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: JOHN BIRMINGHAM – STRANGER THINGIES

John Birmingham is a satirist, newspaper columnist, writer and blogger. He’s also a man who knows how to find the funny in most situations. The cover of his latest book, Stranger Thingies sees comedian, Wil Anderson going so far as to say that if laughter is the best medicine then he’s claiming Birmingham’s book on Medicare. Stranger Thingies draws…

BOOK REVIEW: NOELINE BROWN – LIVING THE 1960S

The National Library of Australia’s publishers have managed to turn back time with their latest book, Living The 1960s. In the book, Australian actress and comedian, Noeline Brown takes us all for a stroll down memory lane through an important decade in her life, and in the lives of her contemporaries. Living the 1960s is a fun slice of nostalgia and…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: CONCUSSION

  Concussion is an inflammatory story that is told in a subtle and benign way. It’s a film that covers the real-life events of a Nigerian-American pathologist’s discovery of a brain disorder called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). It’s one that is caused by repeated trauma to the head and was initially discovered in the brains of…

FILM REVIEW: THE WILL TO FLY

  Australia needs more women like Lydia Lassila. The Olympic gold-medal winning aerial skier is nothing short of an inspiration. She’s also the subject of a new documentary film that is about her ascent to the top. Ultimately, this is one strong and informative sports feature film that should encourage more women to participate. The…

DVD REVIEW: 4 MINUTE MILE

  The 4 Minute Mile is a hard slog of a film that fails to go the extra mile and engage you. This sports drama about a troubled but athletically-gifted boy sets off down a well-trodden path and basically stays there. It is this and some other poor elements which combine for a slow and unoriginal…