culture

A showcase of the unexceptional: the 2019 Berlin Film Festival

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

Ben Quilty in bleeding colour

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

Rats, heroes and Kevin Rudd’s ‘The PM Years’

This memoir answers some questions about his deposal and return but raises others

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’

Tracking time: Gerald Murnane’s ‘A Season on Earth’

Forty years on, the author’s second novel is reunited with its lost half

A French Western? Jacques Audiard on ‘The Sisters Brothers’

The celebrated director explains how he made a Hollywood staple his own

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

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

‘Zebra and Other Stories’ by Debra Adelaide

Difficult-to-grasp characters populate this new collection

‘Exploded View’ by Carrie Tiffany

This new novel is most striking in how it diverges from its predecessors

The Monthly music wrap: February 2019

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

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