The Latest from the AU

Sydney Fringe partners with international festivals to present digital global fringe festival

May 26, 2020

Yesterday, Sydney Fringe Festival became one of the latest victims of the COVID-19 lockdowns, announcing that its September 2020 run would be cancelled. Festival CEO Kerri Glasscock said: “We are devastated not to be presenting our annual festival but the uncertainty and risk no longer make it viable for us proceed this year. Instead of […]

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Cape Byron Distillery has released a limited edition kumquat gin

May 26, 2020

Co-founder and distiller of NSW-based Cape Byron Distillery, Eddie Brook, is paying ode to his Grandma with his newly release, limited-edition kumquat gin. Dubbed “Shirl the Pearl”, the unique gin has been made available to the public with just 650 bottles available at the distillery’s Cellar Door and online store. With state travel set to […]

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Recipe: Desert Rose Cocktail from InterContinental Dubai Marina

May 26, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Melting Moments

Book Review: One woman’s life tracks gently alongside the pull of history in Anna Goldsworthy’s Melting Moments

May 26, 2020

It is hard to believe that Melting Moments is a debut novel. Not only is the name Anna Goldsworthy a familiar one in the Australian literary scene, but the writing inside this novel is so accomplished that it feels effortless to read. Melting Moments is the story of Ruby, following her from her days as a young woman, […]

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CJ Stranger

Track of the Day: CJ Stranger “Fool’s Gold” (2020)

May 26, 2020

CJ Stranger, the alter-ego of singer-songwriter Cameron Henderson, has continued to tease his forthcoming album, Hey Stranger, with a new single. “Fool’s Gold” is the third single released from the album, and follows on from “Strange One” (2019) and “Outlaw” (2020). “Fool’s Gold” is a satisfying stripped back and slow burning slice of alt-country. It’s […]

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modern anxiety

Album Review: On modern anxiety (2020 LP) Josef Salvat strikes a balance between style and substance

May 26, 2020

Josef Salvat’s sophomore album modern anxiety is one that rewards repeat listens. I write this as someone who initially didn’t really rate it highly. Sure, several of the singles really hit their mark, but on first listen the album as a whole didn’t work for me. Yet, further listens, and closer listens, reveal an album […]

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North Bondi Fish brings back the classics for new takeaway menu

May 26, 2020

Beloved beachside eatery North Bondi Fish has now launched a special takeaway menu to adjust to the ever-changing dynamic of a global pandemic. Although Sydney is starting to see restaurants open back up for 10 diners at a time, takeaway is still very much the smartest play for those who still want to experience their […]

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Mammoth

Book Review: Chris Flynn’s Mammoth is a novel of great wit, imagination and science

May 25, 2020

Mammoth, the new novel from author Chris Flynn, is a witty and compelling mash-up of historical and science fiction, with gags and subtle ecological (and more) messaging nestled side by side.  On the face of it, Mammoth, sounds bold, audacious and something that shouldn’t really work. A sentient Mammoth fossil tells his life (and after […]

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IdeaPad C340

Lenovo IdeaPad C340 (14-inch) Review: Fast, flexible, flawed

May 25, 2020

Lenovo’s latest gift to on-the-go creatives is the IdeaPad C340, a reasonably priced chromebook that can be used as either a laptop of a tablet. Released late last year, it’s a smart move from the stalwart company, focusing on value for price-conscious consumers in need of a reliable 2-in-1 for everyday use. Although you’re still […]

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Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 Review: The best wireless earbuds yet?

May 25, 2020

There are now some fantastic choices if you’re in the market for a pair of truly wireless earbuds. Apple has the Airpods Pro, Sony have their excellent WF-1000xm3 (review here), Bang & Olufsen is still having fun putting out new colourways of the E8 (review here), and there are some promising pieces coming from Bose […]

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Track of the Day: Jade MacRae “Midnight Air” (2020)

May 25, 2020

Jade MacRae has released her final single, “Midnight Air” from her forthcoming album, Handle Me With Care. This follows on from earlier releases “I Choose Love”, “Up Above Your Head” and “My Fathers House”. “Midnight Air” is a rich, warm, gospel tale. which is inspired by a New Orleans funeral march.  The song features a […]

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Saints Row the Third Remastered Review: Praise be to Volition

May 25, 2020

It’s not enough to simply write that the new remaster of Saints Row: The Third features, and is defined by, substantial “graphical enhancements”. The off-the-wall Volition title, the one where they decoupled the series from “GTA clone” criticism and carved their own successful niche, has gone through a complete overhaul. And it’s fucking gorgeous. We’re […]

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Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Risotto with Crispy Bacon

May 24, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Is Netflix’s The Lovebirds worth watching?

May 22, 2020

Not unlike fellow Netflix offering Murder Mystery, The Lovebirds adopts the tried and true premise of regular-folk-get-mixed-up-in-a-major-crime and hopes it has enough of a strong centre to overcome any unoriginality.  And whilst the screenplay from Aaron Abrams (a sometimes-actor whose credits include Resident Evil: Apocalypse and The Open House) and Brendan Gall (TV’s Blindspot) doesn’t […]

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Mafia II: Definitive Edition Review: Back in business

May 22, 2020

Hindsight really is 2020. Mafia II: Definitive Edition has become the latest in a slew of remakes and remasters to fill out this very strange year’s release calendar. Originally released in 2010, Mafia II is a fairly standard crime family story. You play as migrant son Vito Scaletta, freshly returned to the fictional Empire City […]

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Album of the Week: The 1975’s Notes on a Conditional Form is the gift to ground you this weekend

May 22, 2020

It’s been almost two years since The 1975’s most iconic album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, was released. Whilst writing, the band realised instantly that this project was bigger than they had initially predicted. We were promised a Part Two follow-up album to finish what they started. Life for everybody has changed dramatically since […]

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Barcelona music conference Primavera Pro expands online platform; Australians can attend in July for free

May 22, 2020

Sitting alongside one of the world’s best music festivals, Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Primavera Pro has spent the last decade growing into a leading industry conference that leveraged the large amount of industry that was finding its way through the city to attend the iconic festival – which was supposed to celebrate its 20th anniversary […]

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W Melbourne locks in December 2020 opening date

May 22, 2020

Hugely anticipated lifestyle hotel W Melbourne has confirmed a new opening date, pushing back their originally stated mid-2020 debut to the end of the year. Come December 2020, the second property as part of W’s triumphant return to Australia – the first was W Brisbane – will be flinging doors open for guests ready to […]

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Track of the Day: Ally Rendall “How This Ends” (2020)

May 22, 2020

Cambodian-born singer from Brisbane, Ally Rendall, has unveiled her latest single “How This Ends”. The 16-year old artist has emerged with exceptional talent and her debut single,“ Who Will Love U” has soared with over 20k streams. “How This Ends” represents the downfalls and finality of a relationship with serene acoustics that cascade throughout the […]

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David Thompson is paying homage to the Mekong with free online cooking class

May 22, 2020

Although they’ve paused their river expeditions for the time being, Aqua Expeditions is taking this time to help travellers dream of their next trip by teaming up with beloved chef David Thompson for an online cooking demonstration via social media. The leading luxury small ship regularly operates excursions on the Amazon, Mekong, and coastal yachts […]

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Tim Tam Martini

Recipe: Tim Tam Martini from InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

May 22, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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First Impressions: Amazon Prime Video’s Little Fires Everywhere overcomes its melodramatic state thanks to nuanced performances from Witherspoon and Washington

May 22, 2020

Perhaps as it should, Little Fires Everywhere does indeed start with a fire.  “There are little fires everywhere”, a fire marshal relays to a distraught Reese Witherspoon and a concerned Joshua Jackson, as they stare at their sprawling suburban home engulfed in flames.  The marshal’s statement indicates this was intentionally lit, setting up an immediate […]

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Wu-Tang Clan teams with Jusu for “Protect Ya Hands” hand sanitiser

May 21, 2020

It’s been ten years since the legendary Ghostface Killah jumped on Twitter one day and started letting loose a stream of personal hygiene tips for his followers, one of the first public statements that Wu-Tang Clan is deadly serious when it comes to not just protecting your neck, but your wellbeing. Now, the hip hop […]

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Archie Rose launches Hunter Valley Shiraz Spirit to support bushfire recovery

May 21, 2020

In light of the devastation 19/20 Australian, Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. will be releasing a three-part series dedicated to the Hunter Valley wine community and its enduring spirit. Hunter Valley Shiraz is an Eau de Vie distilled spirit and the first product in the series. The release also augments their latest range, the Trials […]

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Flora Farms Los Cabos

Cocktail recipes from the best bars in Los Cabos, Mexico

May 21, 2020

Domestic travel is on the cusp of a resurgence with states across Australia beginning to relax lockdown measures. International travel? That’s a different story. With many countries around the world struggling in the fight against COVID-19, we’ve been given conflicting information on when international travel will resume to a sense of normalcy anytime soon. Some […]

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Review: Cacao, Coconut, Raisin, and Almond Tart from COMO Shambhala

May 21, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Interview: Australian director Gregor Jordan on adapting Tim Winton’s Dirt Music and how the global pandemic is altering the industry

May 21, 2020

  The latest film from acclaimed Australian director Gregor Jordan (Two Hands, Ned Kelly), Dirt Music is a gritty, sexy drama with a haunting love story at its heart set against the powerful backdrop of Western Australia’s evocative landscape.  Based on the novel by Tim Winton, the cinematic adaptation will be coming to Australian cinemas […]

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Serina Pech

Track of the Day: Serina Pech “Please Go Lightly” (2020)

May 21, 2020

Earlier this month Northern Territory singer-songwriter Serina Pech released her latest EP Politics. Her first full length release, Politics has been four years in the making, and comes from a place of reflection and experience. The piano ballad, “Please Go Lightly”, is the EP’s sublime emotional centrepiece. A beautiful cry for help and understanding in […]

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Film Review: Hearts and Bones – Hugo Weaving shines in tender Australian drama

May 21, 2020

The dynamic relationship people share with personal trauma is examined in this emotionally complex and sensitively written debut feature by Australian filmmaker Ben Lawrence. Memories and the role they play in our lives sits at the core of Hearts and Bones, giving Lawrence and co-writer Beatrix Christian plenty of tough, poignant material to work with […]

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Etihad Airways introduce new flights between Sydney and London

May 20, 2020

As part of restarting their extensive network, Etihad Airways has announced a number of new services and special flights operating to and from its home hub of Abu Dhabi. This includes a new Sydney to London via Abu Dhabi service, in addition to the newly introduced Melbourne-London route. Throughout May and June, Etihad will increase […]

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