FILM REVIEW: DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE

  David Stratton is the doyen of Australian cinema. He is a respected film critic who has watched in excess of 25,000 films, peed on Fellini and entertained Australians for decades through his movie reviews with sparring partner Margaret Pomeranz. David Stratton: A Cinematic Life is a documentary about his life and brilliant career and…

BOOK REVIEW: GAYLE FORMAN – LEAVE ME

  It’s interesting that in her debut novel specifically written for adults, award-winning Young Adult author Gayle Forman has picked such a mature and relatable topic. Leave Me is the story of an over-stressed, over-worked and under-appreciated mother of four-year-old twins who is forced to stop and re-evaluate her life. It’s a book that is…

BOOK REVIEW: COLLEEN HOOVER – IT ENDS WITH US

  It Ends With Us is a title that hints at a certain sense of finality or ending. But in reality this novel is only the beginning. This bold book from New York Times bestseller, Colleen Hoover is an important one that slowly reveals itself to be a rather hard lesson in love, told by…

BOOK REVIEW: HELEN THURLOE – PROMISING AZRA

  Promising Azra is a book about torn loyalties told from the perspective of an amazing 16 year old girl. The story’s eponymous protagonist is an intelligent, ambitious and determined young woman who wants an education while her family feel indebted to her uncle and decide to adhere to an old cultural practice of arranged…

BOOK REVIEW: HARMONY VERNA – DAUGHTER OF AUSTRALIA

  Daughter of Australia is an epic love story and slice of Australiana. But it’s also amazing to note that the author is not even an Aussie. The novel is actually Harmony Verna’s debut one and she has beautifully captured our land of boundless plains with her gorgeous and evocative prose. Daughter of Australia is…

DVD REVIEW: FOOD SAFARI FIRE

  Maeve O’Meara is playing with fire in her latest series of Food Safari. The show is now in its seventh season and this time around its dedicated to “fire”, that is braising, steaming, smoking, grilling, roasting and barbequing using fire, wood, charcoals and different ovens. The show is ultimately a visceral one that is…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE BEAUTIFUL LIE

  When it comes to matters of the heart and love in general it’s often complicated. Never is this idea more apparent than in the fine, Leo Tolstoy novel, Anna Karenina. The classic book was written some 150 years ago and it still manages to resonate today thanks to its universal themes. The new Australian…

BOOK REVIEW: ELLIE O’NEILL – THE ENCHANTED ISLAND

  Ellie O’Neill’s sophomore novel, The Enchanted Island shares a few things in common with Marian Keyes’ work. The two writers are both Irish and they pen engaging chick literature that is easy to read and fun to immerse yourself in. The Enchanted Island also manages to combine some quirky Irish magic and humour into…

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…