Film Festival Frenzy

Foreign films buffs (and by foreign, I mean anything made somewhere other than Australia or the Unites States) will be very busy indeed from next week with two international festivals screening in Brisbane at the same time. Both the Russian Resurrection Film Festival and the British Film Festival will launch in Brisbane on Thursday (November […]

Beck Blooms @ Black Bear Lodge

As part of her Bloom tour, teenage Brisbane songstress Sahara Beck hit the Black Bear Lodge on Wednesday night and charmed all in attendance with a repertoire of songs that demonstrated her maturity as both a songwriter and a performer. Supported by Amy Shark, the show proved a great showcase of local talent and served […]


Britain has a fine tradition of making films in which the working class are very much front and centre of proceedings and Pride is the latest such offering. The backdrop for this story is the 1984 miner’s strike, a 12-month battle between mine workers and the Thatcher government over the decision to close several mines […]

Education Update #29

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving Many teachers we know enjoy teaching students how to wield one of the most powerful thinking tools: metacognition, or the ability to think about your thoughts with the aim of improving learning. Students who do not learn how to “manage” themselves well as they proceed through school experience more […]

G20 Arts Galore

The G20 Cultural Celebrations get underway next Friday (October 24) and there really is something for everybody over the 17 days of FREE events in Brisbane city and suburbs. In addition to the extensive music program (more details here) Velociraptor, Busby Marou, Emma Louise, The Phoncurves, Sahara Beck, Don Walker, Sampology, The Medics, Robert Forster […]

Son of a Gun

As a debut feature, Son of a Gun is an ambitious, if not altogether effective, heist drama in which some interesting variations on the theme compensate somewhat for the shortcomings in narrative logic and lack of character development. Directed by Julius Avery and set in Western Australia, Son of a Gun ticks all the boxes […]

Sahara Beck + Amy Shark + Black Bear Lodge = Great Night Out

If you want to catch two of Queensland’s best young singer-songwriters of the moment, Black Bear Lodge is the place to be on Wednesday, October 22 when Sahara Beck and Amy Shark hit the stage. Touring to celebrate the release of her second EP Bloom, Sahara Beck’s reputation is growing exponentially as a result of […]