Film February 24, 2024

Director Ethan Coen and editor Tricia Cooke

Drive-Away Dolls – the new film from director Ethan Coen and editor Tricia Cooke – took only a month to shoot but, like their partnership, was a long-term commitment.

Festival February 24, 2024

Perth Festival 2024

Marrugeku and the West Australian Opera are the undeniable stars of this last Perth Festival under Iain Grandage’s stewardship.

Music February 24, 2024

Mona Foma 2024

Tasmania’s Mona Foma – the Museum of Old and New Art’s summer festival – offers a glimpse of what Australia could be.

Film February 24, 2024

The Zone of Interest

Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest is an outstanding film that attempts to understand how we remain trapped in the unresolved aftermath of a terrifying history.

The Influence February 24, 2024

German artist Sung Tieu on Lutz Bacher

German artist Sung Tieu’s fascination with the enigmatic artist Lutz Bacher stems from how they create politically charged connections between personal preoccupations and wider structures of power.

Fiction February 24, 2024


The first time it happened they were in bed together. Dylan was on top of her, his face close to hers. Emily had closed her eyes, trying to keep her mind from wandering back to conversations at work, or the question of whether her housemate could hear …

Culture February 21, 2024

The exclusionary empowerment of Taylor Swift

The success and scale of Taylor Swift’s Australian tour reflects the country’s unresolved relationship with class, gender and race.

Opera February 17, 2024

Victorian Opera’s Candide

In Victorian Opera’s ocker production, Leonard Bernstein’s ebullient Candide is rendered as a queer shaggy dog story.

The Influence February 17, 2024

Kutcha Edwards on Joe Geia’s beloved song ‘Yil Lull’

For Kutcha Edwards, ‘Yil Lull’ brings hope that rises past anger and pain.

Fiction February 17, 2024

Three poems by Damien Millar

Reconfigurations So unmade and remade, I track the electric spotlight of nerves. The gut is a river, tributaries swelling wildly. Balloon legs. A dinner-plate heart. The kidney they abstracted was the size of a footy, six kilos, the …

Books February 17, 2024

Myfanwy Jones
Cool Water

Melbourne author Myfanwy Jones’s last novel, the 2015 Miles Franklin-shortlisted Leap, was a deceptively complex creation. Emotionally acute and raw in its portrayal of guilt and grief, it was simultaneously oddly elliptical, with an almost …

Books February 17, 2024

Linda Margolin Royal
The Star on the Grave

It wasn’t uncommon for Jewish people to remain silent about their experiences of the horrors of World War II in Europe, something that contributed to the inherited trauma of their children and grandchildren. Indeed, it wasn’t unheard of for people …


Books February 24, 2024

Heidi Dokulil
Sydney Brutalism

It’s the mark of a timely book that when you see it, you’re amazed it didn’t already exist. There is much great brutalist architecture in Sydney, but it’s scattered and easy to forget about. When you see it gathered within the covers of Sydney …

Books February 24, 2024

Sarah Sasson

In Sarah Sasson’s debut novel, Tidelines, Grub and Elijah share an idyllic childhood in the suburbs of Sydney, surfing and exploring nature with their birdwatching father. But when they finish high school and begin their adult lives in the …

Books February 24, 2024

A. C. Grayling
Who Owns the Moon?

The title of British philosopher A. C. Grayling’s new book – Who Owns the Moon? In Defence of Humanity’s Common Interests in Space – offers a more urgent question than you might think. The race is already on for the moon’s platinum, …