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Monday 13 January 2014
Books

lip lit: cairo

Lou Heinrich
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Tom is a seventeen-year-old from a country town who moves into Cairo, a Melbourne apartment block full of eccentric characters. Carrying a heavy suspicion that he is adopted, Tom is desperate to find belonging and is thrilled to be invited to the house of his neighbours, Max and Sally Cheever. The couple are beautiful and…
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Thursday 9 January 2014
Arts Featured Music

interview: ngaiire

Marissa Paine
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One of alt-soul’s brightest stars, Ngaiire draws inspiration from her mother. When speaking about strength, she cites her as a role model.  ‘My mother is quite a strong woman and has definite beliefs about being ambitious and getting where you need to be, regardless of circumstances. She’s got a doctorate in environmental science and is…
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Wednesday 8 January 2014
Culture Featured Feminism Film

strong female characters: separating strength from the bechdel test

Shannon Clarke
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Judging by the think pieces, blogs and professional reviews of the last few months leading up to award season, 2013 was a good one for women in Hollywood. According to writers Versha Sharma and Hanna Sender of Voctiv, movies featuring ‘strong female roles’ earned more than twice as much than movies that didn’t. They used…
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Monday 6 January 2014
Arts Music

ep review: nicholas costello, definite blue

Aisling Grey
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Definite Blue is a remarkable first release from Melburnian Nicholas Costello, who at only 22 has a surprising maturity in his music. Sheer talent is evident from the first listen. Having previously fronted local bands, this is Costello’s first foray into the world as a solo artist and if this effort is anything to go…
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Saturday 4 January 2014
Film News

in brief: study finds films that pass bechdel test made more money

Danielle Scoins
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Readers may recall that in 2013 the Swedish government adopted a measure called the Bechdel test to ensure greater female representation in film. The test analyses a film to see whether there are at least two female characters in a film who talk to each other about something other than a man. The test seems…
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Tuesday 24 December 2013
Culture Film

2013 and gender inequality in film

Claire Gaynor
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While list articles are one of the best things about wrapping up the end of the year, Lip prefers to look back at 2013 in a typically feminist way: representational analysis. Over the last few weeks, our writers have looked at how women have been portrayed in the media, and then the Australian media’s attitude towards…
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Monday 23 December 2013
Opinion TV Uncategorised

festive television: the o.c. and chrismukkah

Rosie Hunt
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When Christmas rolls around each year, my mind inevitably drifts to a magical place of woolly reindeer jumpers, lavish office parties, Death Cab for Cutie, Chinese food and a good dose of family drama… a place known, of course, as The O.C.. Is there a better television show to revisit at Christmas? I think not….
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Sunday 22 December 2013
Featured Music Uncategorised

lip’s songs of the year: 2013

Marissa Paine
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2013 produced some great music, which saw us crooning along, dancing up a storm or feeling inspired. Here’s Lip’s songs of the year!   Applause – Lady Gaga ‘Not only is her music great, her video clips are a visual buffet!’ - Yalei Wang, Lip Writer Don’t Save Me – Haim  ’To me, this song is…
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Saturday 21 December 2013
Film Opinion Sexuality

rethinking Hysteria and the regulation of female sexuality

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Ah, the vibrator. A beacon of hope for singletons and a symbol of sexual liberation, this natty device has been making good vibrations since the 1870s. And what’s better than a machine which doles out orgasms? Okay, probably not much. But, if the response of film critics is anything to go by, the 2011 film,…
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Friday 20 December 2013
Art Arts Culture news

arts news: the weekly wrap up

lip magazine
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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is under pressure to return a painting claimed to have been looted by the Nazis. Swiss Lawyer Olaf Ossman claims the painting “Head of a Man” is a Van Gogh sold under duress by wealthy Jewish industrialist Richard Semmel in 1933 when he fled the Nazis. Although tests have…
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Friday 20 December 2013
Film

business and pleasure: blake edwards and julie andrews

Kiah Meadows
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In this six-part series, Kiah Meadows takes a look at the relationship between famous directors and their muses throughout Hollywood’s history.   So far, this series has been all doom and gloom: drug taking, abuse, exploitation. But the story of Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews may rekindle your faith in the filmmaker-muse relationship. Marrying after…
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Thursday 19 December 2013
Books

books you should have read by now: the painted veil

Lou Heinrich
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For so many of us, our first interaction with a classic novel is through the movie adaptation: Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and for me, The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham. This 2006 film starred Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, looked incredible, and featured a stunning soundtrack. Ultimately, the story was about the…
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Thursday 19 December 2013
Featured Feminism Music Opinion

why Beyoncé’s BEYONCÉ matters

Marissa Paine
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  Beyoncé released a surprise visual album last week and broke the internet. iTunes crashed and social media lost its collective shit. The sheer magnitude of Beyoncé’s star power is such that she doesn’t need promo. She doesn’t need to slowly drop singles one by one, or sell merchandise, or convince everyone to buy an…
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Wednesday 18 December 2013
Culture Fashion News

in brief: Indigenous model search inspiring diversity

Matilda Mornane
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Last week was the launch of the first search for indigenous models, which will coincide with the inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week (AIFW) in April 2014. The search is aimed at shifting perceptions and encouraging diversity in the fashion industry. Speaking at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, model Samantha Harris said that…
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