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…

BOOK REVIEW: MANDY LEN CATRON – HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE

  In 2015 writer and academic, Mandy Len Catron went viral when an article she wrote was published in The New York Times. It was called, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This” where she described her recent date with a new acquaintance. They had answered 36 questions together from a research study designed to make people fall…

BOOK REVIEW: CATHERINE FOX – STOP FIXING WOMEN

  For years society’s “fingers” have been squarely pointed at women. We’ve been told what to do, what to avoid, to lean in, speak up, support each other and back ourselves. But has this information – which is sometimes contradictory – actually helped achieve anything? The gender pay gap remains largely unchanged and the percentage…

BOOK REVIEW: MESHEL LAURIE – BUDDHISM FOR BREAK-UPS

  There are many people who ask themselves, “What would Jesus do?” but in the case of Meshel Laurie, it was, “What would Buddha do?” The Australian writer, comedian and radio personality was looking towards her Buddhist faith as a way of making sense of the end of her 19 year marriage. Except that there…

FILM REVIEW: BIG EYES

  They say the eyes are like a window to the soul. And the story of Big Eyes and specifically artist, Margaret Keane would show one sad and sinister tale. The latest film by director, Tim Burton (a Keane fan) throws his familiar clutch and styles away to instead present a biopic that is rich, honest…

DVD REVIEW: KIDS ON SPEED?

  Kids On Speed? is a factual and fly-on-the-wall series which follows five children who are suspected to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It’s a powerful and revealing show that looks at this much-maligned, misunderstood and stigmatised illness that has been met with controversy (due to its resulting in more children being medicated). This…

FILM REVIEW: THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT

  When we consume every day, household products we assume that the ingredients have all been tested and are safe for humans to use. But what if this assumption was wrong? The Human Experiment is a documentary that looks at the pervasive, hidden chemicals that are found in all of the things we commonly use-…

FILM REVIEW: SLOW FOOD STORY

  When you shop at a farmers’ market or eat at a restaurant that displays the food’s providence on the menu (and the ingredients are local and fresh), chances are the name Carlo Petrini doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But he is the man who is responsible for the rise in these things. Petrini is…