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Hello, Healesville! to share local tales By Jed Lanyon Hello, Healesville! will be a celebration of life of the town of Healesville as locals share the stories of those who have lived around them at The Memo on Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June. Award winning playwright Hannie Rayson and theatre director Michael Cathcart moved to Healesville three months ago and began working with Healesville residents to collect and workshop their stories to create a compelling portrait of Healesville. "We have been oversubscribed with very generous Healesville people wanting to tell us their story," Ms Rayson said. "Then we helped people shape their stories into three minute sequences, we had a rule that we didn't want people to bang on forever, you'd just have your moment in the spotlight," she said. "It's amazing what you can tell in three minutes, no one has really been crestfallen by this idea ... it's quite a long time to have three minutes on stage," said Mr Cathcart. Mr Cathcart said that they found that the people have a very deep affection to their town. "The punch line of almost everybody's story is that no matter how hard my life has been that Healesville is my home or Healesville is the place where I found healing," he said. "It's going to be a really polished, joyful celebration of Healesville's heritage, stories and its hopes. "No one can tell the stories of Healesville better than the people of Healesville them-

Melbourne soul artist Vika and Linda. Michael Cathcart and Hannie Rayson on the streets of Healesville. selves," Mr Cathcart said. "We've rehearsed everyone individually. We've spent hours in the rehearsal rooms with people who have never been on a stage before," Ms Rayson said. The pair revealed that actor Michael Veitch will be making a special appearance for Hello, Healesville! "We've got a few actors to cover for blokes who are either unavailable or who have turned out to be shy," Mr Cathcart said. "There is a gender issue here. Women are happy to speak in the theatre, but some men are troubled by how a theatrical appearance

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might compromise their masculinity. Ms Rayson said to lookout for another surprise appearance from Healesville CFA Captain Graeme Bates. "I don't want to give away any secrets, but it's going to be a startling moment in the history of theatre when Graeme steps onto that stage, Mr Cathcart said. "It's going to be exclusive to Healesville. It doesn't matter how much we get badgered by Broadway or The West End, we are not taking it there." To book tickets, visit http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au or call 1300 368 333.

Archibald Prize coming to TarraWarra By Jed Lanyon TarraWarra Museum of Art will be the exclusive Victorian tour venue for the 2019 Archibald Prize, Australia's oldest and most prestigious art award from 14 September to 5 November. Presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the annual portrait exhibition provides a snapshot of Australian culture - from politicians and celebrities to sporting heroes and authors. Since its inception in 1921, the prize has been awarded to some of Australia's most important artists, often inciting controversy while chronicling the changing face of Australian society and evolving definitions of portraiture. Tony Costa won this year's Archibald Prize for his portrait on leading contemporary artist Lindy Lee on Friday 10 May. Amongst the 51 works in this year's exhi-

bition are paintings which portray significant Australian subjects. This year featured renowned actor and producer David Wenham by Tessa MacKay; former ballet dancer and director of Queensland Ballet Li Cunxin by Jun Chen; Anh Do's portrait of the artist George Gittoes; Vincent Namatjira's tribute to his friend and fellow artist Tony Albert; and media commentator Annabel Crabb by Jordan Richardson. Musician Megan Washington is depicted with her child by Loribelle Spirovski; Keith Burt captures author and journalist Benjamin Law; Bidjigal elder and artist Esme Timbery can be seen in a striking portrait by Blak Douglas; and the late Edmund Capon is poignantly portrayed by artist John Beard. Other artists in the Archibald Prize 2019 include former Archibald Prize winners Euan Macleod and Nigel Milsom.

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For more information and to book tickets: 1300 368 333 or culturetracks.info Arts Centre, Warburton

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By Jed Lanyon The Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend returns for the fifth consecutive year on 18-20 October. The festival is perfect for anyone looking for a picturesque weekend filled with new friends, amazing performances and a break from the daily grind. The line-up for this year's festival includes Melbourne soul legends Vika and Linda Bull, Karen Lee Andrews - whose rise began some time ago as Ms Murphy on TV show The Voice, WA blues prodigy Matty T Wall and the awesome 19-piece big band power f Big Band Frequency. Other acts include the African/Australian colab project Senegambian Jazz Band, travelling troubadour Frank Sultana and many more still to be announced. Visitors can soak up the jazz and blues atmosphere throughout the village, in cafes, restaurants and bars. Perfect for a weekend away or stay longer and explore all that this beautiful part of the world has to offer. Murrindindi Shire awarded Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend "Best Community Event of the Year" in 2015 and 2016. Visit marysvillejazzandblues.com to book your ticket.

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Movies at Healesville and Warburton The Memo, Healesville

Lindy Lee by Tony Costa.

Jazz and Blues festival line-up is out

Both familiar and unique, Brightburn is a chilling, tightly-paced superhero horror film. Jackson A Dunn delivers a nuanced, confident central performance as Brandon Bryer, an alien boy who is adopted by a farming couple after they found him inside a meteorite. Brandon is initially a kind, quiet boy, but becomes guarded and deceptive as he explores his superhuman abilities. The film succinctly establishes Brandon's extra-terrestrial origin and his nurturing family life, rendering his corruption all the more shocking. As Brandon's angst and sense of detachment from humanity escalate, he unleashes his powers in terrifying ways, leading to several gut-wrenching horror sequences. Tense silence, evocative lighting and clever

staging tighten the suspense to nail-biting levels, and while some of the deaths are extremely graphic, the gore is used sparingly. The narrative suspense emerges from Brandon's dark empowerment and from his loving mother Tori (Elizabeth Banks), who becomes Brandon's only fragile link to decency and refuses to blame him for the mysterious deaths around town. The only major problems in Brightburn are a pointless dream sequence and the background effect of the meteorite upon Brandon. While Brandon's father Kyle's (David Denman) nightmare solidifies his fears about Brandon, it adds nothing to the plot, and the meteorite nudging Brandon toward violence reduces his agency within the narrative. Turning young Superman into a slasher villain, Brightburn is a tense, confronting horror film with solid scares and engrossing character development. - Seth Lukas Hynes Tuesday, 28 May, 2019

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