FRINGE: Into The Fringe – Gary Cockburn – Adel Town Hall – 4.5K

Last year Gary Cockburn’s first Into The Fringe exhibition grabbed our attention with his images posted in Cibo, Rundle Street. This time he has moved to the Adelaide Town Hall with a new set of images of the Adelaide Fringe and added to it images of the Edinburgh Fringe.

As he states in his Artist Statement, Cockburn seeks to ‘capture as much of the energy, beauty and passion of the Fringe as possible’ and he achieves that admirably again. His photographs drip with beautiful colours (his reds a feature), are infused with skilled use of light and carry subtle use of mood and motion to lift what may otherwise be considered mundane. At all times he looks to capture Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment and his Opening Parade Preparations, Gilbert Street and Sam Simmons Backstage are two of the best of this exhibition.

If there is criticism to be levelled it is that the form of presentation as large amalgams of images, rather than spaced out, tends to detract from the excellence of each.

Another important way to see and experience the Fringe.

Kryztoff Rating  4.5K

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FRINGE: Comedy – Marcel Lucont Chat Show – Tuxedo Cat – 2.5K

The Fringe this year seems jam packed with talk shows where performers interview each other or play host to a 15 min set piece from comedians. Last weekend I enjoyed Heath Franklin’s Chopper and this week Frenchman Marcel Lucont at the Tuxedo Cat.

Presenting like Rowan Atkinson utilising an absurd French accent, Lucont, in black turtle neck, blue suit and bare feet gave us some amusing patter before interviewing Gary Bradbury, a former goat farmer and now saxophonist. After that, Sammy J (the hand of Randy) took to the chair, played us a song or two to an ever sinking microphone, answered some audience questions and engaged Lucont in a stare contest.

All harmless good fun stuff and certainly something to do late in an evening; a visit to the Tuxedo Cat is an experience every fringe follower owes themselves. However, just why in a room of 35 sq metres and an audience of 50 (with a similar number of moths), one needs microphones is beyond me as they do tend to reduce the intimacy of the occasion.

Kryztoff Rating  2.5K

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FRINGE: Background Check – Amos and Moataz – 3.5K

The rear room at the Maid is the venue for two of Adelaide’s most talented young comedians in Moataz and Amos Gill. Their show, Background Check, is in two parts with Amos first up delivering some stories of life in a split Australian / Croatian home and as a footballer. His recounting of extracts from the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility policy and the spin that is ‘extra tasty cheese’ are great highlights.

Following a short video, Moataz, possessed of a sense of the absurd wrapped up in playfulness, took to racism with gusto pinning a number of our innate, unspoken fears on the hapless rangas. He says because he’s Egyptian he is allowed to ay things like this.

Sure, the show lacks a little polish and this is humour well tagged as undergrad but their willingness to take on topics beyond the safe, comedy norm, without at any time making us think there is overreach is frankly a breath of fresh air. Their delight in performing is infectious and their crowd interactions just fun.

Get there to pump up their tyres and you will find your own going the same way.

Kryztoff Rating  3.5K

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RAW: BAFF – Mrs Carey’s Concert – 3K

The glamour opening night of the Big Pond Adelaide Film Festival featured Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond’s return to the world of the documentary with Mrs Carey’s Concert. The film covers the 18 months of preparations of girls from Sydney’s MLC for their concert each two years at the Opera House.

The interactions between the teachers, of which Mrs Carey is just one of four, and their students aged 15-17, particularly their lead violinist Emily and major recalcitrant Iris, are well handled. However, as a documentary, Mrs Carey’s Concert lacks the usual documentary techniques of one on one interviews that explore players’ motivations away from the gaze of the others. Also, we never much got to know Mrs Carey, her history and motivations and the history too of the concert itself which by the film’s conclusion had grown to epic proportions.

While the outcomes of teacher coercion and training were obvious at the finish, it was not obvious from some of the banal exchanges as to how that all happened.

Anybody who has find memories of school concerts or who has had children (boys or girls) at this age will find much to enjoy but at the end for the proclaimed unfettered access of the production team, Mrs Carey’s Concert comes up short of being great.

Kryztof Rating  3K

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