More than ten years after his passing, Lucian Freud is celebrated for his remarkable contribution to contemporary art, and remains an enigmatic figure whose work and persona continue to captivate art lovers the world over. As an artist, Freud defied conventions and carved a unique niche in the realm of figurative painting. His distinctive approach […]

In 1964, The Beatles are the biggest band in the world. Their second album With The Beatles has proved they aren’t a flash in the pan, and they tour the US for the first time. Fans swoon and the media swoop to create Beatlemania and four of the most documented humans on Earth. Decades later […]

It’s the early 80s, and into a largely white Australian pub rock scene, No Fixed Address kick down the doors with their roots-rock-reggae sound infused with stories of Indigenous rights, rebellion and survival. The five-piece came out of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music to cut their way through the country, […]

“I don’t deliberately set out to aggravate or shock. I don’t censor myself. You need to be honest. You need to not hold back. I hate twee art. I find it dishonest; a false, privileged construct. Life is not nice. Existence is sad and cruel” – Simon Hanselmann. Also, in Hanselmann’s graphic novels, life can […]

Film Lovers celebrate! The Sydney Film Festival returns this year for its 70th anniversary, from June 7 – 18, featuring films from all over the world, fresh from festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and the Berlinale. The SFF is always a must-see event allowing Sydney cinephiles a first look at some of the most anticipated […]

That’s how Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O describes what it was like to step out on stage in 2000s New York – Ravenous fanaticism. Inspired by Lizzy Goodman’s book of the same title, Meet Me in the Bathroom (Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, 2022) is a collection of archival footage that provokes reflection, […]

Where to start with a cinematic master like Bergman? Boasting a prolific career spanning over four decades, it can be hard to find the right entry into the Swedish maestro’s explorations of our soul, purpose and psyches. There is no real wrong choice, but it’s in his films from the 1950s, we see one of […]

Opening a Curtis Sittenfeld story is the beginning of a delicious endeavour. Her flawed female protagonists are constantly navigating a quagmire of life and love’s hot button topics, delivering moments of satire and social criticism, self-analysis and character assassinations. In Romantic Comedy, Sittenfeld delivers this in spades with a story that delights in poking her […]