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0 Comment(s) 04/12/2016 News | Reviews | Theatre

This year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival brings a host of big names, the greats of comedy and television. George and Pam are going to host the BIGGEST name – Australia’s favourite actor of the stage and screen- Sir Geoffrey Rush. George & Pam: In Conversation with Sir Geoffrey Rush is a brand new, absurdist character comedy starring siblings Pam (Arts Administrator) and George (Administrator of the Arts.) As the middle-aged Camberwell-born and bred duo prepares to interview their – our – esteemed guest, they shine a laughable and lovable light on theatre, fandom and the arts in all its absurdity.

Like a gingernut complements a cup of tea; these idiosyncratic individuals complement each other. Their storytelling and transitions to reenactments through song and voice overs is seamless and hilarious. The thing that struck me the most was how natural and believable the characters are for people who are so batty and absurd. I guess it shows there’s these little twists in all of us, and shows us how talented and clever the brains and bodies behind this operation are. Written and performed by Australian comedians Anna O’Bryan (Al & Anna’s Music Rant) and Sam Rankin (Wake Up, Sheeple!) and directed by award-winning Rachel Davis (EDGE!, Best Comedy, Melbourne Fringe 2013; Weekly Award, Adelaide Fringe 2014), it shows us that two/three heads are better than one. (Unless the one head is Sir Geoffrey’s)

It was Monday night, I’ve got a cold from the late nights of comedy and early mornings of writing and I honestly felt like climbing in a cocoon of tissues and hot toddies. It took about 30 seconds to change my mind. There’s not many days left of this festival, if you feel like you have heard every joke about Tinder, Tony Abbot and topics of the year, then you are in for a real treat, as George and Pam: In Conversation with Sir Geoffrey Rush is refreshingly sharp and witty. There’s no forced laughs or fizzles, it’s delightfully different and it’s a “YES” from me.

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0 Comment(s) 04/11/2016 Films | News

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales already wrapped up its production in Australia last July. But Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Geoffrey Rush are expected to reshoot and film additional sequences in Vancouver.

Vancouver Sun confirmed that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will work under the production title Herschel Additional Photography. Depp and his wife Amber Heard were also spotted publicly after dining at Tojo’s, a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver on Thursday night [April 5]. As reported, the filming is said to have started on March 24 and will continue until April 13.

According to Vancity Buzz, Paul McCartney is also in Vancouver to join the company of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. It was reported earlier that the former Beatles member will have a major extra scene. His character, though, remains unnamed as of this stage.

The movie, fifth installment in the franchise, is reportedly the last. The movie has gone through a few challenges including some production delays, injury to its star, and cost overruns.

The movie had an initial budget of $250 million but racked up a $320 million bill after Depp accidentally injured his hand on set in Queensland’s Gold Coast last March. Because of his injury, production stopped for four weeks.

Furthermore, Depp was involved in illegally importing their two Yorkshire Terriers, Pistol and Boo, by private jet into Australia. There were claims that the actor was in hot water with the Australian authorities. The country has some regulations to prevent diseases such as rabies spreading to its shores.

Meanwhile, filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Vancouver will reportedly take place at Seaspan’s shipyards in North Vancouver. The filming will be in an indoor setting as most of the scenes will be taken inside the Block Assembly Shop building, where the set of the pirate ship has been built. An insider also said that the body of vessels are fitted and welded inside the facility.

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0 Comment(s) 04/09/2016 Gallery

Our gallery has been updated with high quality images from Elizabeth: The Golden Age.




0 Comment(s) 04/07/2016 Gallery

Our gallery has been updated with high quality images from Elizabeth.




0 Comment(s) 04/07/2016 News | Theatre

Sick of Waiting for Godot? Come and wait for God (read: Australia’s favourite actor and anti-urban development activist, Geoffrey Rush).

Yes, it is we! Camberwell’s offspring, George and Pam – renowned advocates for the arts and closest of friends with the revered actor Sir Geoffrey Rush. Join us for an intimate discussion and Q&A with the great man.

Ever Yours,
George and Pam

P.S. He’ll definitely come

This brand new, absurd character comedy satirises deranged sibling rivalry, overbearing theatre, misguided fandom and how we’re all just a short twist of the dial away from madness.

Proudly brought to you by comedians Sam Rankin (Wake Up Sheeple, 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and 2014 Melbourne Fringe) and Anna O’Bryan (Al & Anna’s Music Rant, 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and 2013 Melbourne Fringe, as heard on triple j) with award-winning director Rachel Davis (EDGE!, Best Comedy 2013 Melbourne Fringe 2013, Winner Weekly Award 2014 Adelaide Fringe).

Suitable for audiences 16+

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0 Comment(s) 04/06/2016 Uncategorized

Sir Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I of England, died on this day in 1590. He was played by Geoffrey in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), alongside Cate Blanchett!




0 Comment(s) 04/06/2016 Films | Reviews

We can all agree that when it comes to comedy, Australian filmmakers get it wrong more often than right, bringing on more bouts of cultural cringe than chants at a cricket game. But when it comes to drama, it’s a different story.

Hot off the heels of a strong year for the local film industry with the likes of Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker, comes The Daughter, a moody and intense story with powerhouse performances from Ewen Leslie, Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto, Sam Neill and newcomer Odessa Young.

The Daughter is a family drama set against the backdrop of a small town whose fortunes revolve around the just-closed timber mill owned by Henry Neilson (Rush). Henry’s estranged son, Christian (American actor Paul Schneider, Parks and Recreation), has come home after more than a decade away to be the best man at his father’s wedding to a much-younger housekeeper (Anna Torv).

Christian’s return, as is often the case with a prodigal son, serves as a catalyst for long-buried family secrets to be unearthed.

The Daughter is an impressive debut feature from director Simon Stone. At 31 years old, Stone has been called the “wunderkind” of Australian theatre, having previously been the resident director for Belvoir. He’s also mounted several productions since 2007 that have won him acclaim and a Helpmann Award for Best Play.

So it’s wonderful to see Stone apply his talents to a different medium. The source material for The Daughter isn’t new to Stone — it’s based on Henrik Ibsen play The Wild Duck, which Stone previously adapted for the stage in 2011 but the film is a significant departure from the Norwegian playwright’s words.

Modernised, The Daughter has a beautiful naturalism that is surprising for a first time director, especially one with a theatre background. The film is also imbued with a sense of disciplined drama when it could’ve easily gone for melodrama. It recalls Ray Lawrence movies such as Lantana and Jindabyne in that respect.

But it’s the performances that give The Daughter gravitas. While the ensemble cast is wonderful, Leslie is particularly brilliant as Oliver, best mate to Christian and father of Hedvig, the titular daughter.

Leslie is able to take his character from a content everyman who’s come to terms with his squandered youth and opportunities to a broken shell with authenticity and empathy. Leslie is one of the most underrated Australian actors with the general public. He’s worked prolifically across film, television and theatre and has a knack for choosing interesting roles with nuance – if you haven’t seen him in Dead Europe, you should.

But it’s Young’s luminous face that will haunt you days after walking out of the cinema. The Daughter is Young’s second film but audiences may recognise her from TV stints on Wonderland and Tricky Business. The teenager’s turn in The Daughter will, justifiably, earn her plaudits — she is able to convey her character’s innocence and complexity with a single look. Young is a star to watch.

The Daughter is in Aussie cinemas now.

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