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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    'Freaks' on film

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 September 2008
    1 Comment

    In 1932, Todd Browning's Freaks sought to unsettle with the 'otherness' of its circus sideshow performer characters. A modern-day festival of films by and about people with disability emhasises not otherness, but humanity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 28 August 2008
    2 Comments

    During the 1970s, Australian cinema experienced what many now regard as its golden age. Who were the maverick filmmakers gleefully scuffing up the flipside of that glittering coin, and why does Phillip Adams despise them so?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 August 2008

    One was shot on location in Pakistan by an amateur Sydney filmmaker. The other is a cartoon made by an Iranian expatriate about life in Tehran. What do such different films have to tell us about humanity in the Middle East?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 August 2008

    What happens when a renegade architect goes head to head with the US government in an effort to gain permission to build houses out of garbage?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 August 2008

    Undercover female soldiers are sent into enemy territory during World War II to protect one of the Allies' best-kept secrets. The women must subject themselves to being exploited in order that they might exploit their opponent.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Uploading the undead

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 July 2008
    1 Comment

    Cult filmmaker Romero fears that new media has, rather than democratising the news, led to increased tribalism that is divisive rather than unifying. He articulates these fears in his latest high-concept zombie film, Diary of the Dead.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Superhero's dark night

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 24 July 2008

    Batman has no superpowers, but his rage against injustice elevates him to the realm of 'superhero'. He is dark and brutal, arguably a fascist, but prone to soul-searching. The Dark Knight may prove to be the best film of 2008.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Humanity trumps moralism in WYD film festival

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 July 2008
    1 Comment

    The Iñigo Film Festival features films that reflect spiritual experience or the link between faith and justice. The Judas Pane plays upon traditional understandings of the gospels and critiques the subjective depiction of religious icons.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Minister's moment of grace at WYD

    • Michael Mullins
    • 14 July 2008
    2 Comments

    NSW Government World Youth Day spokesperson Kristina Keneally MP has described World Youth Day as a 'happy event'. She herself has personal experience of spiritual joy at WYD.

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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

    Aussie bloke's exotic love

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 19 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Unfinished Sky succeeds as a sweetly observed, cross-cultural love story. Themes regarding human trafficking and sexual slavery are exploited, not, it seems, from genuine concern, but in a misguided attempt to lend the film social clout.

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  • RELIGION

    Ecumenical roads no longer lead to Rome

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 July 2007
    24 Comments

    Contrary to what Catholics would once have said, ecumenism does not seek the return of other churches to Rome. The priority for each church is to reflect seriously on what Christ demands of it and its members.

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