21st Century Gospels

Dave McKean is a man who wears many hats. Artist, film-maker, musician, photographer, his career has skipped across several mediums. First attracting attention for his eye-catching dreamlike covers for the American comic book series The Sandman, he has for years been an in-demand book illustrator, his surreal collages instantly recognisable for their unique style.

In 2005, his Lewis Carroll-esque dark ...

Festive faith

Cards, Carols & Claus: Christmas in Popular Culture and Progressive Christianity by Rex A E Hunt.
Review by Rev Lucas Taylor

Many products are published ‘just in time for Christmas’ (Billy Birmingham is likely working on a new 12th man box set as we speak). But there is an irony in the case of Rex A E Hunt’s ...

Mystery Road – An interview with Ivan Sen and Aaron Pedersen

With a cast stuffed with recognisable faces from Australian film and television – Aaron Pedersen, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Hugo Weaving, Bruce Spence and David Field to name just a few – Mystery Road also features stunning sequences shot on the surrounding landscape of Winton in Queensland. It is immediately recognisable as an Australian film.

However, according to star ...

Popularised, punished or simply prophetic?

Leaving the screening of the new documentary In Bob We Trust, I think to myself that Father Bob Maguire (pictured), Melbourne’s ‘larrikin’ Catholic priest, has probably just become one of my favourite people. The film documents Father Bob’s ministry at the parish of Saint Peter and Paul in South Melbourne and the process of his forced retirement in spite ...

Sting in the tale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw, personal and emotionally taxing, Stories We Tell is a documentary that stirs a lingering sentimentality. Director Sarah Polley uses humour and intermittent light touches to ease the blows dealt by the deeply moving accounts of the love story at the head ...

Considering both sides of the fence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gatekeepers (M)
Review by Helen Fallaw

To sit in the cinema agreeing with the hard men, six former heads of Israeli security, is surprising. But that’s what a powerful documentary can do; it can inform and shift your thinking.

Director of ...

Picture of shattered peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Broken Cameras
Review by Dr Mark Zirnsak

5 Broken Cameras is a powerful and very moving documentary capturing the complexity of the conflict in Israel-Palestine. The story is told from the viewpoint of Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat. The Separation Barrier is being built ...

Discovering Spong

The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic, by John Shelby Spong
Review by Carlynne Nunn

As soon as you mention Spong in any Christian circle, it seems you meet with an opinion. Mostly everyone talks about how much everyone else talks about him. John Shelby Spong is apparently quite notorious.

The minister at my church told me ...

The future is too close to home

Elysium (MA)

“All fiction is metaphor. Science fiction is metaphor. What sets it apart from older forms of fiction seems to be its use of new metaphors” – Ursula K. Le Guin

Neill Blomkamp’s second film is that rare thing, a thinking person’s blockbuster. Balanced somewhere between a special effects romp with the requisite amount ...

Times of our lives

Before Midnight is a funny, intelligent, raw story of living together, and what it means to compromise and change as the years take their toll.

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Directed by Richard Linklater, it is the third movie in a trilogy, which first featured the two protagonists, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) ...