THEATRE REVIEW: THE WHARF REVUE @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE

  The Wharf Revue have been proudly entertaining audiences by skewering politicians since 2000. This year’s instalment was the troupe’s first without co-founder and musical director, Phil Scott, but the show remained strong and funny. The opening night at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre was a rollicking one with a vaudeville feel that hit some really high notes….

FILM REVIEW: HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS

  They sang about ‘Typical Girls’ but in reality they were anything but. The Slits were a ferocious, female punk band who played alongside The Clash, The Sex Pistols and more. Here to be Heard: The Story Of The Slits is a conventional but entertaining music documentary celebrating those raucous rapscallions. William E. Badgley –…

BOOK REVIEW: LIONEL SHRIVER- PROPERTY- A COLLECTION

  Lionel Shriver is a renowned storyteller and the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin.She’s also a brilliant observer and one could argue that she missed her calling as a psychologist. As a writer, she has made some bold choices by exploring and making sense of the darker facets of the human psyche. She…

DVD REVIEW: AGATHA CHRISTIE’S CROOKED HOUSE

  We all know the story where the butler did it. But Agatha Christie’s Crooked House isn’t like that. Published in 1949, the novel was one of the author’s favourite stories. This is also a beautifully-shot period film. It’s an adaptation that leads you down the garden path and around the maze of an eccentric family’s country house….

FILM REVIEW: THE INSUFFERABLE GROO

The idea of ‘Get rich or die trying’ certainly applies to Stephen Groo. The Utah man has written, directed and acted in over 200 low-budget commercial flops. The Insufferable Groo is a documentary that examines this difficult filmmaker’s life in glorious Technicolor. To call Groo an eccentric is an understatement. The 40-year-old hasn’t had a steady…

BOOK REVIEW: PAMELA DES BARRES – I’M WITH THE BAND

  Did you know Pamela Des Barres inspired the Penny Lane character in Almost Famous? Rock’s original groupie, Des Barres released her first-kiss-and-tell memoir I’m With the Band back in 1987. Earlier this year the book was re-released with additional chapters, and a new introduction by music journalist Roisin O’Connor. The result is one warm and rollicking read, and is as much fun…

DVD REVIEW: CAMILLE CLAUDEL

  Auguste Rodin and his muse and lover, Camille Claudel have inspired various bio-pics. Juliette Binoche starred as the titular character experiencing despair in Camille Claudel 1915. Vincent Lindon meanwhile, played the famous sculptor in Rodin. Camille Claudel is a detailed and uneven film examining her tortured relationship with the master artist. This 1988 French film was…

FILM REVIEW: KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN

  If you haven’t heard of Larry Cohen then the documentary King Cohen will turn you into a fan. The man is an all-round maverick who has been working in Hollywood for over 50 years. Larry is a writer, producer, director and creator of grindhouse genre films and television. King Cohen: The Wild World Of Filmmaker…

BOOK REVIEW: ASNE SEIERSTAD – TWO SISTERS

  Åsne Seierstad is no stranger to writing about war and conflict. The Norwegian journalist is the best-selling author of The Bookseller of Kabul and has also penned Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya and One of Us. The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway. In Two Sisters, Seierstad writes a thrilling piece of literary non-fiction about a pair of Somali-Norwegian…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID WALLIAMS – THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 3

  The President of the United States dubbed it the “Greatest book ever written.” Well, that’s if you believe the joke. This title – which is crammed full of hilarious gags and will appeal to both youngsters and grown-ups – is The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams. This book proves that the popular comedian-turned-children’s author…