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We’ve had a night to remember celebrating Pantera Press’ book launch with Supa-Star guest J.M. Donellan and his new book, Killing Adonis!

The evening featured books, bands and some killer slam poetry, topped off with a copy of the new release signed by the author himself!

We’re looking forward to hosting J.M. Donellan in Brisbane this November!

Visit our guest page for more information:
http://www.supanova.com.au/guest/jm-donellan/

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[Photography by Lorenzo So]

Oct 2

The Tale of Princess Kaguya: Love, Loss and Line-art

A film review by David Quinn

The Tale of Princess Kaguya, released by Studio Ghibli in 2013, recently opened in Australia. The studio is known for its extraordinarily whimsical animated films, such as My Neighbour Totoro,  Howl’s Moving Castle, the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, and — possibly their biggest international hit — Princess Mononoke. Seen by many as the brainchild of legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, there were concerns that his recently announced retirement could mean the demise of Studio Ghibli, or at least a noticeable drop in the quality of their films. If this film is anything to go by, however, there is no need for concern!

Princess Kaguya retells one of the oldest known Japanese narratives, a 10th Century folk tale called  ”The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter”. A story that is, in some ways, a precursor to science fiction, though here it is seen through a magical, almost spiritual and religious lens. An ageing bamboo cutter happens upon a tiny, beautiful princess embedded in a bamboo shoot. He brings her home with him, assuming that she is a blessing from Heaven. However, she suddenly transforms into a seemingly normal baby, whom the bamboo cutter and his wife raise as their own. The baby grows unnaturally fast, visibly increasing in size each time she learns something and gains a new experience. This draws the attention of the local children, who initially mock the little girl, but soon grow to love her.

Through a series of magical interferences, the bamboo cutter and his wife become rich and decide that their child should be raised as a true and noble princess. Tales of her beauty spread and she is courted by many, including noblemen and princes. Her life becomes progressively more complex and she longs for the simplicity and freedom of her childhood. The film changes pace and shifts in tone, with a melancholic conclusion of a type rarely seen in animation made outside Japan.

The plot is simple, but emotionally engaging. The lead character can be quite reactive, which would not be an ideal focus point for the story, but eventually finds agency and seems to take control of her destiny, while occasionally, others around her can range from aimless caricatures to fully fleshed-out and motivated people. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a slow burn, and at times has the potential to feel a bit wandery and unfocused.

The true standout is that visually, this film is beyond stunning. It looks like an animated combination of watercolours and pencil, which gives it a feeling of a children’s book, or an old painting or scroll, and it is achingly beautiful. There are also moments where the visual style changes to echo the action taking place, from rough scratchy pencil in an emotionally charged chase sequence, to a more traditional wood-cut style to demonstrate a switch to a completely different time, place, or character’s point of view. At every turn, the visual language is effortlessly classical and technically brilliant without ever being ostentatious or overwrought.

The soundtrack throughout is subtle and at times very beautiful, though most notably the music at the story’s climax is astonishing in its incongruous inappropriateness. It stands out like a funeral march at a wedding, yet somehow it works as an almost ironic counterpoint to the emotional message being delivered. Done differently, it could easily have broken the scene, but miraculously manages to support the narrative and increase the emotional impact.

Even if the plot does not completely engage you, the beautiful visuals will almost certainly entrance you. If The Tale of Princess Kaguya is any indicator, Studio Ghibli is still producing wonderful, challenging films and has a strong future ahead.

That’s a wrap! Thank you to Sydney and Perth for your amazing support over the last two weekends.

We have had a most excellent time with expanded venues and new location for Perth. It has truly been heartwarming and encouraging hearing about fans meeting their idols, being their own heroes and making new friends. We look forward to 2015, onwards and upwards!

We’ll be back soon with final numbers and also our 2015 dates for Sydney & Perth.

Meanwhile, the year isn’t quite over yet and we’re coming up with another supa-star studded line up for our November tour when we head back to Adelaide and Brisbane.

Lock these dates in your calendars as we ramp up to November!

ADELAIDE 2014 
November 21-23 
Adelaide Showground

BRISBANE 2014 
November 28-30 
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Photo: Steven Yee

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Saturday Perth Supanova 2014

What a huge turnout for our first time at our bigger venue at the PCEC! We’ll be back for our final day of Perth Supanova tomorrow so don’t miss your chance with Supa-star Guests, Q&A sessions, Activities, Exhibitors and much more!

We’re open from 10am to 6pm with tickets available at the door.

We’ll leave you with another fun video from Access Reel at Perth Supanova today!

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So much to see and do at Perth Supanova and the day is not over yet! We’re open until 6pm today with Supa-star guest Q&A sessions, Autographs, Photo-ops, Anime screenings, Activities, shopping in the Exhibitor Hall plus lots more!

Photo: Bruce Moyle

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Gentle giant, Richard Kiel.Photo by Phil Erbacher

Gentle giant, Richard Kiel.
Photo by Phil Erbacher

Hello Perth! Welcome to Friday Opening Night of Perth Supanova Expo 2014

Hello Perth! Welcome to Friday Opening Night of Perth Supanova Expo 2014, with doors opening 6pm tonight for our Opening Ceremony. 

We’re got our Opening Night schedule with the Charity Auction, Masterclasses, Star Trek Continues Cast introduction to Episodes 1 & 2 plus an Anime movie screening. 

Fans can also purchase Tokens for the entire weekend until 8pm at the Supanova Store.

Ticket sales are available online or at the door: 
www.moshtix.com.au

Don’t forget we are now offering Children’s wristbands at every Expo. Be sure to collect yours from the Information Desk (see event map online, in the Guidebook app, or in the printed event guide) and find out how to use them: 
www.supanova.com.au/tickets

How can you enjoy your day? We’ve got some hot tips for you: 

http://www.supanova.com.au/hot-tips-you-need-to-enjoy-supanova/

It’s going to be a blast!!

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Supa-Stars on walkabout at Sydney’s Luna Park
Photo: Happy snap by Felicity Blake
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Supa-Stars on walkabout at Sydney’s Luna Park

Photo: Happy snap by Felicity Blake

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John Barrowman: I'll enjoy MBE for rest of my life

Exciting news! Supa-Star Guest John Barrowman has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours!

Read the article here:

Visit John’s page to find the list of charities he supports: http://johnbarrowman.com/fanzone/charityindex.shtml

Good morning Sydney Supanovans! Welcome to the last day of our first 3 day event in Sydney. We’ve got another two full days of Guest Appearances, Q&A sessions, Photo-ops, Autographs, Activities, Exhibitors and much more!

We are open from 10am to 6pm today. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Need assistance? Please approach Volunteers or Supanova Staff and we’d be happy to assist you!

Don’t forget we are now offering Children’s wristbands at every Expo. Be sure to collect yours from the Information Desk (see event map online, in the Guidebook app, or in the printed event guide) and find out how to use them: 
www.supanova.com.au/tickets

How can you enjoy your day? We’ve got some hot tips for you: 
http://www.supanova.com.au/hot-tips-you-need-to-enjoy-supanova/

It’s going to be a blast!!

Photos by: Bruce Moyle
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