August 28, 2018

Melbourne Writers Festival: ignore the naysayers, they’re wrong

What Louise Adler and presumably other critics of the festival seem to be grizzling about is that the new artistic director, Marieke Hardy, is trying to do something different.
August 28, 2018

The Flip Side review: More message than mirth

The Flip Side is an Australian independent comedy shot in Adelaide. The one word that might not be strictly true there is "comedy".
August 28, 2018

The Merger review: Mostly kicks goals when it needs to

In 2009, Melbourne comedian Damian Callinan developed a stage show, with Victorian government funding, to try to talk about the issue of racism in country towns, in a non-dogmatic way. The show was a hit, touring widely, so now we have the movie, which...
August 28, 2018

‘Priests aren’t paedophiles’: religious leaders take on You Can’t Ask That questions

The hit ABC show doesn't hold back in its final episode, which doesn't shy away from the uglier sides of priesthood and other forms of religious authority.
August 28, 2018

Gretta Ray review: Triple-threat is here to stay

Gretta Ray's Tracey-Thorn-with-more-range voice, radio-friendly songs and spirited stage presence make a long career seem likely.
August 28, 2018

‘It’s a personal thing’: Ed Sheeran gets candid on hits, not missus, in doco Songwriter

How do you get the notoriously private Ed Sheeran to commit to a behind-the-scenes documentary? Keep him in the dark.
August 28, 2018

Alexander McKenzie, art school ‘dropout’, on the power of imagination

As a teenager, Alexander McKenzie quit art college after just three months. "Actually, I stormed out," says McKenzie, now one of Australia's most commercially successful artists.
August 28, 2018

Bangarra stand on solid ground with Dark Emu

The Indigenous dance company has interpreted Bruce Pascoe's revealing history book for the stage.
August 28, 2018

Ho-hum attempt at Minion-worthy monsters

This English language German animated film has the right idea but doesn't quite pull it off.
August 28, 2018

Hit 105 overtakes Nova in breakfast radio ratings battle

The Brisbane breakfast radio battle has tightened in the latest survey.
August 28, 2018

ABC breakfast continues to slide in latest radio ratings survey

Sami Shah and Jacinta Parsons are now less than one point away from being tied with NOVA and Smooth FM breakfast.
August 28, 2018

Flashback 1987: Artists and friends discuss Mirka Mora

Mirka Mora, one of Melbourne's most celebrated artists, died on Monday aged 90. We remember Mora with this 1987 article from the archives.