Barry Healy

Barry Healy reviews High Ground, a new film about Aboriginal resistance that weaves together Aboriginal and white narrative traditions.

2018 photo showing Rio Waida (left) won twice as much as Zoe Steyn

A new Australian documentary reveals the decades-long struggle that women professional surfers have had to go through to win equality in the sport. It is a powerful story, writes Barry Healy, and often not pleasant.  

Maria Dahvana Headley, dragon-marked translator of Beowulf

Science fantasy writer Maria Dahvana Headley has produced a new translation of the Old English epic poem, Beowulf. It has a punk sensibility and opens the way to a deeper historical reading, writes Barry Healy.

David King's famous 1978 Rock Against Racism Carnival poster

Anyone familiar with 1970s British left-wing movements such as the Anti-Nazi League, Rock Against Racism or the Anti-Apartheid Movement, is familiar with the work of David King, writes Barry Healy.

Originally from Austria, Billy Wilder was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood from the 1930s, gathering 28 Oscars in his illustrious career. Reviewed by Barry Healy.

Returning from his time as a US Army Special Forces medic in Afghanistan and Iraq, Graham Barnhart had much to think about and utilised poetry as his sounding board, writes Barry Healy.

Barry Healy reviews two books – one a novel, the other a narrative history – that reveal the personal costs of Vietnam's fight, first against French colonialism and then the US-led invasion.

Barry Healy reviews The Furnace — a road trip (by camel) mixed with a western-style shoot-‘em-up centred on stolen gold.

Mindful of what Deaths of Despair explains, writes Barry Healy, when US President Donald Trump said his healthcare plan was “cheaper drugs”, it was clear he was promising his base cheaper opioid addiction.

Mira Hamermesh was only 15 when she defied her Jewish parents in Nazi-Occupied Poland and fled for her life. That she survived is a wonder, and her dramatic account is engrossing and terrifying, writes Barry Healy.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, born 250 years ago, was the most influential and prominent German philosopher of his time. Barry Healy reviews Andy Blunden's guide to understanding and applying Hegel to social change.

Bernard Collaery is well known as a legal champion of Timor-Leste and a thorn in the side of successive Australian governments as they have illegally and immorally stolen that country's resources. Barry Healy takes a look at his new book Oil Under Troubled Water.

The charming and humorous Sri Prem Baba

Chasing the Present focuses on the psychological and spiritual journey of a successful young New York businessperson who finds himself at a mental crossroads, beset by panic attacks while advancing a successful career, writes Barry Healy.

French World Cup victory celebrations ironically opening Les Miserables, which shows the oppression

Les Misérables was released in France about six months before the Black Lives Matter movement swept the globe. However, it expresses the BLM spirit perfectly, writes Barry Healy.

Erich Fromm, a high-profile member of the Jewish intellectual diaspora in the United States, introduced wide audiences to Marxism even during the 1950s anti-Communist witch-hunts, writes Barry Healy.

Guillaume de Tonquédec as egg farmer Raymond in Roxane

In the beautiful countryside of Brittany, northern France, taciturn organic egg farmer Raymond (Guillaume de Tonquédec) keeps his hens laying by performing sections of a French classic play, writes Barry Healy.

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