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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Jesuit premise fails but resilience of humanity proved

    • Richard Leonard
    • 21 August 2006
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    As the fascinating Seven Up documentary series develops, the supposed principle of St Ignatius—'give me a boy until he is seven, and I will give you the man'—is found to be increasingly untrue.  

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    Primary Colours

    • Tim Edwards
    • 21 August 2006

    Gold crayons for Christ's hair / red for the fires of Hell—so Father O'Malley told us.

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    Three poems from the Centre

    • Juan Garrido-Salgado
    • 07 August 2006
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    Baxter, desert of long sentences / Locked up his youth / Now his eyes are broken wings

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    Strong characters outlast cheesy moments

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 August 2006

    Footy Legends has its share of cheesy moments, but as a tribute to working-class Australian suburbia, and a good-natured reflection on the iconic ‘little Aussie battler’, it’s a film that will move and amuse in equal parts.

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    Murakami's elegant connection with contemporary culture

    • James Massola
    • 07 August 2006
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    Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is the 12th book by Haruki Murakami in English translation, and his second collection of short fiction. This collection of short stories spans Murakami’s career, from 1978 when he sold the jazz club he ran with his wife, through to 2005.

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    Beyond the clich├ęs of US colonisation of Australia

    • Michael Ashby
    • 07 August 2006

    Denis Altman's 51st State aims to undermine the clichés associated with Australian-US Relatons, without underestimating the remorseless destruction of Australian identity, and political and business life, as well as many local norms and icons.

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    Saint Sophie of the German resistance movement

    • Michael Ashby
    • 07 August 2006

    For anybody who thinks that Germans were all willing or silent co-conspirators during the dreadful years of World War II, The Last Days of Sophie Scholl is a powerful and apparently accurate narrative of youthful martyrdom, a story that is redemptive for Germans.

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    Different rememberings of the Battle of Long Tan

    • Christine Gillespie
    • 07 August 2006
    2 Comments

    It’s hard to put the dead to rest. 18 August 2006 is the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, in which 18 Australian and more than 245 Viet Cong soldiers were killed. There’s an invitation to go to Perth where they’re naming streets in a new housing development after six soldiers who did not return.

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    More challenges than resolutions in Jindabyne

    • Jemma Galvin
    • 07 August 2006
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    Ray Lawrence’s Jindabyne presents more challenges than resolutions. For the questions asked in this film there are no simple answers. This is a film which cautiously reveals a grace in the honesty, pain and acceptance that can come in life, and partnership. It also intimates that there is still a darkness at the heart of this town, and of this nation.

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    Surface reality only in DIY TV

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 August 2006

    DIY programs bulge with all manner of handy hints, as happy hosts clamour to offer their free-to-air advice. But scratch the surface, and even a friendly face can turn ugly on you.

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    Young Bobby Darin meets mature Bobby Darin

    • Sebastien De Robillard
    • 24 July 2006
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    Director Kevin Spacey has no need to use normal screen tricks to indicate time or emotion in Beyond the Sea. He achieves this by having young Darin and older Darin interacting thoroughout the film

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    Aboriginal life without the colonial backdrop

    • David Streader
    • 24 July 2006

    Australian cinema has historically depicted Aborigines in relation to modern-day white society.  But the pre-colonial setting of Ten Canoes enables us  better to identify with the characters.

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