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: HANNAH WITTON – DOING IT! LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

  For the majority of people “sex education” – if they even receive it from parents or schools – is scant at best. It typically involves telling young people to wait for as long as possible and informing them about contraception and how to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Writer, vlogger, and online sex educator,…

FILM REVIEW: HANDSOME DEVIL

  Handsome Devil is cut from the same cloth as Sing Street and Dead Poet’s Society, but it also leaves a few things deliberately ambiguous. This is a pleasant, coming-of-age tale set in a private, all-boys boarding school in Ireland. The story ends on an encouraging and positive note where you should be yourself because…

FILM REVIEW: BELOW HER MOUTH

  Put in simple terms, Below Her Mouth is a story about a girl meets a girl except that the latter is engaged to a boy. It’s a tender lesbian romance that showcases the sexual awakening of one of its lead characters. But it’s also one that could do with a lot more conversation and…

DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY LAW

  For too long, Australian TV shows have been white-washed and white bread but a series like The Family Law looks poised to change all of that. The SBS dramedy feels authentic in its depiction of the Law family living in Queensland in the nineties. The show has real heart and it will make you laugh…

BOOK REVIEW: DIANE MARINA – IMPERIAL HOTEL

American author, Diane Marina’s short story, Imperial Hotel is like the lesbian’s answer to Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook. It is one gorgeous and classic love story set in New York City in 1948. Imperial Hotel is told from the perspective of one of the lead characters, Joan Blackstone. She is an 18-year old, unmarried society girl and someone that readers will…

THEATRE REVIEW: THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND – GOLDEN GIRLS TRIBUTE

Thank You For Being A Friend is like watching an extended episode of the TV series, Golden Girls, except that the four female leads are replaced with puppets. The show is a treat and is being performed at the Seymour Centre as a part of the 2014 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. It also contains all of…

BOOK REVIEW: SUNITI NAMJOSHI – SUKI

Suniti Namjoshi is a distinctive voice in lesbian, feminist literature, having written over 30 titles including The Fabulous Feminist and Feminist Fables. But her latest book, Suki, looks at a different sort of relationship. It is a lightly fictionalised memoir that explores the deep and complex bond between an Indian woman and her cat as they live together in the…