FILM REVIEW: IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE

  If the prospect of Israeli cuisine leaves you hungry to learn more then there is one documentary film for you. In Search of Israeli Cuisine attempts to answer the question, “What is Israeli cuisine?” In doing so it examines a diverse range of different influences and food styles on Israeli food, which ranges from street…

FILM REVIEW: JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY

  Most people were introduced to James “Jim” Foley when he appeared in a bright orange jumpsuit and reports (and video) confirmed that he had been the first American citizen to be murdered by ISIS. It was a moment where the Islamic State had stripped away his humanity and reduced Foley to a casualty. In…

FILM REVIEW: JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION

  Joe Cinque’s Consolation is a film that throws up a lot of questions. How much responsibility should society accept in a murder trial? Is a murder a preventable death? To what extent can we describe an inexplicable crime? This Australian film is based on some true events and is adapted from Helen Garner’s award-winning…

DVD REVIEW: GLORIOUS GARDENS FROM ABOVE VOLUME 2

Glorious Gardens From Above Volume Two does what it says on the tin. It is a gardening program that is set in the U.K. that grants us access to breath-taking, birds eye views as well as rolling up the metaphorical sleeves and getting your hands dirty as you get amongst it. This is all testament…

BOOK REVIEW: FIONA HIGGINS – FEARLESS

  Fearless could be the plot of a reality TV show. You take six wealthy individuals with first world problems and fly them to Bali under the guise of “helping” them overcome their fears. But instead you endanger their lives, sit back and watch what happens. It’s an interesting drama about courage, friendships and the…

BOOK REVIEW: MEREDITH JAFFÉ- THE FENCE

  The characters in Meredith Jaffé’s debut novel The Fence may live in the pleasant-sounding, Green Valley, but the neighbourhood is far from idyllic. It’s actually the setting for two feuding next door neighbours. At times some parts of this story would not be out of place on A Current Affair or Today Tonight with…

BOOK REVIEW: GRAEME SIMSION – THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP

  The Best of Adam Sharp is like Sliding Doors meets High Fidelity. The third novel by author, Graeme Simsion takes a more dramatic and wistful approach to his previous novels, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. In Adam Sharp, Simison grapples with the question of “What if?” and produces a well-written dramedy and…

DVD REVIEW: PENELOPE KEITH’S HIDDEN VILLAGES SERIES 2

  Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages Series 2 picks up were the first one left off. It’s another look at some places that are off the beaten track, are quintessentially British, full of eccentrics and befitting the term “villages.” The former star of To the Manor Born and The Good Life delivers another bright and delightful program about a topic…

BOOK REVIEW: MARDI MCCONNOCHIE – ESCAPE TO THE MOON ISLANDS

  Ahoy, me hearties! Escape to the Moon Islands is a nautical adventure series starring two strong and resilient siblings. The book is an ambitious, speculative fiction one designed for young adult readers. It tackles some important topics like climate change, poverty, bullying and the misuse of power, and it handles this in a way…

BOOK REVIEW: ANTHEA HODGSON – THE DRIFTER

  If Anthea Hodgson’s debut novel were a song it would be John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over.” The story is a rural romance set in Western Australia and it’s about two free-spirited individuals and a wise old aunt. The two former characters could be classed as “drifters” and they are thrown together and forced…