ARTS REVIEW: MATTHYS GERBER @ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, SYDNEY

  To seek out the failings of an image seems like a curious choice of action for an artist. But Matthys Gerber is no ordinary painter. The Sydneysider (who has born in the Netherlands and has lived in Denmark) is the subject of a comprehensive exhibition that is currently being staged at the Museum of…

BOOK REVIEW: CHARLOTTE WOOD – THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS

  Charlotte Wood’s fifth novel, The Natural Way Of Things hooks you in with a simple premise. A group of ten young women are imprisoned on a deserted farm in the Australian outback. They don’t know how they got there, all they know is that they were drugged and kidnapped beforehand. The story that unfolds is…

DVD REVIEW: MAN FINDS FOOD

Man Finds Food is a TV show with a simple name and an even simpler premise. It sees food enthusiast, Adam Richman in the eponymous role and telling people about some hidden restaurants that are off the beaten track and their secret menu items that locals do not necessarily know about. It is something that…

DVD REVIEW: EFFIE GRAY

  Euphemia “Effie” Gray was once a woman stuck between a rock and a hard place. This free-spirited, Scottish lady was living in Victorian times and was trapped in a loveless and sexless marriage to a renowned art critic named John Ruskin. Divorce was not an option for Gray but despite this, she managed to…

DVD REVIEW: WOULD I LIE TO YOU? VOLUME 4

  Would I Lie To You? is a show that has fun watching people fake it. The series also makes viewers happy thanks to its homely feel which is not unlike sitting around for a cuppa and a good yarn with friends. Ultimately, Would I Lie To You? Volume 4 builds on and continues the earlier…

FILM REVIEW: BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE

  Blinky Bill may be a small koala but he has a big imagination. In the eponymous new film, this koala also embarks on a grand adventure through the Australian outback with a host of different animal friends. In all, this is a pleasant kid’s film that should appeal to some old and new fans…

BOOK REVIEW: MARY-ROSE MACCOLL – SWIMMING HOME

  Mary-Rose Maccoll is a very versatile writer. She is a regular contributor at the QWeekend Magazine, her non-fiction book, Birth Wars was a finalist in the Walkley awards and she’s also worked as a corporate writer and has now released her fifth novel, Swimming Home. This book is a celebration of two women achieving…

FASHION REVIEW: COLLETTE DILLIGAN: UNLACED @ POWERHOUSE MUSEUM SYDNEY

  image credit: Holly Blake/Vogue Australia Collette Dinnigan is a woman’s designer. Her clothes and underwear creations are always very feminine, fun and romantic. The Powerhouse Museum is currently hosting an exhibition about this acclaimed fashion designer, who is celebrating 25 years in the industry. Ultimately, this is an accessible and dynamic look at one inspirational…

FILM REVIEW: MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

  If you thought the teenagers from The Maze Runner were out of the woods because they escaped the labyrinth, you’re wrong. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is the second instalment that sees the characters grappling with a fresh set of challenges and obstacles,  and with the energy and tension raised to 11. This film does not work…

DVD REVIEW: POLDARK TV SERIES

  Poldark is a TV series that will be loved by fans of Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy. It’s a sumptuous, period drama based on the novels by Winston Graham and is set in Cornwall in the 18th century. This is the second time it has been adapted for television (the first was in 1975) and…

FILM REVIEW: PEACE OFFICER

  Peace Officer is one scary film and it’s not even a horror movie. This documentary is a timely and important one about the militarisation of police in the United States. It’s a fascinating, informative and balanced look at a complex subject and one that manages to hit all of the right notes. The story…