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Women Who Kill: Horror and humour collide at Revelation Film Fest

Women Who Kill: Horror and humour collide at Revelation Film Fest

Women Who Kill (★★★★★) starts off with an advertisement for a hardware store – the one stop shop which has all the things required for getting that dead body off your hands. The ad is on the podcast coming out of New York by ex-partners Morgan (Ingrid Jungermann) and Jean (Ann Carr). The deadly serious […]

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Wacky Winter Movies: What’s on at the cinema this July?

Sometimes, it is best to see a film with very little knowledge about the film and absolutely no expectations. Fortunately, A Ghost Story (★★★★) which is directed by David Lowry doesn’t have much hype surrounding it. Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, it is an ambitious exploration of loss and the legacy we leave behind […]

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Review: The Advisors is fast, fun and insightful

Review: The Advisors is fast, fun and insightful

The Advisors | State Theatre Centre | Until June 10th |  ★ ★ ★ ★ The Last Great Hunt have quickly established themselves on the local scene as the company at the forefront of interesting and accessible theatre. Their latest production The Advisors is fine fare. This is a show packed with advice, tips and suggestions for […]

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‘Show & Tell and Body Not Fit For Purpose’ is thought provoking

‘Show & Tell and Body Not Fit For Purpose’ is thought provoking

Show & Tell and Body Not Fit For Purpose | PICA | April 28 & 29 | ★ ★ ★ ½  In Show & Tell and Body Not Fit For Purpose, choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion, deliver a performance that is quite unlike anything I’ve seen before. The pair begin sitting in a couple of arm chairs […]

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Bibliophile | Bill Hayes muses on love and loss in the city that never sleeps

Insomniac City by Bill Hayes Bloomsbury Bill Hayes moved to New York from San Francisco in 2009. He took very little with him as he wanted to leave behind reminders of his previous life with his partner who had died from AIDS. At 48 years of age, he had no savings and all his belongings […]

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Bibliophile | A chaotic entry in Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta series

Chaos by Patricia Cornwell Harper Collins Patricia Cornwell is incredibly popular, having sold over 100 million books and appearing on the New York Times’ Best Seller List 29 times. This is the twenty-fourth thriller featuring forensic pathologist and lawyer Kay Scarpetta. I remember enjoying some earlier books in the Scarpetta Series and was looking forward […]

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January CD Reviews: The XX, Soundtracks and the ’80s

January CD Reviews: The XX, Soundtracks and the ’80s

12inch Dance: 80’s Australian Pop Various Artists ★ ★ ★ ★ These massive 3 CD compilation albums of twelve inch versions of classic pop songs of the ‘80s are a lot of fun to listen to. Nowadays tunes often get multiple remixes but back in the ‘80s often there’d just be one  extended version, and they’re […]

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Bibliophile | Queer: A Graphic History

QUEER: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele Allen and Unwin The original 16th century meaning of ‘queer’ was ‘something strange’. The word became a form of homophobic abuse which was used to target effeminate men before it was reclaimed by activists in the 1980s as a term for positive self-identity for people […]

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PIAF Film Festival: ‘The Teacher’ and ‘Little Men’

PIAF Film Festival: ‘The Teacher’ and ‘Little Men’

The Teacher (M) | Directed by Jan Hrebejk The teacher in this Slovak language film by Czech director Jan Hrebejk is Comrade Drazdechova (Zuzana Maurey) who is also the head of the local communist party. At the beginning of the 1983 school year, she asks her students to introduce themselves and notes down in her […]

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Review: Tissue is brilliant

Review: Tissue is brilliant

Tissue | The Blue Room | Co-directors Samantha Maclean & Timothy Green | Until Nov 26 | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ Tissue is a fast-paced lyrical adventure that explores the role porn plays in contemporary Australian society. Yes the focus is, by and large, on straight porn BUT the issues here do have pretence to the LGBTIQA community, […]

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