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Oppo Reno 8 Pro Review: A solid mid-range alternative

October 7, 2022

Oppo’s Reno phones have always proven competitive within the mid-range smartphone market. Compared to the likes of the Samsung A Series and even iPhone SE models, the Reno range has always seemed to pack in a multitude of progressive features and solid value that many enjoy as their daily drivers. Enter the Reno Pro 8. […]

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Six episodes in, is The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power worth watching?

October 7, 2022

If you have been glued to Amazon’s new show The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power each week, you wouldn’t be alone. The first five episodes have firmly established the Second Age setting, filled with a lot of back story and establishment of Numenor, Southlands, Khazan-dum and Lindon. It feels all of this […]

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Salt and Skin

Book Review: Eliza Henry-Jones’ Salt and Skin is a perfect mix of witchy vibes and eco-fiction

October 6, 2022

If it’s seemed this year like Ultimo Press are the ones to watch, then this latest novel by Eliza Henry-Jones is no exception. Pick it up for its gorgeous, moody cover, but stay for the complex and well thought-out plot and its cast of intriguing characters who almost seem to walk off the page. Salt […]

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Film Review: Amsterdam‘s star wattage can’t blindingly distract from its convoluted assemblage

October 6, 2022

Maybe you can try a little too hard sometimes? David O. Russell is no stranger to big swings, both from a narrative point of view and in his casting.  And here have been times that such an effort has paid off, with Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle standing as (arguably) his most accessible titles.  […]

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Interview: Director Tommy Wirkola on mixing humour and gore for Violent Night and casting David Harbour as a killer Santa Claus

October 6, 2022

Santa Claus: Action hero? The jolly man in red is getting a violent, twisted makeover in Violent Night, and whilst it may seem like an odd premise, when you realise it comes from the brains behind Nobody, Bullet Train, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters it makes perfect sense! As the trailer for the film […]

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Amy Shark and Something for Kate announced as special guests for VALO Adelaide 500 Sunday night concert

October 5, 2022

The first weekend of December is when the VALO Adelaide 500 car race is being held. The after-race music is always a drawcard and Sunday night has Amy Shark and Something for Kate joining The Killers for an incredible night of music. Amy Shark became a household name in 2016 with the release of her […]

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Film Review: Don’t Worry Darling, Florence Pugh’s magnetic performance saves ambitious thriller

October 5, 2022

You’d be forgiven for knowing more about Don’t Worry Darling‘s on-set drama and supposed promotional tension than the film itself at this point.  It feels redundant to mention the specifics of such because, ultimately, it has very little bearing on the film’s quality itself; though there is a certain irony in director Olivia Wilde having […]

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The Great Emu War Casualties

Exclusive Single Premiere: The Great Emu War Casualties “Bacon Rampage!” (2022)

October 5, 2022

Melbourne-trio The Great Emu War Casualties seem to have a stranglehold on cute and interesting names. They are about to release their latest harmony-infused banger, the sweetly titled “Bacon Rampage!”. We are thrilled to be premiering it today, ahead of its release on Friday. “Bacon Rampage!” is dreamy, addictive and a joy to listen to. With […]

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Book Review: A delightfully spooky new series enters the arena, with Reece Carter’s A Girl Called Corpse

October 5, 2022

Off the coast of a tiny forgotten town called Elston-Fright, lies a rock-that-doesn’t-exist. On that rock live three wicked child-snatching children. But someone else lives there too. A ghost. She’s fashioned a body made of wax with seaweed for hair and abalone shells for eyes. She’s found a friend, a huntsman spider named Simon. And […]

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Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel’s nuptials ignite in explosive trailer for Shotgun Wedding

October 5, 2022

It’s time to literally save the day for Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel in the first explosive trailer for Shotgun Wedding. Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel) gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding, just as the couple begin to get cold feet. And if that wasn’t enough of a threat […]

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Interview: Casting director Jill Anthony Thomas on assembling Apple TV+ series Loot; “My favourite thing is finding and fostering new talent”

October 4, 2022

As casting director Jill Anthony Thomas states herself, those involved in the casting process are “the unsung heroes of the industry”.  Actors aren’t always handed a role.  And two performers on paper doesn’t equate to them working well in person.  So, thank the movie and television Gods that we have people like Jill to steer […]

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Jelly Oshen

BIGSOUND Interview: Jelly Oshen on becoming a multi-instumentalist and favourite part of the creative process

October 4, 2022

Jelly Oshen is a twenty-one-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Cairns, QLD. We first came across Jelly last year when we premiered the video for his song “All Alone”, and I was excited to see that he would be performing at BIGSOUND this year. I caught up with Jelly to talk about his musical journey, and why and […]

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Merryn Jean

Exclusive Video Premiere: Merryn Jeann “Present” (2022)

October 4, 2022

Australian artist Merryn Jeann has found herself based in Marseille in France in recent times. During her time in France, she has co-founded her own label, Rescue and Return Records with French native Etienne Tricard. Recently Merryn released a four-track EP, Live At le Trabendo, which was recorded in the empty “Le Trabendo”, an iconic […]

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Book Review: My Heart is a Little Wild Thing is a gentle tale of obligation and desire

October 4, 2022

My Heart is a Little Wild Thing is the sophomore novel from Australian writer, Nigel Featherstone. It is the story of Patrick, the beleaguered youngest son of a family from country New South Wales who has suppressed his own needs and desires for most of his life. Now the only member of his family in […]

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Interview: Queer For Fear producer Bryan Fuller on uncovering the history of queer subtext within the horror genre

October 3, 2022

From its literary origins with queer authors Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde to the pansy craze of the 1920s that influenced Universal Monsters and Hitchcock; from the “lavender scare” alien invasion films of the mid-20th century to the AIDS obsessed bloodletting of 80s vampire films; through genre-bending horrors from a new generation of queer creators; Queer for Fear re-examines genre stories through a queer lens, seeing them not as violent, murderous […]

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Supathick

Guest Playlist: Supathick share the songs that inspired “Own My Mind”

October 3, 2022

If you like your pop funky and fresh with a dash of RnB and a good dose of soul, then look no further than Perth’s Supathick. Led by the creative Christian Zappia, the band burst out of the blocks in 2020 with their EP, Dinner And A Film, and have been building their fanbase ever […]

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Ngaiire

Photo Gallery: Ngaiire + Beckah Amani + Jerome Blazê – City Recital Hall, Sydney (30.09.22)

October 3, 2022

Ngaiire brought her rescheduled 3 album tour to the City Recital Hall in Sydney on Friday night. It was worth the wait, and it didn’t take long until she had most people out of their seats and dancing along. As always, she had an incredible band with her, that helped bring the good vibes. She opened […]

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Here Be Leviathans

Book Review: Here Be Leviathans cements Chris Flynn’s place as one of Australia’s most unique literary voices

October 3, 2022

Author Chris Flynn was the mastermind behind my favourite novel of 2020, Mammoth. Now he’s back with a new collection of short fiction/stories, Here Be Leviathans. And, it’s quite probably my favourite book of 2022. Collected over a period of ten years, the stories in Here Be Leviathans show an author who is full of […]

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PGA Tour 2K23 Preview: Aiming for the fairway

October 3, 2022

My time spent playing golfing games is sporadic to say the least. I suck at the sport itself, but can respect the patience and nuanced skillset required to succeed. That being said, PGA Tour 2K21 piqued my interested in the sport once again, providing a detailed yet accessible control schemes and found myself admittedly addicted […]

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Pirra

Pirra takes a deep dive into the hypnotic and irresistible Spirals

September 30, 2022

Wollongong’s indie-pop quartet Pirra have today released Spirals, their first record since their 2017 EP, Animal Kingdom. It’s a beautiful eclectic mix of straight-out dance floor bangers as well as other tracks that may appear a little more laid back, but suck you into a jiving vortex before you know it. The creativity of the […]

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Interview: Isabella Manfredi talks about her debut album izzi and the joy of recording as a solo artist

September 30, 2022

Isabella Manfredi recently released her debut album izzi. Isabella (Izzi), was of course the lead singer of the Australian band The Preatures, before it was disbanded. It’s a beautiful album, ingrained with love, hope and optimism, yet doesn’t shy away from some of her darker moments. It was a cathartic album for the singer/songwriter, who […]

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Interview: Melanie Zanetti on Raven’s Hollow, exploring psychological horror and the increased prominence of strong female roles

September 30, 2022

There’s always a certain joy in seeing someone you know personally excel in their chosen field of expertise. And for Peter Gray it was chatting with Queensland actress (and long-historied friend) Melanie Zanetti in conjunction with the release of Raven’s Hollow. After catching up and filling more than a few interview minutes on celebrating each […]

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Katy Steele

New Music Discoveries 30th September: Katy Steele, Elana Stone and more

September 30, 2022

Ten more new tracks have been added to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. Our final Track of the Week for September is “Feel So Bad” – the new single from the inimitable Katy Steele. Yes, that voice we all love so much from her days in Little Birdy is back with the […]

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Film Review: Smile trumps its lack of originality with sharp execution and a great performance from Sosie Bacon

September 30, 2022

Adapted from the short film Laura Hasn’t Slept, Smile tells the story of Rose Cutter (Sosie Bacon) – a doctor who is experiencing strange, horrifying occurrences after a traumatic incident she had with a patient who killed herself. The patient had displayed clear signs of trauma and mentioned witnessing a suicide and seeing the victim […]

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Film Review: Hocus Pocus 2 is campy, nonsensical, and bathed in a self-aware musicality

September 30, 2022

Like so many of the House of Mouse’s IPs, Hocus Pocus has been conjured once more.  Disney weren’t entirely sure they had a success on their hands some 30 years ago with the release of the original film – what with the studio releasing a Halloween-themed family film in July, for starters – and were […]

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Live Review: AJ Tracey + Day1 at The Triffid, Brisbane (27.09.22)

September 29, 2022

UK rap star AJ Tracey left fans buzzing after a sold-out show at The Triffid in Brisbane on Tuesday, supported by the local Day1. It was the final date of his rescheduled Australia tour after performing in Sydney and Melbourne last week. Opening the night was Brisbane rapper Day1, who appeared wearing sunglasses and a […]

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Tickets to the Melbourne season of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap are on sale now!

September 29, 2022

Don your trusty fedora and slip into your trench coat as you prepare for the arrival of Agatha Christie’s timeless murder mystery, The Mousetrap. After hitting London’s West End back in 1952, The Mousetrap has gone on to captivate millions of budding detectives around the world, amassing over 28,500 performances in the last 70 years. […]

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Film Review: On the Count of Three navigates the fragility of mental health with a bleak sense of humour

September 29, 2022

A buddy comedy centred around a suicide pact isn’t exactly going to be the easiest sell (or the most pleasant viewing experience), and coming out on the other side of a global pandemic where mental health issues surged certainly doesn’t help matters either, but here we are with On the Count of Three, an at-times […]

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SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 Gaming Headset Review: Quiet Entry-Level Achiever

September 28, 2022

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 aims squarely at the entry-level end of the market, while putting comfortability and sound quality at the forefront of the experience. Although the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless X serves as my daily driver, the Arctis Nova 1 largely succeeds at providing gamers many of the same benefits and perks that […]

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Satin Cali drop banging new single and video “One of These Days”

September 28, 2022

Wollongong rock five-piece Satin Cali are back with killer new single “One of These Days” and a fun accompanying video, out today. Bright guitars and explosive vocals over a punchy rhythm section make this rocking track one of the band’s best to date. The empowering lyrics address life’s brevity with such conviction that you’ll forget […]

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