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Every trailer from today’s PlayStation Showcase stream

September 10, 2021

If you’re looking for every trailer from today’s PlayStation Showcase presentation, look no further. Sony rolled out a series of heavyweight swings from its first-party studios and its third-party partners. We had surprises like Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Remake and Marvel’s Wolverine. We had long-awaited first-looks at God of War Ragnarok and […]

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From Hurricanes and Heartbreak to the Open Arms of Wine Country: How Bottlerock Saved the Day

September 9, 2021

There are many uncertainties in this world. Over the past 18 months that fact has been painfully proven time and time again. With thousands of concerts, sporting events, and festivals canceled due to Covid-19 it would seem like an unwise idea to get my heart set for my all-time favorite annual gathering. Unwise indeed. The […]

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Factory Launches New Format For Summer Festival With Broods & Lime Cordiale

September 9, 2021

The emerging Factory Summer Festival has announced it will be held over four days rather than three weeks in 2021 with shows in Perth and Brisbane, including New Year’s Eve celebrations with Hermitude, Lime Cordiale and Broods among the headline acts. The Factory Summer Festival, previously known as Ice Cream Factory, had grown into a […]

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Win 1 of 5 Blu-ray copies of Marvel’s Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson

September 9, 2021

The wait is over when Marvel Studios’ Black Widow lands early on Blu-ray™, DVD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Digital September 15th, 2021.  To celebrate the release, we have 5 copies up for grabs! In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff — aka Black Widow — confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. […]

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Film Review: Ride the Eagle can’t soar above a muted path, despite likeable intentions

September 9, 2021

A film that’s more interesting due to its circumstances – it was made under strict pandemic rules – rather than the actual story put forth, Ride the Eagle is sweet and well-intentioned, but can’t entirely execute its premise with any flare or depth. A take-at-face-value type dramedy, Trent O’Donnell‘s film centres on the lowly Leif […]

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The Vaccines

Album of the Week: The Vaccines – Back in Love City (2021 LP)

September 9, 2021

Perhaps the hardest band to google and get reliable information on at the moment, The Vaccines are back with their fifth album, Back in Love City, a fun and energised exploration from a band that has always been capable of creating solid, reliable and catchy rock. Coming three years after their fourth album Combat Sports, […]

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Film Review: Coming Home in the Dark is a menacing feature brimmed with horrific potential

September 9, 2021

It doesn’t take much for director James Ashcroft to create the most horrific of situations from the simplest of ingredients laid bare in the early stages of the eerie Coming Home in the Dark.  A loving family, an idyllic New Zealand locale, and a duo of passing strangers provide all that is needed for Ashcroft’s […]

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Alexander Biggs, du0 & Teenage Joans win US Songwriting Competition

September 9, 2021

Three Australian artists today find themselves amongst the 38 international winners of the 2021 US-based Unsigned Only Music Competition. Singer/songwriter Alexander Biggs (Melbourne, VIC) and EDM artist du0 (Brisbane, QLD) have both been awarded First Place in their respective categories. Biggs was awarded First Place for the song “Madeleine” in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category, while du0 […]

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Small Joys of Real Life

Book Review: Small Joys of Real Life is a deeply moving debut about those moments when life doesn’t go to plan

September 9, 2021

In Small Joys of Real Life, the debut novel by Allee Richards, main character Eva is coming to terms with some big changes in her life. Though she’s moderately successful in her acting career, she’s never felt as passionate about it as she feels perhaps she should. When she confides this information to Pat, a friend of […]

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Kim Yang

Exclusive EP Premiere: Kim Yang – Brave (2021 EP)

September 9, 2021

Indie folk artist Kim Yang, released her debut EP, Ocean of Mind in 2019 and has been cementing her place in the folk world ever since. She has graced the stage with the likes of Tori Forsyth, Ben Lee and Josh Pyke, and performed at the National Folk Festival (2019 and Good Folk (2020). In […]

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Track of the Week: Gabriella Cohen “Frangelico Dreams” (2021)

September 8, 2021

Spring has sprung, and Gabriella Cohen‘s latest is the perfect track to welcome in the new season. “Frangelico Dreams” offers hazy vintage rock and roll vibes with a contemporary indie twist – just what we need as the sun gets warmer and the days get longer! Fresh from recording in country Queensland while she has […]

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The New Normal? Vaccinated Tours coming to G Adventures as Inca Trail reopens

September 8, 2021

If anyone was wondering what travel tour groups were going to look like in the near future, recent announcements from G Adventures – who have been running small group tours with a focus on sustainability since 1990 – may provide some indication or what is to come. The Toronto based company, which offers some 1,000 […]

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Nina Leo

Exclusive EP Premiere: Nina Leo – Fake It (2021 EP)

September 8, 2021

Listening to music as a form of therapy is something that most of us have done. To either lift the spirits, to try and make sense of a personal crisis that we are facing, or to even find a sad song that we can empathise with, music is always there. For Canberra-based Nina Leo, an […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see the new romantic thriller Die In A Gunfight

September 8, 2021

Thanks to Rialto Distribution we have 5 double passes (Admit 2) to give away for the upcoming release of Die In A Gunfight, starring Diego Boneta and Alexandra Daddario, set for release in Australian cinemas from September 16th, 2021. In New York City, a young guy falls for the daughter of his father’s nemesis.  A […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see Pig starring Nicolas Cage

September 6, 2021

Thanks to Madman Films we have 10 double passes (Admit 2) to give away for the upcoming release of Pig starring Nicolas Cage, set for release in Australian cinemas from September 16th, 2021. A truffle hunter (Nicolas Cage) who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of […]

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10 Films Not To Miss at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival

September 6, 2021

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival is welcoming back a sense of normalcy after the year that wasn’t.  Ticket buyers – both those attending TIFF in person and those staying at home with TIFF’s virtual platform – are spoilt for choice, with over 100 films on the line-up, ranging from blockbuster special events, gala screening […]

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JBL Clip 4 Review: Landing on the perfect design for portability

September 6, 2021

It’s hard to see how JBL could have arrived at a better design for the latest in their tiny JBL Clip series. The JBL Clip 4 looks infinitely more attractive than its preceding models – a petite oval speaker with a fabric grille all over it, attached to a built-in carabiner that can hook onto […]

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Arlo Essential Indoor Camera Review: Offers much more than its price would imply

September 6, 2021

Arlo’s Essential series has completely redefined the reliable smart home security brand. I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the balance of price and performance with devices like the Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera and Arlo Essential Doorbell. It’s no surprise that the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera continues the series’ dominance over the category, offering a lot […]

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Send is the new delivery app in Australia set to change the game on how we shop for groceries

September 6, 2021

The convenience, and now safety, of having stuff delivered straight to your door has been one of the major things helping us get through health-mandated lockdowns since March of last year. And if anything, it’s also exposed just how flawed and backed up a lot of these systems are. Ordering from Coles and Woolies online […]

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‘Create Action Now: Australia’s newest vodka-soda mix is out to make in impact

September 6, 2021

Consuming alcohol might help slow the brain down and shed a bit of that lockdown anxiety, which explains why alcohol brands have been making bank this year, but rarely does drinking one come with the knowledge that you’re also making a positive impact on the world. C.A.N is out to change that. Australia’s newest vodka […]

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Where to see the PlayStation Showcase in Australian times

September 4, 2021

PlayStation Showcase will kick off this Friday, September 10, 2021, with a look at upcoming titles from Sony’s first-party video game studios. It’s an interesting time of year for PlayStation to hold a show like this, though unsurprising if we’re honest. Since pulling out of E3 several years ago, and its relative lack of presence […]

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Film Review: Cinderella is an unnecessary, yet harmless modernised take on the classic fairytale

September 3, 2021

Contemporary music accompanying a period set film is not exactly a personality that a production should solely rely on.  And whilst this unnecessary, but completely harmless, “re-telling” of the classic Cinderella does its damnedest with admittedly catchy (and colourfully choreographed) numbers – ranging from Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” to Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud”, by […]

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James McAvoy’s improvised performance centres the trailer for My Son

September 3, 2021

Filmed in a “revolutionary” manner, the trailer for the new Peacock thriller My Son highlights the improvisation from actor James McAvoy, who during filming wasn’t given a script or any outline of the story at hand. A remake of the 2017 film Mon Garcon, My Son, co-starring Claire Foy, details the missing persons case of […]

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Gesticulations

Threadbare: Gesticulations walk us through their second album of the year

September 2, 2021

Gesticulations, fronted by Graham Ashton of The Shambolics and Way Cool Jnr., is seemingly in the midst of a purple patch of productivity. They have just released Threadbare, which is their second long-play album of the year, following from Sense of Purgency which dropped in April. Ashton has collaborated again with multi-instrumentalist and producer Benny […]

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Interview: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson on uncovering the lost footage for his documentary Summer of Soul

September 2, 2021

Best known as the drummer and joint frontman of Grammy Award winning hip-hop band The Roots, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is adding to his already overflowing resume with the credit of director as his acclaimed documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) releases across Australian cinemas.  Uncovering decades-lost footage of the […]

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Film Review: You Cannot Kill David Arquette is an alarmingly bleak and emotional documentary about a fascinatingly off-kilter actor

September 2, 2021

At one point in his career David Arquette was poised to be a potential acting force among the other stars of his generation.  He worked the indie cinema circuit, he was profiled alongside such talent as Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, and Matthew McConaughey, his work in the Scream films earned him box office clout, and […]

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Hawkins

Book Review: Murder, secrets and a thriller within a thriller on Paula Hawkins’ return

September 2, 2021

Acclaimed author Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train, Into the Water) returns with yet another nail-biting thriller. A Slow Fire Burning follows a cast of characters living along the Regent’s Canal in Shoreditch; each of them inextricably linked through events of the last few decades. The murder of Daniel Sutherland inside his canal boat […]

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Film Review: Summer of Soul is a musical and political celebration that speaks to cultural re-evaluation

September 2, 2021

Somehow, a festival situated in the heart of Harlem, one that featured such performers as Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, and Nina Simone, had been written out of the history books.  In 1969, a year on from the assassination of Martin Luther King, over six weekends in Mount Morris Park, overseen by the liberal New York […]

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Film Review: Streamline underlays a tragic narrative with commentary on the toxic masculinity within the sporting field

September 2, 2021

As easy as it would be to accuse a film like Streamline of adhering to the stereotypical tragic narrative that seems to be at the undercurrent of the majority of Australian dramas, Tyson Wade Johnston manages to include subtle commentary on the notion of toxic masculinity within the sporting field – here, specifically swimming – […]

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Brigitte Bardini

Track by Track: Brigitte Bardini takes us through her debut album Stellar Lights

September 2, 2021

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brigitte Bardini has just released her gorgeous debut album, Stellar Lights. It’s a collection of fourteen tracks, wonderfully diverse, showing a maturity way beyond what you would expect for a debut album. It perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise that Bardini produced eight of the tracks herself, and the other six were […]

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