Russian Film Festival
The tenth annual Russian Film Festival will hit Sydney this month showcasing plenty of cinematic brilliance. Featuring everything from comedies to documentaries and thrillers, this festival is one of the largest outside of Russia with something on offer for every audience.
Running until Wednesday 7th August at Chauvel Cinema in Paddington and Events Cinema Burwood, the program includes Russia’s first ever big-budget disaster movie Metro, as well as animated masterpiece The Snow Queen, which was a box office hit in Russia and tells the story of Gerda – a girl who embarks on a adventure to free her brother from the clutches of the evil Snow Queen that has covered the world in ice.
Keeping with tradition, this year also features two retrospectives; a tribute to renowned director Valery Todorovsky (including Valery’s films The Lover, My Stepbrother Frankenstein, Hipsters, Under Moscow Nights and The Land of the Deaf) and a selection of four Soviet comedies titled ‘Comedies from Childhood.’
For more information visit russianresurrection.com/2013.
We have a double pass for the festival to give away.
For details on how to enter, please see our Giveaways page.
Footprints Eco Film Festival
The annual Footprints Eco Festival, taking place this year at Whites Creek Valley Park in Annandale, is a day of music, market stalls and activities with a focus on eco-friendliness.
As part of festivities on the day (August 25th) the Footprints Film Festival will be screening, which is a festival that calls for aspiring filmmakers to produce a short film about their local environment and submit it to Leichhardt Council. Those that are considered as finalists will be screened at the festival and the filmmakers will have the chance to win up to $5000 worth of prizes including a bicycle valued at $1500 and a $500 Australian Geographic voucher.
Those interested in submitting a film must take on one of this year’s themes: land, climate change, air quality, transport, water or biodiversity, and their work must be no longer than seven minutes. Heads up film buffs, entries close on Friday 2nd August so you best start shooting soon.
For more information and submission details, visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Footprints-Film-Festival.html
Saturday 27th July
Puberty, Rhythm & Blues
Using songs and stories, Em Rusciano’s (2Day FM, The Project, Australian Idol) comedy show Puberty, Rhythm & Blues is a hilarious musical exploration of this ‘special’ time in teenager’s life. Em will be joined on stage by her dad (playing guitar) and later by special guest Joel Creasey – one of Australia’s brightest young comedians. For one show only be at the Factory Theatre from 7.30pm on Saturday 27th July, tickets are $30+bf and available online at www.factorytheatre.com.au or by calling 9550 3666.
• The Factory Theatre: 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville.
Tuesday 30th July
Harold Park Hotel Comedy Night
After being chosen as a full-time venue for the recent Sydney Comedy Festival, the Harold Park Hotel has made a name for itself once again as a house of humour and the crowds simply can’t get enough. With so much demand for regular shows, Harold’s has had no choice but to provide weekly entertainment. That’s right, every Tuesday, starting at 8pm, there will be a show featuring an established MC and headliner (this week’s being Bev Killick) as well as a couple of up-and-coming performers. With big belly laughs a guarantee, Tuesday nights have just gotten a bit more interesting.
• For more info, visit www.lawlessentertainment.com.au
Wednesday 31st July
Verge Gardens Talk
In an attempt to develop urban green spaces, the Marrickville Council and community are collaborating on the Sustainable Streets project. As part of this initiative, a talk will be held at Marrickville Library from 6:30 to 8pm where advice will be given on how to successfully convert grass verge to garden and how to generally improve the livability of the local area. Those with environmental concerns should find this quite compelling.
• For more info and bookings, visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au
Sat 3rd & Sun 4th August
Underbelly Arts Festival is coming back to Cockatoo Island again this year, showcasing the work of Australia’s next great artists. For the first time ever, this festival is being extended over two action-packed days. With industry and artist talks on Saturday and interactive activities for the kids on Sunday, this can be fun for the entire family. However, for those purely interested in the art pieces, the site is open for visitors in the week 24th to 31st July as the artists involved develop their projects allowing you to become part of the creative process.
• For more info and tickets, visit www.cockatooisland.gov.au.
Wednesday 7th August
The Merchant of Venice
The Sydney Shakespeare Company will be showcasing the most controversial of the Bard’s plays – The Merchant of Venice – with local Lewisham actress, Lizzie Schebesta, in the role of Portia. Running from August 7th to 24th, Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm, at The Tap Gallery (278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst), tickets are $29, or $25 for concession at www.moshtix.com.au or 1300 GETTIX.
• For more info visit www.sydneyshakespearecompany.com.
23rd to 25th August
Writing the Past: Using History in Fiction and Non-fiction
This is a three-day course led by novelist Hsu-Ming Teo that will teach you how to incorporate world history into your creative writing, regardless of form or genre. If you’ve been bit by the writing bug, check this out.
• For more info and bookings, visit www.allenandunwin.com/faberacademy/writing_the_past.html
Monday 26th August
The Break is back!
All you local musos out there get ready; the Break is back! Launched last year by Marrickville Council as part of Marrickville Festival, the Break gives up and coming local musicians the chance to perform for a large crowd while potentially attracting industry recognition. On top of that, the winner of the Break will receive a number of prizes to assist their career. Applications have now opened so if you fancy yourself a songsmith, get started as applications close on Monday 26th August.
• To submit an application, visit http://marrickville.smartygrants.com.au/performersmf2013
Wednesday 4th September
The Bridge on the River Choir
The recently-formed Bridge on the River Choir will have their debut concert on September 4th at the Marrickville Golf Club, while also raising money for The Cooks River Valley Association – since many of the choir members live near the river, they couldn’t think of a better cause! Marrickville Golf Club has been a great supporter of the choir, hosting their weekly rehearsals of all kinds of music including gospel, pop, classical and jazz. To see what the choir has been working on, come along to the concert and support a good cause, tickets are $10 (or $5 for concessions) and can be bought online at http://www.trybooking.com/DCOH.
• For more info on the concert or joining the choir (term fees are $160 including all music and practise recordings), call Musical Director, Gary Smith, on 0414 869 352.