Merry Christmas from The Starfish



Here at Starfish HQ, we’re wishing you, dear reader, a jolly, happy, fun-filled Christmas.
Yes, it’s been a challenging year but we remain grateful to be part of the WA oasis, exempt from the virus-induced havoc of so many other places.
While we haven’t been able to travel, we have relished the films transporting us to other exotic locations.
Lately we’ve been busy previewing this summer’s Festival film offerings at Perth’s Backlot cinema (as you can see in the pic, further down). One such film, Antoinette in the Cevannes (Ros’s review is in this issue) took us to a rather beautiful part of France, where a love-lorn woman and her donkey endure various faux-pas.
UK film The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins and Oilvia Colman, is a standout but many other gems await: including Aussie revenge thriller High Ground (Simon Baker, Jack Thompson).
Margot, once a keen windsurfer, is the first to admit she knows little about surfing, but was won over by the documentary Girls Can’t Surf, which includes some spectacular footage of some of Hawaii’s big waves. That review will be in the next Starfish.
Films aside, we’ve all been thinking about food a lot this year, haven’t we? And happily for us, many wonderful recipes continue to hit our Inbox from our friends  in the cookbook publishing world.
This week we have a very festive treat of a recipe to bring you from Bill Granger: Pavlova with Mango, Passionfruit and Yoghurt Cream. Mmmm!
It’s hard to believe it’s five years since rock god David Bowie died. But here in Perth, some of his most ardent fans are doing their best to keep his memory alive. Leanne Casellas organises an annual show involving dozens of musicians performing Bowie hits. Read our interview with her in this issue.
And finally, if you are still racking your brains to figure out what to give certain family members and chums for Christmas, our list of books may help.
Next year, we look forward to bringing you more info on art, film and books that help liven up our lives.
Merry Christmas!