BOOK REVIEW: PETER POLITES – DOWN THE HUME

  When we think of an “Australian story” the ones that typically spring to mind are predominantly about the country, bush or the past. So what is a reader to do when they want something that reflects their own modern life in the Western suburbs of Sydney? Thankfully, Peter Polites has answered this in his…

BOOK REVIEW: MARTIN SIXSMITH – AYESHA’S GIFT

  Ayesha’s Gift is a book that could also be called “Ayesha’s Curse” because it is brimming with sorrow. It’s the fictionalised account of the real-life events that saw Philomena author and former BBC foreign correspondent, Martin Sixsmith assist in investigating the death of a British-Pakistani man. The book is ultimately a rather multi-faceted detective tale where…

FOOD REVIEW: THE ROCKS FOODIE TRAIL

  Let all Australians rejoice for we have some of the world’s prettiest landmarks in our own backyard. A case in point is Sydney’s historic The Rocks area. The traditional lands of the Gadigal (Cadigal) people of the Eora nation, 2016 embraces this precinct as home to history, art, culture and food, with over 50…

INTERVIEW: WINE ISLAND’S FOUNDER KRISTEN FRANCIS

  Wine Island is an annual boutique wine festival which is set on Clark Island, in the picturesque Sydney Harbour. The four-day event allows patrons to learn about and experience different wines and foods, in a luxurious island setting. It sounds like a wonderful holiday idea except you may not even need to leave “home”…

DVD REVIEW: PENELOPE KEITH’S HIDDEN VILLAGES SERIES 2

  Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages Series 2 picks up were the first one left off. It’s another look at some places that are off the beaten track, are quintessentially British, full of eccentrics and befitting the term “villages.” The former star of To the Manor Born and The Good Life delivers another bright and delightful program about a topic…

DVD REVIEW: JOANNA LUMLEY’S TRANS-SIBERIAN ADVENTURE

  Joanna Lumley’s travel programs are like the TV equivalent of listening to some smooth, easy-listening music. It’s not that she herself takes it easy; it’s just that she delivers her shows with such a graceful and gentle calm. This very British demeanour makes for a very pleasant holiday indeed, sweetie darling. This series is…

DVD REVIEW: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (AUSTRALIAN EDITION) SERIES 7

Who Do You Think You Are? is such a personal TV series you almost feel like you’re sitting in someone’s lounge room having a cuppa. The Australian edition is modelled on the original one from the U.K. Both shows see prominent personalities retracing aspects of their family tree/history. It’s ultimately a fascinating program and in…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: SAMBA

  We’ve already had an American in Paris but the film Samba could be dubbed, “an Illegal Senegalese Immigrant in France”. This is an adaption of a novel by Delphine Coulin that has absolutely nothing to do with dancing. Instead, this is a gentle drama and romantic comedy about immigration, refugees, culture, connections and belonging. In…

FILM REVIEW: INREALLIFE

  Won’t somebody think of the children? This may be Helen Lovejoy’s catchphrase from The Simpsons but it could also be used to sum up the documentary,InRealLife. The film could have asked a series of timely and important questions about the Internet but instead it feels like heavy-handed and judgemental scare-mongering. The film is written…

FILM REVIEW: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

  The Hundred-Foot Journey is the latest addition to the recent surge of food-related films (see: The Chef, The Trip To Italy, Julie & Julia, etc). This new film is a feel-good one which will no doubt curry favour with many members of the audience. But despite being a pleasant trip, the overall meal could…