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PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER

Some say this is the best festival in Australia. The biggest fancy dress costume party, gorgeous views of the Hawkesbury River, superb music all with the gathering of people who love to have fun and care about the environment. Those some people may just be right. This year, the festival organisers are adding shower stalls […]

HEREAFTER

Some think about death when someone they know dies. Some think about it when they themselves face the unknown inevitability. Some refuse to think about it at all while others wake up in cold sweat in the middle of the night because it is all they can think about. Death is the one certain thing […]

PARA(NOIDE) POLITICS IN THE ARCHIVES: THE PHILLIP EXPERIMENT

Get ready for the tiny hairs on your neck to stand. The Phillip experiment took place in the 70s where a group of Canadian parapsychologists made up a ghost (Phillip) to see if the human mind (participants) can bring to life what was essentially non existent. The results involved unexplained moving furniture amongst other spooky […]

GRAB MY JUNK

The great Black Eyed Peas once said, “What you gonna do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk? I'ma get, get, get, get, you drunk. Get you love drunk off my hump.” And the rest was history. This year, American host Johnny Porkie is not shy to announce that he wants you […]

THE AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

We speak to festival director Barry Watterson about a local film fiesta that’s about to take over the eastern suburbs. How is the Australian Film Festival different from other film festivals in Sydney? Australian film is defined by where the investment funds came from (usually Screen Australia). Often though, a lot of our best work […]

TOM BALLARD & HANNAH GADSBY

They are young, funny and gay. While Ballard talks about kissing boys in his show Is What He Is, Gadsby takes on a much airier topic of self-discovery and general failure in Mrs Chuckles. We talk to both comics as they gear up to perform their stand-up gigs at a little known comic venue called […]

BONDI BOWL-A-RAMA

If Beach Road Hotel is your regular watering hole, you’d be glad to know that most of the Bondi Bowl-A-Rama parties will be held at the friendly local with appearances by Philadelphia Grand Jury and the Bang Gang DJs amongst others. Bondi local or not, a trip to the iconic beach in February is a […]

MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981)

Nothing says, “I love you” like a blood dripping heart in a heart shaped box. Or as a generic movie trailer voice more prophetically says, “Nothing says date movie like a ride to hell.” Either or, you get the idea. This Valentine’s day, skip the silly roses and chocolates (ok sorry like who really does […]

TROPFEST

Mother Nature’s wild ways and a touch of celebrity make for an interesting amalgamation of films at this year’s Tropfest. One of the two finalists in the Telstra Mobile Masterpieces category shot his film in the midst of the devastating Queensland floods while the other, a seasoned filmmaker had an unexpected encounter with wild weather […]

ROB SCHNEIDER

Like all great American comedians, Rob Schneider began his comedic journey at Saturday Night Live. And like many (cough Adam Sandler), he went from making newsworthy, sharp and funny sketches to low brow, Hollywood blockbusters that recycle fat/fart jokes and make heaps of green notes at the box office. If Schneider’s name doesn’t ring a […]