Ray Hughes 1946 – 2017

Friday, December 15th, 2017 Blog, Uncategorized,

With the death of someone truly unique it seems the only words that leap to mind are clichés. I’m already counting the number of times I’ve heard that Ray Hughes, who died last week at the age of 72, after a bout of pneumonia, was “larger than life”, a “legendary” art dealer. Such epithets may […]


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Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 Uncategorized,

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Film Reviews

Miss Sloane

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 Film Reviews, Uncategorized,

Last year there were more than 11,000 registered lobbyists in the Washington DC. US$11 billion was spent on this makeshift industry, with some large firms retaining more than a hundred operatives. This well-supplied army is engaged in a continuous assault on a mere 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 Senators. That’s roughly […]

Film Reviews


Friday, September 2nd, 2016 Film Reviews, Uncategorized,

Smaller than Ben-Hur! Hollywood’s most celebrated epic has been trimmed by an hour and forty minutes. Gone are the lengthy Overture and Entr’acte in which Miklos Rozsa’s bombastic music boomed against a detail of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, but the new film also trims episodes deemed essential to the earlier adaptations of the story made […]

Film Reviews

Learning to Drive

Friday, October 9th, 2015 Film Reviews, Uncategorized,

Learning to Drive is one of those films that spin an entire story around one simple metaphor. For a middle-aged woman, learning to drive is an act of self-determination, a way of taking control of one’s life. Having entered one’s fifties as a passenger there is a profound sense of affirmation in finally getting behind […]

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Blue Jasmine & Mood Indigo

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 Film Reviews, Uncategorized,

There are directors who enjoy a special rapport with actors, being able to coax memorable performances from the most unpromising talent. On the opposite side of the ledger are those such as Baz Luhrmann, who can assemble an all-star cast and turn everyone into a cardboard cut-out. Woody Allen is the joker in the pack. […]

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The Bling Ring & Beyond the Hills

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 Film Reviews, Uncategorized,

Sofia Coppola says she didn’t grow up in Hollywood and has never been a part of the subculture she anatomises in The Bling Ring. Yet Coppola, who has been in the film industry since birth, may be the perfect director to explore a notorious crime spree in which celebrities’ homes were burglarised by a group […]

Film Reviews

Amour & Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 Film Reviews, Uncategorized,

As a Valentine’s Day promotion this year, Madman Entertainment put together a package of eight DVD releases intended to take the “guesswork” out of finding a gift for one’s nearest and dearest. The selection was decidedly off-beat, including A Declaration of War, about a couple whose child has cancer; A Royal Affair – an historical […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Picasso to Warhol

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Column, Uncategorized,

Australia’s economy may be one of the most robust in the world, but our art markets, and attendances at public galleries, lag far behind Europe and the United States. It is a cultural problem: a general feeling that visual art is not an essential part of life, merely a sideline or a luxury. This is […]

Film Reviews


Saturday, September 29th, 2012 Film Reviews, Other Writing, Uncategorized,

Cate Shortland enjoyed such extravagant success with Somersault, her debut feature of 2004, that it is no surprise she has taken her time to come up with film number two. The surprise is that she has made a German movie, not an Australian one. Although Shortland has drawn on Australian production skills and funding, Lore […]