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Priscilla’s legacy

Priscilla’s legacy | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert turns 21 this year.  The Australia of 1994 was no beacon of progressiveness.  Difference was at best frowned upon and at worst scared into hiding.  A vegan would be looked upon with suspicion.  A girl surfer would get flack.  As for being openly gay or on the rainbow spectrum in the outback...  Well that wasn’t going to lie.

 

The blatancy of the intolerance is satirised in Monty Python’s ‘Bruce’ sketch.  A professor called Michael (the Bruces call him Bruce to avoid confusion) is visiting a Queensland uni from the UK.  He is introduced to the philosophy professors.  “Hey, Bruce, are you a poofter?!”  It turns out Rules 1, 3, 5 and 7 are all ‘No poofters’.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f_p0CgPeyA

 

All the Bruces are clearly mates, all drink beer and all think alike.  They seek a simple harmony – albeit an illusion.  This blow-in, while breaking the monotony, threatens, in their minds, to upset the apple cart.  So it is with the three travelling performers of Priscilla – two transvestites and a transsexual, played gloriously by Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp.  And the struggle to make the film a reality was a case of life imitating art imitating life.  That struggle is explored in the new doco Between a Frock and a Hard Place.  (Click the post title for details.)

 

Priscilla’s legacy is far more wide-ranging than a new acceptance of differing sexualities, important though that is.  It’s about individuality in all its forms.  Freedom of expression.  An appetite for the many diverse stories now on offer – from this land and the world.  Priscilla is fabulous, and the next generation of Australians will be also.

 

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Wide open road

Wide open road | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

It’s the name of this streaming music show from DJRingfinger as well as the Triffids track that inspired it, included on this edition’s playlist.  It’s also the place to be while these rocking Aussie tracks, themed this time around ‘loving, leaving, lying and cheating’, wash over you.  Another link courtesy of Peter Bryant.

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Any questions for Ben?

Yes? You want to know what new romcom by Rob Sitch is opening on Australia Day? Weren’t you listening?! Right, where were we? Any questions for Ben?

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The Ship Song bedazzled

Nick Cave’s ‘The Ship Song’ is a tender, intimate love song you maybe don’t feel like sharing, so it feels rather strange to see it get this multi-star, multi-genre cinematic treatment. But it’s also an opportunity to revel in our world class musical talent.

 

It features Neil Finn, Kev Carmody and The Australian Ballet, Sarah Blasko, John Bell, Angus and Julia Stone, Paul Kelly and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Opera Australia, Martha Wainwright, Katie Noonan and The Sydney Symphony, The Temper Trap, Daniel Johns and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Our cup runneth over.

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Perth’s white Christmas

Australia is proud of its blue skies and hot summers. For those hailing from the UK, the hail – like the warm beer – is something best forgotten. But Christmas is an exception. Even Christmas In July somehow lacks wintry authenticity. As for Christmas proper, right now Perth is experiencing temperatures in the high thirties.

But Perth’s London Court – the central shopping arcade built in 1937, but aiming to look more 1537 – is not letting that get in the way. In the run up to Christmas there will be daily 15 minute snow showers at midday, complete with carols! It’ll be the perfect spot for all those surfing Santas to pick up their stocking fillers...
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Holding the torch for our indie heritage

Holding the torch for our indie heritage | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Thanks to Peter Bryant for suggesting this link to the latest in a multimedia series exploring the journey taken by Australian independent music. This one takes female singer/songwriters of the 80s and early 90s as its jumping-off point before edging into the choppier water of tracks with heavy rock and punk influences.

 

What’s striking about the first track, Cloud Factory by The Clouds, is how fresh and contemporary it sounds. If you skip the inevitably dated YouTube Clip and go instead for the HQ playlist audio you could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a big label 2012 offering rather than a debut indie EP from 1990. Australia has a rich pedigree in sound engineering – all part of our passion for good music. And for some thoughts on the X factor of the Melbourne music scene look out for a post of mine coming soon.

 

The Clouds reformed in 2011, and their music can now be found in the cloud...

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Perth + time-lapse + Decoder Ring = awesome

There’s something compelling about this short experimental video by @antzpantz featuring 1-second time-lapse of residential inner Perth. The electro-rock soundtrack by Sydney band Decoder Ring acts as an antidote to the relentless McMansion-like uniformity.

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