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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Intimacy in same-sex friendships

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 June 2009

    Peter's a sweetie with the ladies, but never got his head around the whole male bonding thing. So he sets out on a series of man-dates, with the aim of finding a friend. His first attempts are spectacular failures. And then he meets Sydney.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Football, sex and poetry

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 02 June 2009
    7 Comments

    Sex scandals can make celebrities out of the most unlikely figures. But just how similar is the case of the Oxford poetry professorship candidate accused of sexually harrassing his students, and Australian Rugby League's group sex scandal?

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  • MEDIA

    Afghanistan's media explosion

    • Jan Forrester
    • 20 March 2009

    Tolo TV is the most popular network in Afghanistan. A young population enjoys its Indian soap operas, racy by conservative Afghan mores. The Government tried to censor Tolo and another leading network. The latter bowed to pressure. Tolo refused.

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  • MEDIA

    Ethics of a hoax

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 28 January 2009
    9 Comments

    On first reading how Quadrant was deceived into publishing a spurious article, I laughed. My laughter, however, turned into sympathy, and even to apprehension. I recognised how vulnerable Eureka Street could be to such a high class sting.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Good Aussie films a thing of the past

    • Ruby Hamad
    • 04 December 2008
    4 Comments

    'New Wave' Australian  films of the '70s and '80s, such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Breaker Morant, wooed audiences and critics. This weekend, four films that few Australians have seen will vie for top honours at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Coens' cynical spy spoof

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 October 2008
    5 Comments

    It can be hard to spot the villain in a Coen Brothers movie. The ill-fated scheme at the heart of their latest comedy is instigated by Linda, an endearingly goofy gym employee who longs to be able to afford cosmetic surgery.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Virtue regained amid market bloodshed

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 October 2008
    1 Comment

    More people read Inferno and Paradise Lost than Paradiso and Paradise Regained. Perhaps that is why the financial crisis and attempts to resolve it have been received so sullenly: sin and punishment sell better than virtue and reward.

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  • EDUCATION

    Humanity lost in digital classrooms

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 01 August 2008
    9 Comments

    Today's teacher has to survive in a world of gimmickry. Students pay better attention to ringtones than to the human voice. In the brave new world of Rudd's Digital Education Revolution, teachers risk being replaced by technicians.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Life becomes her

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 26 June 2008

    Half way through Happy-Go-Lucky, effervescent heroine Poppy encounters a homeless man under a bridge. The scene marks the emergence of a serious subtext in the upbeat film, regarding the tension between personal and social expectations about how best to live.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    How the West was warped

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 April 2008

    Cartoonist Bruce Petty has crafted a film as ambitious and chaotic as its title suggests. Global Haywire pastes talking head interviews alongside outrageous animated satire to create a political cartoonist's answer to a schoolboy scrapbook.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The truth behind our heat plague

    • Brian Matthews
    • 26 March 2008
    2 Comments

    Camus' plague was a metaphor for the Second World War German occupation of France. Our plague is no metaphor. It's the truth of the planet's advancing impatience with its reckless colonisers.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Autism comedy strikes emotional equilibrium

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 06 March 2008

    The Black Balloon's early '90s suburban locale is a tangible and familiar environment, where intolerance and ignorance brood beneath the surface. Lead actor Rhys Wakefield embodies everything that it is to be a teenager on the brink of adulthood.

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