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PRESTIGE PROPERTY GUIDE INSIDE

SINGLE AND HATING IT?

How to find love in a man drought

ROCK STARS

Delicious jewellery designs

Sweet love Say it with pavlova this Valentine’s Day


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This week... The path to true love never did run smooth but the terrain is even trickier if you’re a single woman living in Brisbane. The reason? Men are in the minority. Even the Australian Bureau of Statistics says so. But never fear, our intrepid (and single) columnist Brooke Falvey is here to help, and has made it her mission to discover exactly where cupid is striking. In Catch and kiss (P8), Brooke documents her recent romantic forays, both online and in real life, and reveals her top tips for navigating the world of modern dating. Still on romance, and with Valentine’s Day on Friday, don’t miss our jewellery edit (P19) for gorgeous gift ideas, and Alastair McLeod’s pavlova recipe (P13) – the ideal treat for the sweet tooth in your life. Until next week.

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THE CHAT Cinema scion Stephen Sourris FEATURE The single girl’s guide to finding that forever kind of love RESTAURANT GOMA Restaurant, South Brisbane RECIPE Alastair McLeod’s watermelon, passionfruit and rose pavlova ART rightNOW, Onespace Gallery, West End STYLE Statement jewellery AT HOME Secret garden at Petrie Terrace

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ON THE COVER Alastair McLeod’s watermelon, passionfruit and rose pavlova, Recipe, P13. Styling & photography Miranda Porter Design Anne-Maree Lyons

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Alicia Pyke The women I grew up with on TV have bigger and bolder careers than ever. And that makes me want more from life as I move deeper into my 40s Lily Tomlin is something of a lifelong hero of mine. First she blew my mind as a child when she appeared as a grown up playing a five-year-old on Sesame Street. Filmed in 1975, Tomlin sits atop a giant rocking chair and sweetly fidgets her way through a description of making the world’s worst sandwich: a pickle, sultana, salami, peanut butter, tuna combo so revolting even her dog won’t eat it. Look it up on YouTube, it’s hilarious! Now Tomlin is cracking me up on Netflix as the kooky Frankie to Jane Fonda’s elegant Grace in buddy comedy Grace and Frankie.

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Having once worked at a magazine for women in their 50s, 60s and 70s, I adore watching rich hippie retiree Frankie roll stereotypes about how women are supposed to age into one of her enormous joints and puff out smoke rings of disregard. Rather than slipping away quietly, the women I grew up with on TV have bigger and bolder careers than ever. And that makes me want more from life as I move deeper into my 40s. Variety in the work I do is one thing I crave. And for that, I look to Allison Janney. I’ve been madly crushing on her

since The West Wing when her stylish turn as White House press secretary C.J. Cregg piqued my interest in trying to understand US politics. Since then, Janney has won an Oscar and worked non-stop. She’s laughout-loud funny in Mom, terrifying in I, Tonya and constantly in demand for voiceovers on animation hits like Finding Nemo, Family Guy and The Simpsons. Now if only I can have a pinch of her stamina to make that kind of professional variety happen for me. I’m also in awe of the resilience of legendary actor and breast-cancer survivor

Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Having spent her 30s on Seinfeld, she smashed her 50s playing Selina Meyer, the loathsome lead in the brilliantly arch series Veep. Watch it if you haven’t already. Then there’s Holland Taylor, who I saw in Broadway play The Front Page a few years ago. Best known as the matriarch on Two and a Half Men, Holland is living her truth in a relationship with younger actor Sarah Paulson. Fangirling women who get better with age reminds me the best life has to offer is usually yet to arrive.

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THE CHAT

A life in pictures He’s a dab hand at restoring historic movie theatres and now Stephen Sourris is rolling out the red carpet in Red Hill Emma Schafer

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tephen Sourris recalls his first cinema experience like it was yesterday. He can’t tell you what was screening though, because he was flat out selling cordial, popcorn and choc tops in the candy bar at one of his family’s venues. “It was at Aspley Starlight Drive-In Theatre, and from memory I was about five years old,” he says. Stephen, 42, and his brother Peter, 45, now own and run the family business, Five Star Cinemas, which has been operating, restoring and building “grand old cinemas” across Brisbane for decades. The brothers refurbished the derelict New Farm Cinemas in 2013, the Elizabeth Picture Theatre in 2017, and late last year unveiled the boutique Red Hill Cinemas. In its glory days from 1920 until 1964, the formerly named Red Hill Picture Pops was the place of countless first dates and family outings. It then became a short-lived teen music venue before the Red Hill Skate Arena filled the iconic corner lot from 1965 until 2002. Fire gutted the venue in 2004. “I am a bit of a sucker for old buildings and it was this history that attracted me to the site … I envisaged a cinema that would be unique and full of character,” Stephen says of the mammoth project. “In hindsight it probably was an ambitious task, however I believe that the character of the derelict building has made for a unique cinema experience.” And so it has. The building had become the canvas for graffiti artists in the last 20 years and much of their unique work has been incorporated into the new facade. The original 1920s terrazzo floor was also salvaged in the revamp. “Things like this tell a story and I hope

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that when people walk in they will be able to identify with the building,” Stephen says. The refurb of the five-screen cinema – one 160-seat cinema, and four 70-seat gold room screens – was all in the name of “bringing back the grand old days of cinema” that the Sourris brothers’ grandfather helped create. After emigrating from Greece, Peter James Sourris was one of the first picture show men in the early 1920s in Queensland. “He would travel from town to town with a hand-wound projector on the back of a Bedford truck and hire out venues to screen movies,” Stephen says. “Cinema runs in our blood.” Later on, Peter Snr bought the Nundah Imperial Picture Theatre and built seven drive-in movie theatres in Brisbane, one of which was at Yatala, which his grandsons still own and operate. “They say cinema has been dying for the last 90 years and I hope it continues to die for the next 90,” Stephen says. But for the next year at least, Stephen might not get to many movies. He and his jewellery designer wife Christie Nicolaides are expecting their first child next month. Date nights will likely involve watching Notting Hill on the couch at their home in Brisbane’s CBD. “I might be showing my age but that would have to be the ultimate date night flick,” Stephen says. He assures theatre buffs though, Five Star Cinemas has more in store for Brisbane’s cinema scene. “I would like to build the Five Star Cinemas brand, so the credits will not roll yet,” Stephen says. fivestarcinemas.com.au

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Catch and kiss

million messages have been sent through the app in Australia since its launch in 2016. Plus, I have friends who met their boyfriends through Bumble. Verdict I have friends who love it, and there are others (myself included) who think most people use it for an ego boost while bingeing on Netflix on a Saturday night, with little intention of meeting their matches. Although word on the street is all the cool kids have now jumped over to the newer app, Hinge*. Top tip Message your matches between 8pm and 10pm – it’s the ideal time for connections, according to the BeeHive (Bumble HQ). Details Bumble is available for iPhone and Android devices. It’s free to join, although it’s hard to quantify the cost to your soul. You can upgrade your profile to “Bumble Boost” ($32.99 a month or $139.99 for a lifetime membership) to access premium features. bumble.com

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an drought. These two words strike fear in the hearts of most 30-something single women, myself included. Not because we aren’t happy being single *cough, cough*, but because when push comes to shove, the prospect of there not being enough fellas to go around tends to induce the same panic as a rush on the latest “it” shelving system or velvet occasional chair at Kmart. But does the man drought really exist? Apparently it does. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that for every 100 women, there are 97.8 men. Analysts from comparison website Finder trawled through census data (like a single on Bumble the day before Valentine’s Day) and found there were 689,000 singles in Brisbane alone, with 1.37 million across Queensland. If you split the Brisbane-based singletons by sex, women draw the short straw, outnumbering men by 44,000 – enough to fill more than four-fifths of Suncorp Stadium. But it’s not all bad news. Finder also helpfully identified the suburbs where you’ll find the highest number of single men and women, and they’re on opposite sides of the river – Dutton Park for men, and Albion for the women. Helpful information when house-hunting. Thanks to the rise of online dating apps, it’s supposedly easier than ever to find a prospective mate – but what if you’re looking for a little old-fashioned face-toface interaction? To help my fellow singletons out, I took one for the team and threw myself

(somewhat reluctantly) back into Brisbane’s dating scene so I could uncover the best ways to make a match, and potentially find the love of your life. Let’s just say, you owe me a cocktail.

BUMBLE Best for Those who see dating as a numbers game. Also for women who have a good variety of opening lines in their dating arsenal. My personal favourite: “How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice.” I’ll let you use it. How it works Bumble is a free online dating app built on the same model as Tinder*, but with a twist – women have 24 hours to start a conversation once a “match” has been made. You can also voice or video call within the app so there’s no need to give out your number too soon, and Bumble will give you a heads up if your match tries to send the dreaded “D” pic*. Who you’ll meet With 70 million users worldwide, including three million in Australia, you’ll likely see everyone who is single within your ideal location range. Don’t be shocked to find a relative, former partner or your friend’s recently separated husband on there. If you do, swipe left (because baby llama says no to drama). What happens Swipe. Match. Chat. If you’re lucky, you’ll make it to a date. But ghosting* is notorious from both sexes. Success rate Australian women have made the first move 47 million times and more than 550

CITYSWOON Best for People who are tired of spending weeks interacting via a screen and prefer a little face-to-face action to assess personality, body language and chemistry. How it works Part dating app and part speed dating, CitySwoon claims to match you with like-minded people, with free drinks and snacks thrown in to soften the blow of leaving your couch to meet a bunch of strangers. Events geared to specific age brackets (eg 38-48) are staged at various venues across the city. Who you’ll meet Guys you may not encounter in your dayto-day life. The night I went there was (among others) a musician, a misogynist and a missionary who wouldn’t make eye contact with any of the women. Not the kind of guys I’d match with of my own accord, but that’s the point. CONTINUED NEXT PAGE

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What happens It’s a speed dating scavenger hunt. Instead of progressing down a line of dates, you’re paired with your matches via text messages with their name and a photo and you have to find them in the crowd. Sounds easy, but let’s be honest – how many people actually look like their photos? Each date lasts 12-15 minutes. Success rate Since launching in Brisbane in September 2015, CitySwoon claims to have matched more than 5000 local singles on more than 43,000 matched dates at events thanks to the “in-person chemistry” factor. Verdict If CitySwoon matches people using an “intelligent chemistry and compatibility algorithm”, I can’t imagine why it sent a missionary my way. On the upside, out of the eight men I dated, four were nice; the chats came easily, we shared some laughs and most suggested we catch up at the bar at the end of the event. As for the others, let’s just say 15 minutes felt like an hour. Would I do it again? Probably. It was a fun night (the drinks and finger food helped), and most of the people seemed to be taking it for what it was – a chance to take things offline and meet people IRL*. Top tips First impressions matter and you only have a short time to talk to each date, so it’s important to be your best self. Also take a single girlfriend as it never hurts to have a wing woman to trade stories and highfives with when you’re done. Details You can sign up and fill out an online CitySwoon profile for free. A three-month membership costs $119.70 (unlimited online dates and discounted event tickets). Non-member event tickets start at $49. CitySwoon events are held are various locations around Brisbane. cityswoon.com.au

IDEAL INTRODUCTIONS Best for Gals who have already picked out the church, dress and just need that other essential ingredient – the “right” partner –

Dating dictionary Decoding modern dating lingo ... Breadcrumbing Being “led on” by someone online who has no intention of ever meeting you in person D pic A picture that reveals a person’s private parts Ghosting To withdraw from all communication without explanation Hinge A next-generation dating app, available for iPhones/iPads and Android devices, that’s oriented toward relationships rather than hookups and tries to match you with people your friends know and can vouch for. IRL In Real Life Swiping A function on Tinder (see below) that allows users to swipe right if they like someone or swipe left if they don’t. Tinder A location-based dating app, available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, that allows users to use a swiping motion to like or dislike other users, and allows users to chat if both parties like each other.

and a hand in finding him. Also for those who like the idea of someone else navigating the choppy waters of the dating pool on their behalf. How it works Clients must have been single for at least 12 months before signing up and be “emotionally available”. After being interviewed by a matchmaker, you’ll be set up with potential love matches. But this isn’t a Married At First Sight dinner party – alcohol and kissing are both frowned upon on the first date in favour of an old-school approach best described as “wooing”. As well as matchmaking, you’ll also receive personalised relationship coaching; stuff like how to arrange a date, what to wear, topics to avoid (such as past relationships) and how to end the date. The man pays on the date, although by date three (if you get that far) women are advised to “offer” to

pay, though the man should politely decline. It’s all very 1950s. Who you’ll meet There is a hefty mix of professionals and business owners on the books at Ideal Introductions, and chances are they’ll be a divorcee, as 63 per cent of members have previously been married. Given members spent anywhere from $500 to $5000 to sign up, they’re pretty serious when it comes to finding love. What happens You’ll meet a matchmaker (in my case, Linda) one-on-one and thoroughly discuss your relationship history (eek!), experiences, core values and the style of person you want to meet (hello Ryan Reynolds). They’ll then match you with like-minded, emotionally available people. No big deal, right? Also, each first date is a blind date because you won’t see a photo beforehand, you’ll just receive a quick five minute rundown on what they do, what they’re looking for and why you’re a match. Success rate Ideal Introductions has chalked up 1275 weddings (that they know of) since opening in 1991. Verdict While this probably isn’t the best option for control freaks, if you’re willing to let go, embrace the process and have a little fun, you might be surprised at what a good time you’ll have. But don’t expect a quick turnaround – this is all about the long game, so nothing is rushed. It took a few weeks for Linda to make my first match, but after years of dealing with swiping*, ghosting*, breadcrumbing*, and the like, it was fun to hand over the task of finding a date to someone else. Plus, when I didn’t want to see them again, Linda took care of that awkward conversation for me. No luck on the two dates I went on sadly, but Linda is keeping me on the books ... so watch this space. Top tip Take a deep breath and go with the flow. Details Packages start at $495. idealintroductions.com.au *See Dating Dictionary for definition

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Gluten-free guru This Chermside chef is cooking up a storm of Italian favourites for appreciative coeliac customers Annamaria Pinto, 35 Pastry chef, Casa Cibo What’s new with you? We’ve started running gluten-free events at Casa Cibo with grazing tables of different pizzas, pastas and desserts, all made without gluten. The two events so far were sell-outs, with an entire room dedicated to gluten-free panna cotta, limoncello tart, profiteroles, amaretti biscuits, apple crumble cheesecake and more. It was a huge success and we’ll be offering another one in the near future. Why gluten-free? People say I’m obsessed with gluten-free cooking but, for me, it’s not about culinary fashion. Rather, it’s a solution to a serious health condition. It must be so frustrating for people with coeliac disease to go out for a meal, always having to ask about ingredients and worrying whether the dish will be safe to eat. As an Italian who loves food, that’s my worst nightmare! I love it when diners thank me after eating a good dessert – their happiness becomes my joy. You must have so many coeliac fans ... Yes, we do. And we are getting more all the time as word spreads that our kitchen is safe – we have separate pasta and pastry machines for regular and gluten free cooking. One loyal customer said to me recently, “We love that you look after us so well”. Those words made me realise that my dream has come true.

Where did you work before? My first job was as a teacher of people with disabilities and one of my favourite parts of that job was the cooking lab. I eventually got my qualification as a pastry chef and have worked at a few different restaurants including Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant in the Brisbane CBD before joining the team at Casa Cibo. Tell us about your background ... I am from Puglia in Italy, in the southeastern region along the Adriatic Sea. I was raised with the smell of olive trees, the taste of sweet grapes and my mother’s love for homemade cooking which she passed on to me. I moved to Australia with my husband Nico in 2016 and with a passion to be a pastry chef. When I was young, my parents did not want me to become a chef so I studied a Bachelor of Science Education. But, while I was studying, I started also attending a culinary arts school in the afternoons and took classes with Italian pastry chef Luca Montersino. I had an “aha” moment and realised that my passion for cooking could also be my career. That’s when I decided to qualify as a pastry chef. I moved to Australia to realise my dream. Best meal you ever had? I was about eight years old and on holidays with my parents. It was raining and we took refuge in a small osteria near the city of Parma. We ordered the veal agnolotti with parmesan, which I’d never eaten

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before. My tastebuds woke up for the first time. Taste, smell, look – everything at that very moment was perfection.

What do you love about Brisbane? The warm climate and the fact it’s a young city, full of opportunities.

Who or what inspires you? Making people happy with my food.

What’s next for you? I would love to have my own TV cooking show to show people how easy it is to make amazing gluten-free desserts.

When or where are you happiest? When someone takes the first bite of one of my desserts and their facial expression changes to one of culinary bliss.

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Artistic fare It’s fine dining with flair as GOMA Restaurant offers a menu with spectacular visuals and flavours Tony Harper

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n a city facing the extinction of that rather prickly creature known as fine dining, it’s nice to take a seat at GOMA and get properly coddled. Not, as you might be thinking, in a 1980-something, musty, fusty, rigid kind of way. But it has linen on the table, gorgeous crockery and service that’s slick and glossy … almost formal, but not quite. It’s the informal end of fine; the formal end of casual. And it makes for a very pleasant ride. The big question for me is how the restaurant – the food particularly – has progressed or regressed since the Josh Lopez days (ages ago I know, but last time I was at GOMA, so was he). I don’t reckon it has missed a beat since the arrival of Douglas Innes-Will. It might be less tricksy, perhaps gazing more to Asia for much of its inspiration rather than the Australian outback. But it’s just as thoughtfully composed, and as thought-provoking. At $34 a pop I’m expecting some pretty stellar entrees and boy … I’m not disappointed. Scallops, tom-yum, yuzu and a sprinkling of sticky-sweet, glazed peanuts (a kind of Asian cross-pollination, inset). It looks divine and tastes even better in a sweet/sour/spice/salt in a perfect harmony kind of way. It’s not just a concise array of flavours, it also explores visual and textural boundaries. It’s good enough to grace any table globally. Nearly, but not quite as good, is Borrowdale pork belly. It has been glazed with a rich, deeply flavoured, appropriately sweet barbecue sauce, then tofu somewhere, and ribbons of turnip providing a bitter (what a hard, hard vegetable to love) foil to the sweetness of the meat. And, I guess, crunch. There are dates (unlike turnip … vastly under-utilised and underrated) scattered in the mix. And right at this moment – at the ebb between entree and main – I step outside common sense and any behavioural pattern I’ve formed over half a century. I order a vegetarian main ($39) – eggplant, kombu dashi, shiitake mushrooms and Koshihikari rice. There are shards of what I reckon is tofu skin (could be skimmings from the rice pot) like you’d find on top of the milk jug once you’ve gone too far and boiled it – looking like miniature, crinkled bedsheets. 12 BRISBANE NEWS February 12-18, 2020

GOMA Restaurant, Stanley Place, South Brisbane Ph: 3842 9916 Lunch, Thu-Sun; dinner, Fri-Sat Vegetarian and gluten-free options Eftpos and major credit cards Off-street paid parking SCORES OUT OF 10 Food: 9 Drinks: 7.5 Vibe: 8.5 Service: 8.5 The eggplant is perfect (firm but soft, like a ripe banana). And dashi? I’m not sure where it lives – there’s no liquid, but there’s certainly that saline, umami thing happening. The Koshihikari (what a great rice!) is clumped and fried into small bites. And the wisdom of ordering an eggplant main is repaid tenfold. It’s way, way better than an adequate but hardly special plate of beef short ribs ($48). In fact, it’s every bit as good as the scallops. I like the wine list for its Queensland content (come on everyone else – surely every non-ethnic list in Brisbane should devote at least 20 per cent of its space to local wines?). And it has very well curated content from further afield. But it’s the least part of a sizzlingly good package. GOMA is food first, followed closely by detail, then service.

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Pure delight Don’t go overboard trying to woo your love, just present a sweet treat, writes Alastair McLeod If there’s anything that you want, if there’s anything I can do, I hope you don’t seek aphrodisiacal advice. I really don’t believe food can stimulate in that way. If you think oysters or asparagus advance your ardour perhaps you need to change paramour. That’s not to say eating can’t be a sensuous experience, erotic even. So instead this Friday enjoy a languorous lie in and lavish your loved one with long stem roses. While you can’t eat sleepy mornings you can eat roses. So, slide on a Miles Davis CD and enjoy this silky, seductive sweet, with love from me to you.

WATERMELON, PASSIONFRUIT AND ROSE PAVLOVA 10 egg whites pinch of salt 500g caster sugar 3tsp cornflour 3tsp white vinegar 2tsp vanilla paste 4 egg yolks 100g caster sugar 8 passionfruit, pulped

50g unsalted butter, coarsely chopped 1½ tsp lime juice 1 litre pure cream 2tbs caster sugar ½tsp vanilla paste ¼ seedless watermelon, sliced and stamped into hearts 3tbs raspberry coulis

Method Preheat oven to 200C. Whisk egg whites and a pinch salt in stand mixer until soft peaks form. Add sugar a third at a time and whisk until stiff peaks form then fold through cornflour, vinegar and vanilla. Line a baking tray with baking paper and form the meringue into a 24cm round “puck” with the edges a little higher than the centre. Place in oven and immediately reduce temperature to 160C and cook for 30 mins. Turn oven off and leave for 10 mins before removing then cool to room temperature. Place yolks in a heatproof bowl, whisk to combine. In a small pot, combine sugar, pulp from half the passionfruit and butter over low heat, stirring until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved. Add half of the passionfruit mixture to yolks then return to pan and stir continuously until thickened. Add the lime juice, remove from heat and pass through a sieve. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Whisk cream, sugar and vanilla to stiff peaks in a bowl then fold through the passionfruit curd. Spread over the pavlova then arrange watermelon, drizzle with coulis and remaining passionfruit pulp, then scatter with rose petals. Serves 8

CANDIED ROSE PETALS 1 large red rose, unsprayed 1 egg white, lightly whisked 100g caster sugar

Method Remove petals from rose, set on a cake rack and leave for 1-2 hours until dry. Carefully paint each petal on both sides with egg white then drop into a bowl with the sugar and toss gently to coat. Place on a cake rack and leave until dry.

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Alastair McLeod is chef-owner of Al’Freshco, alfreshco.com.au Styling and photography: Miranda Porter Props: twowarmhands.com

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GOING OUT

A pirate’s life Nathan Kneen is at his swashbuckling best in a Gilbert and Sullivan classic Hannah Davies

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t’s not often you get to see one of the original line-up of the Ten Tenors dressed as a swashbuckling pirate king. But Nathan Kneen wears the hat well and can’t wait to take to the stage in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s hit musical, The Pirates of Penzance In Concert, when it opens in Brisbane. The hilarious show tells the story of a young pirate apprentice named Frederic who has come to the end of his indentured period. As it turns out, Frederic was indentured by mistake. His half-deaf nurse had been instructed to apprentice him to a “pilot” but got it a little wrong. Cue sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dimwitted young lovers and an eccentric major general. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Nathan tells Brisbane News. “Although I’ve been in Pirates before, in 2002, this is a role I haven’t played so I’m looking forward to it. “It’s classic stuff, which I love, and it’s where my voice sits.” Classically trained at Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium, Nathan opted not to graduate when he was offered a role in a professional production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In hindsight it was a good decision. The 43-year-old dad-of-two, who lives in Aspley, went on to sing with The Ten Tenors from 1995 to 1998 before taking a teaching degree and then returning to the group from 2000 to 2003. He still records with The Ten Tenors, but says he was wise to leave when he did. His time with the group came to an abrupt end when, suffering from exhaustion, he

was crippled by stage fright in the middle of a show. “I was suffering from a whole lot of anxiety. I was physically sick and run down because we were touring overseas 10 months of the year and I didn’t make any time for myself so I just burnt out. “The physical exhaustion transpired into part of my mindset. After I walked off during the show I couldn’t perform for a number of years. “It didn’t feel good and in my mind there was no reason for me to be up there if I didn’t feel good.” These days Nathan divides his time between teaching music at St Dympna’s Catholic Primary School, in Aspley, and starring in amateur and professional productions across the city. He also put in a cheeky appearance on TV talent show The Voice in 2017 when he made it through to the top 24. Fortunately these days he doesn’t have the same issues with anxiety and makes time to enjoy a quiet moment by himself before he goes on stage. “My wife says I’m quite grumpy before I perform but once I’m up there I’m good,” he laughs. “I try to steer clear of any preshow rituals because that can increase anxiety for me I think, but I do like to walk out on stage before the audience arrives and just take a moment to familiarise myself with the surroundings. “Just so I know where I need to be.” The Pirates of Penzance – In Concert Feb 21-22, from $30, Princess Theatre, Woolloongabba. lynchandpaterson.com

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FREE STYLE … rightNOW features (clockwise from top left) Nicola Scott’s state of play (Picture: Louis Lim), Fintan Magee’s Exit Strategy and Michael Barnett’s Diagonal Logic.

Front runners From a ghostly wild west stampede to colourful abstractions, four artists’ works highlight a diversity of styles Phil Brown To see Fintan Magee’s art hanging on a wall is a bit strange. Usually it is the wall. This Brisbane-raised street artist is known for murals throughout Australia and the world. Does the vibrancy and power of his street art work translate to a mere painting? The answer is an unequivocal yes. The problem is that he’s a busy man and could only offer one work to the exhibition rightNOW which is on at

Onespace Gallery in their new West End space. Onespace directors Jodie Cox and John Stafford thought they might get a second piece but they are happy with one. The painting they do have, an oil and acrylic work entitled Exit Strategy, is an equestrian-themed piece that depicts riders and their doubles coming adrift from their horses “in an increasingly ghostly manner”, as described by writer Louise Martin-Chew in her catalogue essay accompanying this show. “Cool tones and an illustrative style

may allow this work to be read, at first glance, like an iconic ‘Western’ style epic,” Louise writes. “Its political message becomes unmistakeable however, with the precarious nature of the floating male riders the antithesis of heroic.” Magee himself says the work “speaks to the accelerated pace of social and technological change” adding that “the measurement of horsepower as industrial strength is a futurist symbol for growth”. Magee has been described as “Australia’s Banksy” which he doesn’t like. Still, it does contextualise him, in a way. His work is quite different to the others in this exhibition. Jordan Azcune offers sculptural wall works with religious overtones. The shapes of the works evoke the windows in Christian churches and his backstory informs this. He had an upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness which conflicted, as he grew up, with his

identification as queer. He describes the aesthetic interests of his sculptures as “post Christian camp in their richness of materials, gold and high colour”. “They are my offering in a way,” Jordan says. Michael Barnett’s abstract geometric paintings befuddle the eye and could be described as Op Art. Nicola Scott’s abstractions are less formal and more ambiguous. She describes her work as “a playful study of the complex and illusory ways in which we interpret positive and negative space, colour and form, depth and surface, in spaces both online and off”. So, we have four artists exploring individual narratives with very different approaches. rightNOW, until Mar 14, Onespace Gallery, 349 Montague Rd, West End. onespacegallery.com.au

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EMMA (M) hhhkj Director Autumn de Wilde Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Mia Goth, Johnny Flynn Spoiled, shallow, meddlesome … Emma is Jane Austen’s most ambivalent heroine, which makes her strangely appealing. In contemporary parlance, the younger Woodhouse daughter might quite rightly be described as a bit of a “princess” – a quality director Amy Heckerling zeroed in on in Clueless, her inspired remake. But alongside Elizabeth Bennet’s fierce moral rectitude and Elinor Dashwood’s noble self-sacrifice, Emma Woodhouse’s (Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy) determined dilettantism is perversely liberating. She’d rather rescue a pet foundling than, say, practise her scales. And there’s an inherent goodheartedness to the character, reflected in her tender regard for her widowed father, played by Bill Nighy, whose trademark wry humour delivers a few good chuckles. Emma’s filthy rich neighbour, George Knightley (Beast’s Johnny Flynn), who is principled enough for the pair of them, sees through her callow behaviour, although her determined frivolity often frustrates him, especially when it has the capacity to harm – as in the case of her new friend, an illegitimate child whose father is unknown. Bored and under-utilised in the wake of her beloved governess’s marriage, Emma adopts Harriet Smith as her plaything. Mia Goth (Suspiria) plays the character as a simple, unformed creature, malleable to Emma’s whims and fancies. When an honest, hardworking farmer proposes marriage, Emma persuades Harriet to

TANGLED WEB ... Mia Goth (left) and Anya Taylor-Joy in costume drama Emma. decline the offer in favour of a better match. This humorous, largely non-verbal exchange is shrewdly handled by first-time filmmaker Autumn de Wilde, who directs with a lightness of touch that is entirely appropriate to the material. Of course, Emma’s misguided interference leads to a humiliating rejection by Mr Elton (The Crown’s Josh O’Connor), a mean-spirited, social-climbing pastor, before the tangled,

romances are satisfactorily resolved in the tradition of a great 18th century novel. Those looking for a modern, feminist slant on such conventions are in the wrong cinema – that’s Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women. Emma’s appeal is more straightforward. De Wilde’s take on the last Austen novel to be published in her lifetime is smart, confident, handsome, and occasionally

RICHARD JEWELL (M) hhhkj Director Clint Eastwood Starring Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates Clint Eastwood gives self-serving journalists and complacent FBI agents a proper shellacking in this compelling biographical drama, which centres on the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta. The security guard who was wrongly accused of planting the homemade incendiary device, on the other hand, is handled with kid gloves. But having been shamed in the media as a “Village Rambo” and “a failed, fat sheriff’s deputy”, one might reasonably argue that the eponymously titled Richard Jewell goes some way to redressing the balance. This version of security guard Jewell’s story lends him and his mother, Bobi, a dignity that was not afforded to them at the time. Paul Walter Hauser’s restrained and empathetic performance as a wannabe law enforcement officer with a tendency to take his job a little too seriously clinches the deal. He is ably supported by Kathy Bates, as 16 BRISBANE NEWS February 12-18, 2020

DUTY OF CARE … Jon Hamm (left) with Paul Walter Hauser in a scene from Richard Jewell. Jewell’s long-suffering mother, and Sam Rockwell, as the security guard’s hotheaded lawyer and unlikely champion, Watson Bryant. When the film opens, Jewell is fired from his job as a campus police officer due to his overzealous execution of his duties – issuing traffic infringement notices outside his jurisdiction, for example. Although he considers his new job as a security guard at Centennial Olympic Park

to be a demotion, there are perks – such as a complimentary Kenny Rogers concert ticket for his mother. The on-duty policemen humour him at best. But when Jewell notices a suspicious backpack under a bench, he insists the dubious officers follow protocol. And that’s the reason more lives weren’t lost that night. Initially feted by the press as a hero, Jewell’s fortunes abruptly change thanks to

cheeky – there’s a scene in which Emma lifts her Empire-line gown to warm her bare buttocks by the fire. She is aided and abetted by strong performances, particularly from TaylorJoy, who lends depth and nuance to what is essentially a superficial character, and Flynn, whose earthiness balances his character’s aristocratic entitlement. A deliciously unstuffy costume drama.

a sloppy piece of reporting from Olivia Wilde’s headline-hungry journalist and the loose lips of Jon Hamm’s FBI investigator. It’s here that Eastwood fumbles the ball. According to Kevin Salwen, who cowrote The Suspect, one of the sources for Eastwood’s film, Richard Jewell’s portrayal of the late, larger-than-life journalist Kathy Scruggs is broadly accurate, but there is no evidence that she traded sexual favours for information. To suggest otherwise is a cheap shot, and an unnecessary one. Hamm’s generic FBI agent, by comparison, is flat and one dimensional. His motivation for leaking the information to Scruggs is unclear (which might explain why the filmmakers forced the flirtation issue in the first place). The same can’t be said of Hauser’s nuanced, complex characterisation of the title character. And Eastwood is a master craftsman. Even though you know, right from the start, that Jewell didn’t do it, the film is as tense as any crime thriller. A persuasive argument for not judging a socially awkward outsider by his hand grenade paperweight. REVIEWS BY VICKY ROACH V1 - BNSE01Z01MA


BUSHFIRE BENEFIT DINNER Fortitude Valley In response to an unprecedented bushfire season, chef Alastair McLeod’s Al’FreshCo Catering brought the hospitality industry together at Lightspace Brisbane for a night of exquisite food and entertainment. Alastair was joined by food luminaries Matt Golinski, Will Cowper, Ben Bertei, Richard Ousby, Glen Barratt and Tony Tierney while the sellout crowd was entertained by George Hodges and Rush Band. Channel 7’s Victoria Carthew and league legend Sam Thaiday led the proceedings with an auction of prizes that included a dinner prepared by David Tsirekas from Nostimo. A total of $70,000 was raised. Pictures: Steve Pohlner

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AT HOME

A patch of green makes a stunning appearance in this merger of old and new

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he challenge for architect Terry McQuillan and his wife Charlie was to create a back yard on a block that could barely fit a house. Adding complexity to the design challenge was the historic 1885 worker’s cottage occupying half of the tiny 235sq m Petrie Terrace site. “We knew the site would be a really interesting challenge and we loved the cottage,” Terry says. “The fun part of the exercise was

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getting everything to fit on the tiny block, including a back yard.” Restoring the original cottage followed a process of rehabilitation and adaptation that included removal of more recent additions such as a sunroom and bathroom built into the front veranda. The old kitchen was converted to a bathroom, and bedrooms and a sitting room arranged within the original tongue and groove walls. In place of the old sunroom, a fernery garden was established, announcing the separation between old and new. The fluid transition between cottage

and contemporary pavilion is helped by the steeply sloped site. The two connect via stairs extending from the cottage corridor. The master bedroom hovers above the living space and below, the garage. The defining space of the striking black pavilion is the pocket park around which kitchen, dining and living spaces are arranged. It provides a lush garden heart and offers a new vantage point, framing views of the suburb and beyond to Mt Coot-tha and the Taylor Range. “We’ve tried to maximise the presence of the garden by engaging horizontal and vertical surfaces in the landscape,” Terry

says. “It’s about creating a visual softness, natural shade and embedding the building in the landscape.” Half height walls enclose the garden, ensuring privacy. Steel cables provide a framework for vines to take form and sliding panels can be adjusted according to the desired level of enclosure. “We can slide it across one bay to have privacy for the kitchen but stacked away you have the whole view to Mt Coot-tha,” Terry says. Ink black walls ensure built elements visually recede while giving more prominence to natural green elements. “We love how the green sits against the

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IN AND OUT … The garden offers views to Mt Coot-tha and the Taylor Range; opening up the kitchen, dining and living rooms creates an expansive outdoor space; the ink black 2019 addition; the white timber and brick 1885 worker’s cottage; and the master suite.

black,” Charlie says. “We’ve used a lot of timber and the natural stone as well as planting to soften the colour contrast.” The kitchen’s stone floor further promotes the outdoor feeling. “In summer we open both sides of the kitchen and living room and, weather permitting, they stay open,” Terry says. Kitchen louvres help draw breezes and a vine-laden sunhood also works to passively cool the interior. “You don’t really need the exhaust because the breezes that come up the hill are amazing,” Charlie says. “The greenery balances the light and glare to the interior.”

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The garden really heightens the experience … the way that the doors open on to it makes the living room a deck

Upstairs, the master bedroom is designed for efficiency and achieves an interesting spatial quality as the sloping folds of the ceiling follow the roof form. “We wanted to make sure the height of the new house never overwhelmed the old house,” Terry says. “We tested the scale and proportion, adjusting it so that the bedroom sat within the roof space.” What the bedroom lacks in floor space, it makes up for in breathtaking views. The clever arrangement of open robe and twin sinks preserves views to the historic chimney and draws northern light inside.

By giving equal weight to garden and interior this small-footprint home feels infinitely larger and the experience of occupying it, exponentially richer. “The garden really heightens the experience of being in the kitchen or the living space,” Terry says. “The way that the doors open on to it makes the living room a deck. We can sit there looking at our backyard oasis and observe the garden more closely because it’s all around you.” Architect: Terry McQuillan, bureauproberts.com.au Photography: Alicia Taylor

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Across AQUARIUS 1 Done in imitation (7) (January 21 – February 18) Many 5 Sadly pensive (7)subject to facets of our lives are change and this week it’s 9 Small trace (7) relationships. This kind of repair work will need your 10 Ground viewed militarily (7) commitment, personally and financially. 11 18 holes (5)area is seldom easy But progress in any without patience and perhaps(9) some 12 Rule oppressively compromise. Besides, there’s a special 13 Remarkable occurrences (9) kind of wealth to be found in genuine 15 Proficient love and friendship.(5) 16 Prize (5) PISCES 18 Abundant (9) (February 19 – March 20) 21 (9)optimism make YourDoorway confidence and a comeback, counterbalancing 24 Relatively unimportant (5) Mercury’s scrambled signals. Many a 25 Staying power (7) karmic debt has been repaid, and much 26 graceAfternoon accumulated.performance This is your time (7) to shine, so be prepared to declare your(7) 27 Going to great lengths most cherished desires to the world. 28 Confidentiality (7) ARIES

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themselves. In the meantime, take lots of slow, deep breaths and postpone important plans.

LEO (July 23 – August 23) Pay outstanding bills, reorganise your cupboards and rid yourself of emotional baggage. Slow moving Mercury is prompting you to tie up any loose ends. In the same way, it’s not a great week for new ventures. Delay starting anything new until early next month.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 22) No prizes for discovering that you don’t think or feel the same way others do. Most are used to this, so they should know better than to force your hand. Especially now, when despite a backward sliding Mercury you’re more inspired than ever. It’s a good thing your energy levels are in for a top up this week. Go on, live the dream.

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Down (September 23 – October 23) (March 21 – April 20) This 1 week, Concealment facts (5-2) There’s no shame in moments of double checkofdates, times weakness. You feel vulnerable, as you’ve A stalled and 2 emails. Grazing landMercury (7) causes been so trusting but don’t be so hard on havoc until March 11. Use this time to go3 through Earlyold years of one’s life (9) yourself. Life’s been tough lately, and files, tidy up the fact that you’re still standing speaks correspondence, 4 Speciallycomplete pleasant occasion (5) projects and unfinished Computers, tend 5 to US politicalbusiness. scandal, 1972 (9) volumes. Meanwhile, the planets push for spiritual growth. This could mean phones, cars or other electronic objects may 6 experience Audible warning (5) learning new disciplines and applying slowdownsdevice or them to daily life. unexpected 7 Delicate (7) failures. 8 Tolerant (7) SCORPIO TAURUS 14 Spying (October 24 – November 22) (April 21 – May(9) 20) Your real rewards arrive soon, but 15 Lacking spontaneity Mercury retrograde is asking you(9) to there’s plenty to accomplish this week. slow down. If you can’t 16 Entertainer (7)come to If you can survive the occasional a halt, try to go with the flow; you may 17 Side by side strolling (7) setback, there’s no stopping you. One be surprised by who’s along individual in particular has a powerful 19 Provide funds for (7)than beside you. Life may be quieter effect on you. A little extravagance is usual,Theft but in no 20 (7)way are you robbed of also likely, as many Scorpios should be your magnetism. It may not be an 22 Excel (5)deep friendship. able to spend more than usual. instant love, but 23 Creator of The Three Musketeers (5)

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It’s 16 Attack indicate the Ihour,I With your ruling planet Mercury at Ocurrency T Rreturns O 16 They N T LDown C U Y S I unfortunate, then, that this week looks (3,2)C A R E S S E D the hands (7) a standstill until Mar 11, projects may B L but I Tstop H E S EofEfacts M L(5-2) Y C O C K E1 Concealment Y E D a tad messy – especially for those in love 18 A number lead the union 17 Cry when people came to 2 Grazing land (7) be hampered. Someone’s timing is off; affairs. Perhaps one participant has in time-wasting action (9) meet (5-2) 3 Early years of one’s life (9) or you feel that others are stifling Cryptic Quick failed to mention that there’s another in 21 In the event, broadcast 19 Shades of Paris (7) 4 Specially pleasant occasion your10 freedom or deliberately delaying 13 Patent, Across: 1 Tumult, 4 Brickbat, 9 Unkind, Conspire, 12 Passable, 15 Trim, 16 For example, esigned, 13 Embryo, 15 Dean, 16 Investment the mix. If that’s you, are you ready to again to the nation (5,4) 20 Biblical city where sheep (5) your progress. Nonetheless you can 20 Deaf, 231972 Travel, 25 27For Nota 28 Agenda, 29 Cockeyed, 30 Seemly. ea, 28 Solemn,2429 Caressed, 30at Blithe. risk everything for a short-term fling? Ignition takes place this stray before us (7)19 To the point, 5 US political scandal, stillPoseidon, maintain focus. now,bene, short-term point (5) 22 A far cry from the Tyrol (9) projects are more likely to attract. Wound striking pitch? 14 (5) 6 Audible warning device (5)3 Landau, Down: 1 Trumpet, 2 Makeshift, 5 Root, 6 Castaway, 7 Bribe,CAPRICORN 8 Theatre, 11 Alcohol, 14 ate, 7 Voter, 8 25 Lash out,to 11 Leaning, If anything drags on too long, (December 22 – January 20) (5,2) 23 It’s all over a point in the 7 Delicate (7) expect frustration. Reunion, 17 Pseudonym, 18 Resemble, 19 Titanic, 21 Fantasy, 22 League, 24 Attic, 26 Once. e, 22 School, 24 Error, 26 Here. Even superconfident Capricorns may 26 Orders new credits (7) revised deed (5) 8 Tolerant (7) find current planetary progress a tad 27 Oil ran about and caused 14 Spying (9) CANCER perplexing. The meddling of a moody damage (7) QUICK CLUES 15 Lacking spontaneity (9) (June 22 – July 22) Mercury further contributes to an 28 Gets ready to eat, or to be Across 16 Entertainer (7) If it suddenly seem like the fates have it already tricky situation by introducing eaten (7) 1 Done in imitation (7) 17 Side by side (7) out for you, that’s not so. It’s just that random elements into your life. To add 5 Sadly pensive (7) 19 Provide funds for (7) Mercury’s misbehaving. This retrograde to the general disruption, a secret Down 9 Small trace (7) 20 Theft (7) planet is playing pranks, and it won’t be someone returns. Or someone else, just 1 It’s his job to smooth the 10 Ground viewed militarily 22 Excel (5) until after March 11 that up-ended plans, as abruptly, leaves. way (7) (7) 23 Creator of The Three tangles and scrapes will manage to right 2 Bone doctor sent rum (7) 11 18 holes (5) Musketeers (5) CROSSWORD ANSWERS. CRYPTIC: Across: 1 Restful, 5 Useless, 9 Ageless, 10 Israeli, 11 Minim, 12 Overthrow, 13 Namesakes, 15 Rowdy, 16 Set on, 18 Dalliance, 21 Relay race, 24 Flash, 25 Keyed up, 26 Directs, 27 Spoiled, 28 Dresses. Down: 1 Roadman, 2 Sternum, 3 Freemason, 4 Lasso, 5 Universal, 6 Egret, 7 Eyebrow, 8 Slipway, 14 Kidnapped, 15 Reinforce, 16 Strikes, 17 Tally-ho, 19 Nuances, 20 Ephesus, 22 Yodel, 23 Ended. QUICK: Across: 1 Copycat, 5 Wistful, 9 Vestige, 10 Terrain, 11 Round, 12 Tyrannise, 13 Phenomena, 15 Adept, 16 Award, 18 Plentiful, 21 Threshold, 24 Minor, 25 Stamina, 26 Matinee, 27 Extreme, 28 Secrecy. Down: 1 Cover-up, 2 Pasture, 3 Childhood, 4 Treat, 5 Watergate, 6 Siren, 7 Fragile, 8 Lenient, 14 Espionage, 15 Automatic, 16 Artiste, 17 Abreast, 19 Finance, 20 Larceny, 22 Shine, 23 Dumas. V1 - BNSE01Z01MA

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