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: 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…

You and Me and the Space Between – Sydney Festival

This show was shown as part of the Sydney Festival on the 17th of January 2017. This Article was originally posted on AussieTheatre.com Good children’s stories usually have deeper meaning beneath the surface. Often our favourite childhood tales contain messages for bigger issues. The Harry Potter series is about learning to cope with death. The Lorax…

Barbu Review- Sydney Opera House

This show was on at the Sydney Opera House Studio on the 9th of February 2017. If you were to accidentally walk into the Sydney Opera House Studio any night this month, you may be alarmed at what you find. If you are a seasoned theatre-goer looking for some Shakespeare or Chekhov, you will be looking…

Pass The Popcorn Podcast- First Two Episodes Up!

Hi Everyone! In exciting news, I have just started a radio show for my University where I discuss Film and Television.  It airs at 2pm every Tuesday AEST, and you can listen here. If you aren’t able to listen in at that time, or would prefer to listen without the music, I edit the show…

JASPER JONES: Entertaining Australian Coming-Of-Age Story

Small towns are a common location in Australian cinema, see The Dressmaker, The Year My Voice Broke, and The Dish. The concept of an insular, secretive town fearing those who are different is a central theme in Jasper Jones, one of the best Australian films I’ve seen in recent years. It’s 1969 in the fictional rural town…

Review Of The Year- The Best and Worst Films of 2016

If there was an Oscar for the most belated ‘Best of 2016’ list, I think I would take the prize. Here I rank every 2016 film I saw this year from best to worst. Enjoy! Hunt for the Wilderpeople With the remakes and reboots that have plagued our cinemas recently, finding an original, witty script…

Review: Their Finest

For those interested in historical drama or comedy, ‘Their Finest’ is a new film set in World War II, England during height of the Blitz. It’s about a government propaganda department tasked with creating ‘morale boosting’ films for the public. When the film opens, the male-only ministry has hired Catrin (Gemma Arterton) to write the trashy…

2017 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Ranked Best to Worst

Even though La La Land is almost certainly the winner, I will live in an alternative universe where the gem that is Moonlight gets justly rewarded. Read on to see how I place this year’s Best Picture Nominees: 1. Moonlight Moonlight is everything a Best Picture winner should be: Emotionally affecting, technically brilliant, well writen…