I vaguely remember almost five years ago when thebuzzfromsydney was just starting, I warned readers that occasionally I would be reporting on events and exhibitions out of town, particularly in the summer months during holidays. I have stuck to Sydney most of this year, but was in Canberra this past week for some r&r, and caught the current exhibition on at the National Portrait Gallery.

Starstruck is a fantastic collection of stills and film paraphernalia from some of the best and most iconic films spanning one hundred years of Australian movies. Assorted costumes and casting books from the 1930s also give a glimpse into a bygone era. This step back in time was aided by the National Film and Sound Archive, which has provided support to the gallery and an alternate venue for screenings of cult classics like Captain Blood (1935) featuring Errol Flynn and more modern favourites such as Samson and Delilah (2009).

Hugo Weaving was one of the most prominent Aussies in the exhibit, in addition to stills from films like Proof (1991) and The Dressmaker (2015) a highlight was an entire wall with images from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) and two of the fabulous frocks that Weaving rocked in the film as Mitzi Del Bra.

Nicole Kidman was another who enjoyed a prominent place with her image and red dress as Satine from Moulin Rouge (2001). Other actors (and their dresses) who enjoyed such attention were Judy Davis as Sybylla from My Brilliant Career (1979)  and Anne-Louise Lambert (Miranda) from Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).

For those cinephiles out there, this exhibition is a must see, on until 4 March, for more information and tickets see: https://www.portrait.gov.au/

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Saturday 6 January to Sunday 28 January 2018

Sydney Festival

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Exuberant, exciting and forever effervescent – the best time to experience Sydney is in January, when the city is in full celebratory mode. Sydney Festival presents the biggest and best of the world’s performing and visual arts, all coming together in an avalanche of artistic activity.
From the central business district to Parramatta, Sydney Festival brings to life unique spaces including the Festival Village in Hyde Park, Sydney Town Hall and The Domain, as well as making the most of Sydney’s best venues including Carriageworks, Riverside Theatres and Sydney Opera House.
For more information: www.sydneyfestival.org.au