• Into the shimmering world

    Ian Maxwell     |      April 13, 2024

    Angus Cerini’s play Into the Shimmering World, now playing in Sydney, is an unforgiving meditation on what it is to be good and what takes to live a good life.

  • Deciphering the monolith

    Ari Mattes     |      April 11, 2024

    Monolith, a low-budget, high concept science fiction film from first time Australian director Matt Vesely and writer Lucy Campbell, is a triumph of quiet, intelligent film making.

  • An opinionated guide to female painters

    Lydia Merrett     |      April 10, 2024

    A new book, An Opinionated Guide to Women Painters, offers a good introduction to the many women who have contributed to the development of western art.

  • Out of darkness

    Penny Spikins     |      April 7, 2024

    Despite its stone age setting and modern ‘girl boss’ main characters, Out of Darkness is better than it has any right to be.

  • The three body problem

    Open Forum     |      March 31, 2024

    Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem – the first volume in his popular science fiction trilogy Remembrance of Earth’s Past – has entertained and challenged readers since first appearing in Chinese in 2006 and is now coming to Netflix.

  • Among the narcissus

    Marguerite Johnson     |      March 28, 2024

    The vain, self obsessed Narcissus is among the best-known figures from Greek mythology, and his story and fate have continued relevance today in an age of social media and self-obsession.

  • Farewell to the cockney rebel

    Alison Blair     |      March 24, 2024

    ’70s glam rock icon Steve Harley, renowned for hits like Make Me Smile, leaves a powerful musical legacy which echoes to this day.

  • Remembering Mike McColl Jones

    Steve Vizard     |      March 21, 2024

    Mike McColl Jones, Australia’s most admired, enduring and prodigious comedy writer has died, having made the nation laugh for over 40 years in the heyday of live variety TV.

  • You’ll never find me

    Erin Harrington     |      March 20, 2024

    The new Australian psychological horror film You’ll Never Find Me is an unsettling and economical chamber piece that makes effective use of its limited location and dialogue-heavy script.

  • Happiness without freedom, or freedom without happiness

    Sheila Fitzpatrick     |      March 16, 2024

    This year is the centenary of Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin’s dystopian novel We – a major influence on George Orwell’s dystopia 1984 and a seminal work of science fiction.

  • It happened one night – 90 years ago

    Alexander Sergeant     |      March 16, 2024

    Frank Capra’s cynical romantic fable, It Happened One Night, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and is well due a critical revisit.

  • Political bees and talking pigs

    Julia Kindt     |      March 15, 2024

    The differences and similarities between humans and (other) animals fascinated ancient philosophers and story tellers, and are still a point of scientific and moral contention today.