culture September 15, 2018

Zoë Coombs Marr and her stand-in stand-up Dave

Comedian Zoë Coombs Marr created her male alter-ego Dave in order to critique the sexist culture of the stand-up scene, and it has taken years for her to feel ready to take the stage as herself again. “I never made Dave with the intention of being cruel or laughing at people, or going, ‘That guy sucks.’ ”

portrait September 15, 2018

Game of Thrones’ Deborah Riley

Production designer Deborah Riley on building the world of Westeros.

film September 15, 2018

The ‘whiteness’ of Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is a breakthrough moment for Asian representation in Hollywood, but even in this rom-com the cloud of imperialism and colonialism is never truly lifted.

theatre September 15, 2018

The Harp in the South

Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Ruth Park’s still-resonant The Harp in the South trilogy for the STC boasts perfect casting for its darkly comic tale of gentrification and community.

books September 15, 2018

Blue Lake

They’re a weird mob, psychogeographers. Always drifting through boondocks and “liminal spaces”, interrogating their forsakenness. Iain Sinclair in rust-industrial London, Martin Amis bound for the airport on foot. It’s not as dull as it might sound...

books September 8, 2018

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina are a sister-and-brother team of Aboriginal writers who come from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Catching Teller Crow isn’t their first collaborative effort, but it is their...

books September 8, 2018

Small Fry

This memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, who grew up sometimes welcomed by her father, Steve Jobs, but just as often shunned, has been hotly anticipated on two fronts. First, it’s a reasonably painful look inside a famous family, with an air of secrets and...

books September 8, 2018

The Billionaire Raj

At 1.30am on a December night almost five years ago in Mumbai’s most expensive residential area, a speeding Aston Martin rammed into another car driven by a young woman. She told police the other driver, a young man, had quickly jumped into an...

portrait September 1, 2018

Author Will Kostakis

A coffee in Redfern with the young-adult writer.

art September 1, 2018

No one is watching you: Ronnie van Hout

A 30-year retrospective of Ronnie van Hout’s work includes a dazzling variety of distorted sculptural and filmic self-portraiture, with the effect of interrogating what is real.

music September 1, 2018

The Lemon Twigs’ ‘Go to School’

The two young brothers, Michael and Brian D’Addario, who make up The Lemon Twigs, deliver an improbable rock opera masterpiece about an ape raised by humans.