BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER- THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS

  Natasha Lester’s previous two historic novels have starred strong female protagonists trailblazing away in a man’s world. The Paris Seamstress is essentially cut from the same cloth. This means that it should appeal to readers who enjoyed A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother’s Secret. The Paris Seamstress is ultimately an epic romantic saga and family drama that weaves…

FILM REVIEW: A HORRIBLE WOMAN (EN FRYGTELIG KVINDE)

  It may be cliché to say, but it takes two to tango. That is certainly the environment that the film, A Horrible Woman (En frygtelig kvinde)operates in. This Danish dramedy is a provocative observation of a dysfunctional relationship. It is also one that will prompt some serious discussion by audiences in its wake. The film…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST

  Lionel Richie sang about the things that happened “All night long” but the film Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist certainly got there. This is a pleasant little teen rom-com. It’s one that certainly has its moments and while it can be a bit predictable and one-track at times, it’s still enjoyable enough and just…

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: ZOE FOSTER BLAKE – BREAK-UP BOSS

  Beloved Australian author, Zoë Foster Blake has become an authority on dating and relationships. The former Cosmopolitan columnist wrote Textbook Romance with Hamish Blake, the man who would one day become her husband. Now she delivers us Break-up Boss, a rather joyous but realistic pocket guide to break-ups and its companion piece, an eponymous app. Like Meshel Laurie’s Buddhism for Break-ups, it offers up…

BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE – SYMPHONY OF SEDUCTION

  These days our tabloid magazines are obsessed with the love lives of the rich and the famous; but have you ever wondered what these stories would look like if the subjects were famous composers from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries? ABC broadcaster Christopher Lawrence has the answer along with a dash of poetic licence…

DVD REVIEW: TULIP FEVER

  In The Light Between Oceans Alicia Vikander starred in a period romance that posed some questions about maternity. There are some parallels with Tulip Fever because here is another lush period-piece adapted from a novel grappling with a similar problem. Tulip Fever is a well-intentioned film that certainly held a lot of promise but the…

FILM REVIEW: FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

They say that film stars don’t die in Liverpool but this bio-pic of the same name just might. Okay, that’s a bit harsh but the fact is the story is quite a basic one that could have been realised in a much better way. While the performances are top-notch you can’t help but feel like…

FILM REVIEW: FINDING YOUR FEET

  If ever there was a film that did what it said on the tin then it is Finding Your Feet. This boomer rom-com and English dramedy is all about second chances and discovering your true self. The film is a pleasant and predictable one that should appeal to fans of Hampstead and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel franchise. This…

LIVE REVIEW: 16 LOVERS LANE @ STATE THEATRE

  This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Go-Betweens’ 16 Lovers Lane. Three former members of the band played a special tribute at the State Theatre for Sydney Festival. And rather than dive for the group’s memory, the artists rose up and soared in a sea of nostalgia while supported by a cast of contemporaries and youngsters….