BOOK REVIEW: DAVID GILLESPIE – TAMING TOXIC PEOPLE

  There is a high possibility that you either know or have encountered a psychopath. These un-empathetic, toxic individuals are reported to make up between 5% and 10% of the population, and as many as 20% of corporate leaders. Not all of these people are criminals or prisoners, many are high-functioning and successful people you…

FILM REVIEW: ALT RIGHT: ART OF RAGE

  In Australia we had John Safran playing provocateur and spending time with white nationalists in his book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist. In the US, a SXSW documentary takes a similar approach with filmmaker, Adam Bhala Lough embedding himself with some representatives from political extremes in Alt Right: Art of Rage. The film ultimately looks at a modern-day oxymoron,…

ARTS REVIEW: ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: THE PERFECT MEDIUM

Photo credit: Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission It is clichéd to say that a picture tells a thousand words. But there’s also some truth to this and one photographer who certainly knew and appreciated how an image could confound or shape one’s perception is Robert Mapplethorpe. He is the late artist, photographer…

BOOK REVIEW: NIELS BIRBAUMER – YOUR BRAIN KNOWS MORE THAN YOU THINK- THE NEW FRONTIERS OF NEUROPLASTICITY

  A book like Your Brain Knows More Than You Think is one that challenges you to leave your assumptions at the door. Originally written by psychologist and neurobiologist Niels Birbaumer, and translated into English by David Shaw, it provides some compelling arguments and case studies from the research and practice undertaken by Birbaumer, and others in this ground-breaking and…

FILM REVIEW: THE DINNER

  In We Need To Talk About Kevin writer Lionel Shriver explored the idea of a mother grappling with her son’s heinous act. In The Dinner,four parents deal with the ramifications of a shocking crime perpetuated by their boys. They have to decide how far they will go in order to protect their teenage sons. The film is…

BOOK REVIEW: JOHN SAFRAN – DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST

  John Safran channelled the late Truman Capote for his true crime debut, Murder in Mississippi. For his follow-up, the TV documentarian and prankster takes a leaf from Louis Theroux by casually observing and telling the stories of some extraordinary individuals. In Safran’s case these people are extreme characters like evangelical Christians, anarchists, nationalists, Islamic converts and…

DVD REVIEW: CITIZENFOUR

  It’s not often that a documentary film manages to capture a moment right in the eye of a storm. But Citizenfour is no ordinary documentary. This Oscar-award winning film tells the amazing story behind the Edward Snowden whistleblowing affair that is well-timed, haunting and gripping. The film is directed by Laura Poitras who was part…

LIVE REVIEW: PRINCE @ ALLPHONES ARENA (11.05.2012)

Photo credit: Prince at Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia – 11th May 2012, courtesy of NPG Records. Prince was once a symbol but these days he’s an icon. He’s responsible for so many hits- from other artists to solo works and whatever flamboyant guise he’s decided to wear that particular day. It’s hardly a surprise that…