Schools and Their Role in Protecting Young People at Risk

I stumbled across the following statistics recently, which were compiled by Child Trends and published in Issue 109 (September/October 2013) of Adbusters magazine. These figures represent an average class of 100 graduating high school students in the United States: • 71 have been physically assaulted • 39 have been bullied • 64 have had sexual […]


In 1975, 25-year-old Robyn Davidson arrived in Alice Springs with a few dollars, a suitcase, her dog Diggity and a plan to trek from the central Australian city to the Indian Ocean, some 3000 kilometres west. The determined Davidson spent two years preparing for her trip, scraping together money and learning to train the camels […]


Bruce Robertson is not a well man. Of that much we are certain. Played by James McAvoy resplendent with perpetually bloodshot eyes and a ginger beard, Robertson is the central character in the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth. Robertson is a morally compromised Scottish detective whose life and career are spiralling out of control. […]

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Few movies have arrived in Australian cinemas amidst as much controversy and commentary as Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour. The film has not been out of the headlines since it was awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May, with the Tunisian director coming under attack from his two lead actresses – Lea […]

Only Lovers Left Alive

If anybody can be trusted to make vampires cool again in the wake of the insipid Twilight series, indie veteran Jim Jarmusch is just the man. Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive is a languid, cultured and very amusing tale of centuries-old vampires that oozes style and sophistication. Tom Hiddleston (Thor, War Horse) and Tilda Swinton […]

Storm Sinks Fiesta Finale

A storm brought a premature end to the Valley Fiesta last night, curtailing proceedings before headline act Architecture in Helsinki could take to the main stage. A big crowd was on hand in readiness for the performance when heavy rain swept across Fortitude Valley and left organisers with little choice but to abandon the show. […]

Short Term 12

If Brie Larson doesn’t find herself among the contenders for the Best Actress Oscar this year, then the Academy needs to take a long hard look at itself. In Short Term 12, Larson delivers a powerhouse performance that draws you in and keeps you mesmerised for the duration of what is, at times, a harrowing […]