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Sufjan Stevens - Sydney Opera House

The intimacy of the world's most famous Opera house bring Sufjan's confessional album of love and grief to the world.

My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand

We - belatedly - catch up with Shara Worden's latest.

mewithoutYou - Newcastle, Australia

Leftfield Philadelphia combo arrive in Australia to showcase their tunes.

The Welcome Wagon - Welcome to the Welcome Wagon

Digging deep into the vast and rich ore of American Gospel and Spirituals, the Welcome Wagon have produced a unique nugget of musical brilliance, mixing blues riffs, horn blasts, and lush orchestral arrangements into an album full of surprises.

Duke Special - Songs From the Deep Forest

About to start a UK tour, Duke Special is finally getting some well deserved recognition thanks to a series of successful tours opening for the likes of the Divine Comedy and a majestic performance on Jools Holland. Released in October, his first full-length release, Songs from the Deep Forest, captures his eccentricity and delivers one of the best debuts of the last few years...

Every Little Thing (La Moindre des choses) Review

Second Run gives us another look at another film by Nicolas Philibert - possibly the best documentary maker in operation. La Moindre Des Choses brings us into the psychiatric institute of La Borde as the patients and staff prepare for their annual play...

Co-operative CGI filmmaking

In the midst of the MPAA and the RIAA suing anything that moves, it is somewhat refreshing to see efforts like Elephants Dream appear out of nowhere. Drawing their finance from an enthusiastic but restrained public who pre-ordered the DVD, this amazingly professional CGI film was released this week for free on the web... The term Free can mean a lot of things and in this case it not only extends to charge (you pay nothing to download it) but also free as in freedom - the entire project is licensed under a relatively nonrestrictive licence meaning you are free to re-use their material as long as you attribute it and observe the spirit of the licence. The music, the programs used and the data that makes up the film is all there for the more avid fan to toy about with and even, if you're feeling exceedingly creative, create your own spinoff of this film.<center><img src="protectedimage.php?image=MarkBoydell/Elephants_Dream.jpg"></center>Running for a little over ten minutes, Elephants Dream may not be the most polished CGI effort ever to see the day but given that the animation was the work of only seven animators, it does make one wonder when, rather than if, we shall see a feature length release following this unconventional appoach. Opting for a relatively oblique theme, the creators have seemingly painted themselves in a corner with the children''s market so no bad jokes or singalongs in sight. Better still, this effort transports us into a realm similar to that painted by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) or the earlier efforts of Caro and Jeunet with a dash of Lynchean mystery.The major question is whether this form of funding ("you pre-pay so we can give it away") will work on a larger scale - will Elephants Dream be seen in 20 years time as the film that started it all or be some obscure entry as the first and only truly open and free CGI film? With a followup in the works, we can but hope it shall be the former rather than the latter.See their website: <a href=></a> and download the film.

Lacombe Lucien Review

Ending our series on Louis Malle, Mark Boydell takes a look at the controversial Lacombe Lucien which is given a very good release by Criterion with a deservedly updated transfer finally bringing what many regard as Malle's masterpiece into the new millenium.

Au Revoir Les Enfants Review

Possibly one of the best ever meditations on childhood, betrayal and rectitude, Louis Malle's masterpiece, Au Revoir Les Enfants, finally comes to DVD via Criterion. The extras are few but this is the best the film has ever looked.

November Review

Courtney Cox's venture into the Independet film comes straight to DVD after a dissapointing theatrical run in the US. Mark Boydell takes a look and finds an edgy film which despite a few notable flaws, is a clever piece of budget film-making...

2046 Review

Wong Kar Wai's latest film, 2046, receives a good R1 treatment with some decent extras but still an ultimate edition eludes us yet again. Mark Boydell takes a look.

Crash Review

Crash created huge waves in the US upon release with it's multi-layered look at racism in present day LA. The DVD release is just in time for Christmas and comes with a few extras and a good transfer.

King's Game Review

A Danish political thriller? Indeed and a very good one at that. Mark Boydell does his best to avoid Shakespearian clichés as he reviews an extras-laden DVD.

Test The Nation Review

Anne Robinson - she's become a constant presence on the box and what better way to spend Christimas but answering her questions with the family? A two set DVD box allows you to test your knowledge of the country and your IQ.

Wild At Heart (Collector's Edition) Review

Mark Boydell dives into Lynch's early 90s effort with Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern as the wild couple. The DVD comes with a new transfer and some decent extras.

The Three Marias Review

Mark Boydell takes a look at a new Brazilian release which mixes Leone influences to Latin-American energy.