Search Results: Brisbane Writers Festival

  • MEDIA

    Catholic dogs and the new sectarianism

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 08 October 2009
    13 Comments

    Marrying Out recalls the vicious sectarian divide between Catholics and Protestants in Australia during much of the 20th century. Blame is allocated to neither Protestants nor Catholics, but to the human propensity for distrust and hatred.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Che's revolution without the hype

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 01 October 2009
    9 Comments

    It is testament to the virility of Che Guevara as a revolutionary symbol that, with the 'Che Christ', his image is used to augment the understanding of Christ as a social radical. A new biopic takes Che as far from myth and symbol as possible.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Cannibal convict's tour of hell

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 24 September 2009
    1 Comment

    The first feature film about Australia's most notorious convict shares a potent symbiosis with Dante's Inferno. Director Jonathan auf der Heide believes there is a repressed need for violence beneath the 'veil' of human civilisation.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    MasterChef winner roasts the media

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 September 2009
    5 Comments

    Addressing members of the Australasian Catholic Press Association, MasterChef winner and Catholic Julie Goodwin decried the vicious and personal nature of some online forums, and the so-called journalists who draw upon them for articles.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When parenthood is a mixed blessing

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 03 September 2009

    Roo makes a quick buck starring in a porn film. Trisha and Katrina are arrested for shoplifting. Orton and Stacey are runaways from an untenable home life. Blessed finds hope in the cracks between mothers and their teenage children.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Indian cinema beyond Bollywood

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 August 2009

    Joseph Pulinthanath's film cost less than the costume budget for a Bollywood film. His encounters with the peoples of the 'anthropologist's paradise' that is North-East India drove him to respond to injustice in the region.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Discerning truth in Balibo's fiction

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 20 August 2009
    5 Comments

    'Cinema,' says director Robert Connolly, 'can take the audience and show them a tragedy in a way that creates empathy. I was interested in exploring the ability of this country to compel people to tell its story. It's hard not to start caring for what happened there.'

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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

    The trouble with free speech

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 12 March 2009
    2 Comments

    A French satirical paper was sued for portraying Muslims as terrorists and labelling them 'jerks'. The editors would have us believe it's a case of free speech versus censorship. But there's more to it than that.

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  • RELIGION

    Neither Scott nor Amrozi deserves death

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 October 2008
    31 Comments

    We should feel deep regret when the bullets pierce the hearts of the Bali Bombers. Neither just nor useful, the death penalty is immoral. Prime Minister Rudd is well positioned to contribute to its abolition.

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  • RELIGION

    Killing people for killing people

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 October 2008
    9 Comments

    'For me, talk of the death penalty evoked the young, frightened faces of Scott and Emmanuel, as well as the laughing, haughty faces of Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra.' Full text from Frank Brennan's session on 'Killing People for Killing People', Ubud Writers Festival, 17 October 2008.

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  • RELIGION

    Educating leaders for the contemporary Australian Church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 October 2008

    'Lee and Christine Rush are your average Ozzie couple, except that their teenage son Scott is on death row in Bali having been convicted of being a hapless drug mule. It will not go down well on the streets of Jakarta if Australians are baying for the blood of the Bali bombers one month and then pleading to save our sons and daughters the next month.'

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