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Listen To Older Voices : Rod Young – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Sunday essay: where are the female academics on film?

Amy Adams played an inter-species linguist in the 2016 film  Arrival but she was a rarity. Most Hollywood films depict scholars as heroic males. IMDB The 2016 science-fiction drama Arrival, starring Amy Adams as linguistics professor Dr Louise Banks, was a ceiling-shattering moment for female academics. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, presented Adams’ character in a race against time to avert...

First Man: a new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the Moon

First Man: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures The Apollo 11 lunar landing was the first time humans stepped on another celestial body, and the events leading up to that historic moment – which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year – are depicted in the new movie First Man, out in...

Venom: an excellent superhero film, perhaps best not experienced in 4DX

Tom Hardy in Venom: the intense action sequences are balanced by disarming humour. Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation,Marvel Entertainment. The history of Hollywood is, in many ways, the history of cinematic gimmicks appearing at times when its media dominance was perceived as being under threat. Take 3D, for example. Its key periods of popularity coincided with three of the most...

Review: The new Doctor Who picks up the chase with a pace as she crosses the gender barrier

The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker). BBC Doctor Who is back on our TV screens with the first episode of the new series airing on the ABC here in Australia today, staring Jodie Whittaker as the first female regeneration of this particular Time Lord. Anyone who has been watching the long-running BBC series over the past few years should not find a female Time Lord surprising. The Doctor’s arch...

Listen To Older Voices : Rod Young – Part 1

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Sunday essay: popular music’s search for the sacred in a secular world

Nick Cave performing with The Bad Seeds in Budapest in June, His song lyrics, with those often melancholy, churchy organ chords, are dripping in references to what might be called sacredness.  Zoltan Balogh/EPA One of the most rancorous, persistent and polarising dualisms today is, arguably, that between the secular and the sacred. Sacred and secular are capacious categories, but in the...

Book review: Mud and Glass by Laura E. Goodin

What a delight it is to share my review of Mud and Glass by Laura E. Goodin! About Mud and Glass Life is fairly workaday for Dr Celeste Carlucci, a professor at Krasnia’s finest university, until her best friend and colleague Pace involves Celeste in her research. Before long, Celeste is being shot at from a hovering helicopter, attacked on a moonlit...

Listen To Older Voices : Judy Donnelly – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives...

Sunday essay: Portrait of Marquis de Sade (1740-1814)

Portrait of Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), whose name and writings gave us the term ‘sadism’ Wikimedia Between the 1920s and the 1950s, sexual sadism was widely discussed in Australian newspapers. Ironically, attempts to ban the Marquis de Sade’s books gave journalists an excuse to write about them, thus spreading knowledge of this “perversion”. Public awareness of sadism also incited social...

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