Nicolette Fraillon was told she couldn’t be a conductor ‘because I was a woman’

Australian conductor Nicolette Fraillon says sexism is still an issue within the classical music scene. Fraillon was the first woman in the world to conduct a ballet orchestra, and until December was the Australian Ballet’s chief conductor, a role she held for two decades. Today, female conductors are still the exception. “I think it’s improving, … Read more

Tár might win Cate Blanchett her third Academy Award, but few have seen the psychological drama about a conductor coming undone

Tár scored an impressive six Oscar nominations at today’s announcement, including one for our very own Cate Blanchett — for the role of writer-director Todd Field (also nominated) created specifically for her. But even though the movie was critically praised when it was released in the US in October, it was a box office flop. … Read more

Tár is a willfully enigmatic psychodrama starring Cate Blanchett as a celebrity conductor accused of sexual abuse

It’s been a full 16 years since actor-turned-director Todd Field had a film out. The two indie features to his name (2001’s In the Bedroom and 2006’s Little Children), although praised in their time, offer little to prepare one for his latest. Tár is a bravura portrait of a celebrity conductor-composer – the eponymous Lydia … Read more

From the controversy to the celebs, here’s your guide to the 80th Golden Globe Awards

The 80th Golden Globe awards are almost here — hoping to welcome a star-studded group of nominees — after years of controversy. Will they attend? So far, it looks like it. After the scandal and boycott put the spotlight on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and knocked its annual award show off television last … Read more