BOOK REVIEW: BETOOTA’S AUSTRALIA

  When you’re a kid from a small, country town, the prospect of leaving home and moving to the big smoke can be scary. The guys from The Betoota Advocate know all about this so they’ve written Betoota’s Australia – A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australia’s Oldest Newspaper (although in truth, it’s actually by…

FILM REVIEW: THE WHARF REVUE 2015 PRESENTED BY THE ACTORS BENEVOLENT FUND

  The Actors Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, charitable organisation who has been providing financial and practical assistance to professional performers since 1944. They support individuals who are unable to work due to illness, injury or disability. This charity recently held a fundraising night at Dendy Opera Quays where they screened a recording of the 2015…

BOOK REVIEW: JOHN SAFRAN – DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST

  John Safran channelled the late Truman Capote for his true crime debut, Murder in Mississippi. For his follow-up, the TV documentarian and prankster takes a leaf from Louis Theroux by casually observing and telling the stories of some extraordinary individuals. In Safran’s case these people are extreme characters like evangelical Christians, anarchists, nationalists, Islamic converts and…

COMEDY REVIEW: AKMAL SALEH @ ENMORE THEATRE (19.05.2017)

  Akmal Saleh’s parting words to the audience of his Sydney Comedy Festival show, Transparent, were to go forth and “be silly and childish.” It’s fair to say that for an hour he had done just that. His stand-up show had been a casual and loose affair where he often made it appear like he…

TV REVIEW: GIRLBOSS

  Girlboss is a series that may leave viewers feeling conflicted. While it’s great to see an underdog making good and pursuing her passion it’s also hard to root for a lead character who is so inherently unlikeable. This Netflix series is ultimately like a fun ball of fairy floss, it’s pleasant enough at first…

BOOK REVIEW: TJ HAMILTON – BUYING THYME

  TJ Hamilton’s Buying Thyme is a naughty book that’s easy to read. The debut novel from a former police officer-turned-writer draws on her experiences working in Sydney where she was forced to mix with underground figures. Hamilton does a great job of really humanising and creating an engaging main character named Miranda, a girl…

BOOK REVIEW: REBECCA STARFORD – BAD BEHAVIOUR

  Bad Behaviour is Rebecca Starford’s debut book and memoir. Starford is well-known as the co-founder of the Kill Your Darlings journal. She is also a publisher at Affirm Press, a current contributor to The Age and The Australian newspapers and the former deputy editor of the Australian Book Review.   This book is a…