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Still image from ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’

Film

Was that it: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’

This loving portrait of the indie scene of the early 2000s will likely mean little to those who weren’t there

Image of Moonage Daydream director Brett Morgen. Photograph © Olivier Vigerie / Neon

Film

Daydream believer: Director Brett Morgen

Morgen’s freeform documentary about David Bowie, ‘Moonage Daydream’, explores the philosophy and creativity of one of popular music’s icons

Cover of ‘Losing Face’

Books

‘Losing Face’

George Haddad’s latest novel surveys the confronting world of male interiority

Cover of ‘Marlo’

Books

‘Marlo’

Author Jay Carmichael revisits 1950s Australia where, for a young gay man, escaping from a small town to the city comes with its own complexities

‘The Old Man’ and the CIA

Jeff Bridges faces his spycraft past in this Disney+ espionage thriller

The bureaucracy of evil: ‘The Conference’

The horror of Nazi officialdom is laid bare in Matti Geschonneck’s latest film

Frank Moorhouse, Ewenton Street, Balmain, circa 1975

Frank recollections

Remembering Frank Moorhouse (1938–2022)

Image of Nathan Fielder in The Rehearsal. Image supplied/HBO

When art imitates life: ‘The Rehearsal’

Nathan Fielder’s unhinged new series, probing what would happen if there really was a dress rehearsal for life, leads this month’s streaming highlights

Image of artwork by Vivienne Binns, Captain Cook in spinifex green (detail), 2002, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 62.6 x 100.5 cm, private collection, Canberra. © Vivienne Binns. Photo: Zan Wimberley

‘Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface’ at the MCA

The major survey of work by the pioneering feminist artist reveals her preoccupations with the body and abstraction

Image of Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez in ‘Official Competition’

Screen presence: ‘Official Competition’

Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s laugh-out-loud comedy, starring Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, deliciously skewers the screen industry’s careerists