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Brother Firetribe

Finnish hard rockers Brother Firetribe are back with a brand new album titled Sunbound. Dave G sat down with frontman Pekka Heino to find out about some of the more heartfelt aspects of the album and we ask whether there is any chance of the band touring Australia any time soon.

You can listen to or download our Brother Firetribe interview right here.

Seether

American hard-rockers Seether return on the 12th May with their brand new album - Poison The Parish. Dave G sat down and had a chat with Dale Stewart about some of the inspirations behind this album and also about the heartfelt Rise Above Fest which Seether will perform at in July this year.

You can listen to or download our Seether interview right here.

World Sideshow Festival
Ballarat is about to become the center of the sideshow world for one week in May. On May 11th 12th and 13th fans from around Australia will be treated to a series of theatrical shows that can only be described as the best of the best.
Sideshow is best described as extreme or unusual circus and in the last 20 years it has developed depth, theatricality and a world wide following. The best sideshow artists from Australia and around the globe are about to converge on the Ballarat Mehanics Insititute for three night of shows.
Canadian duo The Monsters of Schlock will perform in Australia for the very first time in what will be an exclusive performance for the World Sideshow Festival.
The Headmaster of the world’s longest running sideshow company Pain Solution will be arriving direct from Norway for a very special hour of sideshow stunts.
Wild Women of Sideshow  will feature artists from Germany, England and Australia. These are certainly some of the strongest and strangest women on the planet. Strong women, Simi Capelli will rip a phone book apart while dancing gracefully on roller skates.
The League of Sideshow Superstars was the outright hit of last festival and they return this year with a new cast a new stunts. They hold fourteen Guinness world records between them and some of these will be recreated or maybe even broken during the show.
For the first time The World Sideshow Festival will be putting on a children’s matinee performance. The Silly Circus Sideshow; this show is specifically tailored for primary age children and features nothing scary. It focuses on silliness and celebration. There is a flea circus and foot juggler and bubbleologist and the hit of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Ballarat local Patrick Bath with excerpts from his kids comedy, Potty Mouth.
All the artists will showcase their strange and unusal skills in a Grand Opening Night Cabaret on Thursday the 11th of May. Festival director Shep Huntly said “On Thursday people can see all the acts doing a few minutes each and decide what you’d like to see over the weekend”.
Dave Griffiths caught up with one of the performers at this year’s festival Pat Bath to talk about the festival. You can listen to the interiew right here.
Individual shows cost $30-$35 or you can get one show for free by buying a festival pass for $145. All information and tickets are available at worldsideshowfestival.com
World Sideshow Festival
11 – 13 May
Mechanics Institute
117 Sturt Street Ballarat
Tickets via www.worldsideshowfestival.com

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Well, loyal Subculture fans we know that you have eagerly been anticipating the arrival of John Wick 2 in Australian cinemas…. we know because we read all the emails that you sent us asking when it when open. Well know we have something very special you… thanks to our good friends at Studio Canal we are giving away three double passes to John Wick 2.

To be in with a chance to win a double chance simply go to our Facebook page and LIKE the page and LIKE the John Wick 2 giveaway post.

 

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

In cinemas May 18

In this high-octane sequel to the 2014 hit, legendary super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy Italian assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers in an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that takes the non-stop action of the original to a whole new level.

Also starring Ruby Rose, Common, Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 hits cinemas May 18.

 

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Berlin Syndrome,’ ‘Colossal,’ ‘Denial,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘The Fate Of The Furious,’ ‘My Pet Dinosaur,’ ‘Going In Style,’ ‘Raw,’ ‘Their Finest,’ ‘Personal Shoper’  and ‘Certain Women’.

This episode also contains interviews with Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Kristy Matheson (ACMI) and Matt Drummond.

You can listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show or download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

Raw

Summary: When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th April 2017

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: France, Italy, Belgium

Director: Julia Ducournau

Screenwriter: Julia Ducournau

Cast: Garance Marillier (Justine), Ella Rumpf (Alexia), Rabah Nait Oufella (Adrien)

Runtime: 99 mins

Classification: R

OUR RAW REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Often when a horror movie is really being talked about as ‘one of the horror movies of the year’ it ends up being a complete disappointment once you actually you get a chance to watch it. That was certainly a fear for me going to watch Raw. As many of you would know horror is one of my favourite genres but often when a film is really being ‘pumped up’ I get my hopes up and then find myself largely disappointed… as was the recent case with Get Out. You’ll be happy to know though that wasn’t the case with Raw… no, once again Monster Pictures have brought us Aussies one horror film that certainly lives up to all the hype.

From French director Julia Ducournau (TV’s Mange) the film explores the events that follow after young vegetarian, Justine (Garance Marillier – Solo Rex, Junior) who during a hazing ritual tastes meat for the first time. As an unexplained taste for meat suddenly rises in her, she finds her relationships with her sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf – Tiger Girl, War) suddenly spiralling. As the gifted young student also finds herself attracted to some of the men around her another hunger is also awakened.

The only people that are going to be disappointed by Raw are those that will go into this film expecting to be like the more subtle horror films come out in Hollywood at the moment. Raw is gritty, but not to the point where it is a filmmaker only out for the shock value. Instead, it is a creative film with a well-developed and surprising screenplay also created by Ducournau. While some may argue that the film has a plot aimed at exploring man and woman’s need to eat meat, the basis of this film is a storyline that shows a young woman’s needs and desires developing in a way that cinema has rarely done in the past. Rather than using shock tactics the film instead takes an artistic Argento-style feel which only intensifies some of the film’s more suspenseful scenes.

Few screenwriters, Joss Whedon aside, have developed plots that explore human sexuality and needs with such brilliant subtext and Ducournau is a smart-enough screenwriter not to let that bog down her film and her script and instead the film delivers a fair amount suspense as the audience is taken on a journey as Justine’s needs develop and they try to work out not only exactly what is happening to her but also just how it’s going to affect her life in the long run.

Ducournau’s screenplay is also the perfect vehicle for young actresses Garance Marillier and Ella Rumpf to really show just how exciting their skills are. The pair brilliantly delivers not only during some of the film’s more confronting scenes but also excel at some of the more intense scenes as their relationship is pushed to breaking point. Normally scenes of this intensity would really challenge actresses at this age but together here Marillier and Rumpf deliver performances that should silence anyone that says horror films rarely produce classic acting moments these days.

Raw is one of those horror films that really sticks with you. Not because it plants a horrific imprint on your brain but because it is a genre film with a real arthouse feel that further enhances the film. As you watch the film, you also get a distinct feeling that Ducournau is a director that we are going to be talking about for a long time to come as her directional stylings are a breath of fresh air in a genre that is being held back by some average Hollywood films.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)

 

IMDB Rating:  Raw (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Raw Reviews: Nil.

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