June 2, 1989 |
It began with Peter Finch and Rod Taylor and continues with the likes of Mel Gibson, Judy Davis and director Peter Weir. Now, the Australian invasion of American culture continues quietly with the visit of John Clark, director of the National Institute for Dramatic Art (NIDA)--the internationally recognized dramatic institute in Sidney. Clark will direct the San Diego premiere of "Away," by Australian playwright Michael Gow, as part of a theater exchange with UC San Diego at the Warren Theatre on June 7-11.
January 28, 2010 |
Unless you're Australian, or have a long memory for short films, you've likely never heard of cane toads. But be prepared, they're coming at you. And in 3-D no less. "Cane Toads: The Conquest" had its world premiere at Sundance on Tuesday night before an audience that roared with delight at the amphibians' antics. The reception fulfilled the expectations of filmmaker Mark Lewis, who called it "just like 'Avatar,' except with toads." An Australian with a lively and playful sense of humor, Lewis has been to Sundance before, with the irreverent "The Natural History of the Chicken."
September 14, 2008 |
It's NOT the easiest assignment, to project earnest indignation in a bright fuchsia teddy, but Molly Shannon, the Kath to Selma Blair's Kim in NBC's new comedy "Kath & Kim," is working it. Gesturing emphatically with impeccably rendered French tips, she sends giant gold hoops swaying righteously from her earlobes, squinting with sincerity as she loses patience with her twentysomething TV daughter. "Kim has been running amok for three episodes," said Michelle Nader, executive producer of the comedy.
April 23, 1989 |
Many Americans will read this wildly imaginative novel as a contemporary version of "1,001 Nights" or as an attempt to reconcile the Angst of our post-Nazi Holocaust, pre-nuclear holocaust era by understanding scientific theories. Indeed, Janette Turner Hospital's stunning fourth novel is a resurrection of Scherherazade as well as an extrapolation of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. It reads even more provocatively as an Australian odyssey of self-determination. "Charades" opens in a dimly lit office at MIT. Prof.
December 15, 1991
Last year when I went to Australia, I purchased traveler's checks and cash in Australian (dollars). This cost a few dollars but was a great convenience. It saved changing a few U.S. traveler's checks at a time and always wondering what the exchange rate was. I bought the Australian money at Deak International (now Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange). When I returned, they exchanged my leftover Australian money for U.S. money without charge. JESSIE C. OBERT Los Angeles
November 27, 1994
N.F. Mendoza in her "Ocean Girl" article (TV Times, Oct. 16) quotes Disney programmers as saying that this Australian show, with its Australian locales and Australian sensibilities is not harmed too much by the "heavy Australian accents" of its Australian actors. Americans were very much involved in its production--so we're safe. After all, it would be downright seditious to see a different corner of the world the way the locals see it--they might not think exactly the same way we do. We might have to listen hard to understand--and what's really scary is that we might learn something new. No wonder everyone else in the world thinks Americans are ugly; we are. I give you "Baywatch"--take it, please.