BOOK REVIEW: TOM RACHMAN – THE ITALIAN TEACHER

If there was ever an author who had the ability to paint a picture with his prose it’s Tom Rachman. In his latest novel, The Italian Teacher, Rachman puts together a complex and often lyrical study of a man who has grown up in the shadows of his artist father’s genius. The result is a heart-wrenching examination of modern…

COMEDY REVIEW: SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA @ ENMORE THEATRE

  The Sydney Comedy Festival turns 18 this year and is officially an “adult” in comedy terms, according to one Jerry Seinfeld. So no surprises that the Enmore Theatre’s all-star gala included lots of grownup themes and occasional coarse language. MC Harley Breen helmed what was a great taster of a show featuring 15 other local and…

BOOK REVIEW: MIDAS DEKKERS – THE STORY OF SHIT

  We all do it. But most of us don’t talk about it. What I’m writing about is defecation or shitting. Dutch biologist, Midas Dekkers knows all about this. He has put together his own utterly unique, bizarre and interesting take on this universal-yet-taboo topic. Dekkers is no stranger to writing about left-field and contentious subjects. He…

FILM REVIEW: I FEEL PRETTY

  The average woman is said to criticise herself around eight times each day. It is in this headspace and society that a rom-com like I Feel Pretty exists. The film had the best of intentions and tries to tackle some complex topics like how hard we women can be on ourselves and the feelings…

BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE – SYMPHONY OF SEDUCTION

  These days our tabloid magazines are obsessed with the love lives of the rich and the famous; but have you ever wondered what these stories would look like if the subjects were famous composers from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries? ABC broadcaster Christopher Lawrence has the answer along with a dash of poetic licence…

BOOK REVIEW: SUSIE ELELMAN – STILL HALF MY SIZE

Susie Elelman is a much-loved Australian media personality who has appeared on daytime television and radio for several decades. She has also waged a rather public battle with her weight and those experiences shaped her first book, Half My Size released in 2005. Now in 2018, Elelman follows-up that title with another self-help book, Still Half My Size, where she…

DVD REVIEW: FINAL PORTRAIT

  Final Portrait is a bio-pic that would appeal to people who have always wanted to take a walk into an artist’s studio. This is a quiet and understated story about a few short meetings that took place between renowned artist, Alberto Giacometti and his sitter, James Lord in 1964. The result is a thin tale…