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#wetoo: The Power Of “We” Will Set Us Free

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In response to the scepticism surrounding the #metoo posts blossoming up on our social feeds, let me explain to you why it’s powerful and important, because my head is filling up with a lot of loud pointy red shapes that look something like fury, if fury were a number of very sharp arrows. I don’t know if those arrows will hit their mark but hey, better out than in.

To be clear, I encourage questioning. I understand the scepticism surrounding any social media-based movement bandwagon that everyone hops on, because for the most part they’re hugely ineffectual. They’re a great way to publicly display that you care about a sociopolitical issue, without actually doing anything about it. They can encourage continued complacency in the guise of participation.

This one is different. It isn’t just about effecting change; it’s also about voice, camaraderie, public solidarity, and awareness.

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Jessica Legitimus

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Jessica Legitimus is a French photographer based between Melbourne and Paris. Her work covers restaurants, bars, interior designers, events, fitness and sports, and commercial clients. Red Magpie interviewed Jessie about her start in photography and her ongoing passion project, ‘A Hint Of…’, which will feature 100 chefs interacting with their ‘go to’ ingredient.

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Taylor | Kelly

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Rory Kelly is an actor, writer and filmmaker based in Melbourne. He has been involved in numerous films and stage productions, including the stage production of War Horse. Recently, Rory won the Green Room Best Male Actor Award for his eponymous role in Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre’s stage production Trevor. He also co-runs a photography business Taylor | Kelly with his partner, photographer Isobel Taylor-Rodgers (Issy). Red Magpie interviewed the pair in their studio about the headshots and portraiture they offer for emerging artists, and talk to Rory about acting and writing.

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Signature 3

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This week in Melbourne, it’s worth your while to catch the last three shows of Signature 3, a free dance performance in Southbank. Comprising the work of three upcoming dance artists as part of the Master of Dance program at the Victorian College of the Arts, this free event is running nightly for a limited season, 23-25 May. ay. Choreographer Nadine Dimitrievich has captured a sense of menace that feels utterly authentic. The second piece by Joel Fenton is a comedic game of cat-and-mouse. Chelsea Byrne’s ‘duet(s)’ – the last performance in the triptych – is a playful work delving into human connection. Read on for Martina Hoffmann’s review of Signature 3.

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The Nursery Web

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Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, but a new play that’s about to hit The Butterfly Club in Melbourne – The Nursery Web – uses all three parts to frame a bigger story about the nature of romantic relationships. Red Magpie sat down for a chat with the talented all-woman team behind this intriguing production – writer and director Kotryna Gesait, and assistant directors Genevieve Neve and Lulu Jemimah – as they tell us about the play and their backgrounds ahead of The Nursery Web’s opening night tonight.

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Jumpcuts

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Walking into the Phoenix Bar in Canberra on a Wednesday night, you might be surprised to find a room full of people paying rapt attention to a screen at the back of the stage normally reserved for musicians and performers, with a little theatrette in front. But on the first Wednesday of each month, something new and unique is happening: Jumpcuts, an open mic night for short film, run by local filmmakers Elise Dare and Dom Northcott, with hosts Ellie Windred and Nick Delatovic.

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Belinda Barnes

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Belinda Barnes is a Canberra-based Australian painter originally from South Africa. The moody colouring of her work evokes landscapes and natural shapes seen as memories, while her use of perspective gives a simultaneous feel of the aerial and the microscopic. There is a distinctly Australian quality about her work – the earthy orange and red palette, combined with striking blues, summon extremes of Australian bush and water. Belinda has had several exhibitions and sold numerous works, and took the time to talk to us about her artwork, her process and her story.

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Her Sound Her Story

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Her Sound Her Story is a narrative exhibition, documentary and live performance that spans generations and has taken two years to compile. It features interviews and photographs of 50 Australian musicians with a unifying factor: they all happen to be indomitably talented and hard working members of what Claudia affectionately refers to as “the mob” – the mob of women reclaiming space and utterly killing it in the music industry.

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Homer

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Homer is an online journal which creates conversations about masculinities and alternative male role models. The website was officially launched in September, and we spoke to founder and editor Ashley Thompson about how he’s feeling about things so far, the difficulties with creating a space that invites men to be vulnerable, and where he’d like to see Homer going in the future.

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