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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.