On a bright, increasing warm afternoon, I attended a matinée showing of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Pop Up Globe. The crowd was in a good humour and the performances were cheeky and energetic. It's been ages since I've seen a play, for real, in the flesh and I picked a good un. Despite … Continue reading Review: Much Adoing around the Globe
It's been a momentous couple of weeks in Doctor Who news. The announcement of the 13th Doctor kept me smiling all the way to work (or at least until I began to read responses), while the preview for the Christmas episode looks like it could be pleasing (or infuriating) to old school fans and newer … Continue reading Doctor Who: Suspension of relief?
Since seeing Justin Kurzel's MACBETH the other day, I've all these half-formed paragraphs and attempted poetic phrases turning in my mind in an effort to do it justice and properly sum up the experience. It was still and moody, and balletic and brutal in the depiction of war and bloodshed. There was theatrical cinematography with … Continue reading Fake Authenticity / Real Theatricality
It's no secret writers make up names; for their characters, for their stories and for themselves. Females have taken to disguising their authorship since at least Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell started getting their poetry published. The other day a writer revealed she didn't (really) read books by female writers and disguised her name as … Continue reading It’s all in the name
This is what some people thought about TV in 1976. I quote it because it speaks to me today and I suspect it may to others. You're television incarnate...Indifferent to suffering; insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality. War, murder, death are all the same...And the daily business … Continue reading Dealing new illusions?
I've been re-watching Sherlock because what the hey and also summer programming in Australia partly consists of repeating Sherlock and little else new or entertaining. Any who, I realised this program was misnamed. Sure it features the rude, scarfed, and cheekboned Holmes with and without the 'ear hat' but the main thing it is not … Continue reading Friends like these
The movie of the book will never be ok for some People will say (whatever) film leaves out plot devices, or characters, or the casting is wrong, or the location isn't correct. While such criticisms may or may not be accurate they do not reflect the essential source of the unease about the movie/book relationship. Our … Continue reading Book & Movie Relationships
Analyse this? I came across a fairly thorough psychological interpretation of Harry Potter via FB recently. The page linking to it had a lot of comments - people were either upset as it had 'ruined' the books or they were angry that someone had 'bothered'. Whatever the complaint, there was so much entitlement, or ownership. I … Continue reading Stories: bigger on the inside
If you've yet to watch the 2014 Doctor Who episodes, then you probably should. Or you can enjoy this song Who Are You by The Who, which posits important questions thematically linked to Doctor Who and this post. Like: Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?). I really wanna know (Who are you? … Continue reading Doctor Who & Hamlet: Are we who we say we are?
There is no such thing as an emerging butterfly. There are caterpillars and there are butterflies. I don't know what an 'emerging writer' is, but whenever I apply for things or look at entries, I'm not it. Not enough publications, too many publications, haven't earned enough, or too much, no big novel, too many different … Continue reading Butterfly Effects and Emerging Writers