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Saturday Morning Shopping
It s leisure-wear in all directions
down the shops on Saturdays
the local heartland
they re dressed for comfort
specials suck them in
thronged and in their day-off daks
shaking, burnished fag-end fingers flick a wave
to husbands doing jury duty on the bench outside
sitting waiting puffing out their verdict
in a cloud of roll-your-own-brand humour
keno prayers hang in air
already thick with stale smoke and eu-de-dryclean
take a number better halves close in on deli counters
low-fat ladies powershop in milk-white trainers
music bleeding into brains
through tapeworm-threaded headsets
clumps of kids
play hide and seek with mothers up
and down the aisles
past cut-price cookbooks
stacked for sale in hopeful piles
corners curled from try-before-you-buy caresses
and out the front
taking turns to hold the fort
a canine changing of the guards.
Jo Vabolis is a lecturer, writer and arts reviewer.
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of large venues, including Sydney s
Enmore Theatre, but was panned by the
Sydney Morning Herald s reviewer for
not being funny often enough.
It s a common criticism of Minchin s
shows, which deal with (as everyone
says) "the big issues". Prejudice, religion
and politics are on the menu in his
musical comedy stylings.
The other thing you can always
count on is the opposite reaction. Along
with snub-nosed apathy, Minchin also
inspires fanaticism and awe. There
are comedy fans who have seen every
show he has made, bought every DVD
and album available, and avidly await
Minchin s fans feel a personal connec-
tion, he says.
"I address topics in stupid ways and
people identify me as someone who is
willing to discuss death and religion, and
stuff like that."
As a result, fans often reveal things he
"doesn t want to know", either through
emails or in conversation. And the
people reaching out are not always those
you d expect.
"I had a chat with a reverend recently.
He wrote and said he thought my show
was amazing and thought it was great
that people were discussing morality,"
"It was brilliant. He was one of many
people I ve talked to over the years who
are religious and like my stuff."
Minchin doesn t mind the attention
too much because, despite his aggressive
stage persona, he really likes people.
"When I m doing my shows, I m
pretending to be someone else," he says.
That "someone else" is widely
regarded as hilarious, clever and
musically talented, so it might be worth
a look in December while he s in town. If
that s not convenient, he s returning in
February. Of course you could see both
shows -- many people will.
Tim Minchin plays the Thebarton
Theatre on December 11 and February 20
Local filmmakers will make a
record showing at this year s
Shorts Film Festival.
Now in its seventh year,
the festival boasts its longest
program. For the first time it will
run for a full week.
A total of 240 films were
entered for judging this year
-- another record for the Shorts
Festival founder David
Lightfoot said while the increas-
ing number of local showings
was exciting, it was also
surprising given the economic
"The financial crisis has made
it challenging to raise money to
make films, so we ve been really
surprised by the number and
quality of films entered for the
festival," he said.
The festival has a panel of 45
judges. These are spread across
12 judging sessions, where every
entry is watched and evaluated.
In the end, 60 Australian films
-- including 13 South Australian
films and a range of interna-
tional entries -- will be screened
Highlights from the local
selection include Aimee Knight s
Talk Derby To Me, a documen-
tary which delves into the
violent and increasingly popular
world of roller derby, and Eddie
White s The Cat Piano, which
has recently been shortlisted for
an Oscar nomination.
Joining the spread of
Australian films are nine special
selections from the Rushes
SOHO Shorts Festival in the UK.
The agreement between
SOHO and Shorts gives entrants
from Australia the chance to
have their film screened in the
The prize pool at the Shorts
Film Festival is one of the largest
in Australia and is worth more
than $50,000. The overall winner
will be sent on an all-expenses-
paid trip to Cannes Film Festival.
omedian Tim Minchin s shtick
being a fake rock-star type, but
short chat reveals a secret whic
immediately distinguishes him from
real deal. The man runs every day.
Proper rock stars view exercise in
the same way emergency departme
doctors view riding a motorbik
at high speed in the rain wit
no leathers or helmet: as a
universally bad idea.
Minchin s dedication i
when you consider he is
longer based in his sunny
home town of Perth but is inst
settled, with wife and child
in London, where it rai
all the time.
It s a dedicatio
that hints at
comedian, he is q
the serious man.
This tendency plays o
in his shows, where th
comedic wonder sits
down behind his pia
and makes people la
and think at the sam
has split reviewers.
Although Minchin h
been around for a wh
now and has an inte
for being very fun
was in Australi
earlier this year
for the Adelaide Fringe and a variety
shows in other states. He sold out a se
Solutions from 10
Aimee Knight s Talk Derby To Me is a festival highlight.
Veronica Anderson produces
a television show called Our
is always on
the lookout for
When she hears
of an expedition
that took place
in the Northern
the 50s, she
thinking the tale
could fit into a
larger story on the
film and television
maker Maxim Topov decided to
make a movie in the Territory
in 1955, thinking it would
promote tourism, in light of the
56 Olympics. He assembled an
esoteric, possibly incompatible
crew, then set off in a haphazard
fashion with no firm outline to
Veronica needs to pursue
her story into the Northern
Territory and is pleased
when part-Aboriginal Jamie
MacIntosh joins her party. She
is even happier when she learns
Jamie is the son of Doris, who
joined the original expedition as
a child and is a uniting factor in
both past and present.
ies surrounding the
become clearer as
Veronica follows her
story. The murder
of an important
member of the first
expedition is not a
major a part of the
story, and I felt more
could have been
made of it. Still, the
book is very long
and I suppose only
so much space could
be devoted to the
The value of
the story is in the
description of the landscape and
the introduction to the Northern
Territory, with characterisation
taking second place. Despite
this, the characters are likable
-- although Topov does, at times,
degenerate into caricature.
A reader wishing to learn
about the NT, together with a
smattering of some Aboriginal
tradition, could do worse than
read this opus. It is not a dry
and dusty travelogue but has
interesting stories combined
with a marvellous landscape.
-- Denise Pickles
BOOK REVIEW The Silent Country, Di Morrissey
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