FILM REVIEW: MISS SLOANE

Miss Sloane could be renamed, “Ms Stone.” The film is about an ambitious and icy woman who acts as a lobbyist for a firm that is advocating on behalf of a gun control bill in the States. It’s a tense, political drama with as many power-plays, twists, turns and slights of hand as The Ides…

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…

DVD REVIEW: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE HOLLOW CROWN SEASON 1

  How do you sum up a series like The Hollow Crown and do it justice? The program is an epic four part one that covers the Shakespearian plays known as the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV (broken up into two parts) and Henry V. The result is a lush, historic drama that is given some…

THEATRE REVIEW: WOLF LULLABY @ NEW THEATRE

  Wolf Lullaby is a tragedy that is inspired by real events. In England in 1968 an eleven year old girl was convicted of manslaughter for the deaths of two boys aged four and three. Wolf Lullaby is a dark play that is set in a country town in Tasmania and asks a lot of…

DVD REVIEW: DIO – LIVE IN LONDON HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 1993

  Dio are no strangers to the live album or concert film. In recent years they have released live shows that were recorded in New York, Philadelphia and England. The most recent addition is Live In London, a concert recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1993 and one that has never been made available officially. The show…

ALBUM REVIEW: STONEFIELD – SELF-TITLED

Ever since they won Triple J’s Unearthed High in 2010 the four gorgeous Findlay sisters known as Stonefield (and previously Iotah) have had to face their fair share of criticism over their image and being discounted as a “teenage gimmick”. The quartet was surrounded by lots of hype as the band is made up of four sisters who…

FILM REVIEW: FAREWELL, MY QUEEN

Farewell, My Queen (or Les adieux à la reine) is a film about three important women from French history. They are a Queen, her lover, and the Queen’s reader who is hopelessly devoted to the monarch. The latest film from director, Benoît Jacquot is a sumptuous and intimate costume drama with lots of upheaval, making it…

ALBUM REVIEW: BRITISH INDIA – CONTROLLER

British India have been forced to grow up. They released three albums in quick succession starting with their debut, Guillotine in 2007. But by 2010 the band found themselves in an unenviable position. It was sink or swim time, having no rehearsal space or a distributor and this has influenced the style and lyrical content of their latest…