Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Terrible Truth About Yoghurt, aka the fight for pop culture

An off-hand comment by a respected UQ academic got me thinking about the high vs. low art divide. In truth, it had me ranting at my poor boyfriend for an hour, but that’s thinking too, right?
In looking over the highest-selling film magazine in Australia, said respected-academic uttered the fateful phrase ‘why on Earth do people persist in writing to the lowest common denominator?’

First, it spoke volumes about what they thought of me reading this magazine.
Second, it raised a whole bunch of loaded issues for me.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

West Side Story (QPAC 2010)

The ad proclaims it the Greatest Love Story of All Time and while I have serious doubts about that, West Side Story is one of the most beloved musicals of all time - and rightfully so.
It's dynamic, contemporary, provocative, and just a little bit controversial. It's one of the most iconic musicals - strong and beautiful - and the story is strangely compelling despite its age and period setting. Over fifty years later, through race wars, drug wars, bikie wars, gang wars, this morality tale of warring neighbourhood factions still resonates as strongly today as it did at it's premiere in '57. Sondheim's score is stunning, Bernstein's lyrics catchy-as-hell. And this latest rendition of West Side Story ably conveys all the things that make it great.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

One Perfect Day (2004)

2004 was a big year in movieland. Frodo finally made it to Mount Doom, Harry Potter met with a prisoner of Azkaban, Mel Gibson’s biblical spectacle, The Passion of the Christ, led to protests and picketing, and, in Australia, Somersault had audiences and critics in a spin with a record 13 wins at the AFI Awards.
But one Australian film appeared and as quickly disappeared from the screen with minimal fanfare. That film was One Perfect Day.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I tell lies...

It's sad, but true: I tell lies. When I said I'd write only as an audience member and without  industry stuff, technical stuff, or professional stuff, I lied. I can't do it. For the past few months, I've been writing reviews for various things I've seen and then not posted any of them. 'Why?', I hear you ask. Well, in an attempt to hold course and not tell lies, I haven't posted any reviews that in any way have an inkling of nerd brain....which was all of them.

It's very much occurred to me that my personal opinion is informed by my professional experience and knowledge. Don't get me wrong, I don't sit around contrasting Haydn's Austrian and English periods or refuse to watch a film because it may have a mild case of the undead. But there are times I just cannot write without my nerd brain making a guest appearance.
That said, there are also times where the nerd brain is completely afk. For example, my minor obsession with terrible b-grade, midday movies. I know they're bad for me, I do, but I loves them. (Hello 3 Ninjas)

The point of all this: I cannot pretend my posts will be completely devoid of stuff - industry stuff, technical stuff, professional stuff. I'll try, but no more hold me to old promises.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The best Australian films you've never seen

As you've probably gathered, I'm a big fan of film. Having worked in the arts since forever, I'm also a huge supporter of Australian arts in any form. Combine the two and you have my secret vice, Aussie film. I'm continually amazed at the (great) quality of Australian film (especially given the lack of film money), but am dismayed at the lack of public exposure and support. So, I've started a wee self-project to review and showcase Aussie film to whoever will listen...typically friends and family, but now also you, my generous readers.
I give you the best Australian films you've never seen, a showcase and discussion about Aussie film.
I hope you enjoy.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sherlock Holmes (2010)

I am a big fan of Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells (It's cheeep, like a budgie) and was really surprised when I found out he was to direct what is a bit of an English hero in literature. It's a big call for a guy who was slammed as a heavy-handed, pop-cultured, extended music clip director. And he's done really well.

The Pacific (2010)

I'm yet to see it and I hates it. Everytime I see an ad for this show, I have the overwhelming urge to throw something.

Their current running line is "They risked everything to save us", and you know what? They really didn't.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AWM Writing Race

Excitement: I've been asked to captain tonight's Writing Race on

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Greetings and Salutations!
Welcome to Insomniac's Café last.

I'm extremely lucky to be involved with multiple arts organisations and, in an attempt to capitalise on time spent at arts events as a result of my day job(s), have created this blog.
This blog is in no way a comprehensive guide or comment on the Brisbane arts scene and please remember, this is my personal opinion. I am involved in the industry, trained and practiced, but these reviews are from an audience member (i.e. me). If I feel the need to post a professional comment, I will try my darndest to surpress it. Recommendations for shows/events are most welcome.

As you may have noticed, it's still a work-in-progress, so your patience is appreciated.