FILM REVIEW: THE FACE OF BIRTH

At the heart of the Face Of Birth documentary is a question. That is – do women have a right to choose where and how they will give birth? It is a hot button issue, yet one where other developed nations have deemed that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. This Australian documentary plays like…

ALBUM REVIEW: DAPPLED CITIES – LAKE AIR

Three years on from third album Zounds and it seems like the darkness has shifted and Dappled Cities have turned the lights on full-blast. The output sounds fun and effortless even though they’ve admitted the process was a long and often difficult one. Here they extend some of the ideas previously tackled on Zounds, but…

ALBUM REVIEW: SPLIT SECONDS – YOU’LL TURN INTO ME

Perth-via-Melbourne band, Split Seconds’ star has continued to shine bright since they picked up five WAMI awards. They’ve toured this great land with a number of excellent acts and released an impressive debut EP. But perhaps their biggest claim to fame is that Richard Kingsmill dubbed them his “New favourite Perth band”. Naturally, the expectations…

ARTS REVIEW: OLD PARIS PHOTOGRAPHS BY EUGÈNE ATGET @ ART GALLERY OF NSW

Eugène Atget’s photographs are largely devoid of people. Instead the “Founder of documentary photography” captured where they lived, worked, shopped and played. Even landmarks and high-activity places like the market and circus are shown with little or no humans, lending these pictures a haunting and eerie quality akin to a crime scene. Old Paris is…

LIVE REVIEW: SOMETHING FOR KATE @ ANNANDALE HOTEL (20.08.2012)

The Annandale was where Something For Kate performed their first Sydney show in the nineties. Over the years they’d play there again under various names and guises. So there really was no other choice of place for the single launch. And despite being held on a Monday night, it played host to a large, sell-out…

EP REVIEW: SET SAIL – HEY!

If you live in Sydney then chances are you’ve already seen Set Sail. The trio started off small, initially by busking in Pitt Street Mall. The plan was to make some money and fund an overseas trip. But things then snowballed so much that they achieved that goal by busking through Europe and then they…

FILM REVIEW: BULLY

The best documentaries are the ones that resonate and prove to be the most thought-provoking. Lee Hirsch’s film, Bully manages to tick both of these boxes. It is ultimately a fly-on-the-wall account filled with the testimonies of victims of bullying, something that is proving to be an insidious problem. The documentary follows Alex, a sweet…

FILM REVIEW: WAR WITCH

War Witch (Rebelle) may not be a true story but it certainly feels real. Director, Kim Nguyen has previously produced fantasy films although this one is anything but. War Witch instead deals with the gritty story of a girl solider living in an unspecified location in Africa where complex things like the loss of innocence, post-traumatic stress, genocide, poverty and…

FILM REVIEW: CLOUDBURST

When a director proudly claims his film is the first ever “Geriatric lesbian road trip movie” you know you’re dealing with a very specific niche genre. Yet Cloudburst’s tale of two golden girls on the run and on the road is actually a rather tender offering. Full of heart, it’s bound to have a far…

FILM REVIEW: GOON

At first glance Goon may as well be starring Homer Simpson. Seann William Scott (American Pie) stars as Doug “The Thug” Glatt, a big bear and dim-witted oaf. A black sheep in the family, he had been resigned to working menial jobs (usually ones that had uniforms labeled with the word, “Security”). But then he…

FILM REVIEW: FRANCINE

Every moment of the sparse, character study film Francine is devoted to its eponymous character. This proves to be a double-edged sword for the film and it is as much a strength as it is a weakness. The story is ultimately about a soft-spoken, middle-aged woman who struggles to readjust to life once she is…