Peter Craven

On The Beach

30 January 2021 9:00 am

The aftermath of Australia Day seems like an appropriate time to watch On the Beach, for a belated first time,…

The Investigation

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Slowly, after what seemed like infinite, malingering delays, virus-driven, the world of arts and entertainment is starting to open again…


16 January 2021 9:00 am

Who would have thought that Netflix would score so sumptuously with a Regency soap that flaunts colourblind casting like a…

Orson Welles

19 December 2020 9:00 am

It seems on the face of it the oddest proposition on earth. David Fincher, the famous Hollywood director of Fight…

Ned Kelly

12 December 2020 9:00 am

All the young millennials I know were raging in Melbourne the other Saturday night and so were some of their…

The Queen’s Gambit

28 November 2020 9:00 am

As the Covid virus recedes even from Victoria – and the South Australian scare proves less serious than it looked…

Billy Wilder

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Slowly the world of the arts starts to take a timid step forward in plague-torn Australia. Just as alarming new…

The Undoing

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s a strange prospect for strange times, the young violinist Freya Franzen on the stage of Melbourne’s Concert Hall playing…

Sean Connery

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Sean Connery outlived all of them, those great British actors who came to such prominence in the early Sixties: Richard…


31 October 2020 9:00 am

Imagine daring to make another version of Rebecca. Hitchcock’s 1940 film is the version that is bound to overshadow any…

Orson Welles

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The journals of the plague year from the point of view of culture are getting weirder and weirder from Daniel…

Too much of nothing

17 October 2020 9:00 am

In the world of the arts, some things keep on even in this time of impossibility which the virus has…


10 October 2020 9:00 am

What a strange phase the world of theatre – the world of artistic activity – is going through at the…

Stuck at home with a serial killer

26 September 2020 9:00 am

It’s odd when you think of the way television has usurped almost everything else in the time of the virus.…

Diana Rigg

19 September 2020 9:00 am

It was sad the other day to hear of the passing of that scintillating lady of stage and screen Diana…

Lacklustre, pompous: Linda Cropper and Philip Quast

Grateful dead

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Ibsen would turn in his grave at this production of Ghosts

Pitch perfect: Nikki Shiels

An unmistakable glow of greatness

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Drop everything and marvel at Night on Bald Mountain

Sigrid Thornton: a dangerous Blanche DuBois

Sterling Sigrid

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The legendary Australian actor triumphs in Streetcar

Robyn Nevin: not merely good but great

A strange evening of classic local theatre

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Robyn Nevin shines in Neighbourhood Watch

A dry spell

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Melbourne’s Crucible is unbewitching

It was beauty killed the beast: Esther Hannaford in King Kong

Gorilla tactics

10 August 2013 9:00 am

King Kong is an unmissable circus