FILM REVIEW: MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY

  They say if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. American photographer, Martha Cooper fits this to a tee. She has had a long and storied career capturing some fine images of urban landscapes, and changing towns and communities. Martha: A Picture Story is like a love letter to this accomplished septuagenarian….

THEATRE REVIEW: MARGARET FULTON QUEEN OF THE DESSERT @ BONDI PAVILION

  For some people food is fuel, and then there’s Margaret Fulton. This food icon has been teaching Australians how to cook for seven decades. She’s also the subject of the rollicking musical, Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Desserts. The show had its Sydney premiere this weekend and is every bit as tasty and kitsch as Fulton and her…

OPERA REVIEW: MADAME BUTTERFLY @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA

  Madame Butterfly is a timeless love story involving a beauty and a beastly character and Opera Australiaare currently staging a regional tour of the renowned Puccini’s opera. In doing so, they have made one of the world’s most famous operas accessible to a wider Australian audience thanks to a scaled-down, English language version. This production (with…

LIVE REVIEW: REGINA SPEKTOR @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (09.07.2018)

  There have been people who have wanted to put Regina Spektor into a neat, little box and dismiss her music as “quirky.” They might even add anti-folk to the list. It’s also undeniably cute. But that is certainly not the full story, as her show at the Sydney Opera House proved. Spektor is one…

BOOK REVIEW: MIDAS DEKKERS – THE STORY OF SHIT

  We all do it. But most of us don’t talk about it. What I’m writing about is defecation or shitting. Dutch biologist, Midas Dekkers knows all about this. He has put together his own utterly unique, bizarre and interesting take on this universal-yet-taboo topic. Dekkers is no stranger to writing about left-field and contentious subjects. He…

BOOK REVIEW: HEATH O’LOUGHLIN – SONS OF GOD

Consider the famous trope, “I would love to tell you, but then, of course I’d have to kill you” made famous by the likes of Top Gun, American Psycho and Sherlock, to name a few. You get the sense that this is also applicable when you read the true crime title, Sons of God – Inside the Secret World of…

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…

BOOK REVIEW: OLIVER SACKS – THE RIVER OF CONSCIOUSNESS

  For decades Oliver Sacks was lauded as a gifted scientist and storyteller. He penned several books, the most famous being Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. Prior to his death from cancer in 2015 Sacks had been busy working on two final books. The first, Gratitude, was published posthumously in late 2015. The latest is called The River of…

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…