[FASHION] MEET PATTY

 

Patty Curral is a 22 year old studying graphic design here at Murdoch. In July 2016, she created a street wear brand label called LOSO Apparel. I took some time to get to know more about her, and LOSO Apparel.

 

Hi Patty, How did you start designing for your own street wear label?

“One of the Graphic Design courses here at Murdoch called ‘Brand and Identity’ (IDD202) was based around coming up with a logo and merging it with a product to sell.  That’s when I created LOSO. I really loved that course, and it taught me how much I love designing my own product, it gave me so much satisfaction (Shout out to my tutor Erica Ormsby!).”

 

“I would always see so many streetwear companies soley targeted at men, so I wanted to make a change”

 

So what does LOSO actually mean?

“So, it’s a Thai slang word, which stands for low society (in a joking way). In Thailand if you’re a cheap skate they call you a LOSO. When I would go out with my friends in Thailand I would rather dress comfortable than dress up, so they would call me “LOSO” (laughs), so my nickname became the brand:) “

What are your inspirations behind LOSO?

“I would always see so many streetwear companies soley targeted at men, so I wanted to make a change to the scene and introduce my own Street Wear label. I love hip-hop music so that was an inspiration behind my designs, but I also think it’s a great way to show what music you’re into or to show off your idols, these make a great ice breaker when meeting new people.”

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Where would you like to see LOSO heading in the future?

“To be honest I’d love to see it being featured in a shop like Culture Kings, that is a big dream of mine. Of course I could open my own pop up shop but it’s a bit too much to handle, with uni and lack of money at the moment (laughs).”

How can people look at and buy LOSO apparel?

“You can check us out on Instagram @losoapparel, Facebook /LOSOapparel and https://www.losoapparel.com/

[REVIEW] Kung Fu Panda 3

 

Dreamworks is one of the best animation studios in the world. They are responsible for a huge chunk of people’s childhood, especially for me. Dreamworks make great, popular franchises and stay true to their name. From Madagascar to Shrek – they all had great ideas, stories and characters. This is also the case for Kung Fu Panda 3. Kung Fu Panda 3 was directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni and features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and many more.

The main thing that makes a good sequel is the ability it has to reflect on the past. Sequels should be able to either explain the events of the previous movies or mention the events of the previous movies. Kung Fu Panda 3 does this right from the beginning. The main plot of the film revolves around Kai, a yak, stealing chi from different masters and turns them into his jade army and it is up to the Dragon Master Po to stop him.

Things that make this film great: 1) Master Oogway is back! 2) It explains a lot of the things that have happened in the first film. So if you have questions after watching the previous titles, this one should answer all of your questions. That is not all! The main antagonist, Kai, is a super-badass! He literally steals the master’s Ki (part of Chinese philosophy and medicine) turning them into fully coated green zombies which are under his control! That is awesome! He is definitely a great villain. Not only that but the humour is great! There were a lot of laughs especially when Po gets shocked that all of his friends and become green only to say to Matis “Except for you Mantis you were already green” was awesome!

Things that I slightly disliked: 1) The Furious Five play a little role in this film except for Tigeress, 2) It still keeps the annoying gimmick of Po being amazed of his powers and 2.5) Jackie Chan’s role in it. I didn’t mind him playing a secondary character in ‘The Karate Kid’ because he had great scenes, but his character of Monkey doesn’t get much exposure in the film.

Other than those things, I really enjoyed it and think it’s the best of the series so far. It has an interesting plot with an awesome villain. I give it 4.5/5!

If you want me to review something please let me know via the comments below or via the Facebook page.

An Interview with Circle’s Director and Writer

One Hell of a Show. The Road to Success. A Modicum of Inspiration.

Play: Circle

Company: Modicum Theatre (Perth Inc)
Director: Leigh Fitzpatrick
Writer: Sean Wcislo
Venue: Studio 411, 90 South Street (Murdoch University)
Showings: Thursday Opening night: July 28th, 29th & 30th

Leigh Fitzpatrick (Director)
Sean Wcislo (Writer, Assistant director)

Ariana: How did you find the actors for Circle?
Leigh: We found the actors through networking. It was mainly people who knew Sean and his play ‘Roommates Live from Apartment 19’ who showed interest and went to auditions. (on March 4th)

Ariana: What inspired you to write Circle?
Sean: I liked the idea that people go on road trips and things happen. Where these friends get lost and the only source of action/tension was each other. I was also interested in the course their relationships took when they were tested.

Ariana: What was it like working with Modicum Theatre?
Leigh: They have a different viewpoint when it comes to theatre. As the current vice president, I’m very involved in the theatre’s committee. We’re about learning, you’ll never find out if someone’s a born leading performer if they’re stuck playing minor roles.

Sean: I’m glad it happened

Ariana: How long did it take you to write the script for Circle?
Sean: The idea was a few years old. I’ve been adding to it slowly for awhile. At the beginning of this year I really got down to writing the rough draft. I nearly wrote 25% of it in one night.The first draft of the script took me about a month to write.

Leigh: Sean took the script to one of the Roommate Live rehearsals. As I had plenty of time offstage, I was able to read through and I knew then that I wanted to direct it. .

Ariana: What was your artistic vision as director?
Leigh: “I’ve always wondered about the subtlety , “the characters have history” Using minimalism to let the characters speak for themselves without anything distracting is important.

Ariana: What stood out the most during rehearsals?
Sean: I enjoyed how the actors have engaged with the script enough to take their experiences outside of rehearsals.

Ariana: What stood out during the rehearsal process/realising the script on stage?
Leigh: We’ve been having rehearsals for the last four months” There are certain moments in the script that are eminently relatable.” “The cast was great” “Having a five person ensemble made rehearsals more intense and allowed out to concentrate on making the characters ‘humanly real’ and multidimensional.”

Ariana: How were the characters in the script created/inspired?
Sean: the plot and events were planned before the characters. The characters were created based on their necessity, then were fleshed out from there.

Ariana: What was it like working with the production team?
Leigh: I was continually amazed at the quality of the work people were willing to put their efforts into. I am continually amazed as to their love of the arts.

Ariana: What did you do as an assistant director?
Sean: I helped the director with taking notes and filling in when necessary. When Leigh took notes on actors, I’d be supportive by taking notes on the production side and vice versa.

Ariana: How would you describe the play Circle, to an audience?
Leigh: It’s a tragicomedy it’s about the nature of friendship and the pointlessness of hiding from the inevitable. Also it’s about a road trip through hell. So that’s cool.

Links
Modicum Theatre
Circle Event
Tickets and Booking info
Modicum Rehearsals -Instagram

Dracula – Theatre Review

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Music begins to play. On stage, furniture is covered in dust speckled sheets. Half the stage hidden by curtains.  In Dr. Seward’s sanitarium, a man is led astray by his insatiable desires, drawn to madness and hunted in the night…

 
The characters in the play each had their own unique quirks. I personally was interested in how the actors developed their characters non-verbally and when they were bystanders to the action/dialogue. Sometimes the actions of characters and their relationships has a greater impact than dialogue. Van Helsing (Jason Dohle) and Count Dracula (Joel Sammels) went past their stereotypical counterparts. The relationship between Lucy Seward (Toni Vernon) and John Harker (Phillip Hutton) appeared realistically strained on stage, with Lucy’s illness tragically postponing them from being romantically involved or getting married.

The Murdoch Theatre Company has collaborated with the director of Lit by Limelight (a children’s theatre) to develop a set that would be adaptable for the  different productions. For Dracula, the set was designed by Ally Snell with  designs being both sophisticated and durable.  Throughout the play, the stage hands were ‘disguised’ as staff at the Sanitorium which helped with snappy and precise scene changes.

The lighting added to the overall mood of the performance and greatly transformed the stage between settings and scene changes. Lighting was designed by Scott McArdle and manned by Tay Broadley. The sound-scape effectively improved the underlying tension and suspense. The sound was designed by Tim Brain.

The costuming was reminiscent of 19th century fashion and suitably chosen. The costumes for Count Dracula and his brides stood out the most. Costumes were designed by Sophie Braham. The vampires wore coordinated dark red and black outfits. Their undead appearance emphasized with contact lenses, long fingernails, ruby red tattoos and pale complexions. Make up was designed by Leah Toyne. The main special effects in the play included voiceovers, wolf and bat sound effects. The most notable is the use of fog to signal Dracula’s transformation as a bat.

Overall, a great performance was put on by all with all the suspense and terror you could need and my excitement for the next two Gothic plays, The Mummy Rises and Frankenstein,  only increased!

Playwright & Origins of Script

The 1924 stage play was written by Hamilton Deane and was a three act play. Hamilton Deane (1880-1958) was an irish actor, playwright and director. John Balderston was hired by Horace Liveright to revise the play in 1927 for Broadway productions with American audiences. John L. Balderston (1889-1954) was an American playwright and screenwriter. The play was originally presented at the Fulton Theatre in New York City.

The play, Dracula originates from the 1897 Bram Stoker novel, which was first published in the United Kingdom. Bram Stoker was an irish author who started writing in 1872. His interest and writing mainly focused on irish folktales, occult and the supernatural. His focus on these developed while he was bedridden until the age of seven from an unidentified illness. Supernatural folktales have lived on for centuries, from vampires and alongside Stoker’s illness, the story of Dracula was developed. The character of Count Dracula was inspired by the Romanian ruler Vlad Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) who ruled Walachia several times between 1456 and 1462. Since then, several spinoffs and revisions have occurred and it has inspired other books and films around the subject of vampires and the supernatural.

Details
Play: Dracula (Three shows, @ 7:30pm, July 7th, 8th & 9th)
Location: Nexus Theatre (90 South Street, Murdoch University, Carpark 3/near library)
Synopsis: A classic gothic story reimagined on stage, with characters such as the famous Van Helsing and Dracula. Van Helsing is hired to investigate the mystery of Lucy Seward’s illness and its possible link to Renfield’s madness. The play switches settings between Dr Seward sanitorium and their neighbour’s bachelor pad at Carfax.
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Horror Rating: MA15+
Director: John King, presented by Murdoch Theatre Company
Writer: Hamilton Deane, Revised by: John L. Balderston

Links
Dracula-FB Event
Murdoch Theatre Company-FB Page
John King (director) Interview
Dracula- Original Script (1927)
Dracula- 1897 novel
Bram Stoker- Biography information
Vlad Dracula- Britannica Encyclopedia

Our Beach

Foreign shores, close to home. That is probably the best way to describe the three little doorways into the ocean that surround this house. At least, from your perspective, it is certainly foreign. This house, this town, this face.

Rockingham gets a little chilly in the winter but it is certainly bearable. Then of course you have days where the cloud breaks and it’s warm enough to burn mid winter. And I suppose there is never a bad day for a walk along the beach.

Of the three I have trouble choosing a favourite. Before your visit I would walk from one, to the other, and to the other. Safety Bay, 5 minutes south, is popular among the kitesurfers. Shoalwater has the islands and Point Peron, natural marvels if you ask me. The Rockingham foreshore is nice if you don’t mind the people and the boats.

I have always wondered which one you might like the best. Though I know your affinity for the sunset and for striking colours… on that token I would choose Shoalwater. We can stand by the footpath and watch the sun set, clouds permitting of course.

We can always go down on to the sand. A little cold perhaps but I think the fire we share should keep us warm, or arms wrapped in sweaters. I think it is true, you are Queen of the sea, because no matter how far you have come you look to be at home.

There is peace here at the waters edge. We can cast the worst of ourselves into the cold ocean waves, and keep the best of ourselves here safely on the shore.

[REVIEW] Captain America: Civil War

By Clinton Little

If we’re talking about dumb shiny action movies, it doesn’t get much shinier or dumber than Marvel Comics Avenger Universe and if you’re looking for 2 & ½ hours of spandex clad fisticuffs, explosions and poorly exposited superpowers then the third instalment of the current Captain America franchise will hit the mark every time.

What’s Good?

Three Words: Robert Downey Junior.

The man can impart more menace and meaning by just standing still and delivering a single line of dialogue than the rest of the cast can achieve by punching their way out of an endless stream of fight scenes.

It’s also quite funny. Despite its flaws Civil War retains a sense of humour about itself and manages to deliver some laughs, most of which come out of left field from the inclusion of Spiderman and Ant Man. However it’s a casting move that seems driven by franchise building motives that has an unexpected comedic payoff.

What’s Bad?

Civil War suffers from a serious case of overkill. With a cast of super characters that includes  Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Ant Man, Spiderman, Scarlett Witch, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Black Panther and Falcon to name but a few, the movie labours under the weight of giving each one enough screen time.

Chris Evans is adequate as the leading man but lacks the gravitas required for a viewer to actually care if he lives or dies. He’s handsome(ish), he’s gym buff(ish) and has clearly had enough fight training to be believable in a fight scene but when he shares the screen with the likes of Robert Downey Jr. he is seriously beige.

Back to what’s good?

Less is sometimes more. When there are a dozen superheroes on screen in a battle to the not quite death it’s hard to know where to look. The overstuffed Avenger battles are impressive but it’s when the action is paired down to the central characters that Civil War redeems itself

Should I bother buying a ticket?

Do…but don’t expect a standalone cinema experience. If you’re familiar with the $10 Billion and counting Marvel movie universe then Civil War is the popcorn movie for you.

Just don’t over think it.

3/5

An Introduction

Dear Reader,

You probably don’t know me. I’m Joel and I’m a new regular contributor here at Metior. I’m planning on being here a while, so I thought it might be nice to start out by introducing myself.

I once wrestled Vladimir Putin, shirtless, in a mud pit. I once rode the length of Denmark on a bicycle to avoid an argument. I am an avid collector of those little bread tab things. I am outrageously bisexual. I have a habit of walking into parties and other social situations only to immediately walk out again. I lose my composure when the volume sits on an odd number for any longer than a few seconds.

Most of that is quite obviously bullshit. I only wish I were so interesting. I have been described as a bore on more than one occasion. One or two of those things on the list above might be true though, I’ll let you guess which. At the very least I lead a rich inner life and have a little imagination and that is something I hope to share with everybody here from now on.

But in the interest of being at least somewhat real I will tell you the basics. I’m 25 and have just started my first year at Murdoch. I major in English and Creative Writing because I love to read and write. On occasion I’m a super charged mess with NO CHILL WHATSOEVER. I treat the delivery of the yearly Ikea catalogue as an occasion on par with Christmas. I am definitely getting a Star Wars tattoo before the year is out.

So that’s all about me I guess. You can catch me in this space weekly (or fortnightly, depends) rain, hail, or shine. My desk is inside, away from the weather, so honestly there is no excuse.

Have a nice semester everybody!

Joel