Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford
Anwen Crawford is The Monthly’s music critic. Her new book is No Document.

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Song sisters


The soundtrack to documentary ‘Brazen Hussies’ shows a breadth of feeling about women’s liberation in Australia

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Ready steady gone


The passing of its figureheads underscores pop music’s waning influence on personal identity

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Quiet desperation: ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’


Eliza Hittman’s abortion drama is marked by the emotional solidarity of its teen protagonists

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Bunkered down: ‘The Translators’


With a confusing plot and a reliance on clichés, the French thriller fails to excite

Listening to Roberta Flack


‘First Take’, released 50 years ago, still echoes through the present

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Audio tapestry


A tangle of red tape is robbing us of music podcasts in Australia

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Milk it: ‘First Cow’


Kelly Reichardt’s restrained frontier film considers the uneasy problems of money and resources

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The heat of a moment: Ziggy Ramo’s ‘Black Thoughts’


A debut hip-hop album that calls for a reckoning with Indigenous sovereignty and invites the listener to respond

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Moral bankruptcy


Robodebt stemmed from the false ideological division between the deserving and undeserving poor, but the government still clings to moralistic language