2014 Iranian Film Festival

For over a century, film has been entertaining audiences and making us laugh and cry. But is also serves a deeper purpose – it helps shape opinions and reflects back to society and the world representations of people and ideas. Numerous regimes have feared and tried to control film, along with other media. Iran has […]

2014 Italian Film Festival

If you were to ask someone to list the world’s best film directors, there’s a good chance a good portion of those would be Italian. And Italian actresses? Well. It doesn’t take much thinking to rattle off names such as Sophia Loren and Monica Belluci. This year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival will be bookended by […]

‘Til death do us ‘part

As a marriage celebrant, Andrew Appleby sees people on what is usually the happiest day of their lives. But one day each year is particularly special for him – that’s when Andrew dons his black wig and renews the vows of loved-up couples at the Parkes Elvis Festival. Andrew spoke to me back in 2012 […]

Taylor Swift: RED tour concert

I’m not here to tell you about how I was robbed of $80 in parking money instead of just the $55 I’d anticipated losing (thank you Bayswater Parking Station). Or to tell you of how I was mistaken for a lady of the night by a curly-haired boy in Kings Cross (‘I just got back […]

Angels and demons: Conflux 8 radio special

You’ve heard of Comic Con, but do you know Conflux? Australian lovers of sci-fi, fantasy and horror certainly do. It’s Canberra’s annual speculative fiction convention, drawing top Australian and international authors and artists of speculative fiction for a series of workshops, panel discussions and more. I attended Conflux 8 in 2012 and had the pleasure […]

Radio special: speed-solving the Rubik’s cube

The Rubik’s cube turns 40 next year, and there is much to celebrate. The iconic puzzle is still loved the world over, and especially so by a dedicated few who regularly spend hours perfecting their puzzle-solving skills. Speedcubing Australia is the Australian arm of the World Cube Association and on 7-8 September, it brought together […]