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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Winner of the people’s choice award at the Toronto Film Festival, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a crime-comedy starring Francis McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and many other notable actors. The film is written, produced and directed by Martin McDonagh and received plenty of praise from critics at Venice International Film Festival and Mar […]

Newtown to self-impose lock outs

BY STEPHANIE TILLER Newtown nightclubs will self-impose lockouts due to community anguish over increased violence and the area’s changing vibes. Newtown Liquor Accord Chairman Tim Clayton said restrictions were essential to protect the character of the area and to ensure patrons would be safe coming into the summer months. “It was just something that we […]

Black Rainbow

When faced with making a decision can one ever really know what is right or wrong? Kathy Petrakis explores the human moral code through the dark underworld of Sydney – homelessness, drugs, and violence – in her dark and realistic production, Black Rainbow. The story follows the double life of teenage boy Ahmed Khoury as […]

Ugly Mugs

“Sex workers deal with a lot of stigma and I’m worried – why don’t we value someone’s life equally?” asks actress Peta Brady, referring to St Kilda sex worker Tracy Connelly, who was murdered in July last year. Brady, who splits her time between working as an actress and a drug and safety outreach worker […]

Alleged Mardi Gras altercation

On a night otherwise unmarred by the violent incidents which struck last year’s Mardi Gras, one participant has reported an altercation with a man in the Liberal Party float. Paul Kidd, 49, was marching with “Operation Border Insecurity”, a political float raising concerns about the federal government’s policies, particularly in regard to asylum seekers. He […]

Violence hits Bondi

After a string of high-profile assaults in the city over recent weeks, alcohol-fuelled violence has now come to the beach with attacks on Australia Day marring celebrations. A 24-year-old Irish backpacker was attacked by an unknown man on Campbell Parade, Bondi at about 9pm on Australia Day. He was punched and fell to the ground, […]

Two Weeks’ Notice: lockouts rushed in

By Michael Koziol and Triana O'Keefe Grassroots forces mobilising to fight the state government’s liquor laws have been dealt a hammer blow, with Premier Barry O’Farrell yesterday announcing the lockouts will commence on February 24. It was originally rumoured that venues would be given until April to be prepare for the new regime. But Mr […]

It’s hard yakka working in The Cross

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s announcement of lockouts and a freeze on new liquor licences has prompted both applause and condemnation from the wide variety of stakeholders involved in this heated debate. City News spoke with a number industry staff who work within the restricted zone and asked whether these laws would make a difference. “It […]

One-punch laws hit political resistance

The political fate of Barry O’Farrell’s legislation to curb alcohol-fuelled violence is still unknown, with opposition to certain aspects of the package surfacing. There is tension within both the major parties about mandatory minimum sentencing, a key part of the reforms announced by Mr O’Farrell last week. Under the proposed legislation, mandatory jail terms would […]

Steroid use “widespread”

The frequency and brutality of violent, drunken brawls on Sydney streets has led some to speculate that steroid usage might be fuelling this aggression. The state government announced on Tuesday that it will increase the maximum penalty for supply and possession of illegal steroids to 25 years. John Terilli, owner of Broadway Gym and former […]