The Weekend Australian - Review - - Feature - Tim Dou­glas The Week­end Aus­tralian Re­view

OK, so I ad­mit to hav­ing come un­fash­ion­ably — some of my col­leagues may say un­fath­omably — late to Game of Thrones. As fans of the hit HBO se­ries hud­dled around the wa­ter cooler in re­cent years to un­pack the in­vari­ably bloody go­ings-on at Wes­teros and Es­sos, I bliss­fully ig­nored their pre­dic­tions that win­ter might, as it were, be com­ing for me. Well, it came, and — un­pre­dictably enough — so did my GoT ad­dic­tion.

To­day TV writer Justin Burke (pages 12-13) gives an in­trigu­ing sneak peak at the seventh and penul­ti­mate se­ries, be­gin­ning on Mon­day, of the glob­ally adored pro­gram based on Ge­orge RR Martin’s nov­els. Aus­tralian fans will be wait­ing with bated breath to see just what role well-loved homegrown ac­tor and play­wright Bren­dan Cow­ell will have in the show. As usual, GoT cre­ators are giv­ing very lit­tle away, though Cow­ell is un­der­stood to have been cast in a ma­jor, and very dark (natch), role.

On the sub­ject of thrones — al­beit one soon to be ab­di­cated — Steve Peters will judge his fi­nal Archibald Pack­ing Room Prize on Thurs­day. In the Art Gallery of NSW chief packer’s 25-year ten­ure as pack­ing room judge for Aus­tralia’s most pres­ti­gious por­trait prize, his pick — worth a tidy $1500 — has never matched that of the Archibald judges who de­cide on the $100,000 win­ner. Will the curse be bro­ken this year? Penny Durham sits down with the 60-year-old Peters to­day (pages 6-7) to talk about one of the more sin­gu­lar ca­reers in the Aus­tralian arts in­dus­try.

I was born in a small town (yet I’ve never been much of a Spring­steen fan) and have al­ways be­lieved in the value of arts pro­grams in re­gional ar­eas. Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Nashen Mood­ley, ev­i­dently, is a man af­ter my own heart: the SFF panel van is pack­ing up and hit­ting the open road. The most no­table fes­ti­val pit stop is tiny Huskisson, on the NSW south coast, whose gor­geous rus­tic cin­ema — with res­i­dent piano in the cor­ner — next month will host a se­lec­tion from the in­ter­na­tion­ally re­garded film jam­boree that wrapped up a fort­night ago. First trav­el­ling cab off the rank, though, is Wol­lon­gong. Be­tween July 21 and 24 it will show eight films, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian film Ali’s Wed­ding and Sami Blood from Swe­den. Face­book: @the­week­endaus­tralian­re­view Twit­ter: @TimDou­glas_Aus In­sta­gram: @Re­view_Aus­tralian

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