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Essie Davis in The Babadook

Australia’s film awards – put your money on the pulpy stuff

17 January 2015

If I were asked to name my favourite job over the past 15 years, since I took leave of my senses to write full-time, I’d probably have no idea how… Read more

Not so terrible after all, Muriel

13 September 2014

Quickly: what’s your favourite Australian film so far this year? Trick question, of course. You probably haven’t seen any. As usual, Australia has released a few good films in the… Read more

Aussie superheros

2 August 2014

Recently I was sent a graphic novel, or as we might have called it in the past, a collection of comic strips. This hardback volume, published (with the help of… Read more

Chemo Notes

26 July 2014

It’s now six months since I was diagnosed with cancer. That was a terrible start to the year. The surgeon informed me that, at my stage of the disease, survival… Read more

"Around The Block" Premiere - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

The new cultural cringe

29 March 2014

At the Toronto International Film Festival back in September, I saw a new Australian film called Around the Block. Later I interviewed writer-director Sarah Spillane (one to watch), 20-year-old leading… Read more

The Oscar: does Our Cate have it in the bag?

26 February 2014

When the Oscars are handed out on March 2, many movie buffs will be glued to their internet to see whether the best film will be Gravity or 12 Years… Read more

Charisma: Kevin Kline (left) and the cast of 
The Last of Robin Hood.

In like Flynn

4 January 2014

The movie Saving Mr Banks stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney (foolproof casting) and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins — who, as most people don’t… Read more


Pity Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts

26 October 2013

The Oscars, awarded in February each year, bring out the patriotism in many Australian movie buffs and sections of the media. While few people seriously assume that an Australian film… Read more

A tough act to follow: Saskia Rosendahl in Lore

Whither the AACTAs?

26 January 2013

Some years ago, when this writer worked as a media officer for the National Film and Sound Archive, a proposal was made to add a new category to the Australian… Read more


Portrait of the hacker as a young man

6 October 2012

The hero of Underground, the new Australian telemovie, is good-looking, courageous, brilliantly clever, with high morals, willing to sacrifice everything — his family, his freedom — as he uncovers a… Read more

Are superheroes really a menace

4 August 2012

During the Forties and Fifties, one of Australia’s most popular comic-book heroes was the Lone Avenger, about a masked do-gooder in the Wild West. (The setting wasn’t Australian, but the… Read more

Hanging by a thread?

8 October 2011

The musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been on Broadway, officially at least, for four months now. The initial previews, last year, received scathing reviews. Later, it was substantially… Read more

Mavis Bramston, your country needs you

27 August 2011

Just before 9/11, America’s Comedy Network briefly produced a sitcom called That’s My Bush!, set in the White House, about the domestic and political life of the then-President and his… Read more

Flamboyance for sale

2 July 2011

The announcement that Strictly Ballroom – The Musical will premiere in Sydney in 2013 was perhaps the year’s least surprising entertainment news. For the uninitiated (if there are such people),… Read more

Good luck making an Australian Great Gatsby

7 May 2011

A month before the election, the NSW Labor government triumphantly announced that Baz Luhrmann, one of Australia’s most beloved film directors, would be filming F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great… Read more

Who laughs last…

12 March 2011

In hindsight, nobody should have been surprised. Ben Elton’s show Live from Planet Earth, the series that was supposed to herald the Nine Network’s new eminence as Australia’s ‘home of… Read more

Who’s that girl?

14 August 2010

Politicians are a bit like pop stars, or like to think they are. Paul Keating compared himself to one of the more highbrow pop stars, calling himself ‘the Placido Domingo… Read more