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: GRETCHEN RUBIN – THE FOUR TENDENCIES

  Many of us will be familiar with the idiom, “Different strokes for different folks.” While this quote could mean that people are varied and enjoy different things, it can also be used to justify people’s diverse habits and motivations. Gretchen Rubin is a habits expert who has developed a new framework for identifying and…

BOOK REVIEW: LILY TUCK – SISTERS

  When The Four Tops sang about “Standing in the shadows of love” Lily Tuck’s Sisterswasn’t quite what they had in mind. And yet, this novella by a National Book Award recipient feels like it could use that track as an anthem. This story is a tense piece about a second wife who is obsessed by the…

FILM REVIEW: JUST TO BE SURE (ÔTEZ-MOI D’UN DOUTE)

  Just To Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d’un doute) is a French comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It deals with some important and weighty issues like: family, identity and roots but handles these in a quirky and funny way. What could have been a self-proclaimed neo-Greek tragedy actually turns out to be a fun and…

FILM REVIEW: THE WHARF REVUE 2015 PRESENTED BY THE ACTORS BENEVOLENT FUND

  The Actors Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, charitable organisation who has been providing financial and practical assistance to professional performers since 1944. They support individuals who are unable to work due to illness, injury or disability. This charity recently held a fundraising night at Dendy Opera Quays where they screened a recording of the 2015…

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…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE LOVE JUNKIES – MAYBELENE

Perth’s The Love Junkies recently toured with British India and their debut album, Maybelene makes them sound like comfortable bedfellows. These three mates from Perth love their good times and party-rocking tracks and we need only add some influences from Nirvana, The Pixies, Blur, and Mudhoney. The 11 tracks clock in at 40 minutes and are short, sharp bursts…