Masterful at portraying unusual characters, Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has been an artist, a revolutionary, a tailor and a pirate (among others); he’s been Russian, Israeli, French and British (among others). To top it off, many of these characters are based on real people, making it that much trickier to get them just so. Vote…
Geoffrey Rush and director Neil Armfield have been working together on their theatrical adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story “Diary of a Madman” for more than twenty years. As someone who was not of theatre-going age in the 80s, I can’t say how much the play has changed since its first performance at Australia’s Belvoir Theatre, which Armfield himself founded, but as this most recent production at BAM marks the venerable director’s swan song perhaps we can assume they’ve finally reached perfection?
Tatia Rosenthal’s stop-motion animated film $9.99 slipped quietly into theaters this week after almost a decade in the making. Based on the short stories of Israeli writer Etgar Keret, the film is an ensemble piece about the sad and delightful residents (including an angel) of an Australian building and a $9.99 guidebook to the meaning of life… or how to swim like a dolphin!