review

film September 19, 2020

The Translators

A cynical nod to Agatha Christie’s locked-room mysteries, Régis Roinsard’s The Translators fails to recognise the complexities and canniness of that storytelling tradition.

film September 12, 2020

Mulan

In the midst of political controversy, Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan emerges as a watered-down version of the original animation.

games September 5, 2020

Necrobarista

Set in an other-worldly Carlton cafe and filled with thoughtful musings on life, death and loss, Necrobarista is a welcome antidote to the relentless dominance of American games.

art August 29, 2020

Hyper-linked

The AGNSW’s online show Hyper-linked has its rewards but also reveals the perils of rushing art online in a global emergency.

music August 22, 2020

New Music online

Small, quirky and weird – Australian New Music ensembles have moved their inventive processes online, with some delightful results.

film August 15, 2020

First Cow

MIFF opening night film First Cow follows the austere and sophisticated path of director Kelly Reichardt’s previous works but is stymied by its small-screen showing and the underdeveloped ‘buddy’ relationship at its core.

television August 8, 2020

Search Party

As a dark comedy about self-absorbed millennial killers, Search Party focuses heavily on the lies that bind. In doing so, it also tells a lot of insightful truths.

theatre July 25, 2020

Hamilton

Audiences salivating over the impending arrival of Hamilton to the Sydney stage in 2021 can get an early, small-screen taste of the hit musical, courtesy of the Covid-19 disruptions and Disney.

music July 18, 2020

The Chicks’ Gaslighter

The artists formerly known as Dixie Chicks are back with a long-awaited album that eschews their usual truth-speaking on politics and power for much more personal, and poppy, reflection.

film July 11, 2020

A tribute to a great composer

In a career that spanned more than six decades, Ennio Morricone scored hundreds of films, writing music that worked in concert with the directors’ vision.

art July 4, 2020

22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

Focusing on the perspectives of First Nations artists from Australia and around the world, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN, invites audiences to fight for greater justice and equality. It’s a triumph.