Costumes from the Film ‘The Simian Line’
Arnita (Tyne Daly) with Mae (Samantha Mathis) and Edward (William Hurt).
The house was central to the story, literally and aesthetically. I used a strict pallette that was established by the decor of the house. This added a real sense of belonging to the characters.
I used a lot of original clothing for Mae (Samantha Mathis) and Edward (William Hurt). Note Mae’s original ’20s Egret feather spray.
Costumes from the Film ‘The Simian Line’
Mae (Samantha Mathis), the flapper ghost from the twenties, moves in because of the racket being created next door. She wears some gorgeous original ’20’s underwear, and a beautiful, Asian-style robe.
Cast: Lynn Redgrave, William Hurt, Tyne Daly, Eric Stoltz, Cindy Crawford, Harry Conick Jr., Jamey Sheridan, Samantha Mathis, Monica Keena and Jeremy Bruno
“The Simian Line” is a beautifully crafted gem of a film. Produced and directed by Linda Yellen, this unscripted independent was shot—entirely on location in Brooklyn—in three weeks and, except for a basic story structure, was completely improvised.
If you ever have the opportunity to watch it—do! The performances from this all-star cast are fresh and alive, which is ironic as the two central characters are ghosts.
Director: P.J. Hogan
Writer: P.J. Hogan
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Toni Collette, Rebecca Gibney and Anthony LaPaglia
PJ Hogan’s “Mental” is a ground breaking, wild ride. As tragic as it is hysterically funny it tells the story of a charismatic, crazy hothead played by Toni Collette who transforms a suburban Gold Coast family’s life when she becomes the nanny of five girls.
Directed by Dean Bryant
Starring Verity-hunt Ballard
Dean Bryant’s revival of Neil Simon’s Tony-winning ’60s musical is a bitter-sweet success.
Centering around a happy-go-lucky dance hall girl named Charity Hope Valentine, and her string of woe-begotten relationships, Sweet Charity asks you to throw away your sense of disbelief that anyone could be quite so wilfully, blindly optimistic. It paints its young heroine’s story in broad, colourful strokes—realism be damned.
Writer Neil Simon took inspiration from Fellini’s 1957 film Nights of Cabiria, right from the opening scene in which the heartless ‘john’ pushes our naïve heroine into the river, so as to rob her purse… but instead of the proud, defiant street-walker Cabiria (played by Giulietta Masina in Fellini’s film), we get the super-sweet hopeless romantic Charity Hope Valentine; instead of loutish playboy Alberto Lazzari, who Fellini paints as the cad he is, we get the sympathetic, swoon-tastic Vittorio Vidal, who is so charming that we almost don’t mind that he exploits Charity’s situation and then makes her hide in the closet all night while he has sex with his girlfriend.
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert—’I Will Survive’ Video
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert—Bus Video
Video from the Musical ‘The Sapphires’
Directed by Wesley Enoch
Presented by Company B/Belvoir St Theatre and Black Swan Theatre
Written by Aboriginal playwrite, Tony Briggs, the story draws on the real experiences of family members whose roots are bedded in music and song. The real stories are threaded together and embellished by topical issues of the ’60s era to make a thoroughly entertaining play.
The Sapphires was originally commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company and performed at the Victorian Arts Centre. The first production starred Indigenous actors Debra Mailman, Rachel Maza, Ursula Yovich and Lisa Flanagan.
The current production is presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company and Company B Belvoir, and stars Christine Anu, Casey Donovan, Kylie Farmer and Holly Andrews.
“This is a great story, accompanied by some terrific dancing and singing, and directed by a shining star of the Australian theatre, Wesley Enoch, who directed the first highly acclaimed production of The Sapphires in Melbourne.”
Both productions have seen theatre goers across the country dancing in the aisles to the soul music of the swingin‘ ’60s.
Directed by Simon Phillips
Co-Designed with Lizzy Gardiner
Based on the Oscar© award-winning film, PRISCILLA tells the story of Tick (Ben Richards), Bernadette (Don Gallagher) and Adam (Oliver Thornton), a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio that agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback.
PRISCILLA is a heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.
With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and featuring a score of dance-floor classics, including Downtown, What ‘s Love Got To Do With It, I Love The Nightlife, I Will Survive, Pop Muzik, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Hot Stuff, MacArthur Park, Boogie Wonderland and Finally, this wildly fresh and funny new musical is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous.
Directed by Neil Armfield
Sydney Theatre Company
During my time at Sydney Theatre Company I worked as a Ladies cutter on two productions “Miss Julie” and “Uncle Vanya.”
Designed by the late Jenny Tate, Uncle Vanya was my first large scale theatrical production.