BLU-RAY REVIEW: La belle et la bête (Beauty & the Beast)

  Once you’ve enjoyed Jean Cocteau’s 1946 adaptation of Beauty & the Beast or been Disney’s guest for the animated version it’s hard to enjoy another rendering of this classic. The story of the spirited and clever Belle who falls for a ghastly beast has been made into various films as well as a stage show…

DVD REVIEW: THE SECRET RIVER

  The Secret River has already been adapted into an acclaimed and successful stage play and Kate Grenville’s original, historic novel was a multi-award winning piece of literature. The latest adaptation sees the story transformed into a searing, two-part mini-series. The result is a complex look at a dark piece of colonial Australia. The series…

DVD REVIEW: LUKE NGUYEN’S UNITED KINGDOM

If you were given the opportunity to sample any cuisine in the world it’s a fair chance that the first one to spring to mind would not be British. But the food documentary series, Luke Nguyen’s United Kingdom will challenge your thinking about the U.K.’s cuisine. This ten-part show is a vibrant, uplifting and informative one…

DVD REVIEW: THE TWO RONNIES – THE PICNIC & BY THE SEA

  From 1971 to 1987 two English comedians called The Two Ronnies were adored by fans. They would produce 12 TV series as well as various specials. Two of the latter include tributes that the comedians made to silent films. The Picnic and By the Sea have not been available as a stand-alone DVD release until now…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: LUCKY THEM

Lucky Them is like listening to a familiar song except that it is music that doesn’t really sing. The film is about a jaded rock journalist who is given an assignment that will basically dredge up the ghost of a boyfriend past. The premise itself seems reasonable enough but this film is let down by a…

BOOK REVIEW: ADAM MACDOUGALL – THE MAN PLAN

  The Man Plan is a no-nonsense health and fitness book specifically designed for the modern individual. It is targeted at men in particular and those who have become complacent about their health and confused by the inundation of messages about fad diets and fitness plans while the Western world battle a burgeoning obesity epidemic….

BOOK REVIEW: NICOLE TROPE – HUSH, LITTLE BIRD

Nicole Trope’s fourth novel sees her dealing with extremely sensitive subject matter with a deft hand. The prose is very well-written and the characterisation is fantastic, as she mainly focuses on two damaged women. One is a vengeful special needs person named Birdy while the other is a middle-aged celebrity wife named Rose. Their two…

INTERVIEW: NOISEWORKS’ STEVE BALBI

  The Art of Music Live is an amazing initiative that sees some excellent local and international musicians and artists coming together and collaborating for a good cause. The series is to support the Nordoff-Robins Music Therapy charity, who have a purpose-built centre and outreach clinics where music acts as an agent for change and…