comedy August 13, 2022

Writer and performer Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen, who has just co-adapted Alice Pung’s novel Laurinda for the stage, says laughter is the way through pain.

television August 13, 2022

Killing It

A masterful comedy series takes the American dream and reveals its human cost in consistently surprising ways.

film August 13, 2022

Melbourne International Film Festival 2022

MIFF boasts some treasures in the depths of its 2022 program.

visual art August 13, 2022

Ultra Unreal

An exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art creates new myths for a new technological world.

the influence August 13, 2022

Daniel Dodds

Watching Claudio Abbado conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker taught violinist Daniel Dodds about the genius of the ensemble.

fiction August 13, 2022

Thirteen seconds

The 13 seconds in which you break both your legs and reflect – but briefly – on the virtue of humility Are long. They are long . There are only 13 of them but they feel like – like minutes. Like a meaningful period of time. Not the time you’d...

books August 13, 2022

Provocations: New and Selected Writing

Many years ago, before algorithms channelled our interactions with the written word, it was possible to stumble upon the quirkiest pieces of writing. I once turned a page in The New Yorker to a very long story about American baseball. I knew little...

books August 13, 2022

Should We Fall to Ruin

Gallipoli’s power to sustain the culture wars is probably the only thing preventing the Pacific theatre from becoming Australia’s most important wartime legend. The Pacific resonates deeply with the present, as an ascendant Asian power expands south...

books August 13, 2022

Grounded: How soil shapes the games we play, the lives we make and the graves we lie in

The power of simile and metaphor often hits its peak in the poetic line. When describing something as apparently commonplace as soil, a writer might be forgiven for unleashing all their rhetorical strategies to enliven the topic. But as Alisa Bryce...

film August 6, 2022

Director Goran Stolevski

Director Goran Stolevski, whose film Of an Age opened the Melbourne International Film Festival, is having a dream year.

film August 6, 2022

Jordan Peele’s Nope

Jordan Peele’s latest film, Nope, harks back to Spielbergian spectacle as it explores the exploitation of pain.