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‘The Loudest Voice’: a nightmarish portrait of a monster. Image from ‘The Loudest Voice'

‘The Loudest Voice’: a nightmarish portrait of a monster

Culture / Television

The sheer scale of Roger Ailes’s wrongs defies the medium of television

Pagan poetry: the studied strangeness of Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’. Image from ‘Midsommar’

Pagan poetry: the studied strangeness of Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’

Culture / Film

The ‘Hereditary’ director micro-manages the mania in his new film

A meme is born: Real Australians Say Welcome. Image of Peter Drew bike stencil

A meme is born: Real Australians Say Welcome

Culture / Art

How one artist’s posters about politics took on a life of their own – an extract

Quentin Tarantino’s Sisyphean task. Image of director Quentin Tarantino and actor Margot Robbie

Quentin Tarantino’s Sisyphean task

Culture / Film

The polarising director and actor Margot Robbie on making ‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’


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Swan song: Documenting the Adam Goodes saga. Photo of Adam Goodes

➊ Swan song: Documenting the Adam Goodes saga

Two documentaries consider how racism ended the AFL star’s career

‘The Loudest Voice’: a nightmarish portrait of a monster. Image from ‘The Loudest Voice'

➋ ‘The Loudest Voice’: a nightmarish portrait of a monster

The sheer scale of Roger Ailes’s wrongs defies the medium of television

A meme is born: Real Australians Say Welcome. Image of Peter Drew bike stencil

➌ A meme is born: Real Australians Say Welcome

How one artist’s posters about politics took on a life of their own – an extract

Robot love: Ian McEwan’s ‘Machines Like Me’ and Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Frankissstein’. Book covers

➍ Robot love: Ian McEwan’s ‘Machines Like Me’ and Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Frankissstein’

Literary authors tackle sentience and rationality in AI, with horrific results

Books


‘The White Girl’ by Tony Birch. Cover of ‘The White Girl’ by Tony Birch

‘The White Girl’ by Tony Birch

An emotionally eloquent novel about the necessary inheritance of strength in Indigenous women

‘The Other Americans’ by Laila Lalami. Cover image of ‘The Other Americans’ by Laila Lalami

‘The Other Americans’ by Laila Lalami

An accidental death in a tale of immigrant generations highlights fractures in the promise of America

‘Animalia’ by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo. Cover image of 'Animalia' by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

‘Animalia’ by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

The French author delivers a pastoral that turns on human cruelty

The chthonic realms explored in Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Underland’. Cover image of Underland by Robert Macfarlane

The chthonic realms explored in Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Underland’

Cave systems, mines, urban sewers, mycelial networks, moulins and more

‘Room for a Stranger’ by Melanie Cheng

The medico-writer delivers a novel driven less by storyline than accumulated observation

The desperate, secretive drama: ‘Choice Words’ edited by Louise Swinn. Book cover of Choice Words

The desperate, secretive drama: ‘Choice Words’ edited by Louise Swinn

Personal stories consider questions of choice, legality and stigma surrounding abortion


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Music


Dark Mofo 2019: Blixa Bargeld. Image of Blixa Bargeld at Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo 2019: Blixa Bargeld

The German musician presides over a suitably unpredictable evening

All veils and misty: Richard Lowenstein’s ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’. Image from 'Mystify: Michael Hutchence'

All veils and misty: Richard Lowenstein’s ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’

The insider documentary that wipes clear the myths obscuring the INXS singer

Dark Mofo 2019: The Dirty Three and Phurpa. Image of Phurpa at Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo 2019: The Dirty Three and Phurpa

Two bands conjure different degrees of devilishness on a Sunday in Hobart

Dark Mofo 2019: Costume. Image of Costume at Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo 2019: Costume

The Tasmanian electro-orchestral pop artist makes a beguiling debut in Hobart

Seoul trained: K-pop and Blackpink. Photo of Blackpink at Coachella

Seoul trained: K-pop and Blackpink

Trying to find meaning in the carefully formulated culture of K-pop

An obscure celebration of ‘Disintegration’. Image of The Cure at Sydney Opera House

An obscure celebration of ‘Disintegration’

The Cure at the Sydney Opera House, Vivid LIVE, May 27, 2019


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Film


Popcorn maker: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’. Photo of Margot Robbie

Popcorn maker: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’

The tide may have turned against the director’s juvenile instincts and misogynist violence

Meritocracy rules in ‘Booksmart’. Image from ‘Booksmart’

Meritocracy rules in ‘Booksmart’

Those who work hard learn to play hard in Olivia Wilde’s high-school comedy

Art life: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s ‘Never Look Away’ and Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’. Image from 'Never Look Away'

Art life: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s ‘Never Look Away’ and Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’

By barely disguising an account of the life of Gerhard Richter, the German director fails the artist and filmgoers

A master’s misstep: Claire Denis’ ‘High Life’. Still image from 'High Life'

A master’s misstep: Claire Denis’ ‘High Life’

The French auteur chooses a sci-fi film to start over-explaining things

Killer instincts: The ‘John Wick’ franchise. Still image from John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Killer instincts: The ‘John Wick’ franchise

Keanu Reeves hones his stardom in the hyperreal violence of an assassin’s tale

A fugitive dream: Ben Hackworth’s ‘Celeste’. Image from ‘Celeste’

A fugitive dream: Ben Hackworth’s ‘Celeste’

On the future of the Australian art film and forgetting the past


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Television


Streaming highlights: July 2019. Image from ‘Derry Girls’

Streaming highlights: July 2019

Low-profile comedies ‘Flowers’, ‘Workin’ Moms’ and ‘Derry Girls’ beguile; ‘Veronica Mars’ revived; and Netflix and Marvel break up

The strange thing about ‘Stranger Things’. Image from ‘Stranger Things’

The strange thing about ‘Stranger Things’

On the show’s exhaustive and exhausting nostalgia

Streaming highlights: June 2019. Image from ‘Dark’ on Netflix

Streaming highlights: June 2019

‘Dark’ makes a wild return, ‘Good Omens’ approaches the apocalypse lightly, ‘City on a Hill’ moves beyond the crime genre’s prerequisites, and new ‘Black Mirror’

Falling for ‘Fleabag’. Image from ‘Fleabag’

Falling for ‘Fleabag’

On the problematic hotness of Andrew Scott’s Hot Priest

At home in the Antarctic. Illustration

At home in the Antarctic

The screenwriters living with the crew of Mawson station

Streaming highlights: May 2019. Image from ‘When They See Us’

Streaming highlights: May 2019

‘When They See Us’ and ‘Catch-22’ examine flawed institutions, ‘Dead to Me’ astutely studies the living, and ‘Fleabag’ makes a must-see return


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Art


‘Monet: Impression Sunrise’ at the National Gallery of Australia. Impression, Sunrise (1872) by Claude Monet

‘Monet: Impression Sunrise’ at the National Gallery of Australia

Impressionism’s namesake painting is at the heart of a masterful collection from the Musée Marmottan Monet

‘Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow’ at the MCA. Image from ‘Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow’

‘Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow’ at the MCA

This survey presents the work of an idiosyncratic artist in its most brilliant light

Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘The Transient Landscape’ and the Terracotta Warriors at the National Gallery of Victoria. Detail of 'Man, Eagle and Eye in the Sky: Two Eagles', by Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘The Transient Landscape’ and the Terracotta Warriors at the National Gallery of Victoria

The incendiary Chinese artist connects contemporary concerns with cultural history

‘Assembly’ by Angelica Mesiti at Venice Biennale. Still image from ‘Assembly’ by Angelica Mesiti

‘Assembly’ by Angelica Mesiti at Venice Biennale

The democratic ideal is explored in the Australian Pavilion’s video installation

‘The Essential Duchamp’ at the Art Gallery of NSW. George Karger, Duchamp descending a staircase (1946), gelatin silver print, 34

‘The Essential Duchamp’ at the Art Gallery of NSW

A comprehensive exhibition of the 20th century’s most influential artist

Leonard French’s Balzacian life. Photo of Leonard French underneath his stained glass ceiling at the National Gallery of Victoria

Leonard French’s Balzacian life

Reg MacDonald’s biography may return this Australian artist to the national imagination


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Theatre


Much ado about Barry. Image of Dame Edna Everage

Much ado about Barry

On Humphries’s brand of confronting comedy and the renaming of the Barry Award

‘Manus’: troubling and obligatory viewing. Image from ‘Manus’

‘Manus’: troubling and obligatory viewing

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

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

Ned Kelly as you’ve never seen him before. Image of Jacqui Stockdale’s ‘Historia’

Ned Kelly as you’ve never seen him before

Composer Luke Styles on his opera that casts the bushranger in a new light

Performing philosophy: ‘La Passion de Simone’ at the Sydney Festival. Image from ‘La Passion de Simone’

Performing philosophy: ‘La Passion de Simone’ at the Sydney Festival

The creatives behind this Sydney Chamber Opera production on the extreme empathy of Simone Weil

Eddie Perfect goes to Broadway. Image of Eddie Perfect

Eddie Perfect goes to Broadway

The Australian composer has two musicals – ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘King Kong’ – opening in New York


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Dance


Form and content collide at Dance Massive . Nana Biluš Abaffy’s Post Reality Vision

Form and content collide at Dance Massive

Choreography meets politics at this contemporary dance festival

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company is bringing light and shade to Australia. Image of Teatro alla Scala’s Frederic Olivieri, Nicoletta Manni and Timofej Adrijashenko

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company is bringing light and shade to Australia

A conversation with members of the Italian company ahead of their tour to Brisbane

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


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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

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘Boyhood Island’. Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘Boyhood Island’

The third volume of the epic autobiographical novel ‘My Struggle’


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Poetry


Barron Field and the myth of terra nullius. Detail of a painting of Barron Field

Barron Field and the myth of terra nullius

How a minor poet made a major historical error

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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