Steve Dow

Steve Dow is a Sydney-based arts writer and the author of Gay: The Tenth Anniversary Collection.


Articles by this author

The Sydney Festival-bound show’s choreographer loves mixing the body with technology
Dance and the digital: An interview with Wayne McGregor
Relationships between machine, brain and body have long been British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s obsession. He uses technology to try to understand how his dancers intuitively...
Australia’s first Muslim rom-com is a shimmering, engaging romp
Big little lies in ‘Ali’s Wedding’
Osamah Sami says he has always been at war with himself, wrestling with his Muslim faith. The 34-year-old was born to an Iraqi family in Iran while the two countries were at war,...
The second season of ‘Top of the Lake’ once again battles male sexual and psychological violence
Misogyny floats
The deep vein of misogyny unsettled me early in Jane Campion’s new miniseries, Top of the Lake: China Girl, in which Elisabeth Moss reprises her role as Robin Griffin, a...
Bringing Timothy Conigrave’s ‘Holding the Man’ to the screen
Not just a love story
In 1995, an Australian memoir was published posthumously. Its author had died the previous year. Holding the Man, by Melbourne-born actor and playwright Timothy Conigrave,...
Adapting Kate Grenville’s ‘The Secret River’ for the screen
History wars
“Yeah, that’s right!” yells a tall, bearded former convict wearing a green vest, brown pants and knee-high boots. He is standing at the bottom of a valley, in long grass...
The Sydney Opera House lit up during the Vivid Sydney festival, May 2014
How the Abbott government is funding a high-culture war
State of the arts
On a stormy Monday morning in August, the Australia Council released its strategic plan for 2015–19 at the Sydney Opera House. Heavy, angled rain battered the panorama of bridge...
Jasmin Sheppard as Patyegarang. Photo by Greg Barrett, courtesy of Bangarra Dance Theatre
The secret history of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ‘Patyegarang’
First contact
In rehearsal for Bangarra Dance Theatre’s latest production (touring nationally until 6 September), the indigenous dancer Jasmin Sheppard climbs a makeshift hill, and for the...