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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

    The gospel according to John Hughes

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 August 2009
    4 Comments

    I don't use the word gospel lightly. Here was a secular film that extrapolated, in teenagers' language, the notion of 'love thy neighbour'. Filmmaker John Hughes died last week. The Breakfast Club remains his masterpiece.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Incest and redemption

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 06 August 2009
    5 Comments

    The publicity poster for Beautiful Kate is as ambiguous as the controversial Bill Henson photographs it so blatantly references. The film unpacks these ambiguities, not solving but exacerbating them and making them sing with empathy.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Stupid men in a brutal land

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 July 2009

    Australia, 1902. One year since Federation. The nation is a sickly child, as yet unaware of its weakness. The colonisers deceive themselves into thinking they can tame the land. A century later, not much has changed.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Who hates Harry Potter

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 16 July 2009
    4 Comments

    The rule seems to be that one's attitude to Harry Potter should be either obsession, derision, or total lack of interest. If that's true, I'm in a minority: I am an equivocal fan. A few of the books are great. At least one is bloody awful. The movies are similarly hit-and-miss.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    How Rafters had its pro-choice cake and ate it too

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 July 2009
    5 Comments

    When Julie learned she was pregnant, Dave advocated termination. Julie could see his logic, but was also overcome by powerful mothering urges. The writers of Packed to the Rafters are adept at unpacking every skerrick of emotional baggage.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Masterchef cooks up fine reality trash

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 July 2009
    6 Comments

    The original UK Masterchef is the pinnacle of reality TV. Masterchef Australia is the theme park version, sacrificing excellence to entertainment. It may be a different beast to its predecessor, but it's not all bad, either.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Michael Jackson's tragic gift

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 June 2009
    6 Comments

    When celebrities die, public grief is disproportionate, because death reasserts the humanity of one who has seemed beyond it. Jackson had become so far removed from his humanity that the shock of his mortality is even more profound.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Indigenous Robin Hood's just desserts

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 25 June 2009
    6 Comments

    Jack Charles is an Aboriginal elder, professional actor and part-time criminal. He describes his acts of burglary as 'collecting the rent' from white suburbanites who dwell on what could rightfully be considered Aboriginal land.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    South Africa's lesson for post-apartheid Australia

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 18 June 2009
    10 Comments

    Despite the best wishes of many, we are yet to resolve the injustices that have resulted from White Australia's brand of apartheid. As Disgrace reveals, reconciliation is more than words. There is much fear and anger to overcome.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    The Chaser's war on sick kids

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 12 June 2009
    11 Comments

    Satire needs to be bold. It risks causing offence in order to achieve its purpose. It seems like strange behaviour to want to see how far The Chaser will go, then become upset when they are deemed to have gone 'too far'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Good habits of an activist nun

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 11 June 2009
    2 Comments

    Sister Carmel Wauchope is a Sister of the Good Samaritan and lives up to that name. Outraged by the conditions faced by asylum seekers in detention in Australia, she has spent years visiting detainees and advocating on their behalf.

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