THEATRE REVIEW: CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY @ CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY

  It didn’t matter if you were six, one hundred and six, or somewhere in between. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory made us all act like little kids in a candy shop. This was a joyous musical based on the beloved Roald Dahl book and one that successfully straddles the lines between lightness and darkness. It also looks poised…

FILM REVIEW: STORM BOY

Storm Boy was originally a beloved and classic novel by the late Colin Thiele. Older audiences may have studied the text in school, as well as the 1971 film adaptation. You could argue that a new film version is rather unnecessary, but the latest offering does try to reach new audiences by contemporising some things….

BOOK REVIEW: MIRANDA HART- THE GIRL WITH THE LOST SMILE

  As much as we’d love our lives to be one big festival of happiness, the reality is that we all have periods of sadness. UK comedian, Miranda Hart certainly knows this. She has used her own depressive episode as the inspiration for her debut children’s book, The Girl with the Lost Smile. The story is a…

BOOK REVIEW: LAURA BATES- MISOGYNATION

We do not live in a bubble. Feminist author, advocate, and Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates knows this all too well. In her third book, Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism, she delivers a collection of provocative and smart essays analysing society’s big picture with respect to things like inequality, misogyny, and sexism….

BOOK REVIEW: SHELLEY DAVIDOW – SHADOW SISTERS

  Shelley Davidow is an author and academic who grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. Davidow is white, and looking back she knows that during her formative years she experienced privilege and certain allowances due to her skin colour. This theme of race relations and how one family negotiated this oppressive arrangement is…

BOOK REVIEW: CYNTHIA BANHAM – A CERTAIN LIGHT

  It is hard for some of us to even fathom being an airplane crash victim. But for former Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Cynthia Banham it was reality. In A Certain LightBanham pens a family memoir that describes this irrevocable tragedy, and the fateful day that left her a double amputee with burns to over 60% of her body. This…

BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT WAINWRIGHT – MISS MURIEL MATTERS

  Muriel Matters is a name we should all know but probably don’t. She was an inspiring woman, activist, and social re-former who played a vital role in the suffrage movement. Journalist and author Robert Wainwright has penned her biography, Miss Muriel Matters, and it’s a book that should restore Muriel’s name to the history books…

FILM REVIEW: A STREET CAT NAMED BOB

A Street Cat Named Bob is the heart-warming and feel-good true story about a young and homeless recovering drug addict living in London with his cat. James Bowen (played here by the occasionally whiny Luke Treadaway) is down on his luck, busking in Covent Garden and living in public housing until a chance meeting with…

FILM REVIEW: MISS SAIGON

Miss Saigon has been a regular favourite among theatregoers and in the 25th anniversary film showing the 2014 West End production it’s easy to see why. The musical is a high-stakes love story set in and after the Vietnam War. It also boasts an excellent score that captures the full gamut of emotions and fragility…