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  • AUSTRALIA

    Glamour returns to post-war Australia

    • Madeleine Hamilton
    • 27 March 2008
    3 Comments

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first showing of Christian Dior's New Look fashion designs in Sydney. After years of wartime material restraints the New Look offered Australian women a fresh way of expressing their individuality and sensuality through fashion.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Childlike wonder redeems inscrutable Houdini

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 March 2008

    Tough times call for tough measures — the McGarvie women comprise a single-parent family in a male-dominated society, so you can hardly blame them for making a living the best way they can. Houdini is all charm and showmanship, with hidden depths and dark secrets.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sex workers' drama transcends soap opera frivolity

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 February 2008
    4 Comments

    Satisfaction takes place in a high-class city brothel, where demand is high and prices are higher. But it's more a matter of 'normalise' than 'glamorise'. The workers' everyday conflicts are exacerbated by the nature of their profession.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    What provoked Burmese people's fearless stand

    • Carol Ransley & Toe Zaw Latt
    • 03 October 2007
    4 Comments

    Two out of five children in Burma are severely malnourished, and the majority of people live in dire poverty. Then the ruling State Peace and Development Council instructed all Ministry of Energy distribution outlets to raise the prices of fuel.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Local anti-hero

    • Ian C Smith
    • 19 September 2007

    Writing music and busking now, abstinence and rice have rendered him thin. / The film industry's movers and shakers must seem a long way behind now, his days of editing, a retrospective haze.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Chris Johnston cartoon archive

    • Chris Johnston
    • 12 September 2007

    An archive of Chris Johnston's cartoons.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd strip club story a promotion of women as sex objects

    • Michael Mullins
    • 22 August 2007
    8 Comments

    For most Australians, endearing naughtiness was the beginning an end of the Kevin Rudd sex club story. What was sadly overlooked was the de facto promotion of the sex industry, and implicit toleration of the damage it does to human dignity and the long struggle to ensure that women are not looked upon as sex objects.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A voice for victims of the sex trade

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 August 2007

    The Jammed is a frank and gritty cinematic reminder that the issue of human trafficking is not just on Australia’s doorstep—tragically, it’s part of the furniture. The most unsettling human degradation is protected by walls of silence and secrecy, and is the oxygen that keeps the sex industry alive.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Empathetic and provocative parts of the sum

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 June 2007

    Multi-story films have a special power. They examine the lives of seemingly unrelated people whose fates become potently, albeit incidentally, connected. But sometimes a set of strong short films does not add up to a powerful feature.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Vietnam's miracles of balance

    • Peter Pierce
    • 15 May 2007

    The city cyclo traffic could be negotiated because cramped spaces have generated considerate attitudes rather than rage. Physical accommodations to crowding and privation tempt the traveller into laudatory flights, but the people’s attitudes seem altogether too matter-of-fact.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Politically correct dancing

    • Richard Leonard
    • 02 April 2007
    1 Comment

    A new ocker comedy depicts young protégés at a suburban dance school immersing themselves in choreographies about starvation, people dying of AIDS and the nuclear holocaust.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bettie Page, the tease from Tennessee

    • Madeleine Hamilton
    • 02 April 2007

    Bettie Page experiences an equal, if not greater, level of popularity today than she did during the peak of her career as a pin-up model in the early to mid 1950s. But the exploitative, even dangerous, aspects of her work, should not be pushed out of sight and forgotten.

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