FILM REVIEW: UNITY

  Unity is an ambitious documentary that asks a simple question: “Why can’t we all just get along?” The film is written and directed by Shaun Monson and is a kind of sequel to his pro-veganism documentary, Earthlings. In Unity the message is supposed to be promoting harmony, but it is a tad muddled at…

BOOK REVIEW: HONEY BROWN – SIX DEGREES

Honey Brown is the critically-acclaimed author of a bunch of psychological crime novels. Her latest book, Six Degrees sees her leaving the crime investigations at the door because she is instead focusing on a psychology of a different kind. This collection of six interwoven short stories (where many of the characters are bound together by…

DVD REVIEW: THE BEST OF BENNY HILL

The late Benny Hill was a top-notch, British comedian. The Best of Benny Hill is a short, feature-length film that combines sketches and musical numbers from his long-running comedy and variety TV series. The collection itself hasn’t been available on DVD until recently and it is a hit and miss set featuring some fine bits and…

DVD REVIEW: ROSEWATER

Rosewater is an important story that should have been told. But the film itself sees the events presented in a positively dull way. The film marks the directorial debut of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart who goes off on a tangent away from humour and wit and instead takes a serious hand to this dark drama….

FILM REVIEW: MR. HOLMES

  Have you ever stopped and considered what you would get when the world’s greatest detective lost his mind? The answer is Mr. Holmes, a character study about the clever sleuth who had the finest nose and mind for solving a mystery. It’s not a bad pretend biopic but it’s also a bit too dull to…

BOOK REVIEW: ILKA TAMPKE – SKIN

  Skin is an impressive debut novel by Ilka Tampke who is also a former winner of the Glenfern Fellowship. The story is a coming-of-age one that is set in Southwest Britain (now Somerset) during the Iron Age. It blends together historic fiction and fantasy elements as well as some lyrical prose, which makes it…

INTERVIEW: ANNA COSSU ABOUT GINGER MEGGS

                      Ginger Meggs is quintessentially Australian. A loveable, red-haired larrikin and young boy who has a gang, loves playing cricket and gets up to all sorts of mischief. The comic strip is Australia’s longest-running and most popular one and has had a total of five…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: La belle et la bête (Beauty & the Beast)

  Once you’ve enjoyed Jean Cocteau’s 1946 adaptation of Beauty & the Beast or been Disney’s guest for the animated version it’s hard to enjoy another rendering of this classic. The story of the spirited and clever Belle who falls for a ghastly beast has been made into various films as well as a stage show…

DVD REVIEW: THE SECRET RIVER

  The Secret River has already been adapted into an acclaimed and successful stage play and Kate Grenville’s original, historic novel was a multi-award winning piece of literature. The latest adaptation sees the story transformed into a searing, two-part mini-series. The result is a complex look at a dark piece of colonial Australia. The series…