Cultural Dissent

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

Dingo Starring Colin Friels, Helen Buday, Miles Davis Directed by Rolf de Heer Written by Marc Rosenberg Now showing in Melbourne and Sydney; opens Canberra, Adelaide and Perth on February 13, Brisbane on March 19 Dingo soundtrack — music

Pete Seeger is a living cultural link between three generations of political and cultural activism. In the '40s and '50s he championed folk music not only as an alternative to pop, but as a vehicle for socialist and left social criticism in

Socialism: past and future By Michael Harrington NAL/Dutton. $9.95 Reviewed by Craig Brittain It was characteristic of Michael Harrington that when he learned he was dying of cancer in 1988, he began to write what he knew would be his last

By Miguel D'Souza The movie Boyz 'n' the Hood has brought the realities of black America to all who have seen it. Director John Singleton has created a picture of the struggle to survive in Amerikkka that is chilling in its portrayal of the

By Penny Saunders The Melbourne International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (at the National Theatre, St Kilda, until February 15) presents a challenging program of local and international film dealing with diverse subjects ranging from

Mythical Past, Elusive Future: History and Society in an Anxious Age By Frank Furedi Pluto Press, London and Concord, Mass, 1992 Reviewed by Ian Bolas Reason, progress, change — the words are rarely spoken today without an apologetic

Debts By Stefo Nantsou Zeal Theatre, Civic Playhouse, Newcastle, February 17 & 18 Reviewed by Frank Razmovski Stefo Nantsou's play of corporate and political corruption sketches the past 30 years of Australian history as an epic cartoon

See Abdul Tee-Jay free Green Left Weekly has 10 double passes to Abdul Tee-Jay's Thursday, February 20, concert at the Paddington RSL to give away. The first 10 people to call between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, who can tell us

Young Soul Rebels Starring Valentine Nonyela, Mo Sesay Directed by Isaac Julien Produced by Nadine Marsh-Edwards Reviewed by Alex Aitkin The alternative film industry in Britain is alive and kicking. Isaac Julien, is black, British and now

By Norm Dixon Abdul Tejan-Jalloh (aka Tee-Jay), from the west African nation of Sierra Leone, is midway through a two-month tour of Australia. Concentrating on outdoor music festivals, pub and club appearances, he has introduced to many here

The Famine Within By Katherine Gilday Canada, 89 minutes, colour From February 21, Valhalla, Sydney, and the Carlton, Melbourne Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen One of the more engaging moments in this devastating film occurs when a girl, perhaps

By Louisa Foley The book Fact and Fantasy File and the Making Sense of Sex Hotline have created a stir among reactionaries in NSW, with the Sunday Telegraph running a campaign against them, Premier Nick Greiner condemning them and Prime

Terry Waite: Why was he kidnapped? By Gavin Hewitt Bloomsbury, 1991. 230 pp. $39.95 Reviewed by Sean Malloy This book explores the activities of Oliver North in trading arms covertly with Iran in exchange for the release of US hostages

Elizabeth the Last em = By Denis Kevans I am Australia's lorikeet, And I wrote this very fast, You are a beaut, I thee salute, Elizabeth the Last.

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Written and directed by Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper Documentary footage directed by Eleanor Coppola Winner of the Best Documentary 1991 at the Sydney and Tokyo Film Festivals Showing at

The Hoechst dispute as a paradigm shift in occupational health & safety By Yossi Berger Australian Workers' Union, Victoria Branch, 1991 $15 institutions, $10 individual, $2 AWU & MEWU members Reviewed by Dennis McIntyre The Hoechst Altona

Tu-be or not tu-be By Dave Riley It's official: you can now turn your television set back on. The squalid drought is over and a succession of ratings periods await your delight. This is the year of the news — the new news — format and

Loyalty em = By Denis Kevans There's a face on Australia's postage stamps, Some say it's because of our loyalty, Some say it's because we seem to enjoy Licking the backside of royalty.

By Kath Tucker An unfortunately short season of the play Blind Justice and the Nipple of Mercy, at the Bay Street Theatre, was one of features of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. A thought-provoking, moving, and at times very funny

Selling Grandma NSW Premier Nick Greiner's "privatisation is for everyone" campaign has met an irreverent response from the Death Defying Theatre. In association with the Public Service Association, the group has put together "Selling