The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Jan 2010
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 9 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 5 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 9 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS to throw a top party HIGHLIGHTS: Then Chief Minister Clare Martin joins The Clare Martin Show at Throb nightclub and, right, Anthony LaPaglia in Balibo BRILLIANT: Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman get hot and steamy in Australia POWERFUL: Rowan McNamara in Samson and Delilah 6. Baz Luhrmanns Australia SIMILARLY, Baz Luhrmanns fairytale adventure of the Top End doesnt win its spot because it was such a goodmovie. It wasnt, and the childlike cartoon treatment the story receivedmade formany cringeworthymoments especially when every Aborigine seemed to be able to talk to each other from 100kmaway. Its not chosen for its Darwin street scenes, whichwere filmed in Bowen inQueensland. And its not being chosen for the silly tourism campaign that didnt seem to boost the number of Shanghai andNewYork executives wandering Darwins Mall. But what a big deal it was for the Territory. Nickers Kidman photographedwith Bill Hunters hand on her bumduring filming the Territory Handshake. Nicole and Keith Urban causing havoc out for a quiet coffee at the RomaBar. Then therewas handsome Huge Jackman gazing out from on old boats around StokesHill Wharf, just as his status as the worlds sexiest man alive was being cemented. 7. Balibo/TenCanoes HARD to separate the two other big films made in the Territory in theNoughties. Rolf deHeers TenCanoeswas a masterpiece of beautiful cinematography, traditional storytelling and laugh-out loud humour. And hardwork the Arafura Swampnear Raminginingmay be the hardest place to shoot a film this side of themoon. Meanwhile 2009sBalibomay be able to take credit for finally unlocking the truth of the Balibo Five. Even ifmost people in Australia always thought the five newsmenwere deliberately shot by Indonesian special forces invading East Timor in 1995, Indonesia has denied it. But in December former Indonesian army colonel Gatot Purwanto admitted theywere shot deliberately so the truth about the invasionwouldnt get out. And hemade his admission after watching the film, starring Anthony LaPaglia andmade by Robert Connolly, who got itmade not for fun but to get the truth out. 8. Elton John doesDarwin PERHAPS it was theway he came lured by a petition ran by yourNorthern Territory News perhaps it was just the sheer scale of the thing, or perhaps it was the RocketMan showing aDarwin crowd ofmore than 14,000 inMay, 2008, that he still had the energy to jump up on his piano. It was the biggest show since AC/DC and since you cant believemost peoples estimates of the crowd at that gig,maybe Sir Eltonwith support fromGurrumulwas almost as big. Of course you didnt need a ticket to be part of the action Eltons concert at TIO Stadium at Marrara could be heard several suburbs away. 9. Richard Bell wins the Telstra Award, August 2003 ITWASnewsworthy enough that amodern, urban, challenging artist should win the $40,000 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. But it was Brisbane painter Richard Bell, whose huge canvas bore themessage Aboriginal Art is a White Thing. The industry is run bywhitefellas, he said. But Bell was not content with that level of stir hewore a T-shirt saying white girls cant hump on stage to collect his prize fromTelstra boss Ziggy Switkowski. It created a storm of letters written to theNorthern Territory News, many of whichwould be judged racist today. All of a sudden everyonewas an art expert, commenting on whether hewas aworthy winner. If Bells intentionwas to show how close to the surface racial tension is in the Territory, he succeeded. And after the bland high school collage that won the award in the last year of the decade, some art watchers are longing for a return to such interesting characters. 10. ClareMartin digs the drag show at Throb, 2005 SINCE Throb opened in 2000 theDarwin nightlife has not been the same. Wherewouldwe be without that risque challenge, thrown out just when you thought it was nearing the end of a big night: coming to Throb? Once inside, anything goes and its shownmany people that a gay club can actually be a friendly place. But in terms of a singlemoment, its hard to beat the timewhen then ChiefMinister ClareMartin brought the Cabinet in to the club to watch a drag show that was all about her. The showhas been running since the previous year but after her 2005 landslide the chief brought her friends in. ClareMartinis satirical revuewas a lasting favourite and the presence ofMartin, along with several female colleagues, in the front row of the audience was something fewwill ever forget. TOMORROW: A NOUGHTIE TIME IN POLITICS BURN, BABY, BURN: Wulagis own JessicaMauboy. Our Jess should havewon Australian Idol but was pipped into second place. Nevermind ... as far as local-grown talent goes, she is now as big as anyone on the musical scene. And shes stayed nice to boot. No wonder we love her.
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