date: 29th Sep 2014

tags: Culture, Documentary, News, Politics, Society, War


It’s official! We are at war with the “Death Cult” trying to control Syria and Iraq who call themselves Islamic State. Did we say Death Cult? Wait a minute, our side killed 200,000 in the last Iraq war; what does that make us? The term conjures up Country Joe, whose famous Anti-Vietnam War song fell into the hands of Chris Strachwitz when he needed the money to keep Arhoolie Records going. This story and many more are told in ‘This Aint No Mouse Music’

date: 25th Sep 2014

tags: Art, Biography, Culture, Environment


Artist, innovator, visionary: architect Norman Foster is all this and more. From humble, working-class beginnings in Manchester to internationally-renowned leading light, Foster is as talented as he is dedicated, and the seemingly effortless lyricism of his architectural designs led to Foster’s nickname – the “Mozart of Modernism”.

date: 23rd Sep 2014

tags: Biography, Documentary, Film, Politics, Society

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 20. (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white.
Color version not available.) American writer Gore Vidal poses during portrait session held on March 20, 1983 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)

No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.

date: 20th Sep 2014

tags: Documentary, Politics, War


Things get worse by the day. Expect a “terror alert” in Brisbane just before the G20. AFP will haul away several bearded men and leave families bewildered and crying and the Courier Mail will shout “THEY THREATEN OUR WAY OF LIFE” – or some such. Overkill will be the order of the day and anyone foolishly chatting about be-headings, or destruction will be under threat; like the hapless English guys who, before heading off to the States to party like there was no tomorrow, found there really was none. They had told friends on Facebook how they were going to “destroy America” and were promptly deported.

date: 18th Sep 2014

tags: Drama


‘The Deep’ marks the ‘Contraband’ director Baltasar Kormakur’s return to Iceland for this story of shipwreck survival. 1984. A fishing boat goes missing off the coast of Iceland, in some of the planets most forbidding seas, leaving the fishermen at the mercy of frigid and turbulent waters. Miraculously, one of the crew, Gulli, manages to survive, despite being exposed to temperatures in which most people wouldn’t have lasted mere minutes.



date: 15th Sep 2014

tags: Animation, Drama, Fiction Film, War


‘Alois Nebel’ is a 2011 Czech animated drama film directed by Tomáš Luňák, based on the comic-book trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99. The film was first presented at the Rotterdam Cinemart co-production market back in 2009. Shortly after The Match Factory picked up the film for international sales.

date: 11th Sep 2014

tags: Drama, Family


One cold evening in March, Barbu is tearing down the streets 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit when he knocks down a child. The boy dies shortly after the accident. A prison sentence of between three and fifteen years awaits. High time for his mother, Cornelia, to intervene. A trained architect and member of Romania’s upper class, who graces her bookshelves with unread Herta Müller novels and is fond of flashing her purse full of credit cards, she commences her campaign to save her lethargic, languishing son. Bribes, she hopes, will persuade the witnesses to give false statements. Even the parents of the dead child might be appeased by some cash. 

date: 8th Sep 2014

tags: Biography, Documentary, Film, Society


There are few professions like that of an ambulance worker – they have a rare license to enter the homes of complete strangers and to witness their most personal moments of crisis. At any time there are approximately 100,000 paramedics attempting to save people’s lives and this is explored in the gripping documentary ‘Paramedico’.

date: 6th Sep 2014

tags: Australian history, History


John Pilger’s address to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas is a clarion call in the old style. We listen to this and can’t help but be reminded that we are not hearing this kind of impassioned call to reason at all anymore, at least not from our so-called leaders or even our public intellectuals. His topics range from the appalling treatment of Indigenous Australians and the reasons for it, to the propaganda enveloping us over Iraq, Syria and the Palestinian conflict.

date: 6th Sep 2014

tags: Art, Biography, Comedy, Culture, Society


Joan Rivers was a brilliant woman who will be sorely missed. Celebrate her life by watching the epic doco ‘Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work” – a year long journey with the irreverent comedian and pop icon.





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