The Latest from the AU

The Shadow House

Book Review: Anna Downes’ The Shadow House is gripping tale of escaping ones past

January 27, 2022

The Shadow House is the latest thriller from author Anna Downes. The novel follows single mother Alex, as she escapes an abusive relationship. Along with her teenage son and baby girl, she bunkers down in a rural eco-village. The off the grid lifestyle and remote location seem perfect for their new beginnings. Here they hope to […]

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How Decent Folk Behave

Book Review: How Decent Folk Behave sees poet, Maxine Beneba Clarke holding a mirror up to recent events

January 26, 2022

The last two years have been tumultuous ones and have left people reeling. You can either dwell on the hopelessness of it all, or try and seek out the light. Poet and writer, Maxine Beneba Clarke does both of these things, but mostly the latter, in her fourth poetry collection, How Decent Folk Behave. This […]

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Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Live Review: The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria + Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne (22.01.22)

January 25, 2022

While the sun-scorched Melbourne, homage was paid to the release of The Teskey Brothers’ newest album Live at Hamer Hall at the Sidney Myer music bowl alongside the Orchestra Victoria (OV). With what seemed to be a full house, close to two and a half hours of folk, blues and rhythm were unleashed on an […]

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Photo Gallery: The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria + Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne (22.01.22)

January 25, 2022

The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria put on a memorable performance over the weekend at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, supported by Emma Donovan & The Putbacks. Check out some of the memories from the night below!

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Film Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye; or how Jessica Chastain’s stunning performance saves an average biopic

January 25, 2022

A film that’s likely to resonate with, or at least feel more familiar to American audiences, The Eyes of Tammy Faye does its best to clue in local Australian viewers as to just who was the larger-than-life personality Tammy Faye Bakker Messner.  An only-in-America type tale, Tammy Faye’s small-time Minnesota upbringing, where she “found Jesus” […]

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Dual is a blend of deadpan satire and high concept sci-fi that mainly succeeds off Karen Gillan’s fascinating performance: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 25, 2022

With its mix of deadpan satire and high concept sci-fi – comparisons to Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2015 dystopian black comedy The Lobster feel imminent – Dual may be an off-putting experiment to many who can’t readily accept Riley Stearns‘ mentality.  It certainly helps that the film is headlined by the wonderful Karen Gillan though, delivering two […]

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Cha Cha Real Smooth is a funny, charming and poignant crowd-pleaser about people who hesitate to grow up: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 25, 2022

Cha Cha Real Smooth tells the story of 22-year old Andrew (writer/director Cooper Raiff), a recent college graduate who is stuck in his own purgatory before adulthood. Stuck in a dead-end job selling fast food and back living with his family including his mother (Leslie Mann), his step-father (Brad Garrett) and his younger brother David […]

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There is Something in the Dirt from Benson and Moorhead, but it doesn’t amount to much: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 25, 2022

Set-in present-day Hollywood Hills, Something in the Dirt tells the story of two neighbours Levi and John (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead), who both meet after Levi had recently moved into an apartment, following a large amount of predicaments. The two strike up a quick camaraderie as they exchange life stories, intimate secrets and their […]

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Alice fails to marry its ambitions satisfyingly; despite Keke Palmer’s standout performance: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 25, 2022

Alice tells the story of its titular character played by Keke Palmer, a slave who has spent her entire life enslaved in a rural Georgia plantation. Like many of her family members, she yearns for freedom. Her recently wedded husband Joseph (Gaius Charles) plots an escape for the entire plantation but the plan backfires due […]

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Theatre Review: Green Park is a deep exploration of place and meaning through Sydney’s queer history.

January 24, 2022

Two men meet in a park; a seemingly innocuous Grindr hookup. Except, there’s a wide age gap, and an immediate tension between the two men. The younger Edden (Joseph Althouse) finds the original suggestion to meet pre-hookup amusing and wants to head to a nearby sauna, while Warren (Steve LeMarquand) awkwardly attempts to discreetly take […]

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Living, buoyed by innovative storytelling and Bill Nighy, makes a strong case for remakes: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 24, 2022

Set in 1950’s Britain, Living tells the story of Mr. Williams (Bill Nighy), a veteran civil servant who works every day in a meticulous and repetitive fashion in a government office while leading a group of colleagues to help him out. His work ethic and reputation are well known around the inner circle but the […]

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Summering is an appealing, if safe, drama about the bonds of female adolescence: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 24, 2022

Comparisons to Rob Reiner’s 1986 coming-of-age drama Stand By Me will be inevitable when discussing James Ponsoldt‘s Summering; the Sundance fixture returning to the festival following his last effort, the critically mauled 2017 Tom Hanks vehicle The Circle, the first of his filmography to not screen at the festival.  The dark elements, thematic inclinations, and […]

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Leonor Will Never Die is an enjoyably oddball and whimsical ode to cinematic escapism: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 24, 2022

Leonor Will Never Die tells the story of its titular character Leonor Reyes (Sheila Francisco), a once successful screenwriter in the Filipino film industry. Now, she is an aging mother who is struggling to keep her household in check. Desperately trying to recapture past glories as a path to escapism, she discovers a newspaper advertisement […]

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Fringe World Review: Lisa Woodbrook’s comedic twist on Amy Winehouse & Lily Allen

January 24, 2022

Fringe World Festival is back in Perth despite the hardest of hard borders in WA but the local talent is shining, with Lisa Woodbrook‘s It’s Not Me, It’s Definitely You: Songs of Amy Winehouse & Lily Allen a fine example. As a supremely talented vocalist, Woodbrook’s show – as the title suggests – contains plenty of […]

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Speak No Evil taps into the awkwardness of human interaction and squeezes out all the horror to excruciating effect: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 24, 2022

Speak No Evil tells the story of a Danish family who are having a vacation in Tuscany, Italy. They meet a friendly and jovial family who are from the Netherlands. They both share common interests, they both have children the same age but most importantly, it is the polite camaraderie that they share that makes […]

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Emergency finds the danger and darkness within ’80s comedy hijinks in this racially-charged comedy/drama: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 24, 2022

Emergency tells the story of two best friends, the academic and accomplished Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and the jovial and casual Sean (RJ Cyler). After all the stresses of school, the two are determined to make school history by being the first Black students to complete the legendary frat party tour. With a laid-out plan, […]

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Good Luck To You, Leo Grande is an intelligent sex-positive comedy headlined by a career-best Emma Thompson: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 23, 2022

Whilst there’s no surprise revealed in the fact that Emma Thompson truly deserves to be considered one of the greatest living actresses working today, it’s always appreciated when a performance solidifies such a statement.  And in the deliriously charming and strikingly emotional Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, Thompson turns in career-best work that leans […]

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Watcher is a formulaic, but no less tension-filled thriller carried by a striking Maika Monroe: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 22, 2022

A thriller that both leans into the formulaic mentality of the genre whilst simultaneously hoping to combat it, Watcher, from director Chloe Okuno (V/H/S/ 94), is a dread-filled effort that plays on the terrors of voyeurism. Gorgeously shot, though consistently lingering with uncertainty, Watcher lays focus on Julia (Maika Monroe, always a welcome presence in […]

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Jesse Eisenberg’s When You Finish Saving the World is a shallow drama that lacks true satirical bite: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 22, 2022

There are flashes of an interesting film present within Jesse Eisenberg‘s directorial debut When You Finish Saving the World, it’s just a shame that the satirical flourishes and occasional nuances teased throughout aren’t devoted enough to to be deemed an overall success.  The film’s closing 20 minutes leans into the emotional gut-punch Eisenberg clearly hopes […]

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Fresh is an ambitious, genre-skewering effort that should satisfy those with off-kilter pallets: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 22, 2022

Off-putting it may be, there’s enough deliciousness throughout the wicked Fresh that your pallet is sure to be satisfied in spite of the cannibalistic practices laid forth. An initial romantic dramedy, director Mimi Cave sets up the dating scene with all the discouragement you’d expect, with Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) endlessly swiping through her Tinder-esque apps, […]

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Rainbow Six Extraction Review: Succumb to the ooze!

January 21, 2022

I’m going to level with you; this is my first foray into the Rainbow Six world, so if you are looking for an expertly crafted history of the franchise and its entries, this is probably not the review for you. If like me, you are intrigued by the introduction of monsters into this shooter that […]

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Sarah Walker

Book Review: Sarah Walker examines the not-so-pretty sides of life in The First Time I Thought I Was Dying

January 21, 2022

At times unsettling but decidedly open and honest, Sarah Walker’s collection of essays The First Time I Thought I Was Dying explores the often-taboo aspects of life and living. Told from her perspective as an actor and photographer, the collection examines the awkwardness, the disgustingness and the discomfort of our bodies and minds in a […]

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New Music Discoveries 21st January: Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Lucy Lorenne, Band of Horses and more

January 21, 2022

This week, in our first update for 2022, our discovery playlist has been loaded up with ten new tracks. This includes our Track of the Week, the latest collaboration between Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, “Chocolate Hills”. The track is the second track to come off the Texas Moon EP, which the artists are putting out […]

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Win 1 of 5 Blu-ray copies of Marvel’s Eternals starring Angelina Jolie

January 21, 2022

Marvel Studios’ Eternals is gearing up to defend humanity on Blu-ray™, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD™ from February 2nd, 2022, and to celebrate the release we have 5 Blu-ray copies up for grabs! Marvel Studios’ Eternals follows a group of ancient heroes from beyond the stars who had protected Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous […]

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Film Review: Belle is an absolute wonder from Mamoru Hosoda that has spectacular visuals enriched by a rich, full heart

January 21, 2022

Belle tells the story of Suzu, a jovial yet emotionally withdrawn high schooler who is distraught over the loss of her mother. She bears a seething hatred due to the lack of understanding as to why her mother performed such an act of self-sacrifice. Hating her position in her life, she retreats to a vast […]

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Album of the Week: Yard Act – The Overload (2022 LP)

January 21, 2022

It’s not often a band can claim Elton John as a fan. It’s even less often when they can say that well before they release their debut album. For Yard Act it appears John is a massive fan of their whimsical, offbeat and humourous take on British post-punk. Proclaiming the band as his favourite new […]

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Wudjang

Theatre Review: Bangarra’s Wudjang: Not the Past will leave you shaken

January 20, 2022

Described by Bangarra Director Stephen Page as “narrative dance theatre and contemporary ceremony”, Wudjang: Not the Past follows the journey of a young woman Nananhg (Jess Hitchcock) as she struggles to understand her cultural heritage while existing in a white system. When ancestral bones are discovered during excavation for a dam, one of the men, […]

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Washington

Photo Gallery: Washington presents Insomnia – Sydney Festival, Speakers Corner (19.01.22)

January 20, 2022

Washington presents Insomnia promised to be one of the many standouts from this year’s Sydney Festival, and it met its lofty expectations last night, at ‘Speakers Corner’ near Hyde Park. In an evening with intermittent showers, we luckily dodged most of the bad weather. With Jack Moffitt (ex Preatures) and Gab Strum (Japanese Wallpaper) making up […]

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Interview: Director Edoardo Vitaletti on the religious inspiration behind Shudder’s The Last Thing Mary Saw

January 20, 2022

Following its acquisition by Shudder, Edoardo Vitaletti‘s horror film The Last Thing Mary Saw will commence its streaming season on the genre-centric service from January 20th, 2022. To coincide with the film’s release (you can read our review here), Peter Gray discussed with the writer/director the religious origins of the film, if he felt any […]

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GOLDHEIST

Exclusive Album Premiere: GOLDHEIST – Eyes of Love (2022 LP)

January 20, 2022

GOLDHEIST is the moniker for regional NSW singer/songwriter Hester Fraser. We are thrilled today to be premiering Eyes of Love, the third album from this outstanding artist. Releasing an album through these times is no easy feat, and for GOLDHEIST adapting to the circumstances has proved to be the order of the day. The album […]

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