Steve Dow


31 ENTRIES Steve Dow is the 2020 Walkley arts journalism award recipient.


Film still showing Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill and Judi Dench in ‘Belfast’. Image supplied: Focus Features


Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’

This nostalgic tale of childhood during the Troubles is both poignant and beautifully shot, but it sanitises the sectarian conflict’s violence

Image of Lisa McCune, Zahra Newman and Peter Carroll appearing on stage in Girl from the North Country. Image © Daniel Boud.


‘Girl from the North Country’

Weaving Bob Dylan songs into a story of Depression-era hardship, Conor McPherson’s musical speaks to the broken America of today

Image of Ian Wilkes leading a Galup show. Photo © Dan Grant


Noongar stories at Perth Festival

From a walking performance on country to a Noongar-dubbed Bruce Lee film, Perth Festival points up Aboriginal stories

Bangarra’s Spirit. Photo © Lisa Tomasetti


Healing story

Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ‘Spirit’ pays tribute to collaborators

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Character study: Craig Silvey on ‘Honeybee’

The author’s first novel since ‘Jasper Jones’ raises questions about who should tell contemporary trans stories

Image from ‘Breaking the Waves’


Reimagining ‘Breaking the Waves’

The creators of this opera on how it adds new depths and agency to von Trier’s 1996 film

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Celebrating beauty’s passing: ‘Requiem’

Italian director Romeo Castellucci on his radical reimagining of Mozart’s classic

Image of Philip Glass and Phelim McDermott composing ‘Tao of Glass’


A dream within a dream: ‘Tao of Glass’

Theatremaker Phelim McDermott on his highly personal collaboration with Philip Glass

Image of actors rehearsing ‘Hecate’


‘Hecate’: honouring two storytelling traditions

Australia’s first major Shakespearean production in Noongar language will retell ‘Macbeth’ at Perth Festival

Image of ‘Joan Didion’s “The White Album”’


Joan Didion’s eerily contemporary ‘The White Album’

The seminal essay’s ongoing resonance is explored in this interactive production coming to Sydney Festival

Images of Aaron McGrath rehearsing as Johnny Mullagh in ‘Black Cockatoo’


A tale of triumph and exploitation: ‘Black Cockatoo’

The little-known story of history-making Aboriginal cricketer Johnny Mullagh and his team is told in this new play

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Fighting power: ‘Total Control’

Deborah Mailman on her fearless role in the political drama that tackles racism and sexism head-on

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‘Manus’: troubling and obligatory viewing

An Iranian play brings stories of Australia’s offshore detention centres to the Adelaide Festival

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Ben Quilty: the art of unease

Ahead of a major survey at the Art Gallery of SA, the artist talks about the anxiety that informs his work

Image from ‘The Magic Flute’


Barrie Kosky’s reimagined ‘The Magic Flute’ heads for Australia

The director on why his film-inspired production almost didn’t happen