2017: Year in Review

I recently decided to revive this old blog of mine, and spruce it up with a new name. Why We're Here Now? Well, it's indicative of a fresh start. A focus on the now, one moment at a time. But we can't know where we are and where we're going unless we have a good sense… Continue reading 2017: Year in Review

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Interview: Ships in the Night #13

During FRINGE WORLD earlier this year, we were treated to many delightful stimulants for the senses, a particularly memorable one being Ships in the Grr. Presented across two separate evenings in the cosy surrounds of SJ Finch’s yurt inside The Blue Room Theatre’s Kaos Room, writers and musicians regaled us with their stories and songs. Audience members were asked to… Continue reading Interview: Ships in the Night #13

Film review: Embrace of the Serpent | Lotterywest Festival Films

Writer/director Ciro Guerra has made a number of impressive achievements in his career thus far, with all three of his feature films being Colombia’s entries in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards in the year of their release. His latest, Embrace of the Serpent, was the first Colombian film to ever… Continue reading Film review: Embrace of the Serpent | Lotterywest Festival Films

Film review: Rams | Lotterywest Festival Films

Iceland: where the jumpers are woolly, the men are woolly, and even the landscapes are woolly – with sheep. At least, that’s how it is in Rams (Hrútar), an Icelandic drama written and directed by Grímur Hákonarson. Two sheep farmers (Sigurður Sigurjónsson as Gummi and Theodór Júlíusson as Kiddi) live on neighbouring blocks of land with mere metres between their homes,… Continue reading Film review: Rams | Lotterywest Festival Films

Film review: The Legend of Barney Thomson | Lotterywest Festival Films

I was a big fan of the Scottish television series Hamish Macbeth as a kid. Robert Carlyle played the title character and I thought he was ace. I enjoyed him very much as Begbie in Trainspotting, and later in The Full Monty. Since the heady days of the mid to late 90s we haven’t seen Carlyle much – so it was… Continue reading Film review: The Legend of Barney Thomson | Lotterywest Festival Films

Film review: The End of the Tour | Lotterywest Festival Films

The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt and written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Donald Margulies, is a fictionalised version of the meeting of minds between writers David Lipsky and David Foster Wallace. The film is based on Lipsky’s book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself. Wallace is best known – and revered – for his second novel Infinite Jest,… Continue reading Film review: The End of the Tour | Lotterywest Festival Films

Film review: Sherpa | Lotterywest Festival Films

Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom has been working in the Himalayas for ten years on different films. Admitting her frustration at repeatedly seeing the Sherpas and their stories reduced to clippings on the cutting room floor, she set out to make the Sherpas’ story front and centre in her own eye-opening film. Peedom’s documentary Sherpa is the first outing of… Continue reading Film review: Sherpa | Lotterywest Festival Films