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…

BOOK REVIEW: HELEN SABERI – TEATIMES- A WORLD TOUR

  Tea is one of the world’s most popular drinks. It also one of the most versatile as Helen Saberi’s Teatimes: A World Tour proves. The book is a delightful and colourful romp through time and around the world to celebrate all things Camellia Sinensis. This volume proves that there is so much more to tea than…

BOOK REVIEW: ANNE T. DONAHUE – NOBODY CARES

  Anne T. Donahue’s debut book, Nobody Cares is missing a suffix. It should clarify that people don’t care “About the small stuff.” We all know that everyone cares about some things, that’s a given. This young, Canadian author is asking readers to reconsider how we think. To do this, she offers up her personal essays and…

THEATRE REVIEW: GLASS ONION @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

The walrus was Paul, Clapton was God and Lennon is Legend. John Waters knows this because he’s had a lot of practice. Playing the tribute show, Lennon: Glass Onion since 1992, he sure knows how to live and breathe John Lennon. Oh, and that’s along with a little help from a friend called, Stewart D’Arrietta. The late John Lennon wrote hundreds of…

BOOK REVIEW: MARA ALTMAN

  Gross Anatomy could have been titled ‘Embarrassing body’ or ‘The Woman Stripped Bare’ because this memoir is about one writer’s curious relationship with her body. In a world where air-brushed photographs and unrealistic beauty standards proliferate, Mara Altman has taken the opposite road. In her book, her messages are of body positivity, inclusivity, and normalising…

BOOK REVIEW: HARRY COOK – PINK INK

Twenty-seven seems like it’s a bit young to write a memoir. But actor and LGBTQI activist Harry Cook has crammed quite a few things into his professional and personal life to date. Pink Ink is a chronicle of all of this, because, at its heart, it is a collection of Cook’s own stories and anecdotes. This is…

FILM REVIEW: LOST IN FRANCE

  What goes on tour stays on tour. Except if you’re the Scottish artists who feature in Lost in France. This music documentary is a boozy and breezy look back at a once-forgotten, 1997 Brittany tour. The artists reunite again in 2015 and in doing so, prove that some things – like friendship – never change. The…

FILM REVIEW: KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN

  If you haven’t heard of Larry Cohen then the documentary King Cohen will turn you into a fan. The man is an all-round maverick who has been working in Hollywood for over 50 years. Larry is a writer, producer, director and creator of grindhouse genre films and television. King Cohen: The Wild World Of Filmmaker…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID CRYSTAL – SOUNDS APPEALING

  When you stop and think about pronunciation it’s very easy to break into a verse of “You sing potato and I sing potahto.” The academic, linguist, author and broadcaster, David Crystal certainly appreciates this. He has after all released the informative and scholarly guide: Sounds Appealing: The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation. Over the years Crystal has…