Film January 29, 2022

Parallel Mothers

Pedro Almodóvar’s melodrama Parallel Mothers features brilliant performances but is ultimately jejune.

Theatre January 29, 2022

Actor, director and writer Kenneth Branagh

As a working-class boy from Belfast, Kenneth Branagh found Shakespeare the key to a new life.

The Influence January 29, 2022

Angela Tiatia

For Angela Tiatia, the performance art of Latai Taumoepeau was revelatory.

Fiction January 29, 2022

The good robot

Mysh arrived in the late morning, when humans were most alert. This timing typically led to fewer errors. Their errors, of course, not hers. Still, it was valuable to be patient with them. Their republic was her reason for being. And it was beautiful. The …

Theatre January 29, 2022

Triple X

Material aspiration clashes with true romance in Glace Chase’s open-hearted play Triple X.

Music January 29, 2022

Mitski’s Laurel Hell

Mitski’s latest album, Laurel Hell, is her darkest yet – and one of her most beautiful.

Visual Art January 22, 2022

Bark Ladies

NGV International’s exhibition Bark Ladies distances these vital works from their material and social contexts.

Theatre January 22, 2022

Documentary theatremaker Roslyn Oades

Documentary theatremaker Roslyn Oades has spent her life investigating the art of listening.

Fiction January 22, 2022


(after Ben Quilty’s Pig 2011) Flying. That’s the word he used. Actually it was Absolutely flying – as in: Must’ve been absolutely flying! Which was fitting because it was clear the car had, …

Books January 22, 2022

Michael Winterbottom
Dark Matter: Independent Filmmaking in the 21st Century

You could describe 60-year-old Michael Winterbottom as a prolific British filmmaker. He has more than 30 movies to his name, from dramas such as Welcome to Sarajevo to comedies including The Trip series starring Steve Coogan and Rob …

Books January 22, 2022

Jackie Huggins
Sister Girl: Reflections on Tiddaism, Identity and Reconciliation

“I was fed on a diet of lies and invisibility about the true history of this country from a very young age,” recalls Jackie Huggins. In the new edition of her prescient 1998 book Sister Girl: Reflections on Tiddaism, Identity and Reconciliation, …

Books January 22, 2022

Monica Ali
Love Marriage

It has been said of Jane Austen’s characters that their primary terror is of being expelled from the class of their birth. In this reading, the astringently measured dialogue and super-sensible alertness to the details of social existence that mark …


Books January 29, 2022

John Keane
The Shortest History of Democracy

“Many [people],” John Keane tells us, “think democracy is fucked.” That’s the context for Keane’s fascinating little book: a history – as per its title – but also a defence of democracy. He begins by busting some myths. The traditional …

Books January 29, 2022

Mandy Beaumont
The Furies

Sylvia Plath’s grave sits atop a very steep hill in the English village of Heptonstall. Plath’s gravestone records her name as “Sylvia Plath Hughes”. The “Hughes” lettering appears noticeably duller, as if scratched away by inkless pens or …

Books January 29, 2022

Johann Hari
Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention

We’re all drowning in distraction. “It felt like our civilisation had been covered with itching powder,” writes British journalist Johann Hari near the beginning of this insightful, global investigation, “and we spent our time twitching and twerking …