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Tuesday 1 December 2015
Music Opinion

more than labels: lianne la havas

Jay Ong
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I first heard of Lianne La Havas upon listening to a Buzzfeed podcast one fateful day, where La Havas had made a guest appearance.  La Havas is a black London-born ‘folk and soul’ singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has infinitely improved my playlist with her music, which ranges from classy soul-jazz to sultry rock. However,…
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Monday 30 November 2015
Feminism Film Opinion

a new hope? star wars and gender

Danielle Croci
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With the long-awaited new Star Wars film The Force Awakens being released next month, hopes are high that there could be improvements in Star Wars’ depiction of women. The Star Wars franchise has had issues with its lack of representation, however the portrayal of Leia Organa (most famously by Carrie Fisher) as rebellious and quick-witted…
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Monday 30 November 2015
Arts Theatre

we are the ghosts of the future: review

Bridget Conway
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As part of the quirky Village Bizarre festival being held at Sydney’s historic epicentre, The Rocks, there is a captivating theatre production being shown that is unlike any other. We Are the Ghosts of the Future is part performance art, part meditation, part exhibition, and wholly a piece of the jigsaw puzzle that makes up the great history of…
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Wednesday 25 November 2015
Arts Comedy Featured

interview with anna fraser of actionaid

Bridget Conway
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Tonight at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne, ActionAid, a Sydney based international development organisation that empowers women who are living in poverty across the globe, is hosting Frocking Hilarious – an all-women comedy fundraiser. I spoke with ActionAid’s Media and Public Relations Officer Anna Fraser about the event and about the important work that ActionAid does for…
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Tuesday 24 November 2015
Film

james bond and the politics of gender

Kate Voss
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With the latest instalment now in cinemas, Kate Voss takes a look at the history and evolution of the Bond girl, and what it means to be a woman in James Bond’s universe.  Very few film franchises over the past fifty years have been more packed with more pure masculinity than the James Bond films. While these…
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Thursday 19 November 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: worthless

Bridget Conway
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At the heart of any great book, whether fiction or non-fiction, sci-fi or drama, lies a character arc that we can personally relate to on some level. The core of all good books often pulls at our heartstrings at a moment’s notice, leaving us breathless and wanting more. With Robyn Hennessy’s memoir, Worthless, the average…
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Friday 13 November 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: a few days in the country, and other stories

Lauren Strickland
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Elizabeth Harrower’s ‘new’ collection of short stories, A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories, is enchanting. By which I do not mean that it contains magic, or the promises of happy endings. No; Harrower’s writing is pure, unadulterated realism. Her stories occupy the real world, and make an effort to reveal the lives…
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Friday 13 November 2015
Arts Theatre

carmen sweet: review

Bridget Conway
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For two days only, Expressions Dance Company brought their latest production of Carmen Sweet to the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. As part of a national tour of the simple yet evocative production, the short stint in Parramatta proved fruitful with a packed house and a satisfied audience. I had a chat with the Artistic Director…
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Wednesday 11 November 2015
Art Arts Theatre

interview with ad hoc: director of found festival

Bridget Conway
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I sat down with Found Festival director and Lip writer, Ad Hoc, to discuss this year’s ambitious festival held at the Testing Grounds in Melbourne from 2pm on the 21st of November to the wee hours of 5am on the 22nd of November. Could you first briefly tell us about your career as an artist…
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Tuesday 10 November 2015
Featured Film Opinion

looking into the future after a year of marvel disappointment

Mary Ntalianis
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It’s time for Marvel to stop erasing their strong, intelligent and brilliant female superheroes from the Cinematic Universe. In 2016, two Marvel movies are set to be released and yet again, neither of these movies will have a female protagonist. This is a repetition of why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been continually criticised by…
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Monday 9 November 2015
Arts Theatre

good works: review

Bridget Conway
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The last instalment of Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s 2015 season is Good Works, a captivating and complex play that dives into the lives of two Catholic families growing up in wartime Oz. The, sadly, deceased Australian playwright Nick Enright, writer of Property of the Clan and the stage adaptation of  Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet, originally published Good Works in 1995….
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Thursday 5 November 2015
Arts Books Culture

lip lit: second half first

Christina Bulbrook
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Writing a memoir is a monumental task. And I write that as someone who has never attempted to do so. Consolidating decades of one’s life into a work small enough to be held in one hand seems titanic, especially given the complexity of its primary source: memory. The subtle art of memoir has been beautifully…
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Tuesday 3 November 2015
Books Culture Health

lip lit: running like china – interview

Bridget Conway
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Sophie Hardcastle is an inspiring young author who has written a memoir called Running Like China about her struggles with mental health. Lip’s Bridget Conway had a chat with Sophie and found out about how she chose to push through the stigma to write the book in the hopes that it would inspire others to…
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Saturday 31 October 2015
Film

halloween film review: crimson peak

Bridget Conway
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In honour of Halloween 2015, Lip’s Arts editor and film critic Bridget Conway takes a look at Guillermo Del Toro’s latest offering: the delightfully gothic, super creepy, and surprisingly deep Crimson Peak. Happy Halloween, Lipsters! Crimsom Peak is the brainchild of acclaimed writer and director Guillermo Del Toro.  In true Del Toro style, the film…
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