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EMA

When someone says the words ‘art film,’ something like EMA should come to mind: A colourful, arresting visual aesthetic, freewheeling sequences in which dance substitutes dialogue, and a constant sense of unabated sensuality. The film is a psychodrama about the eponymous character, a contemporary dancer, reckoning with both her divorce from the director of her […]

REVIEW: Brodi Snook – Handful

With a languid delivery style, stand-up comedian Brodi Snook knows how to capture the audience in her show Handful, which traverses toxic relationships recounting really terrible boyfriends, until darker anecdotes emerge. Culled from an 11-month ordeal in which she deliberately sought to shrink herself whilst being harassed by an unwanted suitor, the result is a series […]

All Hours – Perspectives

Brisbane pop-punk outfit All Hours are back with a new EP, Perspectives, where they once again bring their high energy sound. Led by vocalist Dani O'Grady it is hard not to listen to All Hours and immediately hear tinges of a fellow female led pop-punk group, Paramore. Across this quick five track offering All Hours […]

June Again

With dementia themed films Father and Supernova doing good business in cinemas, Australian dramedy June Again is set for release and should prove to be popular viewing for all audiences. Noni Hazlehurst shines as June, an elderly woman who had a stroke which led to vascular dementia. After five years in a nursing home, she […]

REVIEW: Sydney Comedy Festival Gala

The opening night gala of the Sydney Comedy Festival at the State Theatre was a glimpse of the coming run of the festival, offering a dozen or so introductions to the many comedians and acts to be featured across Sydney-wide venues until May 16. The guests were in the fine hands of most capable host Randy […]

The United States vs Billie Holiday

In The United States vs Billie Holiday, Andra Day’s impassioned performance as the titular character proves to be the saviour of an otherwise scattered and disjointed film. It’s evident that Lee Daniels, in his first feature directorial effort since 2013s The Butler, had a bold vision for Billie Holiday: A frenetic biopic of a legendary […]

REVIEW: The Twins

Directed by Terry Serio and Sarah Butler, this droll two-hander sees two real-life friends, Ian Darling and Greg Fleet, musing over the “twins” roles they played 40 years earlier and the different paths their lives have taken since then. At the private school Geelong Grammar, the boys played Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse in Shakespeare’s Comedy […]

REVIEW: Pete The Sheep

Pete The Sheep is another magical production from Monkey Baa Theatre Company. A true Aussie story which portrays the true Aussie spirit. Four actors, wearing an assortment of headgear, play shearers, sheep and dogs. The minimalist set depicts a shearing shed complete with stairs on either side and a viewing platform, with storage space underneath […]

Nobody

Everybody who works a mundane nine to five job will have moments when thy feel like a nobody and wish they could be something more. For Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk, of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame) his monotonous life as an accountant becomes too much to bear when intruders break into his house […]

Two By Two: Overboard

The now sometimes perfected balance of creating animated movies with appeal to kids and adults has been sharpened by a booming genre, but Two By Two: Overboard” falls flat. It delivers the whistles and whimsy for the kids in what becomes a bizarre narrative arc, and it seems underdeveloped for the kids and just a wallop […]