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…

TV REVIEW: THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

  The name Henrietta Lacks may not mean an awful lot to some people but in reality it should be one of the most famous names in history. Lacks is responsible for revolutionising modern medicine and contributing to every recent major medical breakthrough from vaccines for polio, HPV and the flu-shot; to IVF and treatments…

THEATRE REVIEW: DOGFIGHT THE MUSICAL @ LEND LEASE DARLING QUARTER

  Dogfight The Musical is not designed to be safe or comfortable viewing, but it’s certainly a visceral experience. The stage show is an adaption of the 1991 Warner Bros. film with the original screenplay by Bob Comfort and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. In the hands of the Blackout Theatre…

FILM REVIEW: JACKIE

  Jacqueline Kennedy (Onassis) has been depicted on the silver and small screens before but Jackie is the first film to really capture the complex nature of this remarkable woman. The film is not strictly a biopic in that it only focuses on a number of key events in Kennedy’s life prior to and in…

BOOK REVIEW: AMANDA WEBSTER- A TEAR IN THE SOUL

  For years Amanda Webster had an idealistic view of the past. The smart, sixth-Generation Australian, who has published books about autism and whose father and grandfather were respected doctors, had assumed that everyone – including her Indigenous school friends – had enjoyed a comfortable upbringing that was similar to the her own. To read…

BOOK REVIEW: LEAH FLEMING – THE LAST PEARL

  A pearl can be an interesting symbol. Some people are superstitious and think it brings bad luck if worn at certain moments. And at the very least in different levels of light this thing can shine and change colour in front of the naked eye. In Leah Fleming’s novel, The Last Pearl we are…

DVD REVIEW: MAVIS!

  Mavis! is a little documentary about a big personality. It’s a film about legendary singer, Mavis Staples. This story is ultimately a celebratory one about her life and while it is warm and feels good, at times it seems like pure hagiography and a documentary that is far too short. The film is a…

BOOK REVIEW: CHARLOTTE WOOD – THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS

  Charlotte Wood’s fifth novel, The Natural Way Of Things hooks you in with a simple premise. A group of ten young women are imprisoned on a deserted farm in the Australian outback. They don’t know how they got there, all they know is that they were drugged and kidnapped beforehand. The story that unfolds is…

DVD REVIEW: THE SECRET RIVER

  The Secret River has already been adapted into an acclaimed and successful stage play and Kate Grenville’s original, historic novel was a multi-award winning piece of literature. The latest adaptation sees the story transformed into a searing, two-part mini-series. The result is a complex look at a dark piece of colonial Australia. The series…