Author: Kerrod Trott

Amazing line-up for Queensland Film Festival

The Queensland Film Festival (QFF) returns in 2017 with its biggest celebration of cinema to date. Screening from July 13 to 23 at New Farm Cinemas, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Institute of Modern Art, the Brisbane-based international film festival has increased in size by 50% since 2016, with this year’s line-up boasting 62 features and shorts, including 46 Australian premieres. Once again offering an eclectic, energetic, carefully curated showcase of cinematic excellence, QFF’s third annual program opens with Claire’s Camera from Korean master Hong Sang-soo. Making its Australian premiere at QFF direct from Cannes, Hong’s film...

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Major exhibition by Indigenous artist at Griffith Uni

A major exhibition celebrating the work of Bidjara artist Christian Thompson opens at Griffith University Art Gallery next month. One of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Thompson made history as one of the first two Aboriginal Australians accepted into the University of Oxford as a Charlie Perkins Scholar, where he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) in 2016. Coming to Griffith University Art Gallery direct from MUMA | Monash University Museum of Art, this first major survey of Thompson’s career has been co-curated by MUMA Director Charlotte Day and Hetti Perkins, Thompson’s long time mentor and curator. Perkins is...

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Time to end unfair privilege for religious groups

Leader of the Australian Sex Party and Victorian MP Fiona Patten has today called on all Australian governments to end the privileged position of religion after  census data release showing “no religion” as the top answer to the religious belief question. “It’s time to take religion out of politics. I’s time to end the unjustified privilege,” said Ms Patten. “Religious groups have pushed themselves into every corner of the political landscape, using that influence to tell people how to run their lives. “We’ve seen religious groups stall marriage equality, demand a right to discriminate against the disabled, deny sexual...

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Ganesha gone from yoga leggings

Gold Coast (Queensland) based activewear company “Flow Yoga Wear” removed leggings carrying images of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha from website after Hindus protested calling it “highly inappropriate”. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, thanked Flow Yoga Wear for understanding the concerns of Hindu community, which found images of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha on leggings were highly disrespectful. But they were still waiting for a formal apology from Flow Yoga Wear and its CEO, Zed indicated. Ganesha Leggings, which were priced at AU$75.00, were not seen on the company website on...

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Step back from the brink in Syria – IPAN

The situation in Syria is deeply concerning, as the world edges closer to a military confrontation between the US and Russia, according to Annette Brownlie, spokesperson for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network.   “Such a confrontation, alongside the tension points in eastern Europe on the Russian border, makes the possibility of stumbling into an extended or even nuclear war closer than it has been for decades. This is reflected in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists recently moving their Doomsday Clock to 2-and-a-half minutes to midnight – the closest since the beginning of the full-scale nuclear arms race in...

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