FILM REVIEW: WOODSTOCK AT FIFTY

  Woodstock was one of the most important concerts in history. This year marks 50 years since those infamous three days of peace, love and music. The film, Woodstock at Fifty is a documentary that gives a rather backstage view to the show thanks to some interviews with various key players. While some parts of this work…

FILM REVIEW: TOMMY EMMANUEL: THE ENDLESS ROAD

  He’s Australia’s very own finger-picking, boogie-woogie man. Tommy Emmanuel is a guitar icon and one of only a handful of people who can say they’re a certified guitar player. Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road is an entertaining look at many facets of this charismatic musician and artist. This film is written and directed by Jeremy Dylan who has made…

FILM REVIEW: MARIA BY CALLAS

  Maria Callas is a legendary opera singer whose life often resembled a Greek tragedy. The documentary, Maria by Callas, captures some of this sadness and heartbreak in its two-hour runtime. This film is a complex and detailed one about an infamous prima donna that should appeal to opera aficionados. This documentary is directed by…

BOOK REVIEW: MARA ALTMAN

  Gross Anatomy could have been titled ‘Embarrassing body’ or ‘The Woman Stripped Bare’ because this memoir is about one writer’s curious relationship with her body. In a world where air-brushed photographs and unrealistic beauty standards proliferate, Mara Altman has taken the opposite road. In her book, her messages are of body positivity, inclusivity, and normalising…

FILM REVIEW: STUDIO 54: THE DOCUMENTARY

  Groucho Marx once said he wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have him as a member. For us mere mortals, the world’s most famous nightclub remains elusive territory. It only existed for 33 months and if you were lucky enough to be there, chances are the velvet rope held you back. Studio…

FILM REVIEW: THE TWINNING REACTION

  Try to imagine something that could be your biggest joy and greatest nightmare. It’s not easy. But finding out you have an identical twin sibling has got to be up there. The Twinning Reaction is a documentary that covers a bizarre and bittersweet example of this with brutal honesty. The results are not what you’d expect….

BOOK REVIEW: HELEN PITT – THE HOUSE

  “Our house is a very, very, very fine house.” Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young might have been singing about the suburbs, but the same can be said about the Sydney Opera House. A building beloved by Sydneysiders and tourists alike, many people may not realise the project was a doomed one. It was almost…

FEATURE: INTERVIEWS FROM THE LADIES IN BLACK RED CARPET

Bruce Beresford’s new film, Ladies in Black is a charming look at some department store shop girls working in Sydney in 1959. The story is adapted from a novel by the late, Madeleine St John who attended university with Clive James and the famous director. The film was a labour of love that was some 24 years…

FILM REVIEW: HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS

  They sang about ‘Typical Girls’ but in reality they were anything but. The Slits were a ferocious, female punk band who played alongside The Clash, The Sex Pistols and more. Here to be Heard: The Story Of The Slits is a conventional but entertaining music documentary celebrating those raucous rapscallions. William E. Badgley –…

FILM REVIEW: THE INSUFFERABLE GROO

The idea of ‘Get rich or die trying’ certainly applies to Stephen Groo. The Utah man has written, directed and acted in over 200 low-budget commercial flops. The Insufferable Groo is a documentary that examines this difficult filmmaker’s life in glorious Technicolor. To call Groo an eccentric is an understatement. The 40-year-old hasn’t had a steady…