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Visual Art October 23, 2021

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Portraits are a constant in this year’s Ballarat International Foto Biennale, which rewards repeated viewings.


The Influence October 23, 2021

Jo Lloyd

For choreographer Jo Lloyd, the discomfort of Leos Carax’s film Holy Motors is part of its uneasy brilliance.

Theatre October 23, 2021

The Last Great Hunt’s Bite the Hand

The latest crowd-pleaser from Perth ensemble The Last Great Hunt bursts with ideas but struggles to bring them into focus.

Television October 23, 2021

Our African Roots

The documentary Our African Roots uncovers the lost histories of Africans who came to colonial Australia.

Culture October 23, 2021

Novelist and Björk collaborator Sjón

Behind Sjón’s multifaceted work – novels, poems, screenplays and some of Björk’s greatest hits – is a profound belief in the power of poetic imagination.

Fiction October 23, 2021

The quickest way home

Patrick Hagan sits watching an old woman, someone’s gran or nan, loading a boy into a car. BMW i3, as per his salary package, long gone. He studies her dents and guesses she can’t drive, but what’s that matter, she has a BMW and he has a Mazda. …

Theatre October 16, 2021

Melbourne and Sydney Fringe Festivals go online

This year’s Melbourne and Sydney Fringe Festivals put together lively online programs that prove theatre can successfully translate to screen.

Television October 16, 2021

Succession, season 3

The much-anticipated new season of Succession digs further into grotesque family dysfunction – and it doesn’t disappoint.

Fiction October 16, 2021

Passing bells

Selwyn Atchison rumpled over the old coach bridge to come see my Uncle Ferny, who was always first in line when local groups wanted money. The Atchison dray announced itself as the bridge planks paradiddled in the sunlight. The woody music of timber buckling …

Culture October 16, 2021

New Gold Mountain Director Corrie Chen

For Corrie Chen, the chance to direct the groundbreaking television series New Gold Mountain was the fulfilment of a dream.

Books October 16, 2021

Michelle de Kretser
Scary Monsters

The first thing to know about Scary Monsters is that it consists of two novellas bound top to tail within a single paperback. It’s a design decision that reinforces the world-turned-upside-down nature of the stories contained: one a narrative …

Books October 16, 2021

Bronwyn Adcock
Currowan

In 2005, the CSIRO predicted that climate change would lead to catastrophic fires in south-eastern Australia by 2020. But rather than treating the climate crisis as “a question of science and how we prepare”, as journalist Bronwyn Adcock writes in …

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Books October 23, 2021

Hannah Kent
Devotion

The Bible verse 4:18 from Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians has many translations, but one phrase remains constant: “… for the things which are seen are temporary; but the things which are not seen are eternal”. These words reassure the …

Books October 23, 2021

Anthony Sharwood
The Brumby Wars

The image of wild horses running free is exhilarating. It speaks to independence, to poetry, to an Australia invoked by the words of Banjo Paterson. But when the wild horses have run, what is left in their wake? The Brumby Wars: The battle for the …

Books October 23, 2021

Eugene Lim
Search History

American writer and “librarian by day” Eugene Lim’s fourth novel, Search History, opens: “The thing about the infinite library is that step one is to know the book you want and step two is figuring out how to get to its location.” Lim’s …