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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shedden

AS any­one who has seen him per­form will know, punk pi­o­neer Iggy Pop can be a bit scary. Now he’s hop­ing to be even scarier on the big screen, play­ing the vil­lain in The Sand­man, the lat­est film by Ital­ian hor­ror di­rec­tor Dario Ar­gento. Pop is set to play the ti­tle character, a mur­derer, in what is de­scribed as a Christ­mas hor­ror clas­sic. Only prob­lem is the film is seek­ing funds through crowd-fund­ing site Indiegogo and as we went to press was still a lit­tle short of the tar­get. The fund­ing cam­paign closes this week­end. There’s a rather amus­ing plea from the Stooges front­man if you care to have a look on the Indiegogo web­site. WHILE we’re on the sub­ject of film­mak­ers, there’s a lot of mu­sic and fan­fare go­ing on around the work of cel­e­brated US di­rec­tor David Lynch at present, not least in Aus­tralia. It was an­nounced this week that In Dreams: David Lynch

Re­vis­ited, a show fea­tur­ing the mu­sic from Lynch’s film and TV ca­reer, is to open in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne next March. The show stars Mel­bourne singer Sophia Brous, who was part of the en­sem­ble cast when the mu­si­cal trib­ute, di­rected by David Coul­ter, made its de­but at London’s Bar­bican Cen­tre in June. Also in the line-up are for­mer Bad Seed Mick Har­vey, Ja­panese duo Cibo Matto and Ir­ish singer Camille O’Sul­li­van.

THE In Dreams project is part of Syd­ney Opera House’s Mu­sic in the House pro­gram, a line-up that also in­cludes Sinead O’Con­nor, Scot­tish sound­sca­pers Mog­wai and Neneh Cherry. Those three artists were also in the mu­sic roster for next year’s Perth Fes­ti­val, the pro­gram for which was an­nounced on Wed­nes­day. Join­ing them in Western Aus­tralia be­tween Fe­bru­ary 13 and March 7 will be Ru­fus Wain­wright, Chet Faker, London Gram­mar, Spoon, Bombino and J Mas­cis. THIS week’s Mel­bourne Cup prompted sad­ness and raised ques­tions about the safety of the sport. A milder con­cern is why age­ing English pop stars are al­lowed to hold the cov­eted trophy, as were Spandau Bal­let on Tues­day. They’re com­ing here to tour in May.

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