BOOK REVIEW: HAIRY MACLARY & FRIENDS LITTLE LIBRARY

  Hairy Maclary is a classic character from children’s books. The stories were always wonderful reads in that the language was simplistic but extremely well-crafted. The text featured excellent rhymes and delightful and whimsical prose. The Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library stars these same beloved characters, but the stories are condensed down to a single sentence…

DVD REVIEW: PENELOPE KEITH’S HIDDEN VILLAGES

  Ray Davies of The Kinks once sang about being a member of the village green preservation society but as Australians the concept of the “village” is a rather foreign one. Thankfully, we have someone like actress, Dame Penelope Keith of To The Manor Born fame to navigate our way through this quintessentially British phenomenon. Her…

DVD REVIEW: GRANTCHESTER SEASON 1

  Grantchester is a quintessentially English crime drama set in an idyllic, small town. You’d be forgiven for thinking that with a description like that it must have a lot in common with Broadchurch. But while the latter is a gripping, dramatic success, the former is a painfully slow period piece that covers too much…

FILM REVIEW: A ROYAL NIGHT OUT

  Girls just wanna have fun. Except that in the film, A Royal Night Out, those two ladies are Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret at ages 19 and 14, respectively. The film is a fun and warm-hearted historic romp that does feel like it’s being played a little too safe at times. On V.E. Day…

DVD REVIEW: AN INVISIBLE SIGN

  An Invisible Sign paints with numbers in the worst possible way. This quirky film could have been an engaging look at a young woman who grapples with her father’s illness. But instead it has an unlikeable lead character and is an unrealistic and confused movie that meanders and plods along. The film marks the…

BOOK REVIEW: JOSEPHINE MOON – THE CHOCOLATE PROMISE

  The second novel from “foodie” fiction writer, Josephine Moon lives up to its title as it contains a lot of chocolate and promise. This light and romantic comedy is an easy read that will make you think about chocolate as many times as the film, Julie & Julia made you want to eat French…

FILM REVIEW: UNRAVEL SHORT FILM

  Unravel is a short film that lifts the veil on the recycled garment industry. It is produced and directed by Meghna Gupta and travels to the Northern Indian town of Panipat. It is here that over 100,000 tonnes of discarded clothes from the West wind up each year and are subsequently recycled. The film…

FILM REVIEW: GOOD OL’ FREDA

  When people think of John, Paul, George and Ringo, a name that doesn’t immediately spring to mind is Freda Kelly. But this humble, Liverpudlian woman was the group’s secretary; manager, Brian Epstein’s assistant; and the head of their fan club for 11 years. Good Ol’ Freda is a quaint little documentary about an inspiring woman who had one of the…

BOOK REVIEW: SUNITI NAMJOSHI – SUKI

Suniti Namjoshi is a distinctive voice in lesbian, feminist literature, having written over 30 titles including The Fabulous Feminist and Feminist Fables. But her latest book, Suki, looks at a different sort of relationship. It is a lightly fictionalised memoir that explores the deep and complex bond between an Indian woman and her cat as they live together in the…