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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

 

By Jeff Gibbs

In the realm of the DC Expanded Universe, often criticised for its grim tone, there emerges a beacon of fun and self-awareness embodied in Jason Momoa’s portrayal of Aquaman. “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” takes this charismatic hero on a neon-soaked, submarine-filled sequel adventure, where he grapples with the return of the menacing Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Black Manta seeks revenge for the death of his father in the first film, driven by the possession of the Black Trident’s spirit, forged in the enigmatic seventh kingdom of Atlantis, inhabited by demonic creatures.

Jason Momoa, at the pinnacle of his Momoa-esque charm, brings Aquaman to life with a unique blend of alpha-cool swagger and genuine decency. His performance is a rollercoaster of emotions, seamlessly transitioning from wisecracks and running commentary to moments of intense grief and fury. The film introduces a new layer to Aquaman’s character with an infant son, providing heartfelt and humorous moments that resonate with the audience.

The dynamic chemistry between Momoa and co-star Patrick Wilson, reprising his role as Arthur’s half-brother Orm Marius, is a standout element. Wilson’s portrayal of Orm, the Ocean Master, adds depth with a dry and unyielding demeanor. The contrast between Orm’s seriousness and Aquaman’s carefree nature creates a compelling dynamic, allowing Momoa’s Arthur Curry to shine as a lovable, if infuriating, big brother.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Director James Wan and screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick streamline the narrative, focusing on the banter-filled camaraderie between Arthur and Orm. The film sidesteps prolonged setup, prioritizing the central relationship and avoiding unnecessary diversions for supporting characters from the first film. Approximately two-thirds of the sequel revolves around the “argumentative buddies-on-a-mission” theme, sprinkled with elements of reconciling estranged brothers, redemption, and personal growth.

While “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is undeniably entertaining, it falls short of the grandiosity that defined its predecessor. The original’s melodramatic family dynamics and knowingly ludicrous spectacle are replaced by a cluttered production that occasionally hints at behind-the-scenes chaos. The film’s attempts to condense narrative elements through an opening montage and occasional disarray in the editing room are perceptible.

The movie wears its influences on its sleeve, drawing inspiration from diverse sources like “Star Wars,” Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings,” and the “Matrix” films. The narrative unfolds across a rich tapestry of settings, including a necropolis reminiscent of Mario Bava’s “Planet of the Vampires” and a volcanic island with mutated flora and fauna, paying homage to the imaginative worlds of Ray Harryhausen.

In essence, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is a fun-filled ride led by Jason Momoa’s magnetic performance, complemented by the captivating dynamic between Aquaman and Ocean Master. While it may lack the sheer audacity of its predecessor, the film delivers an enjoyable spectacle that continues to redefine the DCEU’s tone with a refreshing dose of self-awareness.

 

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

 

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, connection, intention and inspiration.

From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational gatherings.

At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.

Our aim is to create nothing short of a life changing, transformative experience! We aim to provide a meeting place – people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life come together with the shared interests of music, nature, technology, culture and peace.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events in Peak Crossing. Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.

Nurtured by the setting of the beautiful Australian outdoors, we gather together once a year to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms, and to educate, connect, heal and inspire.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: May 3-6
  • Where: Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.
  • Price: From $280
  • Tickets: www.earthfrequency.com.au

 

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

 

You don’t know him, but he may have saved your life.

Black Box is Queenslander Paul Hodge’s ground-breaking new musical based on the extraordinary true story of David Warren, the Australian inventor who created the black box flight recorder that is now on every plane around the globe.

Driven by the death of his father in an unexplained plane crash when he was eight, Black Box follows David as he fights for an invention that could record the final moments of a flight before it crashes – the black box. His obsession around this invention places his career, marriage and mind at risk. It’s a show about memory, and how we hold onto, and let go of, those we love.

Black Box writer and composer, Paul Hodge, said, “David’s invention was inspired by his love of music. I wanted to create a theatre form that was as inventive as David’s idea, which led to the use of recorded voices and music, in the same way the black box gives recordings, to immerse the audience in David’s sound world.”

Black box inventor David Warren will be played by internationally renowned singer and actor Michael Cormick, who has had leading roles around the world, including in Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast with Hugh Jackman. David’s wife, Ruth, will be played by Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore who as well as touring extensively throughout the UK and Australia was the original Glinda opposite Idina Menzel in the West End production of Wicked.

The auditory world that inspired David to create his life-saving invention shapes the audience’s experience at Black Box, which utilises pre-recorded voices and instruments to create a world of music and memory to tell his story. While Helen and Michael are on stage, the rest of the cast are present through a history-making audio experience.

Black Box is the first binaural musical with audience members wearing headphones that allow them to be totally immersed in a 360-degree world of sound.

Binaural recording uses two microphones, arranged at the position of human ears to create a 3D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the recorded actors and instruments. This world-premiere production will be directed by David Berthold.

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Free healthy lifestyle program for families in Tweed, Coraki and Grafton

 

Families in NSW can access support to build healthy habits together, plus tips and assistance with getting active, healthy eating and wellbeing.

Go4Fun is a free 10-week after school program for children aged 7-13 and their families, which aims to support their health and wellbeing.

Parents and carers can now enrol their primary school aged children in the Term 2 programs in Tweed, Grafton and Coraki.

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Acting Director of Integrated Care and Allied Health Services, Kathryn Watson said the program is for kids and their families who want to get healthier together.

“For many families, the focus is on just getting by on a day-to-day basis, and many don’t have the money to invest in healthy lifestyle programs,” Ms Watson said.

“We know many parents can be overwhelmed by the amount of healthy lifestyle information available. Go4Fun helps by providing easy tips to make healthy changes and involves parents, carers and children in activities to help put these into practice.

“This free program allows families to have the chance to learn healthy habits, and have fun together.”

The program includes games, activities, prizes and a supermarket tour. It also helps families and children to connect with others in their local area.

“Families love that the program is free and that it helps their child’s wellbeing, including their sleep. It creates a space to connect and build relationships as a family,” Ms Watson said.

“For families who are not in the Tweed, Grafton or Coraki areas, the Go4Fun online program is always an option.”

Parents and carers can sign up to the program directly, and health professionals and GPs can also refer their patients.

Places are available for Term 2 in the following locations:

  • CORAKI
    Aboriginal Go4Fun
    Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 30 April
    Location: Coraki Youth Hall, 75 Bridge St, Coraki NSW 2471
    To register for the Coraki program, call Coraki Campbell HealthOne on (02) 6683 9000
  • GRAFTON
    Go4Fun
    Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 30 April
    Location: PCYC, 300 Powell Street, Grafton NSW 2460
  • TWEED
    Go4Fun
    Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 1 May
    Location: Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure Dr, Woodlands Dr, Banora Point NSW 2486

For more information and to register your child, call 1800 780 900, visit here.

 

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