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What's on: Mini film festival, epic music and a gala arts fundraiser


This weekend, the Adelaide Film Festival goes rogue, an epic return to South Australia for an acclaimed conductor, a key arts hub runs its first fundraising gala, and much more.

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Adelaide Film Festival Goes Rogue

In its off year, the biennial Adelaide Film Festival is running a mini version – dubbed “Goes Rogue” – with the premiere of works commissioned by the festival fund. These include the world premiere screening of Australia’s first “Muslim rom-com”, Ali’s Wedding, based on the life of actor, writer and comedian Osamah Sami. There will also be a special “work in progress” screening of David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema. The festival opened last night and will run until Sunday. Tickets and full information here.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – A Hero’s Life

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 80th birthday at the Festival Theatre on Saturday night with an epic concert under the baton of celebrated British conductor Jeffrey Tate. The concert will feature Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with young Australian pianist Jayson Gillham, and concludes with Strauss’s spectacular Ein Heldenleben – ‘A Hero’s Life’. Tate will be fondly remembered by Adelaide classical music fans: he conducted the acclaimed Australian production of the Ring Cycle in 1998. Details and tickets here.

Fawlty Towers – Live

Fawlty Towers recreated on stage. Photo: James Morgan

Fawlty Towers recreated on stage. Photo: James Morgan

This world premiere tour is recreating the legendary British sitcom on stage, with behind-the-scenes involvement of the original co-writer and key actor, John Cleese (his role of Basil is taken by Stephen Hall). It’s a mash-up of several episodes and includes lovingly recreated sets. It’s playing in Adelaide at Her Majesty’s Theatre until November 13. Details here.

Nexus Fundraising Gala

Electronic music performer Oisima.

Electronic music performer Oisima.

Nexus Arts will host its inaugural fundraising gala on Saturday. Hosted by spoken word poet and performer Manal Younus, the night will showcase a selection of South Australia’s best performers. Performing on the night will be singer songwriter Ellie Lovegrove, Sufi Soul, with music from Pakistan and Northern India, a one-off remount of the 2014 Nexus Live commission “Until the Dust Settles” featuring renowned tabla player Jay Dagbar, jazz master Adam Page and electronic music sensation Oisima.

An auction of artworks by past Nexus Studio Residency artists will include ceramics by Jordan Gower, textiles by Lilly Buttrose, paintings by Nazia Ejaz and drawing works by Jelena Vujnovic.

Tickets and details here.

Feast Festival

This annual celebration of SA’s queer arts and culture features a line-up of shows and events encompassing theatre, music, comedy, film, visual art and more. Highlights include the Comedy Mass Debate, improv duo The Sparrow Men, cabaret artists Amelia Ryan and Michael Griffiths’ tribute to Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen (Livvie and Pete), the Picnic in the Park and an exhibition of “fly-on-the-wall” photos by Robert Knapman looking at LGBTIQ lives. Feast runs until November 6, and the full program can be downloaded here.

Restless Dance Theatre’s Debut 5: The Dancers Direct – Restless Studio

Debut 5 features five diverse short works of dance theatre directed by dancers from the Restless Youth and Senior Ensembles.  The works integrate dancers with and without disability, and enable emerging directors to develop their choreography skills under the guidance of professional mentors. Final performances are at the Restless Studio, 195 Gilles Street, this weekend (October 26-27).

Rumpelstiltskin – Dunstan Playhouse

Paul Capsis presents a playful interpretation of Rumpelstiltskin. Photo: Shane Reid

Paul Capsis presents a playful interpretation of Rumpelstiltskin. Photo: Shane Reid

Paul Capsis stars as shape-shifting imp Rumpelstiltskin in this new spin on an old fairytale presented by Windmill Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of SA. Directed by Windmill’s Rosemary Myers and said to be suitable for “ages eight to 108”, it’s at the Dunstan Playhouse until October 30. Read InDaily’s review of the show here.

Collisions – Art Gallery of SA

Artist Lynette Wallworth’s new virtual-reality screen project Collisions is being presented by the Adelaide Film Festival and Art Gallery of SA at the gallery until the end of October. VR technology used in the work enables viewers to go on a personal journey with Martu elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan, of the Pilbara in Western Australia, whose first contact with Western culture came in the 1950s when he witnessed an atomic test. Read more here.

Feet of Clay – Bakehouse Theatre

Adapted from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel of the same name, this comedy sees Commander Samuel Vines on a mission to find out “not only whodunit, but howdunit too … He’s not even sure what they dun”. Feet of Clay is being presented by Unseen Theatre Company at the Bakehouse Theatre until November 5.

12 Angry Men – Holden Street Theatres

The audience will be pulled into the jury room in Matt Byrne Media’s new take on Reginald Rose’s 1950s drama 12 Angry Men, with each audience member given a connection to one of the 12 jurors hearing the case of a young man accused of murdering his father. The play is in The Studio, Holden Street Theatres, until October 29.

Fiona Hall – All the King’s Men – Art Gallery of SA

All the King’s Men is the masterwork from Fiona Hall’s 2015 Venice Biennale exhibition Wrong Way Time. The installation includes 20 sculptures suspended in space that are made from military uniforms, with mask-like heads and ghostly, skeletal bodies. The installation will be at the Art Gallery of SA until December 21. Read InDaily’s interview with the artist here.

The Dressmaker Costume ExhibitionAyers House

More than 50 costumes worn by actors including Kate Winslet and Sarah Snook in Australian film The Dressmaker are on display in this exhibition at Ayers House Museum until December 11. The display, developed for the National Trust by award-winning designer Marion Boyce, offers a taste of 1950s Parisian couture. Details here.

On screen

See InDailys reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

Joe Cinque’s Consolation
Deepwater Horizon
The Magnificent Seven





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