BOOK REVIEW: CLEMENTINE FORD – FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

  Clementine Ford’s latest book Fight Like A Girl packs punches in the best possible way. The feminist commentator has penned a volume that is like a personal polemic; one that is not dissimilar to the work of Lindy West, Caitlin Moran, Tara Moss et al. Fight Like A Girl then, is another important and welcome addition to the…

BOOK REVIEW: LINDY WEST – SHRILL – NOTES FROM A LOUD WOMAN

  Lindy West was one of the highlights from this year’s All About Women festival at the Sydney Opera House. So it is unsurprising that this Guardian columnist and Jezebel blogger’s book, Shrill – Notes From A Loud Woman is funny, accomplished and excellent. West’s book is ultimately a hybrid between memoir, with personal anecdotes,…

BOOK REVIEW: PAMELA HART – A LETTER FROM ITALY

  A Letter from Italy is a romantic story that isn’t just ruled by its heart. It’s a novel inspired by Louise Mack, the first female war correspondent who worked during the First World War. It’s a book that shows how a determined and strong journalist negotiates the trials and tribulations of being a woman…

FILM REVIEW: HELP US FIND SUNIL TRIPATHI

  Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi is an excellent documentary and cautionary tale. It tells the story of a Brown University student who went missing in 2013 and how he was wrongly accused of being one of the Boston Marathon bombers. The film is a sensitive one about an amazing character and a sad indictment…

FILM REVIEW: I WILL NOT BE SILENCED

  Charlotte Campbell-Stephen is one incredible and inspiring Australian woman. She’s also the subject of the raw and gritty documentary film, I Will Not Be Silenced. This tells the story of Campbell-Stephen’s steely resolve and determination in pursuing justice in a flawed legal environment. The film is written and directed by veteran filmmaker, Judy Rhymer. It depicts…

DVD REVIEW: GIRLS SEASON 3

  Girls isn’t a glamorous show and in many ways that’s what makes it feel so brutally honest and real. In the third season the characters are the most fully developed and realised versions of themselves to date. It’s also one that is full of the kinds of stories and things that will challenge, enthral,…

ALBUM REVIEW: ELBOW – THE TAKE OFF & LANDING OF EVERYTHING

  If Elbow were carpenters they’d be considered master craftsmen, especially on album number six. The Mercury prize winners have created an epic, consistent, and beautifully-crafted timepiece that has as much mystery and emotional treasure as a stunning glory box. The record is driven by Guy Garvey’s thoughtful and emotional lyrics, which have previously moved…

LIVE REVIEW: DAN SULTAN @ THE BASEMENT, SYDNEY (24.10.2013)

  Dan Sultan is a natural, a consummate professional and storyteller, if you will. On his Back To Basics tour he left the seven-piece band and supports at home and instead delivered a strong, two-set show with little more than an electric guitar and a mic. He said it was a “nerve-wracking experience” but you wouldn’t have known…