FILM REVIEW: IN MY OWN WORDS

  Imagine living in a world where you found it impossible to understand your bills, where you couldn’t text people and you had difficulty getting a driver’s licence because you couldn’t pass the Ls test. For around 40-65% of Indigenous Australians this is a reality because they are functionally illiterate. The documentary film, In My…

BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER – HER MOTHER’S SECRET

  Her Mother’s Secret is a story about a strong female heroine, written by a woman for female readers. Natasha Lester, the author of the best-selling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, brings us another historical fiction novel, once again telling the story of female protagonist making good in the man’s world, set in New York City in…

DVD REVIEW: QUEEN OF KATWE

  Queen of Katwe is a rags-to-riches tale involving chess. The story is based on the real-life events involving an aspiring chess master. This story is ultimately a nice, diamond-in-the-rough tale from Disney however, it’s hard to kick the sense that some of the grittier elements have been buffed out of this movie. In Katwe,…

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…

FILM REVIEW: THE WILL TO FLY

  Australia needs more women like Lydia Lassila. The Olympic gold-medal winning aerial skier is nothing short of an inspiration. She’s also the subject of a new documentary film that is about her ascent to the top. Ultimately, this is one strong and informative sports feature film that should encourage more women to participate. The…

BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER – A KISS FROM MR. FITZGERALD

  “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. Jane Austen summed things up well for the menfolk but the question remains, “What is to become of a single, middle class woman living in New York in the roaring twenties?”…

THEATRE REVIEW: ALL MY LOVE @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE, PARRAMATTA (17.02.2016)

  Henry Lawson and Dame Mary Gilmore (nee Cameron) are famous Australian authors who appeared on Australia’s old paper $10 note. They’re also the subject of an intense period drama and romantic play called All My Love. It’s a story that asks a number of “What if?” style questions and hints at what could have been a…

TV REVIEW: MY GIANT LIFE

  My Giant Life is a reality show that means well but is far from good. The program is about four white, American women who are six foot, six inches or taller. The program attempts to get audiences interested by offering up their stories but a series of bad camera angles and scenes that highlight…

BOOK REVIEW: HONEY BROWN – SIX DEGREES

Honey Brown is the critically-acclaimed author of a bunch of psychological crime novels. Her latest book, Six Degrees sees her leaving the crime investigations at the door because she is instead focusing on a psychology of a different kind. This collection of six interwoven short stories (where many of the characters are bound together by…