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Wednesday 10 December 2014
Arts Featured Music

interview: xani kolac, the twoks

Jenn Sutkowski
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Violinist/vocalist Xani Kolac and drummer Mark Leahy of Melbourne’s The Twoks are back with an uplifting EP, “First Light,” which they recorded at Sydney 301 with “sweet vintage amps, toy pianos,” along with producer Tony Buchen. The title track will have you up on the roof with Kolac dancing to the sound of better times…
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Thursday 20 November 2014
Music

album review: leah capelle

Marissa Paine
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People are probably surprised when Leah Capelle tells them she’s 19. Not that she doesn’t look the part, but the Chicago native has a voice that carries the sorrow, heartbreak and wisdom that come with age and experience. Her debut, self titled album is a solid offering of introspective tracks, both pretty and full of…
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Friday 14 November 2014
Film TV

tv review: the good wife, season six

Michael Wu
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The Good Wife, as it proved even in its earliest seasons, houses some of television’s best and most complex female characters on television. In the current landscape of television, where women are so often subjected to roles defined by male characters, the show presents dynamic and layered women like Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Diane…
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Monday 10 November 2014
Film

film review: this is where i leave you

Emma Robinson
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This Is Where I Leave You tells the story of four siblings who get together for seven days under the same roof for the first time in years following the death of their father. Sharing space the house they grew up in forces this family to confront their many issues and personal deficiencies. There is…
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Wednesday 5 November 2014
Film TV Uncategorised

tv review: party tricks

Rosie Hunt
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Channel Ten’s new political drama Party Tricks opens with an uncomfortably familiar scenario: a public controversy surrounding comments made about a female politician who doesn’t have children. In this case, though, it wasn’t former Prime Minister Julia Gillard they were talking about— it was Kate Ballard, the fictional Premier of Victoria played by Asher Keddie…
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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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