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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Profile - Tim Dou­glas The Week­end Aus­tralian Re­view

Rose­mary Neill’s cover story (pages 12-14) en­ters con­tentious ter­ri­tory: what does the drive to achieve equal­ity in the film in­dus­try mean for the arts broadly? We all agree women de­serve a fairer go, but is a quota sys­tem the right way for­ward? It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing de­bate. As Mel­bourne and Syd­ney con­tinue their front­page ob­ses­sions with real es­tate, Art Gallery of South Aus­tralia di­rec­tor Nick Mitze­vich has been qui­etly con­tem­plat­ing new digs in Ade­laide. Plans have been sub­mit­ted by a steer­ing com­mit­tee to the state gov­ern­ment ahead of the June 22 bud­get for a $250 mil­lion con­tem­po­rary art gallery in the South Aus­tralian cap­i­tal. The com­mit­tee is chaired by Michael Lynch, for­merly of the Syd­ney Opera House, and the prospects of the blue­print see­ing the light of day are re­port­edly good. At half the cost of the nearby Ade­laide Oval, and with pro­jec­tions of 500,000 vis­i­tors a year, it’s a ver­i­ta­ble bar­gain. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see just how deep, if at all, into its cof­fers the SA gov­ern­ment reaches. Mean­while, Art Gallery of NSW di­rec­tor Michael Brand will be sweat­ing on his $400m Syd­ney Mod­ern plan find­ing favour in the NSW bud­get on June 20. Rather than re­new­ing Brand’s fiveyear con­tract, the AGNSW board granted him a 12-month ex­ten­sion. One has to won­der where that leaves the di­rec­tor’s bold vi­sion for the gallery, not to men­tion Brand him­self. Bar­gain of the week can be found at OperaQ: the state com­pany has re­leased 2500 tick­ets at just $25 for its sea­son of The Pearl­fish­ers. It is the first time in 15 years the Bizet clas­sic has been per­formed in Queens­land, and at that price and with a cast in­clud­ing so­prano Emma Matthews, tick­ets won’t last long. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Re­view’s very own David Strat­ton, a doc­u­men­tary about whom — David Strat­ton: A Cin­e­matic Life — has been se­lected to screen at the Fes­ti­val de Cannes, the world’s most pres­ti­gious film jam­boree. The Sally Aitken-di­rected doco charts the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life of the coun­try’s pre-em­i­nent critic, and will show later this month as part of the Cannes Clas­sic pro­gram. David’s film re­views ap­pear to­day on Page 17. Face­book: @the­week­endaus­tralian­re­view Twit­ter: @TimDou­glas_Aus In­sta­gram: @Re­view_Aus­tralian

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