THEATRE REVIEW: WEST SIDE STORY HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR

  It was Wet Side Story at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour on Friday night. Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway classic was an emotionally-charged and important affair. It may have been over 60 years since this musical first premiered in the States, but its themes and feel remain as fresh and resonant as ever. This production is the first musical to…

DVD REVIEW: AGATHA CHRISTIE’S CROOKED HOUSE

  We all know the story where the butler did it. But Agatha Christie’s Crooked House isn’t like that. Published in 1949, the novel was one of the author’s favourite stories. This is also a beautifully-shot period film. It’s an adaptation that leads you down the garden path and around the maze of an eccentric family’s country house….

FILM REVIEW: THE INSULT (L’INSULTE)

  Ziad Doueiri’s Oscar nominated film, The Insult (L’insulte) could be called Pride & Prejudice. This isn’t because this Lebanese drama has anything to do with Jane Austen. Rather, it is because this film is all about how one minor conflict between two men escalates because of a combination of hubris and hatred. It seems that even in a modern…

DVD REVIEW: GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT & BAMI

  Grace Jones was the queen of the slashies before the term was even created. This diva, singer, model, actress, muse and style icon is one enigmatic and contradictory lady. While the documentary, Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami peels back some of the layers of this complex and unique individual, you also get the sense that…

BOOK REVIEW: ZOE FOSTER BLAKE – BREAK-UP BOSS

  Beloved Australian author, Zoë Foster Blake has become an authority on dating and relationships. The former Cosmopolitan columnist wrote Textbook Romance with Hamish Blake, the man who would one day become her husband. Now she delivers us Break-up Boss, a rather joyous but realistic pocket guide to break-ups and its companion piece, an eponymous app. Like Meshel Laurie’s Buddhism for Break-ups, it offers up…

DVD REVIEW: T2 TRAINSPOTTING

  It was twenty years ago today that a band of brothers were junkies living it up in Edinburgh. Sort of. T2 Trainspotting is the sequel to the cult 1996 film. In T2 the original cast are reunited and examining life and other stuff from an older perspective. This film is a worthy sequel and a…

FILM REVIEW: THREAD OF LIES (ELEGANT LIES) (우아한 거짓말)

  Death is often tragic. But it’s even sadder when a young person has died from their own hand. Korean film, Thread Of Lies (우아한 거짓말) deals with this taboo issue in a soft and tender way. It also slowly reveals the tragic set of circumstances surrounding the lead character’s passing and does so with…

FILM REVIEW: THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ

  The name Aaron Swartz may not mean an awful lot to some people. But if you’ve ever used Reddit, openlibrary.net or Creative Commons or if you can remember the real reason why there was an Internet black-out in 2012 then you’ve been touched by his work. Swartz was a gifted computer programmer and activist…