May 2020

Arts & Letters

Consolations in isolation: ‘The Platform’ and ‘Free in Deed’

By Shane Danielsen

The Platform

What is the future of cinema without cinemas?

Shane Danielsen

Shane Danielsen is a screenwriter and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

From the front page

Image of US President Joe Biden meeting virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, November 15, 2021. Image © Susan Walsh / AP Photo

The avoidable war

Kevin Rudd on China, the US and the forces of history

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In light of recent events

Who’s preferencing whom?

Detail of cover of Simon Tedeschi’s ‘Fugitive’

Ghost notes: Simon Tedeschi’s ‘Fugitive’

A virtuoso memoir of music and trauma, and his experiences as a child prodigy, from the acclaimed Australian pianist

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In This Issue

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The ministry of pandemics

How the spread of the virus revealed our leaders to us

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Hillsong’s strange tides

Brian Houston’s Pentecostal movement in an age of climate change and coronavirus

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Adam Bandt, the personable hardliner

Where will the Greens’ unusual new leader take the party?

He is risen!

Keeping mum about the Easter Bunny


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A bleakly satirical look at death and the afterlife from the wisecracking author of ‘A Fraction of the Whole’

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Ghost notes: Simon Tedeschi’s ‘Fugitive’

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Richard Linklater’s rotoscoped film evokes the optimism of late-1960s America, while Patricia Highsmith’s thriller gets another disappointing adaptation

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A writer unfolded: Elena Ferrante’s ‘In the Margins’

In an essay collection, the mysterious author of the Neapolitan novels pursues the “excessive” to counter patriarchal literature’s dominance


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One small step: ‘Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood’ and ‘Deep Water’

Richard Linklater’s rotoscoped film evokes the optimism of late-1960s America, while Patricia Highsmith’s thriller gets another disappointing adaptation

Publicity still from ‘The Duke’

Maturity breach: ‘The Duke’ and ‘Big Bug’

While Roger Michell’s final film pairs Jim Broadbent with Helen Mirren in a dignified, grown-up cinema, Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with a juvenile sci-fi sex-comedy

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Hidden pockets: ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ and ‘The House’

Jasmila Žbanić’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of the ethnic cleansing in Srebrenica, and an unsettling Netflix stop-motion animation anthology

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The princess and the pea soup: ‘Spencer’

Pablo Larraín’s laboured Princess Diana biopic is a future camp classic


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The avoidable war

Kevin Rudd on China, the US and the forces of history

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Remembrance or forgetting?

The Australian War Memorial and the Great Australian Silence

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