ARTS REVIEW: ADMAN: WARHOL BEFORE POP

  For most people the iconic artist, Andy Warhol is synonymous with the colourful pop art of Campbell’s soup cans, portraits of Marilyn Monroe and the record sleeves from The Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones. What some people may not realise is that Andy Warhol was an accomplished commercial illustrator and draftsman who worked…

INTERVIEW: NATIONAL THEATRE OF PARRAMATTA’S WAYNE HARRISON

  Hakawati is a Sydney Festival show that allows you to be swept away to an Arabian night in Western Sydney. The show is a celebration of food and stories and is inspired by an Arabic tradition where storytelling is combined with breaking bread. This event will have its world premiere at the El- Phoenician…

BOOK REVIEW: MEREDITH JAFFÉ- THE FENCE

  The characters in Meredith Jaffé’s debut novel The Fence may live in the pleasant-sounding, Green Valley, but the neighbourhood is far from idyllic. It’s actually the setting for two feuding next door neighbours. At times some parts of this story would not be out of place on A Current Affair or Today Tonight with…

BOOK REVIEW: TONI JORDAN- OUR TINY, USELESS HEARTS

  David Bowie may have sung about modern love but it is author, Toni Jordan that has written a book about it. Her fourth novel, Our Tiny, Useless Hearts is set over the course of a single weekend in suburban Melbourne and it shows how three different relationships implode. This well-written and witty book is…

INTERVIEW: DIRECTOR DENNY LAWRENCE TALKS ABOUT ALL MY LOVE

  Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore are two famous, Australian writers. But what people may not realise is that the pair were also lovers and secretly betrothed. This information has only come to light in the couple’s surviving letters and in Gilmore’s memoirs and forms the basis of a new play titled, All My Love….

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: WOULD I LIE TO YOU? VOLUME 2 (UK SERIES 5)

  The truth is often stranger than fiction and a program like Would I Lie To You? gets at the very heart of that. This British panel program is nothing short of fun, hilarious and excellent. It’s a clever concept that is delivered in a simple, matter-of-fact way and it all works perfectly thanks to a…

DVD REVIEW: THE TWO RONNIES – THE PICNIC & BY THE SEA

  From 1971 to 1987 two English comedians called The Two Ronnies were adored by fans. They would produce 12 TV series as well as various specials. Two of the latter include tributes that the comedians made to silent films. The Picnic and By the Sea have not been available as a stand-alone DVD release until now…

FILM REVIEW: DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON

  Before the National Lampoon lent their name to some terrible straight-to-video films they were ground-breaking. This comedy institution started as a spin-off magazine; graduated to books, radio and stage revues; and eventually yielded cult comedy films worthy of inclusion in Hollywood. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is a funny…

FILM REVIEW: MANNY LEWIS

  It’s lonely at the top and much-loved Australian comedian, Carl Barron is all too aware of this. In his feature film debut he takes a leaf out of his book of life spent on the road for the past two decades. The film is brave and has an interesting enough premise, but it is…

THEATRE REVIEW: EMERALD CITY @ PARRAMATTA RIVERSIDE (10.12.2014)

  David Williamson’s 1987 play and subsequent film, Emerald City is as relevant today as it was back then. The story is a satire based on two creative industries: filmmaking and book publishing. It looks at the dichotomy between producing something because it has creative or cultural significance or because it is a money-making machine…