The Evolution Of The Disney Princess

This article was originally posted on Film Inquiry at  https://www.filminquiry.com/evolution-disney-princess/    Film is a highly influential cultural medium, and has major influence in the empowerment or disempowerment of women. Pop-culture entertainment, led by cultural giant Disney, not only reflects what audiences want to see, but it also sets standards of acceptable behavior that are followed…

Review from the Archives: NUTS presents Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi

All-female plays aren’t very common. In fact, statistically, women in the Arts aren’t that common. The ratio of women to men in the performing arts is around 3:10, and women make up only 7% of the top directors in Hollywood. That’s what makes the New South Wales University Theatrical Society’s (NUTS’) latest production so important. Written by…

Review: NUTS presents Savages

If you want to lose your faith in men entirely, NUTS’ production of Savages is perfect evening viewing. Four horny, aggressive, lonely blokes sail away on a cruise ship for the boys’ trip of a lifetime. However, their close living quarters quickly feel suffocating as old rivalries resurface and tensions rise. Written and directed by women (Patricia…

Review from the Archives: Thundamentals

The first time I heard about Thundamentals was when their catchy hip-hop track Something I Said hit number 30 on Triple J’s 2014 Hottest 100. Now I’m a pretty competitive person. Since I discovered Eminem in Year 7, I’ve embraced the challenge of learning as many rap lyrics as possible. From The Real Slim Shady to Chris Brown’s Look At…

Review: Infidelity and Enlightenment by the UNSW Theatre Society

We all know how it goes – you put a dysfunctional group of family and friends in a room until they all tell their life story, fight, hate each other, and then eventually resolve their problems. It’s a common play type, and NUTS’ latest show Infidelity and Enlightenment nails the style, with influences Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, August:…

Sydney Fringe Festival Review: Crackers

Mental illness is an area some entertainers shy away from. This is not the case with Crackers, the latest production by the Bite Production Theatre collective. This black comedy is an unflinching look at Bipolar disorder, written by Georgina Adamson, a theatre-maker who was recently diagnosed. Five acquaintance are trapped in a room for sixty…

Sydney Film Festival Diary

When the Sydney Film Festival came around in the same week of exams, I knew I was destined for a week of popcorn-filled procrastination. After extensive research of the program and an elimination process that would rival most reality shows (Is two movies in one day too much?), I finally came to my top five….

Dunkirk Review

Think of the last war movie you saw. Now imagine the film’s most intense battle scene. It probably went for a maximum of 20 minutes or so. Now imagine a 120-minute-long battle scene, masterfully scored by Han Zimmer and directed by the one and only Christopher Nolan. It’s 1940, and 400,000 British troops are stranded on France’s…

Review: Marat/Sade – New Theatre

This show was originally shown at New Theatre on the 3rd of November 2016. This article originally appeared on AussieTheatre.com. The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade is a mouthful of a play title and the onstage experience…

La La Land Review- Podcast

Here is my review of La La Land, a mediocre film that has achieved critical success primarily because of the cinematic nostalgia it evokes. This is also my application to be Triple J’s new movie reviewer. Enjoy!

Measure for Measure – Sydney Festival

This show was performed as part of the Sydney Festival on the 8th of January 2017. This review was originally posted on AussieTheatre.com For some, seeing Shakespeare in English is complicated enough. For the crowd that packed into the Roslyn Packer theatre on Sunday night to see Cheek by Jowl and Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre perform…

Westworld- Season 1 Review

Warning, this review features minor spoilers. Never have I ever seen a television series as ambitious as Westworld. This ten part series by HBO isn’t shoddy TV fodder made for binge-watching. It’s a high-concept show that raises powerful intellectual and philosophical questions about the nature of humanity. This sci-fi drama is based on Michael Crichton’s…

The Shadow Box – The Old Fitz Theatre

This show previewed at The Old Fitz Theatre on the 16th of November 2016. A terminal illness is an interesting beast. It is undeniably tragic for family and friends to witness a loved one wither away. Yet, its discovery, some argue, brings new perspective to our  precious remaining time. The Shadow Box, in a new…