Through the core Fringe events of Edinburgh and Adelaide, it is possible to participate in processes associated with one of the few authentic originating points of the broader culture. So often, shows and other forms of creative expression seems to appear osmotically or arrive out of no-where; pre-packaged, primped and polished. It’s not how all of them got there.
José is a Guatemalan-made, urban, gay, indigenous themed film. In 2018 it received the Venice Film Festival’s Queer Lion award.
On first take, "José" is an indigenous, gay love-story set in teeming Guatemala City—novel enough. However, as José unfolds, it reveals more about the lived experiences of millions in Latin America.
José is actually an amalgam character drawn by the film-makers from interviews they undertook in 20 Latin American cities.
They then place José metaphorically in the middle of the swirling confluences currently coursing their ways through the hemisphere. José’s world is impacted by drug cartels and criminal gangs; limited opportunities and hyper-competition; corruption and ineffectual administrations; overcrowding and chaotic urbanisation.
6 Star: You won't see better
Scotland! is a whimsically absurdist piece of comicality; confected for the sheer delight of their audiences.
Casting Off is an acrobatic show performed by three generations of women circus performers. It shows how experience, knowledge, capability and endurance combine to produce priceless examples of trust, confidence and self-belief.
The boys of Railed bring to town their comedy western that parades as a circus. They are a happy posse of hopeless cowboys, with generous dollops of embraceable male bonding.