FILM REVIEW: ALI’S WEDDING

  It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world. The events depicted in Ali’s Wedding, the new Australian film and Muslim rom-com are based on true events. Unfortunately. This comedy is a funny and vibrant look at life in Australia for a family of Middle Eastern immigrants and like Looking For Alibrandi, The Family Law and Acropolis Now, it is another…

THEATRE REVIEW: MY FAIR LADY @ CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY

  In 2016, My Fair Lady celebrated its Diamond Jubilee with a series of stunning shows around Australia, including a run at the Sydney Opera House. An encore season at the Capitol Theatre with most of the same principal cast and crew returns in 2017 and it still dazzles like a rare diamond. It is a reminder…

FILM REVIEW: GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

  The words, “God’s own country” imply a kind of beautiful majesty. But what if such a thing was a prison sentence? For a young Yorkshire farmer life in a Northern town working on his Dad’s farm is one where hard graft leaves you feeling isolated and lonely. The film God’s Own Country is a brooding romance…

BOOK REVIEW: NICOLE ALEXANDER – AN UNCOMMON WOMAN

  Nicole Alexander’s eighth novel, An Uncommon Woman is about a determined and ambitious girl who defies the conventions of her time. Alexander in good company because the idea of an independent woman living and making her own way in a man’s world is not a new one. Authors like Pamela Hart and Natasha Lester have explored…

BOOK REVIEW: HAIRY MACLARY & FRIENDS LITTLE LIBRARY

  Hairy Maclary is a classic character from children’s books. The stories were always wonderful reads in that the language was simplistic but extremely well-crafted. The text featured excellent rhymes and delightful and whimsical prose. The Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library stars these same beloved characters, but the stories are condensed down to a single sentence…

BOOK REVIEW: FIONA HORNE – THE NAKED WITCH

  Fiona Horne is a witch but she could also be considered an “onion.” In her memoir, The Naked Witch she strips away the layers and gives readers a raw and honest account of her life. This enables readers to delve deeper and deeper into different layers and just when you think you have her all figured out,…

FILM REVIEW: MAUDIE

  If Forrest Gump where a female, Canadian folk artist you would get Maudie. This film is a biopic about the late artist, Maud Lewis who was born a “little different” and whose story is one that is likely to charm some theatregoers. This movie is ultimately a rather romanticised view of her creative and impoverished life. Maud Lewis…

THEATRE REVIEW: MELBA @ HAYES THEATRE

  From little things big things grow. Paul Kelly could have sung this about Australia’s very own, Dame Nellie Melba. This famous soprano grew up with rather modest beginnings before she forged her own fabulous career. She eventually took the world by storm and become a renowned opera diva. The Hayes Theatre are playing host to the world premiere…

BOOK REVIEW: CLAIRE HALLIDAY – THINGS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME

  In the lead-up to Father’s Day journalist, copywriter and author, Claire Halliday follows up her previous book, Things My Mother Taught Me with one about the dads. Both books are collections of short interviews undertaken by Halliday with well-known Australian identities, where they describe the relationship they have with a parent. These range from warm and caring bonds…

FILM REVIEW: HAMPSTEAD

  Hampstead is a film that is based on a true story. But you get the sense that it’s a glossy, feel-good version of reality. The film is a pleasant rom-com that is a nice way to wile away 102 minutes so long as you don’t expect any surprises or social realism. The film is directed…