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Film review: Isle of Dogs

Director Wes Anderson is known for his offbeat films. His whimsical new work ‘Isle of Dogs’, made using stop motion animation, is no exception. It’s set twenty years into the future, in a fictional dystopian Japanese city: Megasaki.

Megasaki’s entire dog population is quarantined on Trash Island following an outbreak of canine snout fever. Twelve year old Atari (Koyu Rankin) is distraught…

Exhibition review: Dell Cathryn Barton

Can contemporary art be original and new anymore?

Take for instance the artist Dell Cathryn Barton, whose work‘ The Highway is a Disco’, was recently on exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia). This multimedia display entitled is a summary of Sydney-born Barton’s career to date. She is known for her drawings and paintings, which are the highlight of this often patchy exhibition.

‘Inside…

Exhibition review: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile 1870-1904 at Tate Britain

Winter is here. What better way to beat the grey skies and daylight saving than a display of sun-drenched Impressionist paintings. The arrival of 'Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile 1870-1904' at Tate Britain would seem perfectly timed, right? Well, sort of.

The exhibition has stirred up art critics because there are only three actual Impressionists artists represented here.…

Film review - Mademoiselle Paradis, London Film Festival 2017

A young woman, prodigiously talented but disabled, Maria Theresia von Paradis was an eighteenth century musician, composer and a contemporary of Mozart. There’s even a street named after her in Vienna. Von Paradis’s achievement as a piano player is more remarkable because she was blind from the age of 3.

‘Mademoiselle Paradis’, a film screened at this year’s London Film Festival sheds light…

Book review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies (2014) is a novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty. The book is actually set in Sydney, in a scenic beachside town called ‘Perriwee Peninsula’. The story centres on Perriwee Primary School and its community of children, teachers and parents. The school has an ocean view. Despite the affluent, idyllic and sunny environment there is a disquieting undercurrent with people…