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FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS TOP 10

Written by Garrett Bithell on . Posted in FEATURES, FESTIVALS

Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas was in the headlines more than usual back in June after it was announced that a talk by Muslim writer and activist Uthman Badar titled ‘Honour Killings Are Morally Justified’ was part of the 2014 program. But, after widespread condemnation, the Sydney Opera House and St James Ethics Centre, who produce the festival each year, cancelled the event. However, the 2014 Festival of Dangerous Ideas is still primed to be a controversial, fascinating and challenging two days, with speakers such as Salman Rushdie, Pussy Riot, John Pilger and Alissa Nutting lined up and ready to go. Here are CULT’s top 10 picks
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INSIDE THE CASTING INDUSTRY WITH GREG APPS

Written by Garrett Bithell on . Posted in FEATURES, FILM, THEATRE

Central to almost every film, television or stage production is the role of a casting director. But, feared by actors and largely unknown to audiences, the casting industry is misunderstood, overlooked and reviled simultaneously. In an effort to make sense of this little-known world, Garrett Bithell interviews influential casting director Greg Apps, who is also the President of the newly formed Casting Guild of Australia.
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BEN QUILTY: A NEW MASCULINITY

Written by Garrett Bithell on . Posted in ART, FEATURES

Last month, celebrated painter Ben Quilty became the first Australian artist ever to have a solo exhibition at London’s famed Saatchi Gallery. CULT’s editor in chief Garrett Bithell spoke to Ben about his artistic practice, his destructive adolescence, becoming a father, and the central concern of his body of work so far: the fraught nature of Australian masculinity.
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UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN THEATRE TOP 10

Written by Garrett Bithell on . Posted in FEATURES, FESTIVALS, THEATRE

Though all the major theatre companies around the country are gearing up to launch their 2015 seasons, there are still plenty of highlights coming up throughout the remainder of the year. CULT’s editor in chief Garrett Bithell picks the top 10 upcoming Australian theatre productions for the rest of 2014.
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VANCE JOY – WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Written by Garrett Bithell on . Posted in FEATURES, MUSIC

With an unlikely moniker from a classic Peter Carey tale, Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy – aka James Keogh – has gone off like a powder keg thanks to a one little track called ‘Riptide’. In the lead up to the release of his debut LP Dream Your Life Away, CULT’s Cec Busby sat down with the man of the moment.
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