DVD REVIEW: STREETS OF YOUR TOWN

  Streets of Your Town is a romp through history, suburban Australia and its architecture. Comedian, Tim Ross, a self-confessed modernist tragic who has performed his own live shows in significant Australian buildings takes us on a journey through different Aussie structures, from the significant ones to the humble family home ranging from the 1950s…

BOOK REVIEW: FIONA HIGGINS – FEARLESS

  Fearless could be the plot of a reality TV show. You take six wealthy individuals with first world problems and fly them to Bali under the guise of “helping” them overcome their fears. But instead you endanger their lives, sit back and watch what happens. It’s an interesting drama about courage, friendships and the…

DVD REVIEW: DNA NATION

  DNA Nation is a documentary that is both illuminating and frustrating. It’s an ambitious TV series that seeks to answer the question of who we are and where do we come from. This project will ultimately challenge our ideas of culture and identity but it is by no means perfect or definitive. Its main…

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: RACHAEL JOHNS – THE ART OF KEEPING SECRETS

  Rachael Johns knows how to tell a good story. The author has written numerous romance novels and chick lit books. Her latest novel, The Art of Keeping Secrets is a well-crafted and emotional piece of fiction. It’s also a story that is a testament to the power of female friendship. The story is about…

DVD REVIEW: THE RIVER COTTAGE COLLECTION 3

  Some people may be fans of River Cottage Australia set in Central Tilba in NSW. But what they may not know is that the man behind this fabulous idea is English celebrity chef, food writer and activist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The latter has presented a number of different River Cottage specials in the UK. In Australia we…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: CONCUSSION

  Concussion is an inflammatory story that is told in a subtle and benign way. It’s a film that covers the real-life events of a Nigerian-American pathologist’s discovery of a brain disorder called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). It’s one that is caused by repeated trauma to the head and was initially discovered in the brains of…

DVD REVIEW: PENELOPE KEITH’S HIDDEN VILLAGES

  Ray Davies of The Kinks once sang about being a member of the village green preservation society but as Australians the concept of the “village” is a rather foreign one. Thankfully, we have someone like actress, Dame Penelope Keith of To The Manor Born fame to navigate our way through this quintessentially British phenomenon. Her…

BOOK REVIEW: LUKE DEVENISH – THE SECRET HEIRESS

  The Secret Heiress is a rich, historic fiction book set in Castlemaine, Australia in 1886 and 1903. The novel is by screenwriter, playwright, author and academic, Luke Devenish. The latter is no stranger to writing about history as his two previous books were set in Ancient Rome. His latest offering is a rather mysterious…

DVD REVIEW: TALES FROM THE ROYAL WARDROBE AND BEDCHAMBER

  They say that clothes make the man. So the two documentaries released on one DVD, Tales from the Royal Wardrobe and Bedchamber could offer an interesting glimpse into some rather intimate details with respect to English monarchs. Historian, Dr Lucy Worsley offers up a program that has its moments and provides some good historic…

DVD REVIEW: THE WRECKING CREW

For the record, The Wrecking Crew were an amazing group of musicians. It’s also the name of a group of artists you’re unlikely to have heard of, except in their music. The Wrecking Crew is a film that looks set to redress all that because it plays out like a love letter to some unsung heroes…