Film: Stan and Ollie

For two decades from the late 1920s to the 1940s Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were hugely successful as the world’s most famous slapstick comedy duo.  Hefty, bumbling Ollie...
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Frolicking in Frisco

    The Bay Area looked a picture as our plane slid smoothly into San Fran on a fine February afternoon. I’d made the same glide path many times as a stripling LA-based...
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Perth in the 60s: A Happier Time?

Author Marcella Polain If you were a youngster in Perth in the 60s, how was it for you? Perth writer Marcella Polain was there, and she has bitter-sweet memories of the time. In...
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Theatre: Our Town

Our Town has hit our town, and it feels a lot like most towns. Thornton Wilder’s avant-garde 1938 play relates how, in a seemingly humdrum and uneventful world, we often overlook...
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Film: If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could talk is an absorbing and beautifully made film adapted from a 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name by director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight). It is a...
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Film: Stan and Ollie

Film: Stan and Ollie

For two decades from the late 1920s to the 1940s Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were hugely successful as the world’s most famous slapstick comedy duo.  Hefty, bumbling Ollie and his little partner Stan kept the fans laughing in film after film as their well-loved... read more
Frolicking in Frisco

Frolicking in Frisco

    The Bay Area looked a picture as our plane slid smoothly into San Fran on a fine February afternoon. I’d made the same glide path many times as a stripling LA-based hack in the ‘80s, and things looked pretty much the same, save the drab and... read more
Theatre: Our Town

Theatre: Our Town

Our Town has hit our town, and it feels a lot like most towns. Thornton Wilder’s avant-garde 1938 play relates how, in a seemingly humdrum and uneventful world, we often overlook how lucky we are to be here, and that most folk never realise it before they drop off the... read more
Film: Capharnaum

Film: Capharnaum

At the heart of the spell-binding film Capharnaum is a street-smart 12-year-old boy scratching a living in the back alleys of Lebanon’s slums.  His name is Zain and he is played by Syrian refugee Zain Al Rafeea with a compelling sense of reality. Like the film’s... read more
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