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The festival of fire

The festival of fire

Stella Ktenas falls down, down, down into the Burning Seed

An interview tangentially related to The National

An interview tangentially related to The National

The National have always been a ‘band of brothers’: Bryce and Aaron Dessner, Bryan and Scott Devendorf, and then there’s Matt Berninger. The group’s towering frontman is the sole figure of the band lacking a ‘brother’. He’s not an only child, as many might assume; his brother just prefers heavy metal. Tom Berninger, the younger […]

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Indonesia is geographically adjacent to us and has a population of 238 million people, as well as a government that celebrates and endorses the mass murdering of more than half a million people that occurred between 1965 and 1966.

Review: Wadjda at the Sydney Film Festival

Review: Wadjda at the Sydney Film Festival

Wadjda navigates the often non-existent line between criticism of a patriarchal state and Islamaphobia. It gives the debate – which is the euphemism for misinformed and often racist assertions about what Islam is – complexity.

Review: Stoker at the Sydney Film Festival

Review: Stoker at the Sydney Film Festival

Stoker isn’t marked by the unabated savageness of Park’s Korean offerings, but rather restrains itself until tension builds overlong; bursting into sexual violence and bubbling back down again.

Review: Upstream Colour at the Sydney Film Festival

Review: Upstream Colour at the Sydney Film Festival

Upstream Colour is a rare, and paradoxical, example of a film that makes complete sense in of itself, but is impossible to summate.