Peter Craven

Reese Witherspoon

8 May 2021 9:00 am

There are moments when the very idea of live entertainment including its high cultural expression, thrills the soul. On 6…

Kate Winslet

1 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s been a strange week in the world of arts and entertainment as we slouched to the weirdest plague-governed Oscars…

Helen McCrory

24 April 2021 9:00 am

At a time when people like Prince Philip looked as though they would live forever and the world was a…

Berlin

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Theatre is slowly, tentatively opening up again and there’s no denying that a good play with however small a cast…

A Murder of Crows

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Sometimes a crime show on TV turns into something higher and better, a transfigured thing. The Victim, from Scotland, falls…

La Streep

3 April 2021 9:00 am

It’s one of those secrets that we keep even from ourselves that great acting, everything that we know in terms…

The Virtues

27 March 2021 9:00 am

It’s a bit amazing that Hamilton is opening in Sydney on 27 March. Only a few months ago it was…

Ray Lawler

20 March 2021 9:00 am

When Brett Sheehy, the departing artistic director of the Melbourne Theatre Company took the stage of the Sumner with the…

Britney Spears

13 March 2021 9:00 am

The arts world in general —and with it theatre in particular— is opening up. Not only is the Botticelli to…

Christopher Plummer

6 March 2021 9:00 am

A few weeks ago that great Canadian actor Christopher Plummer died. Everyone knows him as Captain Von Trapp opposite Julie…

Anne-Marie Duff

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Melbourne was just stirring into public cultural life when the hotel quarantine mishap led to that last alarming lockdown that…

The Dig

20 February 2021 9:00 am

It was gratifying to see such a quiet and impeccably made film as The Dig make it to independent cinemas…

Das Rheingold

13 February 2021 9:00 am

You could hardly ask for a more exorbitant return to mainstage theatre than a production of the first part, the…

It’s a sin

6 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s easy to forget what Russell T. Davies has achieved to date. Twenty-odd years ago, Queer As Folk altered a…

On The Beach

30 January 2021 9:00 am

The aftermath of Australia Day seems like an appropriate time to watch On the Beach, for a belated first time,…

The Investigation

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Slowly, after what seemed like infinite, malingering delays, virus-driven, the world of arts and entertainment is starting to open again…

Bridgerton

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Who would have thought that Netflix would score so sumptuously with a Regency soap that flaunts colourblind casting like a…

Orson Welles

19 December 2020 9:00 am

It seems on the face of it the oddest proposition on earth. David Fincher, the famous Hollywood director of Fight…

Ned Kelly

12 December 2020 9:00 am

All the young millennials I know were raging in Melbourne the other Saturday night and so were some of their…

The Queen’s Gambit

28 November 2020 9:00 am

As the Covid virus recedes even from Victoria – and the South Australian scare proves less serious than it looked…

Billy Wilder

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Slowly the world of the arts starts to take a timid step forward in plague-torn Australia. Just as alarming new…

The Undoing

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s a strange prospect for strange times, the young violinist Freya Franzen on the stage of Melbourne’s Concert Hall playing…

Sean Connery

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Sean Connery outlived all of them, those great British actors who came to such prominence in the early Sixties: Richard…

Rebecca

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Imagine daring to make another version of Rebecca. Hitchcock’s 1940 film is the version that is bound to overshadow any…

Orson Welles

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The journals of the plague year from the point of view of culture are getting weirder and weirder from Daniel…