Steve Dow
is a Melbourne-born, Sydney-based arts writer.

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Culture April 22, 2017

Berlin Syndrome director Cate Shortand on the dark within us

Somersault director Cate Shortland’s latest film Berlin Syndrome, a disturbing kidnap thriller, is her second examination of Germany’s postwar psyche. For her next work she returns to the Snowy Mountains for a postcolonial true crime series.

News April 15, 2017

Restoring the National Film and Sound Archive

Budget cuts to the National Film and Sound Archive have left it struggling to complete critical restoration work and in need of new purpose.

Culture April 01, 2017

Artist Jacobus Capone and his fado project

Jacobus Capone’s performance art often finds him undertaking feats of endurance, such as his trans-Australia walk carrying a jar of water from one coast to the other. For his latest work, he found inspiration in the melancholy of Portuguese fado music.

Culture March 04, 2017

Sarah Snook talks Noël Coward and HBO

From stage to television to film, Adelaide-born Sarah Snook is an actress in high demand. Her choices are proving as shrewd as they are diverse.

Culture January 28, 2017

Rachel Perkins on Jasper Jones and Indigenous activism

Filmmaker Rachel Perkins stays true to her activist upbringing in Jasper Jones, even as she avoids overt political messages.

Culture November 12, 2016

Rose Byrne in David Mamet’s ‘Speed-the-Plow’

After conquering Hollywood, Rose Byrne returns to Australia to take on Mamet for the STC.

Culture October 29, 2016

Playwright Nakkiah Lui on radicalism and family

Playwright and Black Comedy star Nakkiah Lui has turned her politically aware upbringing into award-winning writing about Indigenous experience.

Culture August 27, 2016

Crownies’ Marta Dusseldorp on stage and screen

Marta Dusseldorp, one of the best-known faces on Australian television, talks about history, loss and her highly successful family.

Culture August 06, 2016

Barrie Kosky’s ’Saul’ heads to Adelaide Festival

Komische Oper Berlin director Barrie Kosky is unlikely to return to Australia, where arts funding is suffering successive cuts. In contrast, he says, ‘the arts are in the DNA of western Europe’.