Culture

Much ado about Barry. Image of Dame Edna Everage

Much ado about Barry

Culture / Theatre

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

‘Janet Laurence: After Nature’ at the MCA. Image from ‘Janet Laurence: After Nature’

‘Janet Laurence: After Nature’ at the MCA

Culture / Art

This survey offers a root and branch study of the natural world’s fragility

Can ‘Eat the Problem’ solve the problem?. Image from ‘Eat the Problem’

Can ‘Eat the Problem’ solve the problem?

Culture / Art

Mona’s new project explores our fraught ethics of consumption

Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’. Image from ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

Culture / Film

The contrary director’s 30-year quest comes to a suitably ludicrous end


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Much ado about Barry. Image of Dame Edna Everage

➊ Much ado about Barry

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

The gambler. David Walsh

➋ The gambler

At home with David Walsh

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

➌ This is not an opera house

Beautiful on the outside … the tragedy of Bennelong Point

➍ Lost women found

The discovery of Vashti Bunyan, Sibylle Baier and ‘Connie’ Converse

Books


‘Who Killed My Father’ by Édouard Louis (trans. Lorin Stein)

Political rage fuels the French author’s account of a fraught father–son relationship

David Malouf’s new worlds. Image of David Malouf

David Malouf’s new worlds

Consciousness is at the heart of the celebrated author’s body of work

‘Islands’ by Peggy Frew. Image of ‘Islands’ by Peggy Frew

‘Islands’ by Peggy Frew

The bestselling author delivers a nuanced examination of family tragedy

Missing witnesses: Valeria Luiselli’s ‘Lost Children Archive’. Image of Valeria Luiselli

Missing witnesses: Valeria Luiselli’s ‘Lost Children Archive’

The Mexican ‘documentary fiction’ writer delivers a polyphonic road trip

‘Unlike the Heart’ by Nicola Redhouse. Image of ‘Unlike the Heart’ by Nicola Redhouse

‘Unlike the Heart’ by Nicola Redhouse

Motherhood prompts a bracing interrogation of the human mind in this remarkable memoir

Making the private public: ‘The Seventies’ by Michelle Arrow. Image of ‘The Seventies’ by Michelle Arrow

Making the private public: ‘The Seventies’ by Michelle Arrow

This new history traces how the decade’s redefined politics shaped modern Australia


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Music


A black woman in space: Solange’s ‘When I Get Home’. Image of Solange

A black woman in space: Solange’s ‘When I Get Home’

Songs distilled from the quiet expanses of high art and black culture

The Monthly music wrap: March 2019. Image of Koffee

The Monthly music wrap: March 2019

Koffee’s debut EP brings a jolt of youthful energy, and new releases from local projects with global sensibilities

Clicks, plinks, hoots and thuds: Matmos’s ‘Plastic Anniversary’. Image of Matmos

Clicks, plinks, hoots and thuds: Matmos’s ‘Plastic Anniversary’

The American experimental duo embrace the ‘sounds’ of a ubiquitous material

The Monthly music wrap: February 2019. Image from the Don’t Kill Live Music rally in Sydney

The Monthly music wrap: February 2019

On the precarious state of live music in NSW and the impact of proposed festival-licensing laws

Pete Shelley’s Buzzcocks: 40 years on. Image of Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks

Pete Shelley’s Buzzcocks: 40 years on

The history and legacy of a punk pioneer

Female fandom and Jessica Leski’s ‘I Used to be Normal’. Still from I Used to be Normal

Female fandom and Jessica Leski’s ‘I Used to be Normal’

They’ve been dismissed and patronised, but Beatlemaniacs, Directioners and other fangirls are very self-aware about their boy band ‘affliction’


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Film


Haruki to Highsmith: Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Burning’

Mr Ripley echoes through a masterful tale of class tensions in Seoul

Hell hath no fury: Karyn Kusama’s ‘Destroyer’. Image from ‘Destroyer’

Hell hath no fury: Karyn Kusama’s ‘Destroyer’

Nicole Kidman confronts in this LA crime thriller

A showcase of the unexceptional: the 2019 Berlin Film Festival. Image from ‘Synonyms’

A showcase of the unexceptional: the 2019 Berlin Film Festival

This year’s offerings did little to arrest the event’s apparent decline

‘Stan & Ollie’: a beautiful lie. Image from ‘Stan and Ollie’

‘Stan & Ollie’: a beautiful lie

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are perfectly cast in this affectionate biopic

A scar is born: ‘Vox Lux’. Image from ‘Vox Lux’

A scar is born: ‘Vox Lux’

Natalie Portman grapples with celebrity’s demons in this unconvincing film

‘Capharnaüm’: giving voice to the voiceless. Image from ‘Capharnaüm’

‘Capharnaüm’: giving voice to the voiceless

Nadine Labaki on what motivated her exploration of turmoil’s impact on children


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Television


Streaming highlights: March 2019. Image from ‘The OA’

Streaming highlights: March 2019

‘The OA’ amplifies the intrigue, Gregg Araki’s streaming debut ‘Now Apocalypse’, and the wealth porn of ‘Billions’ returns

The hyperbole machine. Photo by Thibault Penin on Unsplash

The hyperbole machine

Social media and streaming services are changing what and how we watch

Streaming highlights: February 2019. Image from ‘Sex Education’

Streaming highlights: February 2019

Adolescent antiheroes in ‘Sex Education’ and ‘Pen15’, Eric Bana shines darkly in ‘Dirty John’, new ‘Counterpart’, and the irreverent charm of ‘Russian Doll’

Unhappy ‘Camping’ . Image from ‘Camping’

Unhappy ‘Camping’

Lena Dunham’s new comedy series is an accidental portrait of toxic femininity

A bug in the code: ‘Russian Doll’. Image from ‘Russian Doll’

A bug in the code: ‘Russian Doll’

This existential comedy is 2019’s first must-see Netflix series

ABC TV’s ‘The Cry’. Still from The Cry

ABC TV’s ‘The Cry’

This Scottish–Australian drama successfully subverts the missing-child genre


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Art


Ben Quilty in bleeding colour. Illustration

Ben Quilty in bleeding colour

The Australian artist opens up on the eve of a retrospective exhibition

Ben Quilty: the art of unease. Image of artist Ben Quilty

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

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili: ‘From my Heart and Mind’. Image of installation view of Noŋgirrŋa Marawili: From my Heart and Mind at AGNSW

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili: ‘From my Heart and Mind’

Thinking is feeling in this exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at QAGOMA. Jonathan Jones with Uncle Stan Grant, (untitled) giran (detail), 2018

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at QAGOMA

Politics, culture and colour collide in Brisbane

‘Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists’ at the MCA. Image from ‘Primavera’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art

‘Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists’ at the MCA

This exhibition of the up-and-coming asks complex questions about who we are

‘Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Image of Henri Matisse, A Game of Bowls, 1908

‘Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

From Matisse to Malevich: a considered snapshot of adventurous Russian collecting


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Theatre


‘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

Geoff Sobelle is making a house a ‘Home’ at Sydney Festival. Home

Geoff Sobelle is making a house a ‘Home’ at Sydney Festival

The creator of this participatory performance is keen for the audience to add their own stories


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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

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

Twelve of a kind. Crown Sydney image

Twelve of a kind

Why is Australia planning so many new casinos?


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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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