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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Deb­o­rah Jones

IT hap­pens some­times. One has a think about in­ter­est­ing cul­tural events com­ing up, speaks to writ­ers, com­mis­sions ar­ti­cles, gets lay­outs done, ed­its sto­ries and then re­alises that just about ev­ery­thing is hap­pen­ing in only one place. This week it’s all about Mel­bourne, as you’ll dis­cover pretty quickly. There’s the re­open­ing of Hamer Hall, which is a re­ally big deal, and an in­ter­view with philoso­pher Kwame An­thony Ap­piah ahead of Mel­bourne Writ­ers Fes­ti­val, and a chat with de­but fea­ture film di­rec­tor Benh Zeitlin, whose lauded Beasts of the South­ern Wild will screen at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val next month ahead of a Septem­ber cinema re­lease. But wait; there’s more. Last year I was much taken with An­gela Bet­zien’s play The Dark Room when I saw it in Sydney, so we talk to her and di­rec­tor Leti­cia Cac­eres about their new col­lab­o­ra­tion for Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany, which opens next month. Cac­eres, as theatrelovers may know, has re­cently been named as­so­ciate di­rec­tor at MTC. We could even stretch the point a lit­tle by in­clud­ing in this week’s Mel­bourne ma­nia the re­view of Stephen Orr’s

Dis­so­nance: A Novel (see page 19), which uses as in­spi­ra­tion episodes in the life of com­poser Percy Grainger, who was born, yes, in Mel­bourne. I think you’ll agree the sub­ject mat­ter is ex­tremely di­verse, even if its lo­ca­tion is sin­gu­lar. And while on mat­ters Mel­bourne, Brett Sheehy has briefed jour­nal­ists about his fi­nal Mel­bourne Fes­ti­val, which runs from Oc­to­ber 11 to 27, and while we’re not al­lowed to say any­thing un­til July 30, surely Brett won’t be cross if I say how stim­u­lat­ing and en­er­gis­ing the pro­gram feels. A bit like the man him­self, re­ally, and it au­gurs well for his up­com­ing ten­ure at MTC.

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