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Friday 25 November 2016
Film

film review: i, daniel blake

Rosie Hunt
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Sometimes films can take you by surprise: you think you know what you’re in for, but in the safety of the cinema they knock you out of your comfort zone and leave you reeling. For me, I, Daniel Blake was one of those films. While I expected a story of struggle, I certainly didn’t prepare…
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Wednesday 23 November 2016
Film

film review: fantastic beasts and where to find them

Hannah Rogers
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The year is 1926. Our new protagonist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York from Britain with a suitcase full of magical creatures. But a dark force is terrorising the city, threatening to reveal the magical world to the ‘No Majs’ (read: American Muggles) and…. did someone just say Dumbledore, my god I’m so…
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Monday 14 November 2016
Books

lip lit: fight like a girl

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Fight Like a Girl is a rousing memoir-meets-manifesto by Clementine Ford. Though casual in tone, it is persuasive and confronting. Ford shares her experiences as a woman claiming her space in the world and exposes the brutality of life as a woman, which we are raised to be oblivious to. You finish the book angry…
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Wednesday 26 October 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: writing to the wire

Kaylia Payne
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‘Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire’ – Adrienne Rich Writing to the Wire is a collection of poems about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. Featuring poetry from academics, writers, refugee advocates and refugees themselves, it is a powerful look at our national identity, namely,…
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Tuesday 18 October 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: the love of a bad man

Katerina Bryant
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Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s The Love of a Bad Man begins with tenderness:  ‘Baby, wake up,’ he says, and he’s kissing my eyelids, my cheeks, trailing his fingers over the bib of my nightgown and it’s so soft it must be a dream. Woolett’s short-story collection focuses on the lives of twelve women (or in the…
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Friday 14 October 2016
Column Film TV

binge: jane the virgin

Cin Peeler
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This is the first instalment of binge, Cin Peeler’s new film and tv column for Lip. Check back regularly for reviews of the best feminist flicks, underrated tv shows, and hidden gems available to binge-watch at your leisure. Trying to convince my friends to watch a new TV show is like getting small children to…
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Thursday 6 October 2016
Film

film review: girl asleep

Rosie Hunt
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Girl Asleep is a colourful and creative film about leaving childhood behind. Set in 1970s suburban Australia, the film is a visual delight, and a clever representation of the confusing and somewhat terrifying experience of being a teenager. 14-year-old Greta Driscoll (Bethany Whitmore) has just moved house and started a new school. She meets Elliott…
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Tuesday 4 October 2016
Arts Comedy Theatre

review: becoming bette

Karen Liu
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‘Becoming Bette’ is a one-woman show by artist and performer Elizabeth Scales. Hailing from Brisbane, she brings her show to Melbourne for a pre-Fringe festival viewing. Held at the Butterfly Club across the weekend of the 10th and 11th of September, Scales’ viewing was a cozy and intimate one. The show is a semi-autobiographical story…
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Wednesday 28 September 2016
Film

film review: snowden

Marie Davis
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The lone, brilliant man is the archetype in film I find the most groan-inducing. Spanning all genres, the lone, brilliant man can be the action hero who saves the world before time runs out, the only genius in the world who can crack the case, or the innovative creator of a technological advancement that changes…
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Sunday 25 September 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: position doubtful

Qi An
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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if schools taught mapping using paintings and stories instead of drab contour lines? In her latest memoir, aptly named Position Doubtful – mapping landscapes and memories, artist and award-winning author Kim Mahood masterfully paints rich Australian landscapes and people. She paints using pigments. She paints with narratives. The book’s title takes…
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Friday 2 September 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: so sad today

Kaylia Payne
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So Sad Today is a book of personal essays by Melissa Broder, detailing her struggles with addiction, anxiety, panic disorder, relationships and an overwhelming fear of death. The book originated from an anonymous Twitter account of the same name in 2012, tweeting about the human condition in catchy one-sentence bites that were in equal parts…
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Friday 26 August 2016
Arts Theatre

all hail bobbie-jean: stunning new performance

Meg Ham
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If you’re anything like me when it comes to talking 16th Century monarchs, I’m sure we’re all familiar with the glorified images provided to us by Hollywood and the likes. I just assume there’s a lot of velvet and feasting going on, mixed in with a whole bunch of inequality towards all minorities, specifically women….
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Tuesday 9 August 2016
Arts Books

lip reading: august 2016

lip magazine
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Lip Reading is a column about the books in our lives. Each month, Lip staff and writers share what books have obsessed, delighted, or even saddened them.  What have you been reading? We’d love to hear your recommendations. — Donna Lu, Books & Literature Editor * Amy Nicholls-Diver I recently finished The Vegetarian, by Han Kang (translated…
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Friday 1 July 2016
Arts Theatre

the viagra monologues: review

Eden Faithfull
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Geraldine Brophy, actress, playwright and author of The Viagra Monologues, says of her recent foray into the male mind: ‘Parenthood, marriage, celibacy, puberty, virginity, are all complex things that influence human experience, for better or for worse. They are common human experiences, not the province of any gender.’ This notion regarding the experiential equivalence of…
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