BOOK REVIEW: JACQUELINE RAPOSO – THE ME WITHOUT

  In 2005 Nigel Marsh wrote Fat, Forty & Fired about his year embracing life away from the office. In some ways, Jacqueline Raposo’s The Me, Without: My Year on an Elimination Diet of Modern Conveniences is cut from the same cloth. Raposo’s book is both memoir and a case study into her failed life at the age thirty four, when she…

DVD REVIEW: OF MICE & MEN

  The world can be a cruel place, as Of Mice & Men shows. The film is a faithful adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novella. It isn’t the first time this was adapted for the screen and it may not be the last; but this taut, emotional film is one that grabs you by the scuff…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: RABBIT PROOF FENCE

  Rabbit Proof Fence is about a dark chapter in Australia’s history. The film dramatises the story of two sisters and their cousin who take a long walk home after they are forcibly removed from their families. Rabbit Proof Fence is ultimately an epic journey that tugs at your heartstrings. This film is based on…

A Boy Named Charlie Brown/Snoopy Come Home 2 DVD Set Review

  He is one of the world’s most famous dogs and our oldest little boy. The beloved Snoopy and his hapless owner, Charlie Brown, were created by Charles M. Schulz almost seven decades ago. The two characters starred in the Peanuts films: A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy Come Home which are released together in…

FILM REVIEW: THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE III

  The Brian Jonestown Massacre once said, ‘Thank God for mental illness.’ English playwright, Alan Bennett shares this sentiment. His dark comedy, The Madness of King George III has been revived at Nottingham Playhouse and will be broadcast around the world for NT Live. In short, it offers an enjoyable history lesson and proves that no one is immune…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: MILE 22

  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And a trip of 22 miles begins with a single explosion. Okay, not a single one, but you get the connection. The film, Mile 22 is an action-packed one that pulls lot of punches. While this could be fun and appealing to some…

BOOK REVIEW: PETER SPEARITT – WHERE HISTORY HAPPENED

He loves a sunburnt country; a land of sweeping plains. Okay, that was actually Dorothea Mackellar. But the same also applies to Peter Spearritt. This historian, emeritus professor and author shows a real enthusiasm for the wonderful land of Oz in Where History Happened: The Hidden Past of Australia’s Towns & Places.This is one personal, colourful and quirky book. As…

COMEDY REVIEW: THE BETOOTA ADVOCATE ROADSHOW @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

  Most people wouldn’t know how to take a newspaper out on the road. But Clancy Overell and Errol Parker aren’t like most. These two, true blue Aussie blokes are the brainchild behind Australia’s favourite satirical newspaper, The Betoota Advocate. It’s one that shares a few things in common with The Chaser, The Shovel and The Onion. The Betoota Roadshow was a celebration of the…

BOOK REVIEW: PHILIP NORMAN- SLOWHAND- THE LIFE & MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON

  To some people, Eric Clapton is god. But for author and journalist, Philip Norman, the Slowhand guitarist is unquestionably human. A talented star sure, but also a fallible guy. Slowhand: The Life & Music of Eric Clapton is a detailed biography covering Clapton’s extraordinary career. Clapton’s life has been chronicled before. The legendary artist has published his own memoirs (with…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE CLIMBING TREE

  When you’re a teenager you often feel like the world is against you. You’re too mature to be a child but not yet independent enough to be an adult. This is often a period associated with angst and growing pains. The Climbing Tree examines these existential problems while framing them around a nation’s past and the…