Cultural Dissent

Fiji miners' strike on SBS SBS television is to screen Na Ma'e! Na Ma'e! (We Stand Until We Die!), a graphic documentary about the continuing strike at the Fijian gold mining town of Vatukoula, on Sunday, November 22, at 4 p.m. The bitter

Mary Christmas Cartoonist Rona Chadwick, whose cartoons readers will have seen in Green Left Weekly, has a series of "Mary Xmas" cards especially suited to the holiday season. For a free catalogue of these and other designs, send a stamped,

What Should Unions Do? Michael Easson and Michael Crosby (eds) Pluto Press, 394 pp. $24.95. The Challenge for Unions: Workers versus the New Right By John Wishart Left Book Club, 86 pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Michael Rafferty Ten years ago,

Strictly ballroom, in Swedish House of Angels Directed by Colin Nutley Starring Helena Bergstrom and Rikard Wolff Reviewed by Wayne Ruscoe English director Colin Nutley's third Swedish-based film has had the kind of runaway success in that

Gambling with our future How Super is Super? By Anna Pha Socialist Party of Australia Reviewed by Barry Healy Since the mid-'80s, Australian workers have been herded into superannuation schemes through a government and ACTU-agreed plan to

Bill will be laughing out of the other side Why does the jacket of Chris Kelly's new book of cartoons carry a comment from newly elected US President Bill Clinton? Probably because Chris didn't ask for one from the queen. Of course, what

Luka Bloom Enmore Theatre, Sydney, November 20 Reviewed by Bernie Brian This was Luka Bloom's first concert in Australia but judging by the audience response he already has many fans here. He has built his reputation on two acclaimed albums,

>Romper Stomper Produced by Daniel Scharf and Ian Ringle Written/Directed by Geoffrey Wright Starring: Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock and Jacqueline McKenzie Reviewed by Jeremy Smith Violence on TV, in the cinema, is often bemoaned by the media

First and Last Warning Made and performed by The Sydney Front The Performance Space, Sydney Nov 19 to Dec 6 Reviewed by Karen Fredericks The publicity material for this "theatre work" proclaimed "... the audience is divided. Those who can

Romper Stomper Reviewed by Nick Fredman Romper Stomper is a powerful, shocking, and flawed film. The story of the violent downfall of a group of Melbourne fascist skinheads, manages to be an apparently authentic portrayal of a subculture, while

Slapstick in higher realms Death Becomes Her Directed by Robert Zemeckis Written by Martin Donovan & David Koepp Starring Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, Isabella Rossellini Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt This is an outrageous black

Deadly Deceptions: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and our Environment A half-hour video produced and directed by Debra Chasnoff Academy Award for the best short documentary in 1991 Reviewed by Garry Walters The Campaign for International

Death in Dili By Andrew McMillan Hodder & Stoughton 235pp $14.95 Reviewed by Nick Everett Death in Dili is a remarkable account of 17 years of struggle by the East Timorese for national self-determination. It pieces together events from

The School for Wives By Jean-Baptiste Poquelin- Moliere Directed by Jean-Pierre Mignon At Melbourne's Gasworks Theatre $18/$13 concession Bookings 699 3253 Reviewed by Peter Boyle To find that a play with a "feminist" message written more

Profits of War By Ari Ben-Menashe Allen & Unwin, 1992 pp 394 $24.95 Reviewed by Mark Delmege "In gratitude for the use of Australian soil for the transfer of arms to Iran, Richard Babayan, a contract operative of the CIA, received a check

Pamyat: Russia's Blackshirts The Cutting Edge SBS television Tuesday, December 8, 8.30pm Reviewed by Peter Anderson They wear black uniforms and are described as fascists and extremists. They are Russia's Blackshirts, members of an

Original, fresh and funny Life on the Edge Cartoons by Judy Horacek Introduced by Dale Spender Spinifex 1992 86 pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Vannessa Hearman The work of feminist cartoonist Judy Horacek has finally been compiled into a

The Long Day Closes Written and directed by Terence Davies Starring Leigh McCormack and Marjorie Yates Reviewed by Wayne Ruscoe "Between my father dying when I was seven and leaving primary school, those years were just so happy I was

Milena Directed by Vera Belmont Screenplay and dialogue by Vera Belmont in collaboration with Marie Genevieve Ripeau, Guy Konopicky, Dan Frank and Lou Garfinkle Starring Valerie Kaprisky, Stacy Keach, Gudrun Langrebe, Peter Gallagher and Nick

Seeing Red: The Communist Party Dissolution Act and Referendum 1951: Lessons for Constitutional Reform The Evatt Foundation Sydney, December 1991 206 pp. $20 Reviewed by Simon Emsley The High Court decision to disqualify Phil Cleary as

Jive Soweto — Various artists Earthworks through Larrikin What About Tomorrow — Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse Gallo through Festival Nomari — Sello "Chicco" Twala Teal Records through Festival Siyaya — Stimela Gallo through Festival

By Norm Dixon On stage, popular vocalist and trumpeter Vince Jones personifies the image of the smooth, laid back jazz artist. His easy rapport with his band and the effortlessness of their performance win the audience every time. But while his

1492: The Conquest of Paradise Director Ridley Scott Screenplay by Roselyne Bosch Starring Gerard Depardieu, Sigourney Weaver, and Armand Assante Showing at Hoyts Reviewed by Roberto Jorquera The year 1492 has been depicted as the year

By Norm Dixon Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick's fascinating Manufacturing Consent, a documentary on the ideas of noted US linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky, has made a remarkable impact in its all too brief cinema run in Australia.

Reinventing Socialism Edited by Duncan Kerr Pluto Press Australia Ltd in association with the Fabian Society 1992 122pp. $14.95 A Century of Social Change Labor History Essays Volume Four The Australian Labor Party and Pluto Press

For many years 1950s US films like Reefer Madness and I was a Communist for the FBI have been reliable money raisers for radical and progressive organisations. Deadly serious when they were first made — a grotesque mix of anti-communist hysteria

Tomorrow is too late By Fidel Castro Ocean Press 1992 54 pp. $9.95 Reviewed by Sean Malloy Tomorrow is too late presents an overall analysis of world environmental problems and necessary solutions from a Third World perspective. The

One Way Street: Fragments for Walter Benjamin Directed by John Hughes Screening on ABC-TV as part of The Big Picture — New Directions series on Thursday December 10, 9.30 p.m. Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey One Way Street explores the life

Trafford Tanzi Written by Claire Luckham Directed by Michael Gillett Starring David Mackennal, Jenny Scott, Suzie Stephens, and Gerry Gould Showing at The Rep, Newtown, Sydney Reviewed by Annabel O'Grady Trafford Tanzi originated in

A short story by Monica Gomez Translated by Marisa Cano It was a cool September morning and Spring was in the air, dewdrops slowly melted down the window, and fell in the garden with a rhythmical beat, while I got up to prepare myself a cup

By Zany Begg "I can't tell you where I'm going but I can tell you where I came from", says Michelle Shocked about her latest album The Arkansas Traveler. This sense of heritage is an important theme that flows through Shocked's music. While

JFK Directed by Oliver Stone With Kevin Costner Reviewed by Nigel D'Souza Anyone who was conscious on November 22 1963, is likely to possess memories of that day when John Kennedy was assassinated. For me, three days short of my sixth

Green Ban Fusiliers em = By Denis Kevans Chorus: Up Broadway to the MBA come the green ban fusiliers, They stole the street, with their striding feet, placards high above their ears, Move over squire, in the black maria, are there any season

Artists for endangered species By Jenny Gilbertson In October 1990, Sydney artist Sharon Davson, in association with photographers Graham Ramsay and Terry Barker, and agent Fiona McNeill, started an organisation known as "Artists for Life".

Inside the BLF: A Union Self-Destructs By Brian Boyd Melbourne: Ocean Press. 1991. $19.95 Reviewed by John Tognolini All the empty office space in Melbourne and Sydney is equal to 16 Empire State Buildings. Ninety per cent of the workers who

Images of Working Life By Steve Painter SYDNEY — An art exhibition featuring Wonthaggi miners, French peasants, Melbourne bar staff, La Trobe Valley briquette baggers, Warsaw construction workers and many more. It's Images of Working Life,

The Bare-foot Bushwalker By Dot Butler ABC Books. $25.00 Reviewed by Denis Kevans Dorothy, "Dot", Butler recreates her remarkable life in The Bare-Foot Bushwalker". There's a photo of Dot, 50, climbing out of a crevasse in the Tasman Glacier

The Hairdresser's Husband A film by Patrice Leconte Produced by Thierry De Ganay Starring Jean Rochefort and Anna Galiena Music by Michael Nyman Reviewed by Mario Giorgetti This film is for those of us who take any kind of sensual pleasure

Maleny Folk Festival By Karen Fletcher BRISBANE — Those attending the sixth annual Maleny Folk Festival, in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland, were treated to a New Year's Eve they will never forget. More than 10,000 people enjoyed

To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History By Edmund Wilson Penguin, 1991 (first published 1940). 590 pp. $18.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon Amidst the triumphant brayings of conservatives about the collapse of