 41st Battalion. It was later converted into a theatre in the 1970s. Over the years the interior was modified with the addition of a stage and raked seating installed in 2016. Thanks to a grant from Regional Development Australia and support from North Coast Events, AAE Industries and JC Coastal Construction, it has now been converted into a modern Black Box Theatre.

Athlete clears hurdle to high perfomance centre

Blade Thompson from the Tweed Little Athletics Centre has been selected to be part of the National High-Performance Camp held in the Gold Coast...