Cultural Dissent

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

City of Hope Written and directed by John Sayles Starring Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Blanco, Joe Morton and Angela Bassett At the Mandolin Cinema, Sydney Reviewed by Barry Healy John Sayles launches a full frontal assault on the myth of the

The American Clock By Arthur Miller Directed by Kevin Jackson New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown Fridays and Saturdays 8.15 p.m., Sundays 5.30 p.m. Reviewed by Emlyn Jones This absorbing production is the result of director Kevin Jackson's

House of Glass By Pramoedya Ananta Toer Penguin, 1992. 340 pp. $16.95 Reviewed by Stephen Robson Those already acquainted with the previous volumes in the quartet have eagerly awaited this final novel. Translated by Max Lane, the first of

Our dear old Queen em = By Denis Kevans I really love Australia's deal old Queen, Our dear old Queen gets dearer, as you know, Our dear old Queen's the dearest Queen of all, She's far too bloody dear, she's got to go.

Barton Fink Directed by Joel Coen Written by Joel and Ethan Coen Starring John Turturro and John Goodman Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt Barton Fink is all about heads. Heads that think, drink, feel superior or inferior and sometimes get chopped

Orwell: the authorised biography By Michael Shelden Heinemann, 1991. $45. Reviewed by Craig Brittain Over the years I've read a number of biographies that seemed just about perfect: Dotson Rader's beautiful portrait of Tennessee Williams,

By Way of Deception: An Insider's Devastating Expose of the MOSSAD By Claire Hoy and Victor Ostrovsky Arrow Books Ltd, London. 1991. $12.95 (pb) Reviewed by Mark Delmege This is a book I would recommend to anyone interested in the Middle

By Norm Dixon Renowned throughout Africa and Europe for spectacular concerts, Youssou N'Dour and the 12-piece Le Super Etoile De Dakar are touring in March. N'Dour, an undisputed "superstar" of World Music, is credited with doing more to

Aboriginal Health and Society: the Traditional and Contemporary Aboriginal Struggle for Better Health By Sherry Saggers and Dennis Gray Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1991 Reviewed by Nick Everett "Aboriginal health is a political issue", argue

Green It Up returns By Maurice Sibelle BRISBANE — Brisbane's weekly infotainment night, Green It Up, opened with a bang on February 27. The Celtic Club, packed with supporters of Green Left Weekly, eagerly listened to the sounds of the

Adelaide Festival and Fringe season begins By Liam Mitchell Adelaide is once more being treated to an extraordinary array of talent in performances from all over the world at the Adelaide Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The

Changing Our Lives: Women working in the women's movement 1970-1990 Edited by Maud Cahill and Christine Dann Bridget Williams Books, NZ, 1991 Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey Reading this book was a nostalgic and enjoyable experience. Like the 21

By Barb Kempnich ADELAIDE — The city's newest women's venue, the Red Shed, will present its next Women Performing on Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m. Among the performers will be Dani Burbrook singing original music of a contemporary flavour,

Healing the planet: Strategies for resolving the environmental crisis By Paul and Anne Ehrlich. New York: Addison-Wesley, 1991. $US29.95 Reviewed by Craig Brittain Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb, a best-seller first published in 1968, got

Cannibalism just for laughs Delicatessen Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro and Gilles Adrien Starring Julie Clapet, Dominique Pinon and Jean-Claude Dreyfuss Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt