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

Philippa Hawker sits down to­day with Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Jai Court­ney dur­ing re­hearsals for Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany’s Mac­beth. It’s a can­did in­ter­view that charts Court­ney’s jour­ney from Syd­ney school­boy to big-screen su­per­star. His de­ci­sion to tread the boards on home soil, with mil­lions on of­fer in the US, is an in­trigu­ing one. What is it about live the­atre ac­tors crave? Court­ney’s re­veal­ing in­ter­view is on pages 6 and 7. It is an il­lu­mi­nat­ing read. Once MTC’s Mac­beth season ends, Court­ney will head to South Aus­tralia to be­gin shoot­ing Storm Boy along­side Ge­of­frey Rush. The new film will be a con­tem­po­rary retelling of Colin Thiele’s chil­dren’s book about a boy who be­friends a pel­i­can. Why any­one felt the need to re­make Henri Safran’s clas­sic 1976 film is be­yond me. (I have even stronger feel­ings about the up­com­ing TV re­make of Ted Kotch­eff’s 1971 film Wake in Fright.) But, then, per­haps I’m just nos­tal­gic. With home­grown Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights Court­ney and Rush on board, direc­tor Shawn Seet ob­vi­ously is hop­ing Mr Per­ci­val Mark II soars off to global fame. And one can’t blame him for that. For what it’s worth, Rush was a solid cast­ing de­ci­sion: he has form with seabirds. He voiced Nigel — the avun­cu­larly ocker pel­i­can — in Find­ing Nemo. Well, I’ll be. The Walk­ley Foun­da­tion has an­nounced it is in­tro­duc­ing not one but two awards for arts writ­ing. It has taken over the Pas­call Prize for crit­i­cism — al­beit without the $15,000 cheque — and has cre­ated an award for a sin­gle piece of arts jour­nal­ism. So, well done to the Walk­leys. The cul­tural gongs won’t be handed out, how­ever, at jour­nal­ism’s night of nights in Novem­ber but at a mid-year event, and the arts cat­e­gory in­cludes sub­mis­sions on food and wine (huh?). Still, what’s that say­ing about beg­gars and choosers? This is good news. Vivid, that wildly suc­cess­ful cel­e­bra­tion of art, music, ideas and pretty lights, kicked off last night in Syd­ney. Fleet Foxes and Oliver Stone are among the high­lights at the three-week festival, which takes place at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across the city. If in doubt, look for an opera house lit up like a bon­fire. Face­book: @the­week­endaus­tralian­re­view Twit­ter: @TimDou­glas_Aus Instagram: @Re­view_Aus­tralian

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