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Architecture December 4, 2021

The quiet glamour of 52 Reservoir Street

The peacock dress of a new office building in Sydney’s Surry Hills belies its ingeniously modest design.


Film December 4, 2021

Actor Timothée Chalamet

For his leading role in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Timothée Chalamet has been charged with ‘saving the film industry’, but he wears the mantle modestly.

The Influence December 4, 2021

Emma Donovan

The deepest influence on ARIA-nominated Emma Donovan is the music of her grandparents, Micko and Aileen Donovan.

Fiction December 4, 2021

Flight

Opaque smudge, a Dickinson sh-sh-shift of light and I know better than to try to catch the exact moment the Sydney Tower lights turn off and anyway, eyes on the road. Tell the truth but tell it slant, Emily said, and that’s what I’ve done my whole …

Theatre December 4, 2021

As You Like It

The MTC’s production of  As You Like It is burdened by heavy direction and a preponderance of song.

Games December 4, 2021

Unpacking

The new Australian game Unpacking  is an intimate experience of domestic realism.

Books November 27, 2021

Fleur Watson
The New Curator: Exhibiting Architecture and Design

Fleur Watson opens The New Curator with the wry observation that curation has well and truly left the gallery. These days folk curate “menus, wardrobes, playlists, social media feeds” and notably also the news they receive and the information …

The Influence November 27, 2021

Shen Xin

Artist Shen Xin says the layering of desire, bondage and labour in Hito Steyerl’s video Lovely Andrea has deeply informed their understanding of image.

Books November 27, 2021

Emily Ratajkowski
My Body

As a young model, Emily Ratajkowski knew her most bankable feature was also a limitation. Her large breasts and small frame were “valuable and rare”, but she would never be high fashion. She was a nameless “ ‘commercial swim’ girl” until, …

Books November 27, 2021

Xavier Fowler
Not Playing the Game

“If you go back to World War I … all elite sportsmen used to volunteer because they thought it was their duty.” So said Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith in 2011, when the NRL employed him to promote its Anzac Cup. In Not Playing the Game: Sport and …

Theatre November 27, 2021

Julius Caesar

Kip Williams’ bold and devastating production of Julius Caesar brings the 21st-century media machine into a study of political rhetoric.

Film November 27, 2021

Titane

Julia Ducournau’s Palme D’Or-winning film Titane gives horror a high-octane twist.

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Books December 4, 2021

David Hunt
Girt Nation

Girt Nation is the third volume of David Hunt’s Unauthorised History of Australia, following on from 2013’s Girt and 2016’s True Girt. The series is ostensibly a wry retelling of the history of Australia, with …

Books December 4, 2021

Robyn Annear
Adrift in Melbourne: Seven Walks with Robyn Annear

Back in the 20th century I used to like walking around Melbourne with my Aunty Joan because she’d always be pointing out everything she remembered that was no longer there. When I read Robyn Annear’s Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne in …

Books December 4, 2021

Kate Moore
The Woman They Could Not Silence

Kate Moore is a feminist biographer whose work is very much of our Time’s Up, #MeToo, SlutWalking, whistleblowing age, but she also provides devastating and inspiring insights into the long history of injustices against which women have had to fight. Moore’s …