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Thursday 30 October 2014
Art Arts Fashion

the fashion world of jean paul gaultier

Audrey K Hulm
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  From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective currently showing at the NGV International is to put it bluntly, pretty damned amazing. On entering the media preview, I watched a very pretty boy, in an elegant floppy black felt hat, denim overalls and studded black boots begin to cry and tell…
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Monday 20 October 2014
Books

lip lit: lesbian for a year

Brianna Doolan
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An awkward love affair in year seven, an engagement in her early twenties and a surreal liaison on an isolated island are just some of the different relationships Sydney based writer Brooke Hemphill explores in her memoir Lesbian for a Year. The reader jumps on board the sexual orientation train and joins Hemphill as she…
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Monday 20 October 2014
Film

film review: pride

Emma Robinson
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Equality is everyone’s business. This is the overriding theme of Pride and it is communicated in the most compelling and uplifting way. If I hadn’t been immediately sold on that (which, of course, I was) I would’ve been sold on absolutely everything else about this film. It’s the summer of 1984. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher…
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Wednesday 15 October 2014
Film TV

tv review: scott & bailey

Rosie Hunt
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Scott & Bailey is like any other good British crime show. It has gripping and often disturbing storylines, workplace banter and plenty of trips to the pub after work. But in one particular way, the show stands out: its two title characters are women, working under the leadership of a female boss in the Manchester…
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Tuesday 14 October 2014
Film

species versus under the skin: a critical comparison

Eloise Grills
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Scarlett Johansson recently appeared as a sexy space thang in the Jonathan Glazer-helmed Under The Skin (2013), a film that my housemate denounced as a ‘goddamn rip-off of Species (1995).’ Feminist critics have been similarly quick to deride it as male fantasy fulfilment posing as art, where one can imagine being boinked to death by a…
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Sunday 12 October 2014
Film

film review: gone girl

Jade Bate
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WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS. Do not read any further unless you’ve read the book, seen the film, or are happy to be spoiled.  David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 bestselling crime novel Gone Girl has finally hit the screens, and to tell the honest truth, it’s amazing. Amy (Rosamund Pike) and Nick (Ben…
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Saturday 11 October 2014
Film TV

sexuality and gender in orphan black

Katerina Paltoglou
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Sci-fi as a genre undeniably has something of a shaky history when it comes to feminism. All too often sci-fi’s female characters fall into one of two categories: the ‘slutty nemesis’ or the ‘damsel in distress.’ This is why BBC America’s science fiction series Orphan Black is a great addition to our screens. Here’s what…
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Friday 10 October 2014
Film TV

mental health week: timothy

Rosie Hunt
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This week, the ABC has devoted lots of airtime to bringing mental illness into the spotlight. Titled ‘Mental As’, the suite of programming coincides with Mental Health Week and is all about removing the stigma from illnesses that are not always physically apparent, yet can be truly debilitating. On Wednesday night, viewers were treated to…
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Friday 10 October 2014
Film

film review: the little death

Emma Robinson
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“Whatever happened to good all fashioned, run-of-the-mill sex? People have to complicate it with all this kinky shit.” Josh Lawson makes his directorial debut with The Little Death, a sitcom-esque movie about a group of couples exploring their sexual desires and kinks. The fetishes are varied and often bizarre, but the characters are believable and…
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Tuesday 7 October 2014
Film

film review: advanced style

Rosie Hunt
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In our media-saturated society, images of young women are everywhere. Advertisements, fashion spreads, television shows and movies all provide us with a million pictures of what youthful ‘beauty’ and ‘style’ should look like. But how often do we see images depicting women over the age of fifty? The idea that it is only younger women…
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Sunday 5 October 2014
Film TV

tv review: transparent

Michael Wu
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Transparent, Amazon’s newest comedy-drama, is, on its face, about a family. It follows the daily lives of the Pfeffermans at their most mundane; they go to the mall, they get their kids ready for school, they go on dates with rabbis. Throughout the course of its ten-episode first season, however, Transparent reveals itself to be about…
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Friday 3 October 2014
Film

film review: sin city: a dame to kill for

Emma Robinson
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Reuniting the old (such as Jessica Alba) whilst adding some new (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and messing around with non-linear plots is the order of the day for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the long-awaited sequel to 2005’s Sin City. Ultra violence? Check. Beautiful cinematography? Check. Creating female characters that are either headed for death…
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Tuesday 30 September 2014
Music

album review: dancehall days, the beautiful girls

Carla Ziino
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The Beautiful Girls’ fifth studio album, ‘Dancehall Days’  does what it claims on the box – it provides the perfect feel-good, toe-tapping music for the Australian summer. Mat McHugh’s eclectic vocals make a welcome return on the crowd-funded album, after the festival favourites’ hiatus. In the band’s down time, McHugh has been ‘’exploring a life’’…
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Saturday 27 September 2014
Comedy Film Opinion TV

what makes Broad City so radical?

Katerina Paltoglou
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Comedy Central’s new female-based comedy, Broad City, created by and starring newcomers Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, has been one of the most pleasantly surprising, bizarre, stoned-out-of-its-mind and profoundly funny shows TV has had to offer. Some of that can be attributed to its beginnings as a web series before making the leap to primetime,…
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