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Wednesday 20 August 2014
TV

tv review: please like me

Michael Wu
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  Josh (Josh Thomas) is a gangly, light-haired young man who describes himself as looking like a ‘fifty-year-old baby,’ and he has just ordered a massive sundae. He’s talking about not being able to properly enjoy things, and complaining about his ‘rubbish face.’ Across from him, his girlfriend Claire (Caitlin Stasey) waits for him to…
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Tuesday 19 August 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: mothers who murder

Margot McGovern
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      There are few crimes worse than killing your own child – it appears to be an action which goes directly against our nature. And yet, on average, twenty-seven children are killed by their parents in Australia each year—with around half of them murdered by their mother. The question of what would drive…
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Friday 15 August 2014
Music

new artist q&a: sophie debattista

Marissa Paine
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Hailing from Malta and calling London home, 19-year-old Sophie Debattista has spent the past few years making a name for herself across the Europe, with prolific support gigs and events giving her considerable experience captivating an audience. Now, she plans to take it to the rest of the world, working with top producers and crafting…
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Friday 15 August 2014
Arts Books Column Opinion

the bookshelf diaries: lisa dempster

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. The Melbourne Writers Festival kicks off next week, and to celebrate, Festival Director Lisa Dempster revealed her literary loves.  What are you reading right now? I’m just finishing Indonesia Etc by Elizabeth Pisani. It’s a portrait of Indonesia but it’s part travelogue…
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Thursday 14 August 2014
TV

tv news: kim cattrall and sensitive skin

Serena Walton
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After an eight-year hiatus, Kim Cattrall is finally returning to the small screen to play the headlining role in HBO Canada’s Sensitive Skin. Based on the 2005 British series of the same name that starred Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Sensitive Skin is a black comedy about a married woman coming to terms with the inevitable effects…
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Thursday 14 August 2014
Art Arts

exhibition review: winter garden

Jess Oliver
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    Winter Garden is a travelling exhibition from Japan that introduces Australian audiences to contemporary Japansese art and, in particular, the concept of Micropop. A term coined by exhibition curator Midori Matsui, Micropop describes the ways in which a generation of contemporary Japanese artists have reinterpreted meaning and cultural values to create a set…
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Wednesday 13 August 2014
Film

film review: guardians of the galaxy

Bridget Conway
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If you live in a hole in the ground and haven’t seen the latest Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy yet, then I highly recommend doing so soon. I checked out a preview showing of the film last Friday night because I am a comic book and superhero nerd, and I love Parks and Rec…
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Tuesday 12 August 2014
Film

feminist film history 101: ginger & rosa

Michael Wu
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In this series, Lip writers take a look at a wide range of films to determine what it is that makes a great feminist film. From the black-and-white classics right up to the newest of new releases, this retrospective examines just what’s in the feminist film canon — and asks if anything needs to be…
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Sunday 10 August 2014
Film

film review: devil’s knot

Caitlin Gordon-King
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A dark, fuck-off wood in Arkansas. Shadows lick at a rusty pipe; ripples slowly spread across the water; mist creeps in on a silent bog. A child begins to sing: the music is ever so slightly out of tune. Just one minute in and I started to feel that maybe I shouldn’t have asked my…
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Friday 8 August 2014
Arts Books Theatre

the bookshelf diaries: cathy petocz

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. This week, playwright Cathy Petocz tells us yes, she does have a favourite book of all time.  What are you reading right now? I’ve just finished Ninety 9 by Sydney writer Vanessa Berry, which I took on a trip to help me…
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Thursday 7 August 2014
Art Sexuality

strapped: art challenging phallocentrism’s impact on lesbian sexuality

Sarah Iuliano
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Not everyone wants a ‘bulbous veined dick’ inside them. With this in mind, Newcastle-based artist Emilie Jeine Amaryllis has replaced the phallus with fists and other gestures in an installation resembling strap-ons. ‘Patriarchy and penises are everywhere and as a feminist lesbian, I want to challenge these things,’ Emilie says of the exhibition, which aims…
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Thursday 7 August 2014
Arts Books Culture Opinion

on women, writing, and being stellar

Lou Heinrich
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‘There’s still an elephant in the room,’ says Francesca Ohlert. We’re speaking on the phone about novels. And writers. And culture. And the fact that when we consider major Australian novelists (Tim Winton and Christos Tsiolkas, for example), men come to mind. You see, there is gender inequality in writing. The elephant in the room…
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Wednesday 6 August 2014
Film

film review: lucy

Giuliana Cincotta
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Director Luc Besson’s latest, Lucy, is an effort that promises more than it can deliver. Scarlett Johansson gives a commanding performance as the eponymous Lucy, a US exchange student in Taiwan who finds herself entangled in the city’s seedy underworld of drugs and violence. At the bidding of her lawless boyfriend, Richard (Pilou Asbæk), she…
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Tuesday 5 August 2014
Arts Books Culture Opinion

extremely white and incredibly male: the 2014 man booker prize longlist

Veronica Sullivan
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The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize was announced last week. It is difficult to speculate as to which individual title is most deserving of the £50,000 prize, given the majority have not been released yet. Based on previous form and those few which are already available, several frontrunners for the prize seem evident….
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