Australian politics, society & culture


Rediscovering the novels of Randolph Stow
By Geordie Williamson
Picador; $29.99
By Helen Elliott
Vanuatu’s Yakel people make their screen debut in Bentley Dean and Martin Butler’s ‘Tanna’
By Luke Davies
What makes a Bond theme song great?
By Anwen Crawford
Fourth Estate; $32.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Bloomsbury; $32.99
By Claire Corbett
Corruption and collusion in Scott Cooper’s ‘Black Mass’
By Luke Davies
Cold Chisel reconsidered
By Anwen Crawford
Snowtown director Justin Kurzel takes on ‘Macbeth’
By Peter Conrad
The femaleness of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels
By Helen Elliott
An Australian author writes for Burmese television
By Phillip Gwynne
Has classical music become irrelevant?
By Anna Goldsworthy
A British author’s complicated relationship with the island continent
By Will Self
Children’s lit heroes Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton and Jill Griffiths step off the page and onto the stage
By Ashley Hay
Brian & Karl make films that speak their own languages
By Sam Twyford-Moore
Lee Lin Chin’s rise from SBS newsreader to queen of satire
By Benjamin Law
Kate Grenville’s book One Life is about her mother’s life through the 20th century; Annabel Crabb’s book The Wife Drought is about being a woman now. How have expectations changed? How far have we come? Watch them in conversation with Hilary Harper at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015. Melbourne, August