review

theatre October 21, 2017

Simon Stone’s ‘Yerma’

Billie Piper’s performance in Lorca’s tragedy Yerma caps a powerful production at the Young Vic for the ‘antipodean Orson Welles’, Simon Stone.

music October 13, 2017

St. Vincent’s ‘MASSEDUCTION’

Annie Clark’s latest St. Vincent album, MASSEDUCTION, is an instant classic, delivering an often dark and desolate vision rendered with a glistening pop sheen.

film October 6, 2017

‘Blade Runner 2049’

Thirty-five years ago, Blade Runner was a thrilling and potent sci-fi offering. But while its sequel is just as visually inviting, the film’s storyline is more replicant than cutting edge.

television September 29, 2017

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Larry David’s return as a cantankerous version of himself in a new series of Curb Your Enthusiasm is a chance to reflect on the roots of comedy and the discontent that produces it.

art September 23, 2017

Rover Thomas at Sydney Contemporary

At Sydney Contemporary, the commercial realities of the art fair dissolve as he apprehends the elemental power of Rover (Julama) Thomas’s works.

theatre September 15, 2017

‘Angels in America’

Gary Abrahams’ production of Angels in America is stark and shrewd, and has in Helen Morse a virtuosic display of restrained acting.

television September 8, 2017

ABC TV’s ‘Get Krack!n’

With their new show Get Krack!n, Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney have expanded their satirical universe from food culture to the dumb decline of the knowledge class.

film September 2, 2017

‘God’s Own Country’

While Yorkshire-born director Francis Lee brings authenticity to the screen with his depiction of rural labours, he fails to find honesty in God’s Own Country’s idealised central relationship.

music August 26, 2017

Randy Newman’s ‘Dark Matter’

Randy Newman’s career spans decades of sharp social observations wrapped in songs drawing on the modern American songbook. His latest album suggests comparisons from Elmore Leonard to Rashomon.

art August 18, 2017

Tony Tuckson’s abstract expressionism

An exhibition of Tony Tuckson’s works on paper reveals an artist whose paintings did not so much respond to the world as express it.

television August 12, 2017

Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl

Jane Campion’s latest foray into television, while featuring admirable performances, sees the writer–director stray too far from what she does best.