DVD REVIEW: DEEP WEB

  The documentary, Deep Web doesn’t have the right name. It really should be called “Silk Road” or “The Trial of Ross Ulbricht”. This tech documentary is a short, one-sided and interesting one that barely scratches the surface of digital privacy rights and the dark web as a whole. This film is narrated by Keanu Reeves…

FILM REVIEW: INREALLIFE

  Won’t somebody think of the children? This may be Helen Lovejoy’s catchphrase from The Simpsons but it could also be used to sum up the documentary, InRealLife. The film could have asked a series of timely and important questions about the Internet but instead it feels like heavy-handed and judgemental scare-mongering. The film is…

FILM REVIEW: THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ

  The name Aaron Swartz may not mean an awful lot to some people. But if you’ve ever used Reddit, openlibrary.net or Creative Commons or if you can remember the real reason why there was an Internet black-out in 2012 then you’ve been touched by his work. Swartz was a gifted computer programmer and activist…

THEATRE REVIEW: JANE AUSTEN IS DEAD @ NEW THEATRE

  “It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. This is the first line from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and arguably where the one-woman, Sydney Fringe Festival show, Jane Austen Is Dead begins. The story is by an Austen devotee and like its contemporaries, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Amanda…

FILM REVIEW: HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE

The Internet has offered opportunities for people that previously didn’t have outlets for their voices to be heard. Two shining examples of this are the subject of Stephen Maing’s documentary, High Tech, Low Life. While living in China, both have been subject to the “Great firewall” that blocks and filters internet content. But with the…