THEATRE REVIEW: MELBA @ HAYES THEATRE

  From little things big things grow. Paul Kelly could have sung this about Australia’s very own, Dame Nellie Melba. This famous soprano grew up with rather modest beginnings before she forged her own fabulous career. She eventually took the world by storm and become a renowned opera diva. The Hayes Theatre are playing host to the world premiere…

DVD REVIEW: THE HECKLER

  The Heckler is an Australian film that is not just a comedy but one that’s also about the genre, or stand-up in particular. It’s a body swap film that is a bit like Freaky Friday meets Ghost. It’s a low-budget satire that fills some rather large shoes by managing to stand-out from most other comedy…

FILM REVIEW: THE CIRCLE (DER KREIS)

  The Circle (Der Kreis) was a gay magazine produced in Switzerland and distributed internationally between 1932 and 1967. It is also the name of a docudrama film by director, Stefan Haupt. The film tells the story of a couple who were members of this underground movement that went on to become Switzerland’s first legally-married…

FILM REVIEW: SLOW FOOD STORY

  When you shop at a farmers’ market or eat at a restaurant that displays the food’s providence on the menu (and the ingredients are local and fresh), chances are the name Carlo Petrini doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But he is the man who is responsible for the rise in these things. Petrini is…

FILM REVIEW: WATERMARK

  Humans need water. People are also made of water. And we affect water. The documentary, Watermark looks at the different experiences that society has with water, from celebration to pure science; from duress to progress and through spirituality and work, the many facets of this subject are covered by this ambitious project. But audiences will be…

FILM REVIEW: LES PLAGES D’AGNÈS (THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS)

  Agnès Varda – the Grand Dame of French New Wave Cinema – has lived one rich and vibrant life. And in Les plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès) this is captured perfectly. The film is a strange documentary that is helmed by the doyenne art house director and lovable eccentric, as she candidly takes us by the…

ALBUM REVIEW: ICEHOUSE – DUBHOUSE LIVE

  Ever since Icehouse frontman Iva Davies met reggae legend Peter Tosh of The Wailers fame, he has been influenced by the musical genre. On Icehouse’s live record Dubhouse, Davies manages to realise that dream. The performances were captured during the group’s two intimate shows in Melbourne and Sydney in 2013, where they had promised a dance-hall party of dub via reggae and…

ALBUM REVIEW: STONEFIELD – SELF-TITLED

Ever since they won Triple J’s Unearthed High in 2010 the four gorgeous Findlay sisters known as Stonefield (and previously Iotah) have had to face their fair share of criticism over their image and being discounted as a “teenage gimmick”. The quartet was surrounded by lots of hype as the band is made up of four sisters who…

ALBUM REVIEW: BIG SCARY – NOT ART

  Big Scary may not consider their second album “art” but it sounds like could be a film soundtrack. The duo from Melbourne proved inventive and versatile on their debut album, Vacation where they explored garage rock, dream pop and piano-driven ballads. A similar approach has been adopted here. Not Art is a lush and mature record with pastoral,…

LIVE REVIEW: KEVIN MITCHELL (JEBEDIAH, BOB EVANS) @ BELLA UNION, MELBOURNE

On July the 22nd Melbourne’s Bella Union played host to The Story So Far… The show proved the perfect marriage between music and musings at the family-friendly time of Sunday afternoon. Hosted by Sunny Leunig and Jacinta Parsons, the man of the hour was the Melbourne-via-Perth artist, Kevin Mitchell AKA Bob Evans. Mitchell would play…