FILM REVIEW: SOMETHING QUITE PECULIAR- THE LIFE & TIMES OF STEVE KILBEY

  You get the feeling that the story of The Church has enough in it to fill up several movies. But the documentary, Something Quite Peculiar doesn’t try to be a definitive guide to the band. Instead, it lays its focus squarely on front man, Steve Kilbey and adapts his 2014 memoir of the same name. The result is a fascinating…

BOOK REVIEW: HANNAH WITTON – DOING IT! LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

  For the majority of people “sex education” – if they even receive it from parents or schools – is scant at best. It typically involves telling young people to wait for as long as possible and informing them about contraception and how to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Writer, vlogger, and online sex educator,…

THEATRE REVIEW: FRONT @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

  Front is a new theatre production whose name could mean lots of different things. The band could all be a “front” for something else, a group often has a “front” man and being an artist means you have to perform on-stage “front” and centre. The play is a rocking one that takes a walk on…

BOOK REVIEW: ARIEL LEVY – THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

  The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer has penned a memoir about her life and when she had a fleeting glimpse of having it all before tragedy hit. This is…

BOOK REVIEW: PETER POLITES – DOWN THE HUME

  When we think of an “Australian story” the ones that typically spring to mind are predominantly about the country, bush or the past. So what is a reader to do when they want something that reflects their own modern life in the Western suburbs of Sydney? Thankfully, Peter Polites has answered this in his…

FILM REVIEW: JACKIE

Jacqueline Kennedy (Onassis) has been depicted on the silver and small screens before but Jackie is the first film to really capture the complex nature of this remarkable woman. The film is not strictly a biopic in that it only focuses on a number of key events in Kennedy’s life prior to and in the…

BOOK REVIEW: CAREK STELSON – SACHIKO – A NAGASAKI SURVIVOR’S STORY

  The story of Sachiko and other hibakusha are important, as they chronicle a fundamental part of history. This book also supports Yasui’s work as an activist for peace, as it is a cautionary tale about nuclear weaponry, but also one of hardship and human resilience. At 144 pages there were elements that could have…

BOOK REVIEW: THOMAS MULLEN – DARKTOWN

  Darktown is like a rose in the field of police procedurals. It deals with some thorny issues with respect to a vanguard group of African-American cops working in Atlanta in 1948. It’s a period in history where people were still reeling from the Second World War and it was before civil rights existed. This…

BOOK REVIEW: COLLEEN HOOVER – IT ENDS WITH US

  It Ends With Us is a title that hints at a certain sense of finality or ending. But in reality this novel is only the beginning. This bold book from New York Times bestseller, Colleen Hoover is an important one that slowly reveals itself to be a rather hard lesson in love, told by…

BOOK REVIEW: HELEN THURLOE – PROMISING AZRA

  Promising Azra is a book about torn loyalties told from the perspective of an amazing 16 year old girl. The story’s eponymous protagonist is an intelligent, ambitious and determined young woman who wants an education while her family feel indebted to her uncle and decide to adhere to an old cultural practice of arranged…

DVD REVIEW: QUEEN VICTORIA’S LETTERS

  The thing about famous people is that you should probably leave your expectations at the door. The royal family is no exception. The two-part series, Queen Victoria’s Letters attempts to show a more intimate and personal view of this long-reigning monarch and the quote, “Grandmother of Europe.” The show is ultimately a rather intriguing one…