BOOK REVIEW: CLAIRE HALLIDAY – THINGS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME

  In the lead-up to Father’s Day journalist, copywriter and author, Claire Halliday follows up her previous book, Things My Mother Taught Me with one about the dads. Both books are collections of short interviews undertaken by Halliday with well-known Australian identities, where they describe the relationship they have with a parent. These range from warm and caring bonds…

FILM REVIEW: HAMPSTEAD

  Hampstead is a film that is based on a true story. But you get the sense that it’s a glossy, feel-good version of reality. The film is a pleasant rom-com that is a nice way to wile away 102 minutes so long as you don’t expect any surprises or social realism. The film is directed…

FILM REVIEW: ORLANDO

  Blur may have sung about “girls who are boys who like boys to be girls,” but it was writer, Virginia Woolf who got there first. Her short novel, Orlando is about a young, aristocratic man who wakes up one day and discovers he’s become a woman. It was a novel that was written by Woolf for her lover,…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: RIVER

  River deep, mountain high. This song lyric could apply to the TV series River because it’s an ambitious crime show. It’s one that is made by the same production company as Broadchurch and it should impress fans of that crime drama. River is ultimately a thought-proving and complex series that will keep you guessing about its titular…

FILM REVIEW: THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES

  The Time Of Their Lives is a film about two unlikely friends getting a second chance at life. It’s one where you feel like if it had had its own second chance it could have been excellent, but instead will have to settle for being just good. This is ultimately a light, comedy caper and…

FILM REVIEW: UNREST

  Unrest is a documentary that was difficult to make and a challenging one to watch. The film is the debut feature by journalist, Jennifer Brea who chronicles her life with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome. She also speaks to others that have this condition by conducting interviews from her bed via Skype. ME is a…

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…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: INCEPTION

  Inception is one of those films that feels like a riddle, wrapped up in an enigma and smothered in rhyme. This ambitious and busy film is not one for the faint-hearted because it’s something that requires your full, undivided attention. The end result is something that is visually sumptuous and a delight for the eyes…

FILM REVIEW: LOVE AT FIRST CHILD (ANGE ET GABRIELLE)

  Love At First Child (Ange et Gabrielle) is a film where a baby brings a man and woman together. And we’re not talking about its parents. This film is a light, French rom-com that is a little like eating a sweet soufflé, it’s fluffy and nice at the time but utterly forgettable shortly afterwards. The…