FILM REVIEW: SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER

  Sometimes Always Never proves its only words. This UK dramedy is about a father and son’s complex relationship. It has an English sensibility and a profound love for the Scrabble board game. The result is a quirky and whimsical character study that feels like it pans out in real-time. This film at first was a…

DVD REVIEW: VANITY FAIR

  Shakespeare may have said that all the world’s a stage. In William Thackeray’s case it was all a game, at least for his character, Becky Sharp. The story has been adapted many times over the years and the latest mini-series is another fabulous romp through the classes. Think of The Great Gatsby in Regency England…

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…

BOOK REVIEW: JANE BULL – THE BEST EVER BAKING BOOK

  The Best Ever Baking Book could also be called, “My First Ever Baking Book.” This colourful volume is written by Jane Ball who has penned numerous children’s books about crafts, cooking and activities, all of which make a good resource over the school holiday break. In this vibrant hardcover, she introduces youngsters to the world…

COMEDY REVIEW: ROMESH RANGANATHAN @ THE FACTORY THEATRE (25.04.2017)

Romesh Ranganathan is a comedian whose tongue is placed so firmly in cheek that it threatens to come out the other side. This English comedian of Sri Lankan descent performed his debut Sydney comedy show to audiences who may be familiar with his work thanks to TV spots on Live At The Apollo and Would…

DVD REVIEW: PENELOPE KEITH’S HIDDEN VILLAGES

  Ray Davies of The Kinks once sang about being a member of the village green preservation society but as Australians the concept of the “village” is a rather foreign one. Thankfully, we have someone like actress, Dame Penelope Keith of To The Manor Born fame to navigate our way through this quintessentially British phenomenon. Her…

COMEDY REVIEW: STEPHEN K AMOS @ ENMORE THEATRE SYDNEY (06.05.2016)

  Stephen K Amos knows Australians. The English comedian has been visiting our fine country for over a decade and he even has the nasally accent down pat. His show at the Enmore Theatre for the Sydney Comedy Festival was a rather clever look at life both in general as well as different observations and…

DVD REVIEW: LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX SEASON 3

  The power of love is a curious thing, as the characters in the British television drama, “Last Tango In Halifax” know all too well. The show is set in the English countryside and features a strange, blended family of sorts. It also straddles the line between pure soap opera and realistic social observation about…

DVD REVIEW: GEMMA BOVERY

The film, Gemma Bovery tackles the question of whether life can imitate art. Or at least whether some characters in a story can have similar experiences to their literary namesakes. This French and English film has some good moments but for the most part it feels too uneven and unfocused to really cut through. The…