Cultural Dissent

War by other means War by other means A documentary by John Pilger Soon to be shown on ABC TV Reviewed by Tamara Desiatov "War and debt are exactly the same things, and you don't have to occupy the same territory", says writer and director

Proud of his enemies By Karen Fredericks SYDNEY — At a public signing of his new book Distant Voices at Gould's Bookshop in Glebe on October 10, John Pilger elaborated upon his refusal to enter into a public brawl with Ben Hills. Hills

Sorrow and triumph Sadness By William Yang Belvoir Theatre, Sydney until October 18 Reviewed by Wayne Ruscoe Sydney photographer William Yang has developed a unique drama form: the presentation of slides with an accompanying monologue

Sirocco, Alan Stivell and Dedannan Sydney Town Hall, October 6 Reviewed by Bernie Brian I had the opportunity to hear Alan Stivell and Dedannan play at an Irish pub in Paddington a week before their October 6 concert. The smell of the coal

The murder that stays with us Swoon Directed by Tom Kalin Starring Craig Chester and Dam Schlachet Valhalla Cinema, Glebe; Classic, Brisbane Reviewed by Tom Flanagan Based on the 1924 murder of a young boy by two Chicago youths, Swoon

Distant Voices By John Pilger Vintage. 397 pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Frank Noakes "Unless prejudice is countered, it is reinforced. Unless misconceptions are corrected, they become received truth." — Distant Voices George Orwell wrote in

The Last Days of Chez Nous Directed by Gillian Armstrong Screenplay by Helen Garner Starring Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox and Miranda Otto Reviewed by Lee Wallace Some films have such an effect that you leave the cinema slightly

It takes the cake The Killing of Sara Lee The Doll Cafe, 16 Ballarat St, Yarraville Thursday to Sunday, Oct 15 to Nov 1, 7.30 p.m. Reviewed by Ray Fulcher Take the Doll Cafe, into it pour seven engaging performers, add a script by Rhondda

Manufacturing Consent A film directed by Mark Achbar Canada, 1992 Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen Noam Chomsky is famous for a revolutionary development in the theory of language. In the late 1950s, he argued that there was a basic grammatical

Picture stories with a twist Every Story Tells a Picture Plays by Maree Walk, Tom Hungerford and Peta Murray The Studio, Subiaco Theatre Centre, Perth, until October 24 Reviewed by Jonathan Strauss This Artrage Festival event involves

The culture of contentment By John Kenneth Galbraith Sinclair Stevenson (Britain), 1992. $39.95 Reviewed by Scott Wasley Veteran economist John Kenneth Galbraith deals with the attitudes and political power of the large "class" of the

The Long Day Closes Written and directed by Terence Davies Kino, Melbourne, early December Reviewed by Mario Giorgetti Unlike his acclaimed and equally personal film Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Terence Davies' The Long Day Closes,

Papalote go bush One of Australia's longest running and most popular Latin American bands, Papalote, are to take audiences from country towns in south-west New South Wales on a rhythmic journey through Latin America. They will introduce

Class Culture — A Play We Wrote Written and directed by Tim Brain and Paul Tassone Reviewed by Rurik Davidson Class Culture is about young people rehearsing a play — Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet — and doing it their way. They have

Simple, powerful documentary Blackman's Houses A film directed by Steve Thomas Screened during the Jump Cut Film Festival, at Lumiere and FTI Cinemas Reviewed by Anthony Benbow Blackman's Houses is a documentary filmed on Flinders Island.

When the boss is a union What about the workers' workers? VHS cassette Reviewed by Rose McCann This excellent video captures the story of this year's industrial dispute between 34 clerical workers and the management of the NSW branches of

Sex By Madonna Distributed by William Heinemann Australia. $59.95. Reviewed by Kath Gelber Sex had a huge reputation to live up to. Sold under conditions that ensured its pages would not be exposed in any public arena, its success was

Oedipus meets Romeo and Juliet Tilaï Written and directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo Starring Rasmane Ouedraogo, Ina Cisse, Roukietou Barry and Assane Ouedraogo Season begins October 30, AFI Cinema, Paddington Reviewed by Norm Dixon Viewers

By Tracy Sorensen "You hope you can have a few screenings of your film, and maybe get it on TV somewhere", says Canadian film maker Mark Achbar. "But for a feature-length documentary on what for many people is an obscure American intellectual

Police Shootings in Victoria, 1987-1989: You deserve to know the truth By the families of Mark Militano, Jedd Houghton and Graeme Jensen and the Flemington/Kensington Community Legal Centre Paperback, 116 pp. $10 Reviewed by Alex Cooper

Opera on the edge Lacuna Performed by Chamber Made Opera Composed by David Chesworth Libretto and direction by Douglas Horton At the Gasworks Theatre, Melbourne, until November 7 Reviewed by Lin Wolfe This is a difficult production to

Feral Children Shooting Parties em = By Denis Kevans Fortunately, for the jaded international telescope rifle hunter, there are large and increasing numbers of outcast children living a carefree life in the broad expanses of Western Sydney.

By Peter Anderson Two recent publications by the Australian Government Publishing Service continue the discussion about structural reform within the Australian economy. While Macquarie University researcher Brian Pinkstone raises questions

Unfree liberators Liberators is a 90-minute special on the role of black US soldiers in World War II, with a particular focus on the battalions that freed prisoners of the Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps. Black soldiers of course

Mitteleuropa Three-part documentary series SBS Television Begins Sunday, November 8, at 7.30 p.m. Part One: From the Balkan Wars to the invasion of Poland Reviewed by Peter Anderson A lot more attention has been focussed on the Central

Hot Cafe By Margarita Windisch MELBOURNE — Hot Cafe are five talented and inspiring musicians who mix jazz with world music and take listeners on an unforgettable musical roller coaster ride through places like Spain, Russia, Ireland and

One plum pudding would have been enough Until the end of the world Directed by Wim Wenders Script by Peter Carey and Wim Wenders Starring William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Sam Neil Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt Co-productions which are

Vince Jones blows Greenpeace's trumpet Popular Australian jazz trumpeter Vince Jones' latest album, Future Girl, is to be launched with several shows at Sydney's Harbourside Brasserie. The album and shows feature Vince's commitment to the

Take Two: The Criminal Justice System Revisited By Tim Anderson Bantam, 1992. 376 pp. $34.95 Reviewed by John Tognolini Tim Anderson's new book is a stunning portrait of a police vendetta and an insight into this country's criminal justice

Dreamy, mystical mountain music Islands of the Sky Peter Crowe Distributed by Larrikin Records Available on CD Reviewed by Peter Hicks This is an album of ambient guitar pieces which Peter Crowe describes as "acoustic mountain music".

By Karen Fredericks The first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Music Festival, With Open Eyes, will be held in Sydney from November 30 to December 5. The festival comes at a time when Yothu Yindi, Kev Carmody and other

Timor mortis (From the Spanish of Uruguayan author Mario Benedetti. Translated by Rosemary Evans.) And, finally, death awaits me. She knows at what terrible moment she will come. But to me it is a mystery. So between us I build

The Fire Next Time By Mark Davis SYDNEY — Popping in for a quiet drink at Max's Petersham Inn to hear popular folk singer Peter Hicks' new band The Fire Next Time proved a very rewarding experience. At last, some overtly political music

Life on a string A film directed by Chen Kaige Starring Liu Zhongyuan and Huang Lei Reviewed by Wayne Ruscoe Two blind musicians wander an achingly beautiful landscape, searching for spiritual salvation or, at least, the return of the power

By Zanny Begg In the dim past young people, when asking about sex, would be given vague answers about storks flying over chimney pots before the topic of conversation was quickly changed. In the liberated '90s it would be nice to think that we

Endangered species legislation Left anonymously on the doormat this week is what appears to be an early draft of the federal endangered species legislation. The document is particularly interesting in showing what clauses did not make it into

Mad Bomber in Love Producer: George Mannix Director: James Bogle Opens November 27 at the AFI Cinema in Sydney Reviewed by Karen Fredericks A week before they were due to start shooting Mad Bomber In Love, George Mannix and James Bogle

By Kaye Dixon At seven years old, when visiting the city from Mallacouta, Sal Rees practised drop kicks with her grandfather in the backyard at Coburg. Her grandfather, Henry Flogg and her father, Don Rees, played football for Brunswick.

Telling East Timor: Personal Testimonies 1942-1992 By Michele Turner New South Wales University Press 218 pp. $19.95 Reviewed by Lenore Tardif This book is the oral history of some of the most brutal human rights abuses in recent times. It

Making politics musically By Chris Spindler If you have the chance to see Seven Sisters play at the Aboriginal Women's Music Festival in Sydney in December, don't miss it. You'll be treated, as the Adelaide Cultural Dissent crowd was on