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Toronto International Film Festival 2018 (part one). Image from ‘In Fabric’

Toronto International Film Festival 2018 (part one)

Culture / Film & Television / Film

A British outlier and a British newcomer are among the stand-outs in the first part of the festival

Joaquin Phoenix mesmerises in ‘You Were Never Really Here’. Image from ‘You Were Never Really Here’

Joaquin Phoenix mesmerises in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

Culture / Film & Television / Film

The actor distils embodied trauma to its purest form in Lynne Ramsay’s genre-subverting thriller

Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect as the imperfect Patrick Melrose. Image from ‘Patrick Melrose’

Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect as the imperfect Patrick Melrose

Culture / Film & Television / Television

The actor brings together his trademark raffishness and sardonic superiority in this searing miniseries

‘McQueen’: a vivid portrayal of a galvanising personality. Image from ‘McQueen’

‘McQueen’: a vivid portrayal of a galvanising personality

Culture / Film & Television / Film

The first feature documentary on fashion designer Alexander McQueen is unlikely to be the last


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Books


‘One Hundred Years of Dirt’ by Rick Morton

A social affairs reporter turns the pen on himself

Remembering Peter Temple. Image of Peter Temple

Remembering Peter Temple

The acclaimed Australian crime writer had a deep appreciation for the folly of things

Radical Heart. Image of ‘Radical Heart’ by Shireen Morris

Radical Heart

Inside the campaign for constitutional recognition – a Shireen Morris book extract

‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer

The Pulitzer Prize–winning novel is an engaging story of love and literary misadventure

To have or not to have: Sheila Heti’s ‘Motherhood’ and Jacqueline Rose’s ‘Mothers’. Covers of Motherhood and Mothers

To have or not to have: Sheila Heti’s ‘Motherhood’ and Jacqueline Rose’s ‘Mothers’

Heti’s novel asks if a woman should have a child; Rose’s nonfiction considers how society treats her if she does

‘The Fireflies of Autumn’: a bittersweet take on the Tuscan idyll. Image of Moreno Giovannoni’s ‘The Fireflies of Autumn’

‘The Fireflies of Autumn’: a bittersweet take on the Tuscan idyll

Moreno Giovannoni’s debut collection examines dislocation in a way rarely seen


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Music


Leonard Bernstein: show tunes and symphonies. Image of Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein: show tunes and symphonies

Centenary celebrations highlight the composer’s broad ambitions and appeal

Low’s ‘Double Negative’: studies in slow transformation. Image of Low

Low’s ‘Double Negative’: studies in slow transformation

Twelve albums in, the Minnesota three-piece can still surprise in their unique way

Remembering Aretha Franklin. Image of Aretha Franklin

Remembering Aretha Franklin

The Queen is dead; long live the Queen

The disappointment of The Carters’ ‘Everything Is Love’ and Kanye West’s ‘Ye’. Image of Beyoncé and Jay-Z

The disappointment of The Carters’ ‘Everything Is Love’ and Kanye West’s ‘Ye’

New albums from Beyoncé and Jay-Z and Kanye West bare all yet share nothing

Angélique Kidjo reinvents Talking Heads’ ‘Remain in Light’. Image of Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo reinvents Talking Heads’ ‘Remain in Light’

This remake of the 1980 classic insists on the connections between musical traditions

Dark Mofo: an easy cell. Image from Dark Mofo 2018

Dark Mofo: an easy cell

Incarceration is a recurring theme at Mona’s 2018 winter arts festival


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Film


The hermitic world of Debra Granik’s ‘Leave No Trace’. Still from Leave No Trace

The hermitic world of Debra Granik’s ‘Leave No Trace’

The ‘Winter’s Bone’ director takes her exploration of family ties off the grid

Manly men get moody in ‘Mile 22’. Image from ‘Mile 22’

Manly men get moody in ‘Mile 22’

Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg flirt with worldly cynicism in this action thriller

‘Exquisite Corpse’: reinventing a parlour game in immersive VR. Image from BADFAITH Collective’s ‘Exquisite Corpse’

‘Exquisite Corpse’: reinventing a parlour game in immersive VR

BADFAITH Collective build a Surrealist body at the Melbourne International Film Festival

Tom Cruise is the boss of Hollywood’s alpha men. Image from ‘Mission: Impossible: Fallout’

Tom Cruise is the boss of Hollywood’s alpha men

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ works as hard as its tireless star to deliver thrills

Tragedy eclipses talent in ‘Whitney’. Image of Whitney Houston

Tragedy eclipses talent in ‘Whitney’

Kevin Macdonald’s documentary inadvertently downplays Houston’s impact on pop music history

The persistence of curiosity in documentary profiles. Image from ‘McQueen’

The persistence of curiosity in documentary profiles

‘RBG’, ‘Whitney’, ‘The Gospel According to André’ and ‘McQueen’ ask: “Who are you?”


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Art


Chiharu Shiota at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Image of Chiharu Shiota’s ‘Wall’

Chiharu Shiota at the Art Gallery of South Australia

The Japanese installation artist tugs at the thread of life’s big questions

Mike Parr’s invisible performance and Tasmania’s complex past. Image of Mike Parr, Underneath the Bitumen the Artist

Mike Parr’s invisible performance and Tasmania’s complex past

Underneath the bitumen in Hobart, history becomes art

‘Colony’ at NGV Australia. Image of Michael Cook, Court (2014), no

‘Colony’ at NGV Australia

Twin exhibitions explore the very different experiences of settlement for European and Indigenous peoples

ZERO is the beginning. Image of ‘Spiegelenvironment’ by Christian Megert

ZERO is the beginning

A new exhibition at Mona brings the light to Dark Mofo

‘The Field Revisited’ and ‘Robert Hunter’ at NGV Australia. Image of Janet Dawson’s ‘Rollascape’

‘The Field Revisited’ and ‘Robert Hunter’ at NGV Australia

Two exhibitions re-examine landmark Australian art

‘The Lady and the Unicorn’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Sight, c1500, from The Lady and the Unicorn series, wool and silk, 312 cm x 330 cm

‘The Lady and the Unicorn’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Six exquisite tapestries form one of the great works of medieval art


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Theatre


‘Blackie Blackie Brown’ at STC and Malthouse Theatre. Image from ‘Blackie Blackie Brown’ at STC

‘Blackie Blackie Brown’ at STC and Malthouse Theatre

Playwright Nakkiah Lui’s latest delivers comedy and carnage at a bracing pace

Epic theatre. Image from Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’

Epic theatre

Technology intensifies the Brechtian in a recent series of productions

‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’: history is an infinite loop. Image from Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’

‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’: history is an infinite loop

The Sydney Theatre Company production brings Brecht’s parable closer to home

‘Hamlet’ reinvigorated as opera. Image of ‘Hamlet’

‘Hamlet’ reinvigorated as opera

Brett Dean and Neil Armfield reimagine the Shakespearean tragedy at the Adelaide Festival

Patient simulation. Illustration

Patient simulation

Some actors intentionally suffer for their art

Ivo van Hove: It’s only theatre. Kings of War

Ivo van Hove: It’s only theatre

The prolific director is bringing jumbotron Shakespeare to the Adelaide Festival


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Dance


The mesmerising ‘Dark Emu’. Image from Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ‘Dark Emu’

The mesmerising ‘Dark Emu’

Bangarra’s latest production explores Aboriginal Australians’ sophisticated farming practices

Dance and the digital: An interview with Wayne McGregor. Tree of Codes

Dance and the digital: An interview with Wayne McGregor

The Sydney Festival-bound show’s choreographer loves mixing the body with technology

‘Bennelong’ by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Beau Dean Riley Smith in Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Bennelong

‘Bennelong’ by Bangarra Dance Theatre

Sydney Opera House (touring Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne)

Destiny’s children

Body Electric’s jazz ballet for adults

The best of Australian arts 2014. Tammy Wynette (2014) by Linda Marrinon

The best of Australian arts 2014

Critics give their picks for the year’s top ten

First contact. Jasmin Sheppard as Patyegarang

First contact

The secret history of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ‘Patyegarang’


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Architecture


Two worlds at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. Image of Australian pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Two worlds at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale

The consumption of space, land and habitat is Australia’s focus at the world’s pre-eminent architecture event

Walking the Wukalina Walk. Illustration

Walking the Wukalina Walk

A new four-day tour in Tasmania is owned and guided by Aboriginal people

This is not an opera house. Image of the Sydney Opera House

This is not an opera house

Beautiful on the outside … the tragedy of Bennelong Point

SOS. Illustration

SOS

Brutalist masterpiece or harbour eyesore? Sydney’s Sirius building faces an uncertain future

Murcutt’s mosque. Roof detail of the Australian Islamic Centre

Murcutt’s mosque

The Australian Islamic Centre is notable for what it isn’t as much as for what it is

Compressed contemporary

Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument


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Fashion


Straight outta Narrandera. Illustration

Straight outta Narrandera

Victoria Lee takes on the Victoria’s Secret runway

The artisan. Tanel Bedrossiantz, in a dress from the Jean Paul Gaultier Barbès collection, ready-to-wear, Autumn–Winter 1984–85

The artisan

‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ at the National Gallery of Victoria

‘Modern Love: Fashion visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA’ . Sarah Caplan’s World Trade Center dress

RM Williams and haute couture

The iconic Australian brand has a new co-owner

Fashion masterpiece

Romance was born - ‘The Oracle’, 2011

Jewel of Melbourne. Illustration by Jeff Fisher


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Fiction


Unfinished business: A short story

Can a young wartime couple pick up where they left off?

‘Clade’ by James Bradley

Hamish Hamilton; $32.99

Sinkers

The pencil and the damage done. Self-portrait with Easel and Mirror (1646), by Johannes Gumpp

The pencil and the damage done

The perverse attraction of autobiographical fiction

‘Golden Boys’ by Sonya Hartnett

Penguin; $29.99


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Poetry


Late styles

Clive James’ ‘Sentenced to Life’ and Les Murray’s ‘Waiting for the Past’

Majesty and burning. The young Dylan Thomas

Majesty and burning

A century of Dylan Thomas

Wild Pilgrim. Ko Un, with his books

Wild Pilgrim

Meeting Ko Un

'Radar' by Kevin Brophy and Nathan Curnow. 'Radar' by Kevin Brophy and Nathan Curnow, Walleah Press; $25
At the Table by the Window. Peter Steele

At the Table by the Window

Peter Steele (1939–2012)


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