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Friday 19 December 2014
Arts Books Opinion

nanowrimo

Brianna Doolan
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Starting at midnight, November 1 and ending at 11.59pm on November 30, hundreds of thousands of people across the world started writing their novels in honour of National Novel Writing Month. I was one of them. For those that don’t know, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual international challenge where participants sign…
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Friday 19 December 2014
Art Arts

meet artist ruby berry

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Name:                               Ruby Berry                                                                          …
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Wednesday 17 December 2014
Film

film review: nightcrawler

Giuliana Cincotta
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Ever wondered how the grisly footage of a fiery accident’s twisted aftermath graces your television on the evening news? Thank the appropriately termed “nightcrawler,” the professional that makes a living pursuing life’s many tragedies so that we may revel in their morbid trade. Such calamitous work demands speed, and bidding the most intimate and grittiest…
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Wednesday 17 December 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: wolf in white van

Jacqueline Lademann
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In 1990, British heavy metal band Judas Priest were taken to court. Two young men from Nevada, James Vance and Raymond Belknap, shot themselves, and the parents believed the ‘reckless misconduct’ of the band members drove them to suicide. It was alleged Judas Priests’ album Stained Class contained the subliminal message to ‘do it’, which prompted the…
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Saturday 13 December 2014
Art Arts

cleft: exploring the body landscape

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Showing at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka from 27 November – 7 December, Cleft presented new works by Canberra based artists Louise Upshall and Tara Bromham. The word cleft, as both noun and adjective, denotes a fissure, divide or separation, however despite this it contains is an innate sense of duality, an implied halving to…
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Saturday 13 December 2014
Film

film review: maps to the stars

Jade Bate
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Hollywood rarely turns the camera upon itself. If it does, Oscar-bait biopics about dead actors and filmmakers are usually the way it goes. Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg’s latest exploration into the grotesqueness of the human condition, depicts the horrors of Hollywood’s narcissistic psyche, relishing in showcasing the demonic egomania and envy that fuels…
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Wednesday 10 December 2014
Arts Featured Music

interview: xani kolac, the twoks

Jenn Sutkowski
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Violinist/vocalist Xani Kolac and drummer Mark Leahy of Melbourne’s The Twoks are back with an uplifting EP, “First Light,” which they recorded at Sydney 301 with “sweet vintage amps, toy pianos,” along with producer Tony Buchen. The title track will have you up on the roof with Kolac dancing to the sound of better times…
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Tuesday 9 December 2014
Arts Music

album review: in tongues, ella hooper

Tessa Ryan
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First things first Ella Hooper, how dare you have all of these brilliant songs up your sleeve and make us wait so long to hear them? Secondly, thank you for delivering the goods. Most of us were probably introduced to Hooper when she was a teenager leading Killing Heidi to the top of the charts….
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Monday 8 December 2014
Arts Books Opinion

lip lit: yes please

Lauren Strickland
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Amy Poehler’s newly-released Yes Please is part memoir, part self-help book, part opportunity to peer into the Poehler family scrapbook. Dotted with photos, youthful creative writing attempts, and full-colour scans of personal mementoes ranging from college playbills to handwritten acrostic odes to Tina Fey, Yes Please is a bright and cheerful tour through Poehler’s life…
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Saturday 6 December 2014
Column Film

kick ass feminists on film: thelma & louise

Jade Bate
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Everyone knows that complex and empowering female characters are difficult to find in mainstream films. But there are some who have stood out and become the changing faces of feminism in cinema. In this monthly column, Jade Bate looks at her favourite film heroines who are strong, empowering and kick ass. Female friendship is one…
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Thursday 4 December 2014
Art Arts Feminism

in conversation with julie garran

Claire Capel-Stanley
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  In February this year, artist Julie Garran set herself a simple challenge. Post one photograph online, every day. As an experienced photographer, social media wasn’t something Julie had used in her practice. The project expanded, and became a large exhibition, A Photo Every Day, presented at PhotoAccess, Canberra in October. Julie’s project reveals how…
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Wednesday 3 December 2014
Film

film review: interstellar

Kate Voss
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Christopher Nolan has to be one of the most polarising filmmakers of the modern age. Just start a conversation in the presence of “Caped Crusader” fans about his Batman Begins, The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises, and watch the sparks start to fly: those who liked the films, those who didn’t like them…those…
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Tuesday 2 December 2014
Film

film review: the hunger games: mockingjay – part one

Emma Robinson
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‘All too often representations of women’s strength overlook the cost of that strength, where it rises from, and how it is called upon when needed most.’ Roxane Gay, What We Hunger For Totalitarian nation state Panem is in chaos. When Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) shot her arrow into the force field of the second Hunger…
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Monday 1 December 2014
Arts Books Culture Opinion

Lip lit: dishonour

Lou Heinrich
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Detective-Inspector Debra Hawkins is a steely, no-nonsense cop in Gabrielle Lord’s sixteenth crime novel. Debra is the head of new taskforce, RED-V, which targets domestic violence in middle-eastern communities. ‘Over the last few years,’ she informs her team, ‘We’ve discovered around one thousand incidents of forced marriages and attempted forced marriages here in Australia.’ As well…
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