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Son of a Gun

Nineteen-year-old JR (Brenton Thwaites) is the most unlikely of prisoners. Caring, inquisitive and adept at the game of chess, he captures the attention of his inmates for all the wrong reasons. In particular, he is noticed by Brendan (Ewan McGregor), a notorious criminal with influence inside and over the prison walls. In exchange for protection, […]

Review – Cruise Control

Three couples travel on the Queen Mary II seeking luxury escape. Instead, they find themselves confronted by a series of tensions – marital, sexual and cultural - which erupt when they all sit down for dinner.  As the cruise progresses, these begin to unravel the foundation of each marriage. Written and directed by Australia’s most […]

The Armstrong Lie

The Armstrong Lie provides an insider’s view into the downfall of Lance Armstrong. The legendary cyclist was stripped of his titles in 2012 after admitting he took performance enhancing drugs. "There have been two opposing narratives," confesses Armstrong at the beginning of the documentary- and he claims he will deliver the true one. In a montage […]


A ragtag group of young people from all over the globe, converge at Borneo to save its rainforests and endangered orangutans. The film charts their journey from wide-eyed idealists, sprouting clichéd lines like "You have to stand up for what you believe in" to organised activists, engaging with communities to inspire individual responsibility and collective action. […]


Imara Savage seems to have a thing for great writers and grand themes. In 2011, she was the Director in Residence at Bell Shakespeare and has explored the dynamics of a toxic relationship in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love. This time, Savage is tackling gender roles and societal expectations of women in Machinal. In nine […]


In a unique blend of film and stage, National Theatre Live aims to capture the best of the UK's National Theatre productions and screen them in cinemas around the world. This year the program will culminate with their 50th Anniversary Special, which features illustrious legends of the stage from the past five decades as well […]


Jean and Christine are a seemingly committed couple working in the home of a powerful politician. While he is away, they are in charge of his impetuous daughter, Julie, who is very aware of her sexuality and attraction to Jean. “I know you’re just being playful, but it’s a dangerous kind of game to play,” […]


Vance Joy has a lot to sing about. In a short span of time, the Melbourne-based muso has released an EP, announced a national tour and snagged a support gig with Australian rock royalty, Bernard Fanning. Yet, the singer-songwriter seems humble about his talent and current success, despite playing the guitar since he was 14 […]


Stephen Lynch doesn’t shy away from being daring, controversial and downright hilarious. In a distinctive fusion of music and comedy he delivers songs about varied trite and taboo topics, including ugly babies, fat friends and queer tattoos. Lynch's musical history was initially more traditional - he took piano lessons as a kid and he was […]

GIG REVIEW – ASH GRUNWALD: JUNE 21 at The Metro, Sydney

"I want it back," were Ash Grunwald’s opening lyrics as he stared boldly down at the audience in The Metro Theatre. As soon as his unbridled voice and fast-as-a-bullet riffs were heard, everyone knew they weren’t going to be the same. Performing songs from both past and present, Grunwald delivered all the dirty rhythms of […]