Day: 22 April 2021

Evie Wyld takes out the 2021 Stella Prize with her novel The Bass Rock

April 22, 2021

“We are all struggling. To acknowledge that is to connect to our fellow human beings and to nature…” In an evening centered around the theme ‘If They Could Talk: On Voice and Voicelessness’, Evie Wyld took out the 2021 Stella Prize and the $50,000 prize for her novel The Bass Rock, “a fearless novel that […]

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Interview: Director Lee Daniels on the cultural importance of The United States vs Billie Holiday

April 22, 2021

The first ever African-American film producer to solely produce an Oscar-winning film (when Halle Berry won her Best Actress statue for Monster’s Ball), Lee Daniels has long associated himself with acclaimed fare throughout his career thus far. After a near-decade long break from directing films, the Academy Award-nominated director of such lauded features as Precious […]

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Interview: Sam Claflin on the emotional turmoil of playing the villain in Every Breath You Take

April 22, 2021

After making a name for himself in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sam Claflin soon earned global recognition as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games series.  Romantic leading roles and character driven projects followed, with his exercises in the dark psyches of his roles continuing with the release of Every Breath You Take. […]

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Film Review: Every Breath You Take delights in its trashy 1990’s thriller mentality

April 22, 2021

The spirit of the 1990’s thriller is alive and well within Every Breath You Take.  The upper-middle class family having their perfectly manicured lives upended by the arrival of a mysterious figure – this one British and in the form of the disarmingly handsome Sam Claflin – is a road travelled many times before; hell, […]

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Interview: Ashley Kutcher on “If I Could”, TikTok fame and buying a house

April 22, 2021

Introducing another member of TikTok’s Class of ’21, Ashley Kutcher – the Maryland artist going viral for her brilliant and beautiful songs crafted from comments and Tweets. Prior to her Internet fame, the American was graduating her nursing degree while performing occasionally at a local restaurant. But since her skyrocketing rise through the social media […]

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Interview: Mortal Kombat actors Josh Lawson and Sisi Stringer on bringing their characters to life

April 22, 2021

Though the battle grounds of Mortal Kombat are far from the usual comedic landscape Josh Lawson is used to, the Australian actor/writer/director has certainly put his own stamp on proceedings in bringing the character of violent mercenary Kano to life. Touching down in Sydney to discuss his foray into the world of blockbuster cinema, Lawson […]

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Mortal Kombat Interview: Director Simon McQuoid and producer E. Bennett Walsh on honouring the game’s spirit

April 22, 2021

Mortal Kombat fans rejoice! The hotly anticipated (and fantastically violent) cinematic re-adaptation of the best-selling game has arrived in cinemas for all eager, and legal, eyes to see (you can read our review here). In conjunction with the film’s release, Peter Gray caught up with its director, Simon McQuoid, and producer, E. Bennett Walsh, to […]

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Flawless Victories: The history of Mortal Kombat and Injustice 2‘s NetherRealm Studios

April 22, 2021

I remember the first time I played Mortal Kombat, or at least I vaguely recall its influence and how ahead of its time it seemed to be. I remember how real it looked and sounded. I remember having the fatality codes tucked in its Mega Drive case in a time before the internet. But most […]

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Album of the Week: Jack Biilmann’s Full Circle is a record of heartfelt reflections on life

April 22, 2021

The older I get, the more I realise it really doesn’t matter what people think about you and what your hobbies, style or tastes in the things are. Now in my late 20’s, I’ve come very comfortable listening to (and reviewing for that matter) albums and artists younger me wouldn’t have given the time of […]

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Bree Rusev

Exclusive Single Premiere: Bree Rusev “Fade Away” (2021)

April 22, 2021

Bree Rusev is only seventeen years old and is making her mark on the folk-rock scene, with her assured and instantly accessible songs. We are thrilled to be premiering her third single to hit the airwaves, “Fade Away”. This follows on from her debut and sophomore releases, “Coastline” and “Drift”. There is a maturity to […]

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Interview: Max Leone on “untitled”, Los Angeles and his upcoming EP

April 22, 2021

Max Leone has been making waves since his bold decision to drop out of Berklee College of Music and pursue his artistry in Los Angeles. The Portland-native draws from a vast pool of influences: from Jack Johnson inspiring his love of guitar, Tom Misch’s experimentation, Frank Ocean who he drew his pseudonym from, to his […]

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Book Review: Dawnie Walton’s debut The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is headliner material

April 22, 2021

Since the release of Daisy Jones and the Six back in 2019, narratives about fictional bands, singers and songwriters have undergone something of a renaissance. Dawnie Walton’s debut The Final Revival of Opal & Nev builds on the oral history format of Daisy Jones, and takes the next step. Walton succeeds in telling a story […]

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Pretty Uglys

Behind the scenes with Pretty Uglys during the making of Party Friends

April 22, 2021

West-Australian trio, Pretty Uglys, have just released their sophomore EP, Party Friends. It’s a five-track collection of surf and punk-rock tunes, which have been a staple of their live set for some time now. The band were pretty pumped to get it out into the ether, saying “Feels epic to get this release into the world […]

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Film Review: Sister (China, 2021) is an emotionally stirring & thought-provoking drama

April 22, 2021

Sister tells the story of An Ran (Zhang Zifeng), a nurse who is on a strong career path to become a doctor and move out her home and go to Beijing as a full-time student. She is estranged from her family due to the ongoing fact that her parents always preferred a son over her. […]

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Album Review: Bob Evans evolves again with Tomorrowland (2021 LP)

April 22, 2021

Kevin Mitchell, aka Bob Evans, has marked his genuine graduation from Suburban Kid to ‘middle age’ with his sixth studio album Tomorrowland, evolving musically with a level of grit combined with his treasured pop hooks. When I spoke to Mitchell ahead of the album launch, he said: “I’m in a period of my life/career where […]

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