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Television November 11, 2017
ABC TV’s ‘Screen Time’
Where once the contrary but charming banter of David and Margaret was an authoritative guide to modern cinema, the ABC has replaced it with uninsightful postmodernism and lame jokes.
Gardening September 16, 2017
Cultivating native orchids
Intent on growing native orchids, the author finds the only club that she wants to have her as a member.
Television September 29, 2017
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
Larry David’s return as a cantankerous version of himself in a new series of Curb Your Enthusiasm is a chance to reflect on the roots of comedy and the discontent that produces it.
Television September 08, 2017
ABC TV’s ‘Get Krack!n’
With their new show Get Krack!n, Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney have expanded their satirical universe from food culture to the dumb decline of the knowledge class.
Television August 12, 2017
Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl
Jane Campion’s latest foray into television, while featuring admirable performances, sees the writer–director stray too far from what she does best.
Television July 08, 2017
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s sharp comedy Catastrophe gets to the truth of love and marriage, in all its strain and splendour.
Television June 10, 2017
The Return of ‘Twin Peaks’
As the latest Twin Peaks again pushes the boundaries of everyday morality, the viewer ponders its creator’s desire to illuminate the darkness in our souls.
Gardening May 20, 2017
Reviving a garden for winter
The cold of late autumn can make it difficult to tend neglected gardens, but a fortifying nip can get you out improving the soil and installing seedlings.
Television April 22, 2017
Big Little Lies
From the designer clothes to the covetable houses to the A-list cast, Big Little Lies is a quality potboiler. But beyond the gloss, the series explores deeper social issues in a refreshingly nuanced way.
Television March 18, 2017
Married at First Sight
You may not learn anything from the lab-coated matchmaking experts of Married at First Sight, but the show captures the reality of today’s dating culture.
Gardening December 24, 2016
Flowers for summer
Summer may not be the most agreeable season to toil in the garden, but a little bit of labour now can bring good results down the track.
Television October 29, 2016
ABC TV’s ‘Rosehaven’
In Rosehaven, Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola have delivered a comedy comparable to Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, with the wit to reflect on life’s disappointments without eschewing laughs.