A new artistic director, Stuart Maunder, takes over Victorian Opera next year. Whether he can raise a pulse with their next season remains to be seen. But for now, this company’s road to hell is paved in artless yellow brick. Continue reading Il Mago di Oz: opera debut is old humbug
Every Australian newspaper and website has a Google spreadsheet brimming with the names of clickbait authors. They’re usually over 50, white and distinguishable for being ready and willing to burp out content at a moment’s notice. Continue reading Lazy, lazy, lazy… the clickbait evolution
At some point, it just becomes the responsible thing to do to take an artist’s microphone away. That moment has arrived for Baz Luhrmann with Elvis. Continue reading Elvis vs Predator
Anyone seeking evidence of the AFL’s dangerous need for a culture shift need only examine the Bailey Smith news cycle it rolled out this weekend. Continue reading Holding the man: anything to keep Bailey Smith playing the AFL’s game
The decision to divide Universal’s screen adaptation of Wicked makes it clear the production knows some form of special sauce will be needed to make the blockbuster musical work on the big screen. Continue reading Two Wicked?
Australia’s dwindling print news landscape faces the biggest threat to its existence “since World War II”. Soaring paper costs this year have placed the last newsprint mill and countless Aussie news titles at risk of closure. Continue reading The death rattle of Aussie print news?
Stripped of disguise, arguments against Pennsylvania University student Lia Thomas competing as a professional women’s athlete stem from the idea Ms Thomas is not, in fact, a woman. They are wrong. Continue reading Cold stupidity: the debate over trans athletes strikes again
Image: Backstage.com Over the past month, I’ve had the thrill of seeing both West Side Stories, director Robert Wise’s 1961 version and Steven Spielberg’s recent remake, within days of each other at a cinema. They’re both, on first glance, very different. And so they should be. Seven decades removed you would hope there’d have been enough positive change for this story to be seen anew. … Continue reading Sixty years on, West Side Story still belongs to Anita (not Spielberg)
A federal election is hurtling towards us bringing nothing but destruction in its wake. In the meantime, we’ll be facing off with the same political manoeuvring we’ve always seen from the same hoky political characters. Continue reading No Impact: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the federal election
As Dune adaptations go, Villeneuve’s new effort is far from a disaster. It just isn’t terribly engaging. Continue reading Villeneuve’s Dune: review