LIVE REVIEW: ST. VINCENT @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (25.05.2014)

  Annie Clark may not be godly but when she performs as St. Vincent she is like something out of this world. The Manhattan native made her Sydney Opera House debut for Vivid Festival and received a standing ovation. She had shown us all why 2014 has been her year thanks to a mesmerizing, theatrical show that will…

LIVE REVIEW: SARAH BLASKO & BRENDAN COWELL ON WRITING, MUSIC & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN @ SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL (25.05.2014)

Sarah Blasko and Brendan Cowell’s Sydney Writers’ Festival session, “On Writing, Music & Everything In Between” could have been billed, “The Blasko and Cowell Variety Hour”. The two injected a new life into the traditional Writers’ Festival format by opening the show with TV-theme titles and pretending to be from Sunday Arts and a late night chat show. They added…

LIVE REVIEW: IRVINE WELSH: THE SEX LIVES OF SIAMESE TWINS @ SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL (25.05.2014)

  The Sydney Writers’ Festival may have been described as “Thinking season” but at the beginning of Irvine Welsh’s event the host and journalist, Angus Fontaine declared it, “Drinking season”. The pair originally met some 17 years ago at the same festival where the Scottish author read from his novel, Filth. The two started drinking bloody Mary’s and smoking spiffs…

FILM REVIEW: SEX AFTER KIDS

  There was a recent study which found that newborns often cry during the night because they’re trying to prevent their parents from reproducing again. This is the same sort of environment that the light comedy, Sex After Kids with tag line, “By any means necessary” comes from. This film explores sexuality and the social issues associated…

NEWS: TOP FIVE EVENTS AT THE SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL

  Food Books Music: Stefano Manfredi One of Australia’s finest chefs and one known as a master of Italian cuisine, Stefano Manfredi, will talk about the musical, literary and artistic influences that have helped him create world-renowned dishes and menus. He is in conversation with ABC 702’s Simon Marnie at The Star’s Osteria Balla where…

FILM REVIEW: THE NEW BLACK

  The Next Black is a fashion documentary that doesn’t look at what’s in style now; nor does it examine what will be fashionable in a year’s time. Instead, it looks around the corner at what is coming next by interviewing the pioneers and innovators within the industry who are using technology and new ideas to…

THEATRE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING @ KING ST THEATRE, NEWTOWN (08.05.2014)

  Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Irvine Welsh’s debut novel, Trainspotting. The story is about a bunch of junkies and a violent alcoholic. It was initially a cult book, was then a successful stage play and eventually was adapted into a blockbuster film starring Ewan McGregor. The first theatre production of Trainspotting took place in Edinburgh in 1994 and…

COMEDY REVIEW: DAVE HUGHES @ FACTORY THEATRE (09.05.2014)

  Dave Hughes’ strine is as recognisable as an ambulance or car horn but at his recent show at the Factory Theatre it was like music to the ears of comedy fans. The former star of The Project and The Glass House brought his laidback, ocker approach to his stand-up show à la Carl Baron, but he also peppered his…

FILM REVIEW: CHEF

  If Jon Favreau’s film, Chef were a food it would be garlic. It’s a product adored by some, hated by others and is not rare. This light comedy with hints of drama does hit the mark, in some respects. But on other points it is a half-baked, lukewarm pie that will underwhelm fans of his other work. Favreau…

FILM REVIEW: BELLE

  The name, Belle brings to mind a beautiful, English rose. But Dido Elizabeth Belle, the real-life woman and beauty at the heart of Amma Asante’s second feature is a little more complicated than that. The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is sent to live with her distant, aristocratic family at their estate, Kenwood House, after her father…

DVD REVIEW: DIO – LIVE IN LONDON HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 1993

  Dio are no strangers to the live album or concert film. In recent years they have released live shows that were recorded in New York, Philadelphia and England. The most recent addition is Live In London, a concert recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1993 and one that has never been made available officially….