Downton Abbey: The Film

Can a TV series transition to a film format successfully?  Can you think of a TV series that made this transition seamlessly? I soaked in Downton Abbey when it was first released (2010) and bought the DVD sets of all three series because I couldn’t get enough. This historical drama…

10 October 2019 | Arts

Unbelievable – Worth a Watch

Unbelievable is a series showing on Netflix and it is outstanding. It is based on a true story when a teenager reports a rape and then after being interrogated, recants the story. In parallel another story tells of a serial rapist attacking women and leaving no trace of DNA. A…

2 October 2019 | Arts

Tarantino takes Hollywood

Let’s google Tarantino “His films are characterised by non-linear storylines, satirical subject matter, estheticization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue, ensemble casts, references to popular culture, soundtracks from the 1960’s to 1980’s and features of neo-noir film. ” (wikipedia) ………..  A great summary! Quentin Tarantino directs ” Once Upon a…

4 September 2019 | Arts

Emily Kam Kngwarray

A weekday ” pop into the gallery moment” and again life delivers jewels. This time in the form of beautiful batiks and paintings. But it’s the paintings that really captured my attention ……… Emily Kam Kngwarray  (1910-1996) was a world renowned indigenous artist who began painting at the age of…

4 September 2019 | Arts

Balenciaga: A Designer/ Influencer Extraordinaire

Cristobal Balenciaga was born in the basque country of Spain in 1895  and went on to create one of the most innovative and trend setting fashion houses in the world. Christian Dior, a competitor in the fashion industry described him as ” the master of us all.” He opened his…

30 August 2019 | Arts

Fleabag is Fantastic!

Do you feel like watching a smart, very funny,  beautifully scripted and over the top hilarious comedy…which touches the heart….? Then take the time to search out Fleabag written, produced and lead role played by Phoebe Waller -Bridge. (Here in Australia I found it on Amazon Prime membership for…

27 August 2019 | Arts

Late Night – a FILM REVIEW

Emma Thompson stars in  Late Night, a warm and witty comedy written by Mindy Kaling. Emma Thompson is brilliant in her role as an ageing talk show host who has lost touch with the world around her. Social media confounds and her management style is autocratic, narcissistic and simply bad….

14 August 2019 | Arts

Margaret Olley: A Generous Life

Margaret Olley  is a much loved Australian artist  with a significant reputation for still life and her ability to capture the richness and intimacy of interior ” landscapes.” Born in the New South Wales town of Lismore, in Queensland in 1923 she had 90 solo exhibitions of her work and…

8 August 2019 | Arts

Advanced Love – What a Beautiful Book!

I love collecting books. Not kindle type reads for me but the joy of holding the book, feeling its weight, touching the smooth paper and the rhythmic turning of pages. Hard covers are a delight  and immediately give the book a presence. As my hands stiffen with age and cold…

5 August 2019 | Arts