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Friday 24 February 2017
Film

film review: jackie

Rosie Hunt
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Academy Awards season is well and truly upon us, and now is the time to indulge in as many nominated pictures as physically possible. With nominations for Best Actress, Best Original Music Score, and Best Costume Design, Pablo Larraín’s biopic Jackie should absolutely be on every film goer’s list. From the first minute of the…
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Wednesday 22 February 2017
Film

film review: elle

Samantha Armatys
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Content note: This review includes discussion of rape. Pained gargles ring out over a black screen and before colours fade in, the image of a brutal attack already conjured. So begins Elle, Paul Verhoeven’s multilayered and genre-defying latest offering. Dark rape revenge thriller, black comedy, or cutting social commentary?  Well, that all depends on who…
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Tuesday 21 February 2017
Music

keeping the imagination alive: post-capitalism, feminist sci-fi and optimism with katie stelmanis of austra

Samantha Armatys
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‘Connie got up from her kitchen table and walked slowly to the door…’ So begins Marge Piercy’s feminist sci-fi classic, Woman on the Edge of Time, an allegorical tale of a woman who can communicate with the future and in doing so stirs a yearning for a more egalitarian world.  I am reading it at…
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Friday 17 February 2017
Film

interview: lisa rose, queer screen president

Eden Faithfull
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With the 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival kicking off in Sydney this week, Lip’s Eden Faithfull chatted with Queer Screen President Lisa Rose about this year’s program. The festival runs from 15 February – 2 March and includes screenings in Sydney, Canberra, and regional NSW. Find out more at queerscreen.org.au.   You have created an…
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Thursday 16 February 2017
Film

film reviews: mardi gras film festival

Eden Faithfull
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With the 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival kicking off in Sydney this week, Lip’s Eden Faithfull takes a look at two featured films. Presented by Queer Screen, the festival runs from 15 February – 2 March and includes screenings in Sydney, Canberra, and regional NSW. Find out more at www.queerscreen.org.au. Bad Girl (Australia) Fin Edquist’s…
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Monday 6 February 2017
Arts Culture Film

women in film: nora niasari

Rosie Hunt
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Nora Niasari is an Iranian-Australian film writer and director. Her latest film is Waterfall. Lip’s Rosie Hunt recently talked to Nora about her work. What can you tell me about Waterfall? Waterfall is a short film about a 14-year-old Iranian girl who goes on a road trip with her mother and her mother’s Australian fiancé….
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Friday 3 February 2017
Film TV

tv review: a series of unfortunate events

Hannah Rogers
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When I first heard that A Series of Unfortunate Events was to be turned into a Netflix series I was ecstatic— a word that here means jumping on the furniture with glee. The books and the very good film which came out in 2004 were a fundamental part of my childhood, so much so that…
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Thursday 2 February 2017
Arts Feminism Theatre

review: women on the verge

Theertha Muralidhar
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  Tangos, valiant phrases and spirited performances – Women on the Verge is a political act that recreates different phases of female subjugation. In a misogynistic society, women are shamed into keeping male dominated acts of abuse to themselves. The play sums up a lifetime of abuse women undergo wordlessly. The play comprises of four…
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Sunday 29 January 2017
Film

film review: allied

Athena Bellas
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Allied opens in Casablanca, 1942, where Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and French Resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard) meet to work undercover. The pair pretend to be husband and wife, and befriend a group of Nazis in order to gain access to an event attended by the German ambassador. While working together,…
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Wednesday 25 January 2017
Film

reconfiguring the female victim in american honey

Samantha Armatys
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With university holidays upon me, the luxury of leisure time unfurled, lovely and inviting. Finally, time to catch up on all the music, books and films that had been stockpiling. A little behind the eight ball, I immersed myself in Andrea Arnold’s epic 163-minute Cannes Jury Prize winner American Honey. I had heard little about…
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Wednesday 18 January 2017
Arts Feminism Theatre

review: women on the verge

Eliza Graves-Browne
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The play Women on The Verge produced by the Bridge (Teatro Latino) Theatre company demonstrates both subtle and explicit gender inequalities in society. Directed by Jamie Wilson Ramirez, the production is based on four monologues written by Dario Fo and Franca Rame during the 1970s – 1980s. The adaption brings slight changes to the performance,…
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Tuesday 17 January 2017
Arts Books

lip lit: the shape of water

Christina Bulbrook
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With the rigorous research involved and the potential for disagreement and criticism, what could be more difficult than writing the biography of an historical figure? The answer? Writing the life of an historical figure on whom the historical record is completely silent. In the latter case, academic rigour must be balanced against a refined imagination…
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Wednesday 28 December 2016
Film

film review: la la land

Giuliana Cincotta
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Discouraged by another failed audition, La La Land’s Mia (Emma Stone) takes the high, albeit hopeful, road to produce a one-woman show and forge her own luck in life. At one point, daunted by the feat, she worries to her lover Sebastian (Ryan Gosling): ‘It feels too nostalgic to me. Are people going to like…
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Saturday 24 December 2016
Film TV

best on screen: 2016 in film and tv

Rosie Hunt
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As 2016 comes to a close, Lip’s film writers share their screen highlights for the year. Unsurprisingly, Netflix is well-represented – perhaps more interestingly, no one chose a film they had seen in an old-fashioned cinema. In 2016, it seems that TV and streaming reigned supreme. What were your favourites? Let us know in the…
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