Review from the Archives: The Feather in the Web

If The Feather in the Web is one thing – it’s audacious. Like his protagonist, a woman who does whatever she wants and is afraid of nothing, Nick Coyle’s bold new play has a fearlessness that is perfect for the Griffin Theatre Company stage. Kimberley, played by Claire Lovering, is a like a bowling ball,…

Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Six trembling pre-teens take the stage for the competition they have prepared for their whole lives. It’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the stakes (and nerves) are high for these academically inclined youngsters. The UNSW Theatre Society’s 2019 major production, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, written by Rachel Sheinkin with music and lyrics by William Finn, is…

Review: A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar)

Peter Brook once said, “I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage.” He claimed that for theatre to exists, one just needs a space and an actor. Pointing out the existence of radio theatre, he insists that light is not even necessary for theatre. I’ve never seen Brook’s ideas demonstrated as…

Video: My Top Ten Films of 2018

Today I’m setting a new record. Every year, I write about my top ten films of the year and I typically don’t get my article posted until maybe January or even February. I’m ashamed to admit that today is the day I finally post my countdown of the best movies of 2018. Yes, it’s 9…

Korean Film Festival Ends On A High Note

Last Saturday night marked the close of the Sydney run of the Korean Film Festival in Australia with Another Child, the directorial debut of veteran Korean actor Kim Yoon-Seok, who also stars in the film. The moving drama chronicles the families of two teenage girls, whose lives become irrevocably intertwined when the father of one…

Hear for You Film Festival Encourages Deaf Teenagers to Embrace Filmmaking

This year marks the 3rd annual ‘Hear for You’ national film festival, a festival designed to get deaf or hard of hearing teenagers involved in filmmaking in a supportive environment. The festival had its national premiere at the Golden Age Cinema and Bar in Sydney, a boutique Art Deco cinema which provided an intimate and…

Melodrama & The Remake: The Cinematic Influence Of Sirk On Fassbinder

All art inspires other art. By telling stories, filmmakers impact people all across the world, and encourage them to tell their own stories. Such is the case with Douglas Sirk, whose 1950s melodramas have inspired many contemporary filmmakers to experiment with the melodramatic form in their own filmmaking practice. Sirk’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows inspired and informed the…

Video: My Top 5 Rom-Coms of All Time

Everyone loves a rom-com. It’s like the perfect go-to for a Friday night movie where you want a happy ending, and you don’t want to think too much. Netflix’s commitment to the genre has brought a rom-com renaissance to our screens in recent years. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Always Be My Maybe, The Kissing…

4 UNDERRATED CITIES TO VISIT ON YOUR NEXT EUROPE TRIP

When I say Europe, where do you think of? Probably London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin etc. If you’ve been to any of these places, you might also be thinking of the thousands of people swarming the Eiffel Tower trying to get the perfect Instagram. Or the long line of people queuing for an overpriced London…