The world of 'endurance tickling' is no laughing matter
It sounds like harmless YouTube fodder: young men tying each other down and trying to make each other laugh on camera. But when a television entertainment reporter from Auckland, David Farrier, began digging, he was met with abusive emails and legal threats.
Tropfest is moving to Parramatta
Tropfest will be moving to a new home in Parramatta Park in its 25th year
Ten filthy and fantastic movies in the 10th Sydney Underground Film Festival
From taboo sex to drug binges, from conspiracy theories to occult mania, from surreal comedy to the furthest reaches of mind-blowing horror, SUFF has screened it all – and then some. The year, co-directors Stefan Popescu and Katherine Berger have programmed a fitting line-up of movies old and new features such auteurs of the outré as John Waters, David Cronenberg and Todd Solondz, along with tributes to Tommy Wiseau and Brian De Palma. Here are the top ten feature-length outrages to expect at the Factory Theatre this September 15-18.
Film series: Me, Myself and I
Revisit all-time movie greats for free at the Art Gallery of NSW
Film events in Sydney
Art After Hours
Head to AGNSW after work on Wednesdays for free films, live music, art lectures and celebrity talks
Films in cinemas now in Sydney
Upcoming film releases in Australia
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Father’s Day Lunch at Glass Brasserie
Your dad likes meat, right? And we’re guessing he likes beer, wine and barbecues too. Thought so. Then this Father’s Day Lunch offer at Glass Brasserie in the Hilton Sydney is one you should get on board with. On Sunday September 4, acclaimed restaurateur/chef Luke Mangan is putting together a lunch with three delicious courses matched with brews from Young Henrys and fine wines. The set menu includes confit pork belly, Moroccan spiced lamb and the famous dark chocolate cream Milo mousse. Luke will be also be on hand for an interactive presentation with top butchers (and father-son duo) Anthony and Victor Puharich of Victor Churchill, Woollahra and Vic’s Meat Market, Pyrmont. Dad can brush up on his barbecuing and meat seasoning skills, and learn the tricks behind selecting the perfect cut of meat. Guests also have the chance to win a selection of premium meats from Vic’s Meat Market valued at $300. Think of it as the ultimate meat tray, and then some. Glass Brasserie’s Father’s Day Lunch is $125 per person. Spaces are limited, so be quick to make your reservations via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is just around the corner
Sydney’s annual festival of controversial ideas and thought-provoking discussions is back for its eighth year, September 3-4. Sydney Opera House will host 24 individual speaker sessions and 12 panel talks over the weekend with this year’s festival covering four major themes: Disappearing Countries, Dealing in Death, Disruptive Behaviour and Dirty Politics. Headline speakers include author Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Black Lives Matter activist Alicia Garza, artist and journalist Molly Crabapple, philosopher and columnist AC Grayling, UK science correspondent Alok Jha and English stand-up comedian Alexei Sayle (author of Thatcher Stole My Trousers). The biggest talking points of the festival will be the US election, the results of the recent Australian election, Millennials vs Baby Boomers, human rights violations from racism to the effects of climate change, the global refugee crisis, religious and political extremism and the horrifying number of Indigenous people dying in an international suicide epidemic. “We don’t need to talk about business-as-usual, particularly when you live in Sydney and the sun is shining and the coffee is good…” says FODI co-curator and head of talks and ideas at Sydney Opera House, Ann Mossop. She's laughing at our sense of impending doom. “We look at the more dangerous end of the equation, but also the less-dramatic but equally-interesting topics like the ‘Bamboo Ceiling’, which is about discrimination against people from Asia
Writer and director Benedict Andrews (The Maids; The War of the Roses) is premiering his new play at Sydney's home of new writing, Griffin Theatre Company. Reuniting Andrews with stage and screen actress Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King), Gloria follows a famous actress as she prepares for her latest role: playing the survivor of a sadistic crime. Dusseldorp will lead an ensemble of eight that includes Meyne Wyatt, Chloe Bayliss and Huw Higginson, wrangled by Griffin's artistic director, Lee Lewis.