Arts, Culture & Entertainment - August 30

Photo: The Bible Society
Charles Dickens once wrote, "The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world." 
In my experience, the Bible is one's firmest, most reliable and formidable friend, its layers of truth revealed like an unfolding flower at the start of spring. And once you're in, you're in, for there is nothing more life giving, more stimulating, more gratifying, nor more terrifying than the very word of God, which is love breathed into a book so entrancing and instructive and poetic that turning each and every page feels like navigating some strange and forgotten world, yet all the while you come more to life in the here and now the more you absorb; it is as if the words take over your being.

And so, to the Bible Society's latest project: Live Light in 25 Words. The quest: to encourage Christians to nuzzle into the word on a more regular basis. GWAS has been privileged to contribute a few words to the campaign; one voice amongst many singing the praises of God and the book He ordained. Here is the video that goes with the project, which is quite light and fun...
Live light in 25 words teaser clip from Bible Society Australia on Vimeo.

Hazel Phillips of Idealog magazine tells us the latest 'Design Issue' cover was chalked over and then photographed. Nifty idea! Here is the time lapse video of art director Aimee Carruthers chalking it up like Mr Squiggle....
Idealog chalkboard cover timelapse - Issue 41 from Idealog on Vimeo.

"We realised that people really want the deep dive. They want authority and that ability to immerse yourself in a story and feel when you come out of it that you actually understand it from a multi-dimensional perspective. That's something that we crave more and more now that facts are so easy to get." 
- New Yorker editorial director Henry Finder, talking to the ABC's Richard Glover, 'In defence of the comma'

Dumbo feather magazine presents two events of interest: a conversation with Marion Potts, artistic director of Malthouse Theatre on Tuesday September 11, from 6pm, and a screening of Abigail Disney's Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a film about building peace, war, women's roles and her own personal journey in finding happiness through connectedness. The film will screen on Monday September 24, from 7.30pm, at Dumbo feather headquarters. Spaces are limited so register quickly! 

On September 8 and 15th, ACMI presents Melbourne filmmaker Diane Perelsztejn's documentary on English pianist and classical singer Kathleen Ferrier. Narrated by Charlotte Rampling, Perelsztejn's project draws on a wealth of recently discovered material sources from archives around the world, including home movies and photographs to shed a new light on Ferrier's remarkable life; from telephonist and pianist to highly acclaimed singer. At a memorial service at Southwark Cathedral on 14 November 1953 the Bishop of Croydon, in his eulogy, said of Ferrier's voice: "She seemed to bring into this world a radiance from another world". The presentation is part of ACMI's Australian Perspectives: Contemporary Filmmaking and Special Guest Presentations curated by James Nolen.

Of course, we are also coming into wedding high season, and so we greet the new edition of WHITE magazine with open arms like a couple returning from their honeymoon. And that's the ace thing about WHITE, it keeps giving after the wedding day. The new issue has some brilliant little features and nuggets of post-nuptial insight by some brilliant writers, such as Elizabeth Baker's 'After the Honeymoon' ("Preparing for the obscurity beyond the spotlight is worth doing prior to publicly authenticating your union"), Laura Jackel's 'Domestic Bliss' ("While you may adore the caboodle of satin cushions festooning your bachelorette sofa, are they something your man will equally adore?") and Emily Connett's 'Bag of Tricks' ("whack out those arms in a loving embrace and get hugging"). Aww, you guys!

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