Search Results: alcoholism

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The beauty of hard-won hope

    • Megan Graham
    • 07 August 2014
    2 Comments

    Broken and bruised by their respective journeys, Gretta and Dan seize the chance for solidarity. For both, their sense of compassion and resilience allows them to navigate a cold and indifferent New York City that threatens to swallow them whole. They use the creation of music as a mirror to reflect back a version of themselves – and NYC – that they can love. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Veteran muckraker wrestles with God

    • Barry Gittins and Jen Vuk
    • 06 June 2014
    2 Comments

    When journalist and activist Barbara Ehrenreich was a young woman she came face to face 'with something vast, terrifying and unknowable'. We mustn't take for granted the courage this admission took coming from such a committed atheist. While noting science can 'dismiss anomalous 'mystical' experiences', she wrestles her discontent into submission by boldly declaring that it 'is not unscientific to search for what may not be there'.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The baleful life of Stalin's favourite actress

    • Brian Matthews
    • 31 January 2014
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    When her husband was arrested and imprisoned indefinitely as an outspoken opponent of Stalin, she became depressed and alcoholic. Film director Grigori Aleksandrov rescued her by choosing her to star in Moscow Laughs. She became his mistress, later his wife, a screen star and, perhaps most important of all, she attracted Stalin's benign attention.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Making a mess of civil rights history

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 24 October 2013

    The idea of viewing the American civil rights movement through the eyes of an African-American butler, ensconced for decades at the White House in the service of eight different presidents, is tantalising. How disappointing then that The Butler is such a sloppy, soppy mess. And with all due respect to Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey is a big part of the problem.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    The ethics of paternalism in Aboriginal policy

    • Callum Denness
    • 25 September 2013
    3 Comments

    Following the abuse received by Adam Goodes from a teenage spectator in the AFL's Indigenous round, and the subsequent remarks made by Eddie McGuire, the country became embroiled in a debate about racism in modern Australia. Meanwhile, the Northern Territory introduced its Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Bill which, if passed, will see more Aboriginal people incarcerated. We were too busy describing the modern face of racism to notice.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sex, addicts and religious cults

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 01 November 2012
    4 Comments

    I've never been a member of a cult, but I do have limited fringe experience of one fervent pentecostal church. The Master's portrayal of cult life chimes disturbingly with that experience. The cult members are attracted not just to the promise of meaning and belonging, but also to the eerie comfort of having someone else do their thinking.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    'Bumbars' evict homeless from shared spaces

    • Joshua Anderson
    • 25 March 2010
    9 Comments

    The construction of space reveals society's attitudes to different groups of people. A Brisbane council's plan to replace conventional bus shelter seating with horizontal 'bumbars' sends a distinct message of exclusion to the homeless people who sleep there.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Celebrating Aboriginality on the road from Freo to Broome

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 January 2010
    6 Comments

    From a patronising priest to a pair of impressionable hippies, the white characters are all doofuses. Bran Nue Dae provides a means for introducing young people to the ongoing impacts of white settlement upon Indigenous Australians.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Affectionate portraits of 'the outsider'

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 April 2009
    13 Comments

    Mary is a socially awkward adolescent, growing up in 1970s suburban Melbourne. Her penpal Max is a lonely New Yorker, a chronic overeater with Asperger's. Adam Elliot's films are not just about difference. They are about justice.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    On orphans in Catholic care

    • Philip Mendes
    • 27 March 2009
    1 Comment

    Some enjoyed supportive placements and moved successfully into mainstream society. Others were disempowered and even traumatised by their time in care, and left with serious health and emotional deficits.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Kids put footballers' drug-taking into perspective

    • Tom Cranitch
    • 05 September 2007
    5 Comments

    Everyone from radio shock jocks to the Prime Minister have beaten up fallen rugby league hero Andrew Johns for being a poor role model for young people. Children will get over it. It's adults who get lost in the fog around the edges of such an issue.

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  • INFORMATION

    A selection of some of the letters regarding Frank Brennan's most recent piece

    • 13 July 2007

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