After Stephen Strange, the world's top neurosurgeon, is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One, who later becomes Strange's mentor in the mystic arts. But Swinton has also worked repeatedly with such feted indie voices as Jim Jarmusch (in Broken Flowers, The Limits of Control and Only Lovers Left Alive), Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel) and the Coen brothers (Burn After Reading and Hail, Caesar!).
Gigi Hadid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Upton, Snoop Dogg, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Enrique Iglesias, Geri Halliwell, Mischa Barton, Solange Knowles, Eva Longoria have all made celebrity appearances at the Melbourne Cup Carnival down through the years. But it seems organisers are happy to stick with local talent for 2016, apart from nine-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, who is on the Crown Melbourne marquee guest list for Oaks Day.
If you don't know much about art and perhaps don't even know what you like, organisers of The Other Art Fair believe they may be able to help. With an impressive selection panel that includes Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty and veteran Sydney gallerist Roslyn Oxley, entry into The Other Art Fair, which is a partnership with Saatchi Art, is a competitive process.
In A Faint Existence, Kristina Chan creates a frightening world through dance, design, music and her intellectual capacity to turn a vast and challenging subject into a thought-provoking theatrical experience. Climate change is her subject and in her solo of a little less than an hour, with input from her collaborators and Force Majeure, she tackles it in a variety of ways.
The Bell Shakespeare Othello arrives in Sydney preceded by stinging reviews at the beginning of its Melbourne season, one of which wished the "plug could be pulled" on a production that was, at that time, barely run in. This makes three in the past decade, by my reckoning, not including a couple of clever adaptations in the hip-hop Othello: the Remix (Sydney Festival in 2014), and last year's Toni Morrison-Peter Sellars extrapolation Desdemona.
Lily Allen has written a powerful essay criticising British tabloids who described her as a "sobbing luvvie" after she apologised for her government's actions during a visit to a refugee camp in France. Allen, who visited the Calais "jungle" camp two weeks ago, reportedly told a 13-year-old Afghan refugee she apologised "on behalf of [her] country" for his quality of life, prompting a major backlash from conservatives on social media and in tabloid publications.
Wright's spectacular Daintree forest design is a country mile away from the quaint bucolic image of the farmer in a rambling homestead or a corrugated-iron bush shack. Author-architects Anna Johnson and Richard Black feature 28 "extraordinary rural homes" from as far north as Cape Tribulation down to Tasmania, and across from Western Australia to a remote New Zealand island. Yet an essential question unites each project: how do we design for living in a country of such climatic extremes?
She sang at James Packer's wedding alongside Barnesy and Elton John and had a No. 1 hit in Europe this summer yet Melbourne's Kylie Auldist is little known in her hometown. Originally recorded by local band Cookin' on 3 Burners with Auldist a guest on vocals, this year the track was remixed by 19-year-old French DJ Valentin Brunel, known as Kungs.
Throw in a river snaking through the town, a maze of cobbled streets, decorative tiled street signs laid into the side of buildings, peaches that drip down your chin and the melancholy clang of church bells and I will be in heaven. Did I mention the pink skies at dusk, the flamingos on the river flats and the smoky scent of garlic and sea bass on the grill?
He activates the noiseless motor of an electric pottery wheel with his foot and sends the instrument spinning like a giant roulette wheel to illustrate the concept in a slightly hypnotic blur of textures. The bamboo makes tiny tinkling sounds, like a baby vibraphone but played faster than Frank Zappa could have imagined.
Midway through Barry Levinson's 1988 comedy-drama Rain Man, the autistic Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman) reveals himself as a mathematical savant, muttering the answers to complex sums posed by a doctor. Then there are all those films and TV shows that exploit the myth of the savant in the way that pop culture has always seized on the psychological fads and buzzwords of the moment, including sitcoms such as The Big Bang Theory as well as thrillers like the BBC's Sherlock, or the various incarnations of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
In his first full-length feature in a decade, he has found an ideal collaborator in Huppert, a quintessentially French star who, like him, has a way of taking the perversity of human nature in her stride. She is at least as forthright as she is mysterious, allowing Huppert to demonstrate her mastery of what the internet calls "resting bitch face": with a clear sense of her own identity, she dares the world to mess with her.