FILM REVIEW: CELEBRATION: YVES SAINT LAURENT

  Most people have seen Yves Saint Laurent’s creations but how many have wondered what is going on beneath the covers? The documentary, Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent, should answer some of these questions. This French film is shot in cinéma vérité style and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion legend and his army of…

FILM REVIEW: HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS

  They sang about ‘Typical Girls’ but in reality they were anything but. The Slits were a ferocious, female punk band who played alongside The Clash, The Sex Pistols and more. Here to be Heard: The Story Of The Slits is a conventional but entertaining music documentary celebrating those raucous rapscallions. William E. Badgley –…

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: KATRINA LAWRENCE – PARIS DREAMING

  Some people dream of New York. Others find London calling. For Australian beauty editor and journalist Katrina Lawrence, Paris is all that, as she writes in a book that is part memoir, travelogue, beauty manifesto and history lesson. The result, Paris Dreaming, is a good idea in theory but it’s one that overreaches in terms…

FILM REVIEW: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

If American music has a heart and soul then you would find it nestled between Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. The documentary film, Take Me To The River realises this and pays homage to the soul men and women that created those passionate and influential hits for the likes of Stax Records and their ilk. This film…

BOOK REVIEW: JEANETTE WINTERSON – CHRISTMAS DAYS

  Joy to the world, Christmas Days is a collection of twelve short stories and other tid-bits that celebrate the festive season. The book is written by Jeanette Winterson (Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?) an author who by her own admission loves Christmas and this could be due to the fact that…

DVD REVIEW: MAVIS!

  Mavis! is a little documentary about a big personality. It’s a film about legendary singer, Mavis Staples. This story is ultimately a celebratory one about her life and while it is warm and feels good, at times it seems like pure hagiography and a documentary that is far too short. The film is a…

DVD REVIEW: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (AUSTRALIAN EDITION) SERIES 7

Who Do You Think You Are? is such a personal TV series you almost feel like you’re sitting in someone’s lounge room having a cuppa. The Australian edition is modelled on the original one from the U.K. Both shows see prominent personalities retracing aspects of their family tree/history. It’s ultimately a fascinating program and in…

FASHION REVIEW: COLLETTE DILLIGAN: UNLACED @ POWERHOUSE MUSEUM SYDNEY

image credit: Holly Blake/Vogue Australia   Collette Dinnigan is a woman’s designer. Her clothes and underwear creations are always very feminine, fun and romantic. The Powerhouse Museum is currently hosting an exhibition about this acclaimed fashion designer, who is celebrating 25 years in the industry. Ultimately, this is an accessible and dynamic look at one inspirational…