Culture

Shaping the senseless with stories: Beatriz Bracher’s ‘I Didn’t Talk’. Image of ‘I Didn’t Talk’ by Beatriz Bracher

Shaping the senseless with stories: Beatriz Bracher’s ‘I Didn’t Talk’

Culture / Books

An unreliable narrator reckons with the lasting impact of Brazil’s military regime

Fake it so real: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Colette’. Images from ‘Colette’ and ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Fake it so real: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Colette’

Culture / Film & Television / Film

Two new films examine female writers who masquerade for very different reasons

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

Culture / Theatre

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

‘The Little Drummer Girl’: a masterclass in subterfuge. Florence Pugh and Alexander Skarsgård in The Little Drummer Girl

‘The Little Drummer Girl’: a masterclass in subterfuge

Culture / Film & Television / Television

‘Oldboy’ director Park Chan-wook takes on a le Carré spy drama, with genre-rattling results


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Fair judgement without surrender: Chloe Hooper’s ‘The Arsonist’. Image of a bushfire

➊ Fair judgement without surrender: Chloe Hooper’s ‘The Arsonist’

The author of ‘The Tall Man’ tries to understand the motivations of a Black Saturday firebug

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

➋ 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’

Shaping the senseless with stories: Beatriz Bracher’s ‘I Didn’t Talk’. Image of ‘I Didn’t Talk’ by Beatriz Bracher

➌ Shaping the senseless with stories: Beatriz Bracher’s ‘I Didn’t Talk’

An unreliable narrator reckons with the lasting impact of Brazil’s military regime

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

➍ 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

Books


Once is enough. Image of ‘My Country’ by David Marr

Once is enough

Reflections on weddings after the legislation of marriage equality – an extract

‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney. Image of ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney

‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney

This Booker Prize–longlisted examination of human nature is simply moving

‘Killing Commendatore’ by Haruki Murakami. Cover of Killing Commendatore

‘Killing Commendatore’ by Haruki Murakami

Art, music and mystery abound in the Japanese author’s latest novel

The Detectives. Image of ‘The Arsonist’ by Chloe Hooper

The Detectives

Inside the hunt for the Black Saturday arsonist – an extract

‘The End’ by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Cover of ‘The End’

‘The End’ by Karl Ove Knausgaard

The ‘My Struggle’ series arrives at a typically exhausting conclusion

The alluring world of Liane Moriarty. Image of Liane Moriarty

The alluring world of Liane Moriarty

Australia’s bestselling author isn’t interested in repeating herself


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Music


The Monthly music wrap: November 2018. Image of Anderson

The Monthly music wrap: November 2018

A festive EP from Tyler, the Creator; new releases from Anderson .Paak, Mariah Carey and cupcakKe; and David Byrne live

A bigger, shinier cage: Julia Holter’s ‘Aviary’. Image of Julia Holter

A bigger, shinier cage: Julia Holter’s ‘Aviary’

A classically schooled composer seeks shelter from the cacophony of modern life

The Monthly music wrap: October 2018. Image of Robyn

The Monthly music wrap: October 2018

Charli XCX explores pop’s frontiers, new releases from Kim Petras and Robyn, and soundtracks to ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Suspiria’

Eternally Cher. Image of Cher in 1979

Eternally Cher

The queen of reinvention turns her attention to the works of ABBA

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


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Film


‘Strange Colours’ directed by Alena Lodkina. Image from ‘Strange Colours’

‘Strange Colours’ directed by Alena Lodkina

Australia is cast in a new light in this debut feature made outside industry conventions

The Windy City is wild and weighty in ‘Widows’. Image from ‘Widows’

The Windy City is wild and weighty in ‘Widows’

Social commentary and thrills struggle for balance in Steve McQueen’s take on the heist genre

‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’, an incomplete portrait . Image from ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’

‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’, an incomplete portrait

This nostalgic documentary about the eminent designer raises more questions than it answers

Twisted sisters: Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’. Image from ‘Suspiria’

Twisted sisters: Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’

Sentimentality ruins the magic of this otherwise unsettling and actively cruel film

Orson Welles’s ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ and Morgan Neville’s ‘They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead’ . Image from ‘The Other Side of the Wind’

Orson Welles’s ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ and Morgan Neville’s ‘They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead’

The auteur’s messy mockumentary and the documentary that seeks to explain it are imperfect but better together

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy?. Image from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy?

This biopic of the outlandish Queen is strangely sanitised


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Art


‘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

William Kentridge at the Art Gallery of NSW. Image of William Kentridge’s ‘Telegrams from the nose (world on its hind legs)’

William Kentridge at the Art Gallery of NSW

This exhibition gives rare insight into the boundlessly curious artist’s process

Polly Borland’s x-ray vision. Image of Polly Borland’s ‘Untitled (Nick Cave in a blue wig)’

Polly Borland’s x-ray vision

The Australian artist in conversation about ‘Polyverse’ at the NGV, Nick Cave and dress-ups

‘American Masters’ at the National Gallery of Australia. Image of Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in bed, NYC 1983

‘American Masters’ at the National Gallery of Australia

The best of the US, drawn from Canberra’s own collection

‘How are you today’ at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Image of Abdul Aziz Muhamat in Lorengau

‘How are you today’ at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

Audio messages from Manus Island reveal what it sounds like to live in limbo

‘A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness’ at ACCA. Image of Vicki Couzens’ Djawannacuppatea

‘A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness’ at ACCA

Ten new works unsettle preconceptions about contemporary Indigenous art


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Theatre


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

‘Watt’ at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Image from ‘Watt’

‘Watt’ at the Melbourne International Arts Festival

Beckett’s knotty novel is masterfully interpreted for stage by Barry McGovern

A golden age of popular Indigenous storytelling. Image of Nakkiah Lui

A golden age of popular Indigenous storytelling

Against the blinding whiteness on Australian stage and screens

‘The Harp in the South’ at Sydney Theatre Company. Image from ‘The Harp in the South’

‘The Harp in the South’ at Sydney Theatre Company

Kate Mulvany’s adaptation proves that Ruth Park’s epic endures

‘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


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Dance


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

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


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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


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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