Kerryn Goldsworthy

Kerryn Goldsworthy

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‘Vulture’; ‘Sunday Arts’; ‘The Movie Show’ on ABC-TV


Any poet could have told the ABC that with a name like Vulture its new arts program was bound to get negative feedback. A vulture is an ugly, disgusting creature whose presence lets you know your death is imminent.This may be why one blogger, having watched …

Queen Emily of the High Cs

“Why are you wasting your time watching that appalling trash?” asked the music critic I recently got into a conversation with about Australian Idol. When I say “music critic” I mean someone who goes regularly to the high-end stuff, to recitals …

’A Current Affair’ on Channel Nine / ’Today Tonight’ on Channel Seven

Australian media

Among people who get their current affairs from the ABC or SBS, the consensus is that A Current Affair and Today Tonight rate their socks off by relying on stories about neighbourhood feuds, sex scandals, dodgy salesmen, weight loss, welfare cheats and …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Sundays in paradise


Paradise Community Church sits, appropriately enough, on acres of prime real estate. On a sunny Sunday morning it’s hard to find a space in their massive car park. For my first and only attendance at this Assemblies of God stronghold – Adelaide’s …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

This is your afterlife


In the course of her political career Pauline Hanson endured a range of unpleasantnesses, including death threats, jail strip-searches and the hurling into her face of unspeakable substances in public places. But the sight of Channel Nine’s Mike Munro …

Whiteboards and orangemen


Slick meets ick in ‘House’

Drought essay: Cambrai, South Australia


On a Tuesday in June, only a day or two before it finally began to bucket down, an article appeared on page two of the Adelaide Advertiser headed: “Please adopt a starving goat.” Leesa Lewis, director of the Australian Association for Dairy Goats, …

“There are no limits, love”


Graham Kennedy was an eyes-popping perfectionist, a subversive pre-feminist, a rebel without any trousers on.

‘Big Brother’ Channel Ten


Tragically, Big Brother is back. As with Australian Idol, this show’s soundtrack of non-stop hysteria is provided by a mob of nine-year-olds leaping about and screeching as though their complimentary jumbo drink-bottles of red cordial have all been …