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BRENDAN GALLAGHER – WINE ISLAND

This album celebrates the career of an Australian blues man who found himself, as many do, playing his acoustic. Wine Island is split into two discs, one for brooding blues music that is sinister in its desire to seduce. The other is for Gallagher’s acoustic music which is less moving. There is some nice guitar […]

LABOR DAY

Love comes in many unexpected forms. Sometimes it comes to a manic-depressive recluse in the form of a runaway convict (Josh Brolin) and she falls right into it. Set over five days, the story revolves around the child of a woman (Kate Winslet) who needs a partner. It plays with the viewer’s perspective by contrasting […]

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

This Lower-North Shore adaptation of a classically British script doesn’t offer too many surprises. It is delivered by a veteran cast of Australian actors with an Aussie roughness around the edges. The script is an excellent choice and full of political satire, as well as touching portrayals of everyday people. Although it is set in […]

SHORT TERM 12

This cute little indie flick, set in a boarding house for troubled teenagers, is both a dark horse and a bright spark. It is an all-round beautiful movie. The script uses classic quirky humour to get audiences into the character’s hearts, before giving powerful insights into their psyches delivered through their art. While the cinematography, […]

CATHERINE TRAICOS AND THE STARRY NIGHT – THE EARTH, THE MOON, THE SEA, THE SKY

Melancholy and melodious, this is an atmospheric brand of indie-folk music. First track lifts a chord change from Lonesome Town, sets you up for an album of jazz-inspired melodies with pensive rock sounds. Unfortunately, the album is crying out for a change in speed or tone. It is sad and quiet. Every single song has […]

CRUCIBLE – THE SONGS OF HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS

The commercial radio-flogged, Aussie powerhouse rock group becomes relevant once more with this playlist of H&C tributes. Featuring such notables as Neil Finn, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and the great Eddie Vedder, the Hunters are also covered by the likes of Birds of Tokyo, British India, The Panics and more. There are some great crossover […]

CORRINA STEEL – BORROWED TUNES

Play Borrowed Tunes backwards and your woman will come to you, you’ll move back into your house and your dog will come back. It’s as sad as any country album should be. Corrina Steel gives us some melancholy solo country music with a lot of soul. There’s not a lot of variation in the songs, […]

CORONET BLUE – BETTER DAY

Ever wanted to go back and relive your high-school discos? This, sunny, cheesy, poppy, rock’n’roll album will take you there. Better Day has lyrics that are easy to relate to and comforting. They put a positive spin on themes like loneliness and longing. The music is pretty standard rock’n'roll stuff. There are some gorgeous electric […]

TROPFEST 2013

Tropfest makes a splash this year with 16 finalists from a diverse talent pool. Genres to be screened will include comedy, drama, thriller, documentary, mockumentary and animation. Tropfest organisers have selected the finalists with diversity in mind, and an eye on bringing out topical themes portrayed in a special way. For example, some of the more […]

EASTER ISLAND – MIKE PARR

Mike Parr presents his apocalyptic world view, in a show that is overbearing in its presentation and melancholy in its conception. The enormous Anna Schwartz Gallery is adorned with 95 banner prints of self-portrait sketches, which loosely evoke the monoliths of Easter Island. It isn’t until after fifteen minutes or so, once adjusted to the […]