Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
There'll be dancing in the aisles
When I was a kid, growing up in the '70s, Grease was the word. I knew all the song lyrics, listening to my older sister's LP. It wasn't until many years later, as an adult, I finally watched the movie, which still stands the test of time today.
The Gallery of Modern Art celebrates Grease the movie, along with other dance films from the seventies to the naughties, when it presents Get Down! Dance on Film Since the 1970's. Showing at GOMA's cinema from November 9 to December 5, 2012, older generations can relive their youth while younger audiences will be introduced to classics like Cabaret (1972), Saturday Night Fever (1977), and Grease (1978).
Featuring forty films from musicals to cult classics, Get Down showcases dance across three strands: Let's Dance, Dance Cultures, and Dance Makers.
Dance Cultures features a selection of documentaries about contemporary dance cultures, from ballroom dancing in Mad Hot Ballroom to breakdancing in Planet B-Boy.
Let's Dance is the highlight of this film festival though; dance movies that made the audience want to get up and, well, dance. I wouldn't call myself a fan of dance movies but after perusing the list of films on offer, I was surprised at how many I have seen and loved: Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Billy Elliot (2000) to name a couple. There are some I haven't seen but want to, Black Swan (2010) and Chicago (2002), and some I have seen but never want to watch again, like Xanadu (1980).