Helen Garner

Helen Garner
Helen Garner is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Her books include Monkey Grip, The Children’s BachThe Spare Room and This House of Grief.

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Mother courage


At home with Rosie Batty

A funny thing happened on the way to Adelaide


A car accident brings an unlikely collection of people together

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Death in Brunswick

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The rooftop bar was buzzing, late on a warm Friday afternoon. My friend and I found a spot under an umbrella and ordered up. Each of us was secretly longing to talk about the fact that the cops had charged a man with the rape and murder of Jill Meagher, …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Lost cause


Defending the indefensible

'Hemingway and Gellhorn', Philip Kaufman (director).
Screening on Showtime in September.

’Hemingway & Gellhorn’ by Philip Kaufman (director)


Writers are notoriously impossible to make good movies about, and director Philip Kaufman in his disastrous new film has tackled a challenging pair: Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen), the Nobel Laureate and world-class self-mythologiser, and Martha Gellhorn …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Meek No More

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The teenager in pyjamas on the dawn flight from Newcastle, entranced by her reflection in a magnifying mirror, spent the trip applying a full face of make-up. From her headset issued the standard tss tss tss, but at such savage volume that the …

'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia', Nuri Bilge Ceylan (director), In limited release from 31 May

’Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ by Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s new movie is a long, brilliantly sophisticated and moving work, knitted together by subtle narrative threads that emerge and re-emerge through the texture of its manifest plot, a murder investigation. Three carloads of men – cops, …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Red Dog


A pet’s mutiny

A Port for the Soul


Aki Kaurismäki’s 'Le Havre'