Southern Magic, Films Galore and Ice-Cream Heaven



This summer we’ve been escaping the sizzle down in WA’s far south, where the trees are tall, and the beaches splendid.
One of our favourites is Conspicuous Cliff (above). It was first named by the French during Baudin’s celebrated voyage of discovery in the Geographe and the Naturaliste (1801 -1803). Sailing past, they were struck by the towering ridges and icing-white sand on the southern coastline. It remains beautifully conspicuous from all angles.  And staying in nearby Walpole, we’ve been treated to a far gentler version of summer;  even misty mornings!
Back up in Perth, we’ve been enjoying the current crop of movie offerings, trying to see as many films as possible before the Oscars (on March 13).
Most recently, we saw Living, starring the delightful Bill Nighy, up for Best Actor for his role as a dying bureaucrat. (Margot reviews that for us in the next issue of The Starfish.)
We’re yet to see Tar, starring Cate Blanchett, who just won a BAFTA and is also up for an Oscar for her role as the tempestuous conductor. Cate has also produced a new documentary, Knowing The Score, (directed by Janine Hosking) about the life of legendary Australian conductor Simone Young, currently showing at Luna cinemas. Simone was recently appointed chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Our busy film reviewers also share their critques in this edition on Hugh Jackman drama The Son, Festival film Godland and  Aftersun.
We’re also running the ultimate summer ice-cream recipe from Alice Zaslavsky’s wonderful new book The Joy of Better Cooking (Murdoch Books). We think this one will vanish as soon as it hits the plate!
And here at Starfish HQ, we’re singing for joy at the news that Peter’s daughter Tash and her partner Ange have just announced their engagement.
Congrats to this fantastic couple!
Jacqui and Pete