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Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: Hot Young Bloods (피끓는 청춘) (South Korea, 2014)

"We gave you freedom in your hairstyles, but not freedom in everything..."

It would not be too advantageous to say that it is uncommon to find many teenage coming-of-age dramas where there is anything remotely average or commonplace about our main characters. However, Lee Yeon-Wo's film Hot Young Bloods provides a small, yet arguably parodied insight of what we may loosely determine as typical high school life.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게) (South Korea, 2013)

More than just your average spy film, Jang Cheol-Soo's box-office smash hit Secretly, Greatly presents a strange dichotomous combination of light humour, brutish action and heartbreaking drama. Unquestionably, this cinematic secret-agent flick will leave you eagerly craving for more.

Eating with the AU: Mama’s Buoi - CBD (Melbourne)

Eating in a lane way restaurant is part of the quintessential Melbourne dining experience. Mama’s Buoi, newcomer to the dining scene, is in the perfect location. It's situated down one of the historic lane ways, that used to be a thoroughfare, evident by the quaint “Beware of Cars” sign painted in black, outside the doorways leading into Postal Lane next to the GPO.

Photo Gallery: Biffy Clyro + Calling All Cars - Palais Theatre, Melbourne (07.09.14)

Biffy Clyro head to Melbourne's Palais Theatre to keep the weekend going on a warm Sunday night in St. Kilda, supported by Calling All Cars.

Hello Asia! KWave Festival 2014 - Federation Square, Melbourne (06.09.14)

It was the first Saturday of Spring, and Melbourne put on the sparkle for the second annual KWave Festival; a great celebration of Korea's rich and wonderfully diverse culture.

Photo Gallery: The Last Confession - Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (Performances to September 21st)

The Last Confession starring David Suchet is currently enjoying performances at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne following successful runs in Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. Mandy Hall went along to the media call earlier this week and brings us these photos from the anticipated performance, which continues in Melbourne until the 21st, before opening at Sydney's Theatre Royal on the 24th.

Theatre Review: Les Miserables - Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne (Performances through December 2014)

When you ask people if they like musicals, one either gets an enthusiastic smile accompanied by a big "YES"! or an unapologetic "NO", as a look of disdain comes across their face. When you dig a little deeper, it comes out that it's not so much musicals like Mary Poppins that they're talking about - how can you not love Mary Poppins after all, what are you, A ROBOT? - but rather Cats, Phantom of the Opera, or - indeed, Les Miserables.

Photo Gallery: The AU Review 6th Birthday ft. Fortunes - Ruby Tuesday at The Workers Club (02.09.14)

The AU Review celebrated our 6th Birthday with a fine selection of bands at The Workers Club in Melbourne, including Fortunes, Leisure Suite and Martin King. Tony Proudfoot was there to cover the proceedings.

Melbourne Writers Festival Review: Do You Remember The First Time? - The Toff In Town (25.08.14)

The thought of sharing your ‘first time’ to a bunch of paying strangers seems like a strange idea, especially in a spoken format away from the comfort of a journal or laptop screen. But this is the premise of this Melbourne Writers Festival event, which reveals five personal anecdotes from Isobelle Carmody, Leanne Hall, Will Kostakis, Michael Pryor and Penny Tangey.

Live Review: The Used + Taking Back Sunday - 170 Russell, Melbourne (25.08.14)

When I think back to 2006, a few things immediately come to mind: Myspace, vodka cruisers (ugh), dying my hair black and of course, music. 2006 was a year in which the “post-hardcore” genre was basically in its prime and alongside My Chemical Romance, The Used and Taking Back Sunday were really at the forefront of this phenomenon that had many 15 year olds like myself in a fucking frenzy.

Event Wrap Up: APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards 2014 - Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne (26.08.14)

Held at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom, the APRA Art Music Awards were presented last night with some of Australia's most talented performers and industry members in attendance to announce the winners of the 2014 awards, recognising the artistic achievement and excellence within the field of this Australia's art music industry. Presenter Virginia Trioli, the Walkley award-winning journalist, author and co-host of ABC-TV News Breakfast hosted this year’s event.

Eating with the AU: Mr Mason & State of Grace Progressive Dinner - CBD (Melbourne)

His name was Mr Mason and the charm he exuded was instantly intoxicating. He welcomes me with champagne and entices my palate with gorgeous canapés. French songs are sung in the background as I mingle under the stars on the outdoor terrace. He leads me inside and seats me at an elegantly laid table where a cleverly designed menu greets us. This was a journey between two nearby restaurants in Melbourne's CBD, driven by the characters these beautiful establishments - Mr Mason and State of Grace - call upon.

Melbourne Writers Festival Review: Funemployed with Justin Heazlewood - Deakin Edge (24.08.14)

Speaking at Deakin Edge as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, Justin Heazlewood hosts a discussion about the life of Australian artists, specifically writers, with John Safran, Clem Bastow, Angie Hart, Tom Doig and Ben Watt. Perhaps best known as his musician alter ego The Bedroom Philosopher, the title of tonight’s event comes from Heazlewood’s recently released first book, a memoir/self-help/comedic tale of his own experiences as an artist in Australia.

Photo Gallery: Taking Back Sunday + The Used + Breakaway - 170 Russell, Melbourne (25.08.14)

The Used and Taking Back Sunday performed the first of two nights in Melbourne at 170 Russell with Breakaway starting the proceedings. Carl Dziunka went along to see the action.

Live Review: Lady Gaga - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (23.08.14)


Photo: Paul Kane/Getty

Lady Gaga brought her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour to Melbourne on Saturday night, and delighted the crowd with a massive production consisting of an extended stage, numerous costume changes, dancers, impressive lighting and her live band. It was nothing short of a raving spectacle that celebrated the pop diva's prowess while maintaining a high level of artistic integrity.