Film & TV reviews

Killing Eve (Season 2)

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

The first season of spy thriller Killing Eve established a tense cat-and-mouse game between two flawed, obsessive women – MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and the target she is simultaneously pursu…

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Top End Wedding

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

A romantic comedy wouldn’t be a romantic comedy without an obstacle or two to overcome on the road to happily ever after. In this respect, Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding is no different to other rom-c…

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Destroyer (DVD)

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

Karyn Kusama’s first film, Girlfight, had quite an impact on me back in 2000. Her most recent film, the crime thriller Destroyer, hit me just as hard. I have no doubt that when I sit down at the end …

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Green Book by Peter Farrelly

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

We only get a brief glance at the ‘Green Book’ referred to in the title of Peter Farrelly’s Oscar-winning film. Regardless, that book, The Negro Motorist Green Book – a guidebook for African-American…

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Trapped: The Complete Series 2

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

On the second day of my trip to Iceland, in the capital city of Reykjavík, a dog was lost on the street where I was staying. The Facebook messages went out: ‘Does anyone know whose dog this is?’ With…

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Kusama: Infinity by Heather Lenz

Reviewed by Leanne Hermosilla

Within weeks of the release of this documentary to DVD, Yayoi Kusama will have turned 90. Widely recognised as one of the most important, influential, and commercially successful living artists, she …

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Killing Eve: Season 1 by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Some television shows beg to be binged, others are better enjoyed slowly. Killing Eve, painfully for me, is both. As each episode finished, I desperately wanted to hit play on the following one, but …

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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (DVD) by Lorna Tucker

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

‘I’m just totally bored talking about this. But you need it, so I’ll tell you.’ So starts Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, with a discernible friction between camera and subject that ultimately makes …

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Working Class Boy (DVD)

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

‘Flame Trees’ is my favourite Cold Chisel song. I love its yearning; the way it coils into a melancholy, regretful tone. But for its vocalist, it’s not an easy song to sing. In Working Class Boy, Jim…

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Marina Abramović in Brazil: The Space in Between

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

For over 40 years, Marina Abramović, the self-anointed ‘grandmother of performance art,’ has used her body to challenge audiences. In Marco Del Fiol’s film, Marina Abramović in Brazil: The Space in B

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