FILM REVIEW: CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY

  The prospect of watching a documentary on town planning probably won’t have people tripping over themselves to watch it. But when you realise that the subject of the film, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City helped preserve some significant parts of New York, it’s a different story. This film is a brief but intriguing…

BOOK REVIEW: TEA COOPER – THE CURRENCY LASS

  The Currency Lass is a dramatic story about a young woman who runs away to join the circus. The eponymous character is Catherine Cottingham, an independent young woman who is orphaned on the verge of her 21st birthday. Her philanthropist father has passed away and left her riddled with a saddlebag of debt. This…

BOOK REVIEW: NEIL MCDONALD WITH PETER BRUNE – VALIANT FOR TRUTH – THE LIFE OF CHESTER WILMOT, WAR CORRESPONDENT

  Valiant for Truth is the first complete biography of Australian war correspondent, Reginald William Winchester (“Chester”) Wilmot. It’s a meticulously-researched and comprehensive look at Wilmot’s life. It covers his studies in Melbourne through to his passage into the world of journalism as well as the important stories he covered during the Second World War before his…

DVD REVIEW: QUEEN OF KATWE

  Queen of Katwe is a rags-to-riches tale involving chess. The story is based on the real-life events involving an aspiring chess master. This story is ultimately a nice, diamond-in-the-rough tale from Disney however, it’s hard to kick the sense that some of the grittier elements have been buffed out of this movie. In Katwe,…

FILM REVIEW: LOVING

  Loving is a film that shares a few things in common with A United Kingdom. They are both based on true stories and at the centre of each film you have a married, interracial couple who just want to live together as husband wife and leave the politics out of the bedroom. Loving is…

FILM REVIEW: A UNITED KINGDOM

  A United Kingdom could be renamed “Politics and Prejudice.” This film tells the extraordinary true story of when Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), fell in love with and married a determined English woman named Ruth Williams.   This film stars David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as the two…

BOOK REVIEW: RACHAEL JOHNS – THE ART OF KEEPING SECRETS

  Rachael Johns knows how to tell a good story. The author has written numerous romance novels and chick lit books. Her latest novel, The Art of Keeping Secrets is a well-crafted and emotional piece of fiction. It’s also a story that is a testament to the power of female friendship. The story is about…

BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER – A KISS FROM MR. FITZGERALD

  “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. Jane Austen summed things up well for the menfolk but the question remains, “What is to become of a single, middle class woman living in New York in the roaring twenties?”…

BOOK REVIEW: MARY-ROSE MACCOLL – SWIMMING HOME

  Mary-Rose Maccoll is a very versatile writer. She is a regular contributor at the QWeekend Magazine, her non-fiction book, Birth Wars was a finalist in the Walkley awards and she’s also worked as a corporate writer and has now released her fifth novel, Swimming Home. This book is a celebration of two women achieving…

FASHION REVIEW: COLLETTE DILLIGAN: UNLACED @ POWERHOUSE MUSEUM SYDNEY

image credit: Holly Blake/Vogue Australia   Collette Dinnigan is a woman’s designer. Her clothes and underwear creations are always very feminine, fun and romantic. The Powerhouse Museum is currently hosting an exhibition about this acclaimed fashion designer, who is celebrating 25 years in the industry. Ultimately, this is an accessible and dynamic look at one inspirational…

BOOK REVIEW: LI FENG – FORGED FROM SILVER DOLLAR

  Forged From Silver Dollar is a family memoir by Li Feng that could also be renamed, Who Do You Think You Are? The story focuses on four generations of women in Feng’s family (including the author herself). It is the ultimate, underdog tale that chronicles the deprivation, humiliation, hunger and homelessness that these strong…