FILM REVIEW: CHURCHILL

  Neil Finn may have said that history never repeats but former British PM and legendary statesman, Winston Churchill worried that the opposite would happen. During World War II he was concerned that the tragedy of Gallipoli would be repeated. The film Churchill is a dramatic bio-pic that examines this very issue in fine detail…

BOOK REVIEW: NEIL MCDONALD WITH PETER BRUNE – VALIANT FOR TRUTH – THE LIFE OF CHESTER WILMOT, WAR CORRESPONDENT

  Valiant for Truth is the first complete biography of Australian war correspondent, Reginald William Winchester (“Chester”) Wilmot. It’s a meticulously-researched and comprehensive look at Wilmot’s life. It covers his studies in Melbourne through to his passage into the world of journalism as well as the important stories he covered during the Second World War before his…

FILM REVIEW: ALONE IN BERLIN

  Alone in Berlin is a story from the Second World War and the recent film adaptation means it is likely to be condemned to the history books. The film is based on the international best-selling novel, Every Man Dies Alone, a book about real-life Berliners Otto and Elise Hampel. The film is a slow…

BOOK REVIEW: ARMANDO LUCAS CORREA – THE GERMAN GIRL

  The German Girl is about a little-known event from World War II but it’s an important story nonetheless. The book is the debut novel from journalist, Armando Lucas Correa. It is also a fictional re-telling of the transatlantic passage of the St Louis ship that travelled from Hamburg to Cuba in 1939. It’s a…

DVD REVIEW: PHOENIX

There’s more to the film, Phoenix than meets the eye. The story is an adaptation of the novel, Return from the Ashes and is set in Berlin after the Second World War. It’s is also a dark and disturbing tale about one Jewish woman’s journey home to Germany after she survived horrific injuries at Auschwitz. The film…

BOOK REVIEW: KARLY LANE – TALLOWOOD BOUND

  Karly Lane’s latest novel, Tallowood Bound allows you to immerse yourself in some good, ol’fashioned romance as well as spend some time away in the country. The book is an Australian, rural romance novel that also spins together elements of historic fiction and contemporary, chick lit. The novel is ultimately a pleasant and engaging…

DVD REVIEW: Suite Française

  Loving thy neighbour can be complicated in times of love and war. And World War II is the setting for the romantic, period drama, Suite Française. The film is a subtle and unoriginal story about an unlikely couple and their acting out of some forbidden love. The film is directed by Saul Dibb (The…

DVD REVIEW: WOMAN IN GOLD

  Woman In Gold is about righting the wrongs of the past. The film is based on a single case involving art restitution for a woman who was born in Vienna but was forced to flee the country at the start of World War II. The film is a luminous and rich drama that is…

BOOK REVIEW: SARA GRUEN – AT THE WATER’S EDGE

  On paper, Sara Gruen’s novel, At The Water’s Edge holds a lot of promise. The book is by the same, famous author who penned Water for Elephants and Ape House. Plus, the plot itself has an original premise, three socialites travel to Scotland to find the Loch Ness Monster during World War II. Unfortunately…

DVD REVIEW: LORE

Lore is not your typical film about World War II. The story is based on a novel by Rachel Seiffert and is about a young family of middle class German children who are forced to flee their home as the allies overtake Germany at the end of the war. It is an eye-opening journey for these children, who…

BOOK REVIEW: CAROLINE P. COOPER – THE FORGOTTEN HOLOCAUST

The Forgotten Holocaust details a lost but important chapter from the history books. The debut novel by travel writer, Caroline P. Cooper is about a group of people who are not often associated with life at Auschwitz. They are the Romani or gypsies who – like the Jews – were persecuted, punished and lost their lives at the…