Celebrating Scandinavian Cinema

Given the number of iconic films and filmmakers that have emerged from Scandinavia over the years, it is somewhat surprising that Australia has never hosted a festival before that celebrates the cinematic output of this region in Europe that comprises Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Well, such an oversight has been rectified with the […]

First Big Sound Artists Announced

More than 80 artists have been announced for BigSound Live 2014, the music industry showcase in Brisbane on September 10 and 11. With more announcements still to come, it is expected that more than 100 artists will take to stages in 14 venues throughout the Fortitude Valley music precinct. Already confirmed are the likes of […]

Breakfast Club Live on Stage

If, like me, you are a fan of John Hughes’ classic 1985 high school drama The Breakfast Club, you will be very pleased to learn that the stage version opened tonight at Brisbane Arts Theatre. This coming-of-age story of five high school students who find themselves spending an entire Saturday in detention, which has been […]

Fiesta Dates Announced

The dates for the 2014 Valley Fiesta have been announced, with the festival moving forward to Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24. The line-up of artists and events for the annual two-day all ages street party in the Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct will be announced on Friday, July 11.


Few filmmakers have successfully been able to weave absurdist humour into an affecting story about friendship, mental illness and the power of music in quite the same way that director Lenny Abrahamson has done with Frank. This is a funny yet moving story about a group of flawed individuals who find solace and security in […]

And the Best High School Movies are…

It’s been a while since I compiled a list of some sort and we all know that ‘best of’ and ‘the most…’ lists are really what the internet is all about (or so it seems). So, in the interests of doing my bit to satisfy the obsessives who prowl the web looking for lists of […]

Education Update #14

Avoiding the Trap of “Q & A Teaching” “Q & A teaching” occurs during the direct instruction portion of the lesson; the instruction turns into a Q & A session instead of the teacher giving a clear model or explanation. It’s easy to understand why we do this; we want students to be involved and […]