film May 14, 2022

After Yang

Kogonada’s science fiction film After Yang is acutely intelligent but ends up infantilising its characters.

visual art May 14, 2022


Helmut Newton pioneered the photography of fetishistic glamour, but he never disguised the artifice of seduction.

dance May 14, 2022

Buried Tea Bowl – Okuni 2022

Yumi Umiumare’s Buried Tea Bowl – Okuni 2022 gives the traditional Japanese tea ceremony a 21st-century feminist spin.

architecture May 7, 2022

MPavilion – The Lightcatcher

Melbourne’s MPavilion series focuses on the vexed question of whether architecture can be art.

film May 7, 2022

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Drive My Car director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is a lighter exploration of his abiding obsessions.

visual art May 7, 2022


Frances Barrett’s Meatus at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is a visceral experiment in exhibiting sound.

theatre April 30, 2022


The Melbourne Theatre Company’s SLAP. BANG. KISS. is a step behind the radical generation it is speaking to.

games April 30, 2022

Elden Ring

The fantasy world of FromSoftware’s Elden Ring is challenging but it richly rewards curiosity and patience.

theatre April 30, 2022

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

Caryl Churchill’s radical dramatic language captures the complexities of moments rich with change.

film April 23, 2022


Sarah Maldoror’s revolutionary film Sambizanga is a highlight of Cinema Reborn, a festival of past gems.

visual art April 23, 2022

The Red Thread of History, Loose Ends

In the National Gallery of Australia’s The Red Thread of History, Loose Ends, two of the country’s best artists end up speaking past each other.