THEATRE REVIEW: FUNNY GIRL @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE

  The film Funny Girl is celebrating its golden anniversary but this story feels so young and vital it could have been made yesterday. Theatre & Co. present their version of Funny Girl at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre. It’s something often associated with Barbra Streisand because it once catapulted her to fame. These are some big shoes to fill but – thanks…

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…

BOOK REVIEW: ROLAND HARVEY – ON THE RIVER

Roland Harvey’s family adventure series has included trips to the beach, bush and farm. His latest picture book, On The River is set on Australia’s Murray River. It’s a story that will engage adults and children alike thanks to its light and whimsical text, colourful watercolour illustrations and rather detailed and informative facts. This book…

DVD REVIEW: JOANNA LUMLEY’S TRANS-SIBERIAN ADVENTURE

  Joanna Lumley’s travel programs are like the TV equivalent of listening to some smooth, easy-listening music. It’s not that she herself takes it easy; it’s just that she delivers her shows with such a graceful and gentle calm. This very British demeanour makes for a very pleasant holiday indeed, sweetie darling. This series is…

FILM REVIEW: DEPARTURES (OKURIBITO)

  Departures (Okuribito) is a simple, Japanese film about some big subjects: love, life and death. This existential family drama was the winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2009. It is also a subtle and nuanced story where a Zen-like air means that even though the final message is poignant and meaningful, it is…

BOOK REVIEW: DANIELLE NEVES – CRAZY BITCH: A PORTRAIT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Danielle Neves’ debut novel is informed by her work as a domestic violence court advocate. Crazy Bitch: A Portrait of Domestic Violence attempts to demystify the pathological dance of denial a victim and aggressor will complete. It’s a fictional story that’s been informed by real-life events, namely the themes and excuses that can be a sad constant in…