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….

DVD REVIEW: HAMPSTEAD

Hampstead is a charming little film provided you don’t mind your reality served with extra sugar. It is based on a true story but you get the sense that this is only loosely. It is a pleasant, neat and gentle rom-com about an unlikely couple of older people who find each other in some contrived circumstances…

BOOK REVIEW: LILY TUCK – SISTERS

  When The Four Tops sang about “Standing in the shadows of love” Lily Tuck’s Sisterswasn’t quite what they had in mind. And yet, this novella by a National Book Award recipient feels like it could use that track as an anthem. This story is a tense piece about a second wife who is obsessed by the…

FILM REVIEW: JUST TO BE SURE (ÔTEZ-MOI D’UN DOUTE)

  Just To Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d’un doute) is a French comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It deals with some important and weighty issues like: family, identity and roots but handles these in a quirky and funny way. What could have been a self-proclaimed neo-Greek tragedy actually turns out to be a fun and…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: GIFTED

  Gifted is a film that asks some questions about how one should raise an exceptionally clever and talented child. Should the kid be pushed and have their abilities challenged in an environment where they may grow and excel or should they be simply allowed to be a “kid” and stay grounded? Gifted is ultimately a predictable…

FILM REVIEW: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

If American music has a heart and soul then you would find it nestled between Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. The documentary film, Take Me To The River realises this and pays homage to the soul men and women that created those passionate and influential hits for the likes of Stax Records and their ilk. This film…

FILM REVIEW: MYTHOPATHY (NOTIAS)

  Mythopathy (Notias) is a film about a boy. Except he’s not just any old kid. This child is one that experiences heartbreak in a novel way. When it happens, he looks towards ancient Greek mythology and stories and he changes aspects of these to suit his own narrative. This coming-of-age story is emotional and imaginative…

BOOK REVIEW: NICOLE ALEXANDER – AN UNCOMMON WOMAN

  Nicole Alexander’s eighth novel, An Uncommon Woman is about a determined and ambitious girl who defies the conventions of her time. Alexander in good company because the idea of an independent woman living and making her own way in a man’s world is not a new one. Authors like Pamela Hart and Natasha Lester have explored…

FILM REVIEW: MAUDIE

  If Forrest Gump where a female, Canadian folk artist you would get Maudie. This film is a biopic about the late artist, Maud Lewis who was born a “little different” and whose story is one that is likely to charm some theatregoers. This movie is ultimately a rather romanticised view of her creative and impoverished life. Maud Lewis…