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SXSW previews your next month of cinema

Don’t discount South by Southwest (SXSW). Ever since Everything Everywhere All at Once premiered there in 2022 and then swept the Oscars, the Austin arts festival/conference has been perceived as a serious awards trendsetter.

Dev Patel’s directorial debut Monkey Man had chins wagging after its SXSW debut last week. The star of Slumdog Millionaire, Lion and The Green Knight appeared to be tearing up after his action thriller received a multi-minute standing ovation. The film, which has been Patel’s passion project for a couple of years, was picked up by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions for a theatrical release. It’ll land in Aussie cinemas on April 4.

There are two more buzzy films coming out of SXSW with an Australian connection. First up is The Fall Guy, featuring Ryan “I’m just Ken” Gosling and directed by former stuntman David Leitch. The high-octane movie was filmed around Sydney, shutting down the Harbour Bridge for a few hours last January so Gosling could nail some car-based stunts. Look out for it in cinemas April 24.

Late Night with the Devil was not only shot in Melbourne, but also written and directed by local siblings Colin and Cameron Cairnes. Starring David Dastmalchian, the found-footage horror film follows a disastrous attempt to up ratings on a special Halloween episode of a late-night talk show. It’ll be in cinemas on April 11.

For better or for worse, this last movie will have people talking in the next few months — Alex Garland’s Civil War. The British writer-director is behind films including Ex Machina, Men and 28 Days Later, and now he’s taking on US political unrest. Civil War takes place in a near future where some US states have seceded from the rest of the country, which leads to, you guessed it, a civil war. It will also land in Australian cinemas on April 11.

— Velvet Winter

And while we’re on the topic of SXSW …. dozens of acts boycotted the festival over its ‘super sponsor’

The Texas festival doesn’t just show films: It hosts hundreds of music and speaking performances over its run. But as of last Wednesday, more than 80 planned speakers and performers had pulled out of the festival, to protest the Israel-Gaza war.

Artists were protesting the inclusion of the US Army as one of the festival’s six major “super sponsors”, as well as the involvement of several weapons companies and agencies — as detailed by protest organisers Austin 4 Palestine.

Texas governor Greg Abbott responded to the protests on X (formerly Twitter) by telling the boycotting artists “don’t come back” and “if you don’t like it, don’t come here”.

SXSW disagreed with Abbott publicly on X, while releasing a statement that defended the inclusion of the sponsors in the festival.

“We are an organisation that welcomes diverse viewpoints. Music is the soul of SXSW, and it has long been our legacy. We fully respect the decision these artists made to exercise their right to free speech,” the statement said.

“The Army’s sponsorship is part of our commitment to bring forward ideas that shape our world. In regard to Collins Aerospace, they participated this year as a sponsor of two SXSW Pitch categories, giving entrepreneurs visibility and funding for potentially game-changing work.”

— Velvet Winter

You need to watch Succession’s Jeremy Strong stay in character as a climate protester disrupts his new Broadway show

Three Extinction Rebellion protesters interrupted a preview showing of the new production of An Enemy of the People starring Jeremy Strong last week, with one declaring to a confused audience: “There is no Broadway on a dead planet.”

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s classic play tells the story of Dr Thomas Stockmann (played by Strong), who faces fierce opposition when attempting to speak out against deadly contamination in his town.

Videos shared on social media showed a protester descending the stairs in the theatre as he said, “I object to the silencing of scientists. I am very, very sorry to interrupt your night and this amazing performance … I am a theatre artist, I work in this theatre professionally … I am putting my career on the line because we are not doing anything about this crisis.”

Strong’s fellow cast members took matters into their own hands, saying “you are not allowed to speak” and then pushing him up the stairs.

Strong was the sole voice asking that they “let him speak”, saying “he’s right” from the stage, where he stayed in character.

Laura Robinson, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, said in a news release: “[An Enemy of the People] highlights that climate activists are not the enemy.

“But why are we being treated as such? Non-violent climate protesters are being charged as if they have committed very violent acts. This is not sustainable and this is unacceptable.”

— Yasmin Jeffery

Lindsay Lohan returns with a rom-com set in Ireland for no real reason

As part of her two-film deal with Netflix, Lindsay Lohan is back on the streamer with rom-com Irish Wish, a movie that opens with the definition of the word “wish”.

In it, Lohan stars as a book editor madly in love with an author about to marry her best friend in Ireland. Then a mischievous fairy grants her a wish, so she’s the one marrying the author instead. Repeat run-ins with a hunky photographer soon have her questioning who her heart really belongs to. Neither of these men are Irish, which is a real shame, though we do get scenes where LiLo drinks Guinness, wears green and says the Cliffs of Moher remind her of her favourite author, James Joyce. Sure!

Between The Guardian’s one-star review and Vulture calling it a “crypto-fascist, AI-generated harbinger of doom”, it’s unlikely to go down as one of LiLo’s most acclaimed films – but audiences on socials seem to enjoy it for what it is: silly escapism.

Mostly, people just seem to be happy to see Lohan on screen again. Even the one-star reviews highlight her “unwavering charm”, and hopefully this means we get to see her in something meatier soon. Maybe the luck of the Irish rubs off!

— Jared Richards

Adelaide Fringe wraps with almost $300,000 in prizes

Kate Dolan was awarded the Adelaide Fringe Emerging Artist Award for her comedy show.(Supplied)

Actors, musicians, comedians, circus performers and just about everyone in between have been sweating and sparkling in venues across Kaurna Country for four weeks now — during a blistering heatwave.

But the Adelaide Fringe festival finally wrapped in a grand ceremony and awards night on Sunday.

There were more than 1,450 shows in total, and 47 of them took home awards, with the total prize pool adding up to $283,000.

“The [performers’] remarkable talent and dedication [offered] audiences unforgettable moments of joy, reflection, and inspiration,” said chief executive and director Heather Croall.

“Your success is a testament to the vital role the arts play in our lives.”

The Adelaide Critics Award went to Blood of the Lamb, a “searing drama about bureaucratic chaos in post-Roe America”.

The $25,000 Sarah Rohrsheim Fellowship Award went to Chloe Castledine for her 00s-themed nostalgia journey/dance party So Fresh! Hits of the 2000s.

Local circus performer Margot Mansfield scored the Edinburgh Fringe Award for her debut production B.L.I.P.S, a solo circus show exploring her journey dealing with “brief limited intermittent psychotic symptoms”.

And the Adelaide Fringe Emerging Artist Award went to UK comedian Kate Dolan, for her comedy show A Different Kind of Unhinged. Take note comedy fans in Naarm and Sydney, as Kate will be travelling east for the Melbourne and Sydney comedy festivals too!

— Katherine Smyrk

Karaoke pioneer Shigeichi Negishi dies aged 100

If you’ve ever drunkenly shouted along to Bohemian Rhapsody in a dimly lit room with a bunch of mates and/or strangers (with a little liquid courage), you need to pay your respects to Shigeichi Negishi.

The Japanese engineer who invented the world’s first commercially available karaoke machine has died at the age of 100.

The head of a Tokyo-based electronics company, Negishi’s invention, the “Sparko Box”, first came to market in 1967 — a mass-produced, coin-operated machine with a microphone and speaker that used eight-track tapes of instrumental recordings and was packaged with lyrics.

Originally, Nigeshi had considered naming his device with the word karaoke – a term combining the words for “empty” (kara) and “orchestra” (ōkesutora) – but was rejected for fear it was too similar to “kanoke”, the Japanese word for coffin.

Author Matt Alt, who interviewed Negishi for his book, Pure Invention: How Japan Made the Modern World, said the Sparko Box’s impact was an “eerie precursor” to contemporary concerns around AI replacing artistic roles.

“By automating the sing-along, he earned the enmity of performers who saw his machine as a threat to their jobs,” Alt wrote on social media.

Though the Sparko Box was a moderate success, Negishi’s business was dissolved in 1975 and he failed to secure a patent for his invention. That’s why Japanese businessman Daisuke Inoue is commonly credited with pioneering the karaoke machine after his version, the “Juke 8”, came to market in 1971.

— Al Newstead

Bad news for anyone looking to score free contraceptives at Olivia Rodrigo’s GUTS tour

Just last week, it was reported a non-profit handed out emergency contraception pills, condoms and lube at one of Olivia Rodrigo’s concerts in St Louis, Missouri — where abortion is illegal except in cases of medical emergency.

But the 1 Step Forward, 3 Steps back singer’s team has allegedly told organisers they will not be allowed to distribute contraceptives at future gigs on the 21-year-old’s GUTS world tour, “because children are present at the concerts”.

Jade Hurley, the communications manager for the DC Abortion Fund, told Variety: “It’s disappointing that extremists are causing a moral panic over something they don’t even understand … to restrict access and shame minors out of getting the resources they need.

“Their agenda is just control and power over autonomy, and they always go after young people first.”

Last month, Rodrigo announced she had set up a new charity called Fund 4 Good to raise money for reproductive rights, with a portion of all GUTS world tour ticket sales going towards the initiative. She also revealed she would be partnering with the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) to set up booths on each stop along the US leg of her world tour.

— Yasmin Jeffery

Glastonbury reveals another incredible line-up — but you can’t please everyone

The first names for this year’s Glastonbury Festival in the UK have been revealed, once again proving the festival is practically without peer when it comes to crafting broad and brilliant line-ups that cater to music-lovers of all persuasions.

The first line-up announcement for Glastonbury 2024 is packed with a broad array of artists.

Pop superstars Dua Lipa, Coldplay, SZA and Shania Twain occupy the top line of the bill — four artists who have made indelible contributions to music. These acts were a point of contention for some of the festival’s critics, however, who lament the decidedly pop-leaning direction of its biggest acts.

There’s also been some consternation at the lack of a vintage headliner like Paul McCartney, Diana Ross or Elton John — who have played the festival’s famed “legends slot” in recent years. It’s presumed Shania Twain will take that honour this year, though some pundits had earlier predicted anyone from Stevie Nicks to the Spice Girls would take it on.

Not that the complainers will be short on things to watch if they’re not interested in those big names. The stacked line-up features dance music gods LCD Soundsystem, indie icon PJ Harvey, Afrobeats master Burna Boy, modern disco diva Jessie Ware, and emotive heavy rock titans IDLES, to name just a few.

Any criticism is unlikely to have much impact on organisers, as the late June festival — which holds a staggering 210,000 people — is completely sold out.

— Dan Condon

Is ‘Mama, kudos for saying that. For spilling’ all over your socials?

When a new friend opens up about a difficult experience, it can be hard to know what to say. Just ask Plane Jane, a RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant at the centre of a new meme, all due to her sincere but unconventional response to fellow queen Q disclosing she’s living with HIV: “Mama, kudos for saying that. For spilling.”

After meme tastemaker Evan Ross Katz highlighted the quote to his followers, the internet ran with the moment, adding it into scenes from Midsommar, Brokeback Mountain, Titanic, Wicked and so much more.

You can watch the original moment below, where Q elaborates on the discrimination she’s faced as someone living with HIV and the importance of eradicating stigma. It’s an important message: Mama, kudos for saying that. For spilling.

— Jared Richards

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