Biography

A blast form the past for comedy fans
In Playboy’s finer days – the '70s - there was an old joke: “I only read it for the articles,” meaning that the centrefold of some young femme beauty was but a mere, um, extra. It had me thinking watching this very funny documentary on the...
Revered Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong has unearthed a fascinating story with her profile of Orry-Kelly (Orry George Kelly), costume designer to the stars during Hollywood’s golden age. Australians love to claim a celebrity as their own,...
A strange collage of a complex character
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Fimmaker, author, poet, leftist, shit-stirrer, and dedicated intellectual, Pier Paolo Pasolini was notorious in life and his premature end has been the subject of conjecture, conspiracy, even folklore. 
Portrait of a musical man-child who deserves the excitation.
2015 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: The dedicated Beach Boys fan has almost certainly heard a clutch of so-called “tracking sessions” during which group leader Brian Wilson, in the later months of 1965 and well into the next year, coaxes a crack set of...
Let’s get this straight: Margaret Keane’s paintings are truly terrible. Sentimental and naive, they feature waifish children with enormous, spooky dark eyes. These sad creatures are often posed holding kittens and sporting big crystal teardrops...