BOOK REVIEW: #MeToo- Stories from the Australian movement

  In October 2017 when the hashtag #MeToo went viral, a lot of the popularity was chalked up to some rich, white celebrities speaking out. What these media reports failed to acknowledge however was that the movement’s true founder was Tarana Burke. The anthology, #MeToo- Stories from the Australian Movementis great because it broadens #MeToo’s scope….

BOOK REVIEW: JOCELYN MOORHOUSE- UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

  Jocelyn Moorhouse knows how to spin a great yarn. The Dressmaker director has had a rich career in film and this forms part of her memoir, Unconditional Love. This book looks at her brilliant career, including her collaborations with filmmaker husband, PJ Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding). But Moorhouse’s most intriguing chapters are about her experiences with motherhood. In Unconditional Love, Moorhouse essentially writes love…

FILM REVIEW: BOOM! A FILM ABOUT THE SONICS

  Boom! A Film about the Sonics is a documentary that is cut from the same cloth as Searching for Sugar Man and Waiting: The Van Duren Story. You may not have heard about American group, The Sonics but chances are you’ve heard their influence through other people’s music. This film is an overwhelmingly positive one that finally gives this band of…

FILM REVIEW: XY CHELSEA

You get the sense that the stage was set for a great documentary about Chelsea Manning. It was May 2017 when the former US army soldier and intelligence analyst had her sentence commuted by President Barack Obama. She also granted a documentary film crew unfettered access to her life. And yet what follows is a muddled mess…

FILM REVIEW: THE CHILLS: THE TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY OF MARTIN PHILLIPPS

  Martin Phillipps is a brave, post-punk poet. The leader of the New Zealand band, The Chills has had a long and varied career writing heavenly pop tunes that are filled with dark undercurrents. The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps is a revealing look at an eccentric protagonist in his own tragicomic story. Phillipps is an artist…

THEATRE REVIEW: SWEENEY TODD

  It was opening night AKA Thursday the 13th, but it should have been Friday the 13th in more ways than one. Sweeney Todd is the deliciously-dark and murderous musical about a demonic barber. This latest production has some fabulous ingredients, with big stars embracing a Stephen Sondheim score. But while this show had some…

FILM REVIEW: DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME

  David Crosby was a Byrd who became a “difficult cat”. In Remember My Name he is an old dog armed with a guitar in one hand and a spliff in the other. This musician and artist is very candid about his full and colourful life in this feature-length documentary. This film is ultimately an entertaining and insightful…

FILM REVIEW: LEFTOVER WOMEN

  Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. But what do you do if you’re a single woman who is over a certain age living in China? The documentary, Leftover Women, is an illuminating look at three individuals who grapple with various stigmas and expectations, in a society where women are encouraged to marry…

FILM REVIEW: MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY

  They say if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. American photographer, Martha Cooper fits this to a tee. She has had a long and storied career capturing some fine images of urban landscapes, and changing towns and communities. Martha: A Picture Story is like a love letter to this accomplished septuagenarian….

FILM REVIEW: TOLKIEN

  There is no question that author, J.R.R Tolkien is worthy of a bio-pic. The writer is responsible for some of the most beloved fantasy epics including: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This bio-pic is a rather pedestrian telling of some of his life events and as such, is unworthy of such a creative and lauded mind as…