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…

FILM REVIEW: THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE III

  The Brian Jonestown Massacre once said, ‘Thank God for mental illness.’ English playwright, Alan Bennett shares this sentiment. His dark comedy, The Madness of King George III has been revived at Nottingham Playhouse and will be broadcast around the world for NT Live. In short, it offers an enjoyable history lesson and proves that no one is immune…

COMEDY REVIEW: JUST FOR LAUGHS ALL-STAR GALA @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

  Ten comedians walk into the Opera House. They deliver some cracking jokes. Hilarity ensues. Rinse and repeat. This is how you could sum up the 8th Just for Laughs All-Star Gala. Local and international comics came together to deliver some wonderful observational and improvisational comedy. Our nation’s very own Dave Hughes was MC for the night. His dry…

BOOK REVIEW: LIONEL SHRIVER- PROPERTY- A COLLECTION

  Lionel Shriver is a renowned storyteller and the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin.She’s also a brilliant observer and one could argue that she missed her calling as a psychologist. As a writer, she has made some bold choices by exploring and making sense of the darker facets of the human psyche. She…

BOOK REVIEW: LIZ ELLIS – IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T CONCEIVE

  After retiring from her professional netball career, Liz Ellis and her husband Matt found themselves among the one in six couples in Australia and New Zealand who were struggling to conceive. Liz and Matt had secondary infertility which meant that, even though they had the one child, they struggled to conceive their second one…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST

  Lionel Richie sang about the things that happened “All night long” but the film Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist certainly got there. This is a pleasant little teen rom-com. It’s one that certainly has its moments and while it can be a bit predictable and one-track at times, it’s still enjoyable enough and just…

FILM REVIEW: FINDING YOUR FEET

  If ever there was a film that did what it said on the tin then it is Finding Your Feet. This boomer rom-com and English dramedy is all about second chances and discovering your true self. The film is a pleasant and predictable one that should appeal to fans of Hampstead and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel franchise. This…

THEATRE REVIEW: TOWN HALL AFFAIR @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

  The original “Town Hall” debate was no ordinary affair. So it should come as no surprise that the one-act play based on this historic event is no ordinary piece of theatre. The show comes courtesy of New York’s The Wooster Group and rather than a straight, re-telling of an already chaotic feminist discussion, they…