DVD REVIEW: THE WONDER OF BRITAIN

  The world hardly needs another travel program, especially one dedicated to Britain. The UK has long been a favourite subject for celebrity presenters to visit and describe and Julia Bradbury’s The Wonder of Britain doesn’t offer anything grossly different. This five-part series covers the coastline, royals, architecture, natural beauty and the industrial revolution for what is…

DVD REVIEW: THE ROUTE MASTERS- RUNNING LONDON’S ROADS

  The documentary series, The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads is an informative but long look at how Transport for London keep the city moving. The series is a pleasant but rather staid one because while it can be insightful it is also hardly ground-breaking to witness the thankless work that goes on behind-the-scenes on any…

BOOK REVIEW: CHRIS PAVONE – THE ACCIDENT

  Chris Pavone should be commended for penning such an ambitious thriller. But The Accident is ultimately let down by a series of problems with its execution. It attempts to make a high-stakes game out of 24-hours in the publishing industry but it requires a very large suspension of disbelief in order for any of…

EP REVIEW: SWIMWEAR (DAPPLED CITIES’ TIM DERRICOURT) – HIGH SUMMER

Dappled Cities’ Tim Derricourt has already dipped his toes into side-project waters with the release of two EPs under the moniker Swimwear. His latest, High Summer, offers up a book-end to the previous Low Summer EP and also celebrates the hot season with some bittersweet dance music via indie-pop sounds. The songs are not a…

DVD REVIEW: TALES FROM THE ROYAL WARDROBE AND BEDCHAMBER

  They say that clothes make the man. So the two documentaries released on one DVD, Tales from the Royal Wardrobe and Bedchamber could offer an interesting glimpse into some rather intimate details with respect to English monarchs. Historian, Dr Lucy Worsley offers up a program that has its moments and provides some good historic…

COMEDY REVIEW: DAVID STRASSMAN @ ENMORE THEATRE (12.03.2016)

  If you’re old enough to recognise Hey, Hey It’s Saturday’s Plucka Duck in the current KFC ads than chances are you’ll also remember David Strassman. The ventriloquist and comedian was often a guest on the show with his two much-loved characters, the naive but sweet Ted E Bare and the foul-mouthed, Chuck Wood. Strassman…

BOOK REVIEW: BAMBI SMYTH – BAD HAIR YEAR

  It was John Lennon who once sang that, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. This quote is especially relevant to children’s illustrator, artist and businesswoman, Bambi Smyth. Just a few days before Christmas in 2010 she went to a specialist where they discovered she had a large brain…

FILM REVIEW: THE WILL TO FLY

  Australia needs more women like Lydia Lassila. The Olympic gold-medal winning aerial skier is nothing short of an inspiration. She’s also the subject of a new documentary film that is about her ascent to the top. Ultimately, this is one strong and informative sports feature film that should encourage more women to participate. The…

DVD REVIEW: THE WRECKING CREW

For the record, The Wrecking Crew were an amazing group of musicians. It’s also the name of a group of artists you’re unlikely to have heard of, except in their music. The Wrecking Crew is a film that looks set to redress all that because it plays out like a love letter to some unsung heroes…