The Weekend Australian - Review - - Film - Tim Dou­glas The Week­end Aus­tralian Re­view

Is it me, or is Ho­bart’s Dark Mofo get­ting, well, darker? Tick­ets went on sale this week for the Mu­seum of Old and New Art’s an­nual win­ter fes­ti­val, and a glance through artis­tic di­rec­tor Leigh Carmichael’s ex­cit­ing pro­gram re­veals a pos­i­tively tene­brous line-up. Mofo is still one of this coun­try’s best and most in­clu­sive fes­ti­vals, but you have to won­der how your av­er­age Ho­bar­tian might take to bands Ulver and Taake. The vis­it­ing Nor­we­gian groups made their names in early black metal, a genre no­to­ri­ous for its af­fil­i­a­tions with satanism and a bizarre spate of church burn­ings in the early 1990s. The real eye­brow-raiser, though, will be Her­mann Nitsch’s 150.Ac­tion, in which the Aus­trian artist will sac­ri­fice an an­i­mal, be­fore us­ing 500 litres of blood and a horde of “dis­ci­ples” to cre­ate a pub­lic art­work. It’s bound to court con­tro­versy, and is bold pro­gram­ming from Carmichael: the work is likely to be an­other only-in-Ho­bart story. But will Mofo draw a crowd? Well, on Tues­day — the first day of ticket sales — half the event had sold out, to­talling $1 mil­lion in box of­fice tak­ings, with queues of 5000 wait­ing on­line for a piece of the ac­tion. Dark, it seems, is the new black. Vale John Clarke, who died dur­ing the week, aged 68. Re­view’s cover story in 2015 with the world-class satirist and his part­ner in crime Bryan Dawe re­mains one of my favourite fea­tures from the past few years. If you feel like a good guf­faw, or even a tear or two, I urge you to head to The Aus­tralian’s web­site and re-read An­drew McMillen’s story. We may never see Clarke’s most bril­liant like again. Cyndi Lau­per will at­tend the Syd­ney open­ing of Kinky Boots on Wed­nes­day night at the Capi­tol Theatre. The pop su­per­star and Grammy award-win­ning com­poser of the Broad­way mu­si­cal is on an Aus­tralasian con­cert tour with Blondie, but will make time to see her stage creation come to life in the emer­ald city, the town that never sleeps (un­less it’s af­ter 3am). The singer is known to have a deep loathing of the use of elec­tronic de­vices dur­ing per­for­mances, a scourge in­creas­ingly plagu­ing Aus­tralian the­atres. So if you’re heading to see the mu­si­cal, phone in tow, con­sider this a warn­ing: Lau­per owns a big pair of (red) boots. And I doubt she’s afraid to use them. Face­book: @the­week­endaus­tralian­re­view Twit­ter: @TimDou­glas_Aus In­sta­gram: @Re­view_Aus­tralian

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