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online e-dition march 20

in the loop: giveaways

message sticks & life in movement

Message Sticks Message Sticks
Now in its 13th year and with Rhoda Roberts currently at the helm, Message Sticks has expanded from a primarily screen-based festival to become a multi-arts celebration of Australia’s indigenous cultures. Highlights include Dancestry, free daily performances incorporating ritual dance and song described as a "modern day corroboree…embracing the history, spirituality and psychology of connection to country” (website).

Those amazingly successful ambassadors of song The Black Arm Band will also be presenting their new project dirtsong, in which the songs take the form of conversations between the artists “conjuring not only a sense of geographical place but encounters, memories, obligations, community and nature” (website).

There’s also two days of free films from Australia and Canada, including Ivan Sen’s recent feature Toomelah (see RT104) as well a free daily exhibition Under the Beach Umbrella, celebrating the courage and tenacity of the Tent Embassy protests.

An extensive screening and talks program rounds off the festival and, courtesy of Sydney Opera House & Message Sticks, we have 1 double pass to give away for each of the following sessions:

Margaret & David at the Black Screen
Wednesday 28 March, 7pm

One double pass
Join Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton as they delve into the small and large screen of Black Cinema, commencing with a screening of Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith featuring Tommy Lewis.

Living the Intervention
Thursday 29 March, 7pm

One double pass
Screening of the powerful documentary Our Generation, chronicling the Yolngu people’s ongoing struggle for land, culture and freedom, followed by a candid panel discussion on the impact of the 2007 'intervention' on all Australians today.

Tent Embassy and Identity
Friday 30 March, 7pm

One double pass
The 1970s were a renaissance period for Aboriginal people, politically, socially and culturally. Essential services and Aboriginal controlled organisations were established, political movements swayed governments and many legacies were created. Forty years on what has a new generation inherited?

What’s the Fuss in the Kimberley?
Saturday 31 March, 7pm

One double pass
The Kimberley landscape, in remote Western Australia, is wild, dramatic and untamed. Some consider it the most beautiful place on Earth. So what's the fuss all about?

Please email [email protected] and specify which session you would like to attend.
Please email request by COB March 22. This is a Sydney based event.

Message Sticks, artistic director Rhoda Robert, Sydney Opera House, March 27–April 1;

life in movement

Life in Movement Life in Movement
The death of Tanja Liedtke at 29, just as she was poised to take on the role of Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company, shook the arts community to the core. Liedtke had made such a strong impact with her first two full-length works Twelfth Floor (RT74) and Construct (RT81 & RT83).

Bryan Mason and Sophie Hyde’s documentary Life in Movement, attempts to deal with a sense of both collective and personal loss. The filmmakers had worked with the Liedtke documenting her processes. Following her death they follow Liedtke’s partner Solon Ulbrich, and dancers as they tour her last work, Construct, internationally. The result is a film that is described as a “powerfully rendered take on art and artists, creativity and our own mortality” (press release).

The film has won the 2011 Ruby Award for Best New Work, the Grand Judy Award, Cinedans (Netherlands) and the 2011 FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize at the Sydney Film Festival. It will open in cinemas nationally on April 12.

Courtesy of Closer Productions & Antidote Films RealTime has 10 double passes (in total) for screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Please email [email protected] and specify in which city you are located.
Please email request by COB March 22.

Life in Movement, directors Bryan Mason and Sophie Hyde, Closer Productions and Antidote Film, opens nationally April 12;

RealTime issue #107 Feb-March 2012 pg. web

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