From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War In American Film Linda Dittmar and Gene Michau (eds) Rutgers University Press, 1990. 387 pp. $26.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon "Boy, I saw Rambo last night; now I know what to do next time", said
Communications for Progress By Graham Lane 1990. 152 pp. $22 Available from Pegasus Networks, PO Box 424, Byron Bay NSW 2481 Reviewed by Andrew Garton An unfortunate title, but a book that has come none too soon, Communications for Progress
By Kaarin Davies-Cassin Australian band Mixed Relations will not be touring France this month. Because of overspending by the French government on the Gulf War, half the gigs were cancelled. Steve Pauner, the band's manager, explained, "We were
The seven day song cycle One: the wisdom of Solamundy em = By Tony Smith This is the tale of a man called David. At his black birth they estimated that things seemed well enough on Monday. Schooled, trained, but not indoctrinated his heart
The alternative folk scene has found a new venue in Sydney: the Resistance Centre's Cultural Dissent evenings. Featuring acts like the south coast women's acoustic band the Strummettes, the Anglo-Celtic folk band Taliesin and left-wing songwriter
White Chrysanthemums — No longer flavour of the month em = By Willy Bach Human Rights In polystyrene As we walked In sombre file Remember Savage slaughter Tienanmen Just two years ago And no-one wants To know Broken bodies That don't
The Sheltering Sky Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci The Sheltering Sky, the soundtrack of the motion picture Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Richard Horowitz Virgin Records. Available on CD and cassette Reviewed by Susan Mackie This story of
Below the Line By Eric Willmot Hutchinson, 202 pp. $12.95 Reviewed by Robin Osborne A novel by an Aborigine about an Indonesian invasion of Australia simply has to be interesting, especially when the author is as wellknown as this one.
By Karen Fletcher Courtroom Television Network will be launched next month on US cable TV. The brainchild (half-brainchild?) of Yale Law School graduate and legal journalist Steven Brill, the network is designed to bring "real life courtroom drama"
By Willy Bach If you ever get to rub shoulders with the rich and privileged or those aspiring to be, you will be amazed at the way they speak about and on behalf of the rest of society. It all sounds a little callous when they speak about the
Strippers and 'immorality' By Janet Fraser The content of a recent late edition of the TV program Donahue astounded me. The discussion was about strip joints in Newport, Kentucky. The guests were erotic dancers and top public servants from the
A helpful poem for simple folk em = By Rosemary Evans (After Rudyard Kipling's "If") If you keep muddling Kurds up with Kuwaitis (It's easy, as they both begin with K), And if the two Husseins sometimes confuse you — There's Saddam, and
A warning for green democracy By Richard Ingram The latest issue of Chain Reaction, published by Friends of the Earth, is a special double issue with a cover story likely to create controversy — but also, one hopes — serious discussion in the
Bio-technology em = By Duncan Richardson New onco-mouse lab inspired, having been persuaded to shrug off the last eighty million years, finds itself sprouting carcinomas galore after ten months of life, then dies unmourned but fully
By Tom Jordan Guilty by Suspicion Written and directed by Irwin Winkler USA 1991The Ear Czechoslovakia 1969 Written by Jan Prochaska and Karel Kachyna Directed by Karel Kachyna Both features of the Sydney film festival Reviewed by Tom
Fax me a prayer em = By Willy Bach Lord We beseech thee Let Alan Bond Recover from His present troubles So that my BM shares Will steadily rise Above the four cents I paid for them Back in July And Lord We pray that BHP Will be able to
By Tracy Sorenson The journalist and the murderer By Janet Malcolm Bloomsbury. 1991. 163 pp. Paperback $17.95 Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen "Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that
By Rod Webb Buzz By Warren Coleman and Tyler Coppin Directed by Tyler Coppin Designed by Brian Thomson and Ross Wallace With Warren Coleman and Tyler Coppin Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, until July 7. Reviewed by Rod Webb Back in 1969
By Angela Matheson King Lear Sydney Theatre Company Staged by Philip Parsons, Wayne Harrison and John Senczuk Reviewed by Angela Matheson Does the Sydney Theatre Company believe that King Lear was meant to be a comedy? Or did it have some
By Jacqui Kavanagh Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens with the Makgona Tshole Band in concert Mbaqanga album released by SBS records Reviewed by Jacqui Kavanagh After 27 years of dominating the South African music scene, Mahlathini and the
By Tracy Sorenson State of the World 1991 A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society Project director Lester R. Brown New York, Sydney: W.W. Norton/Allen and Unwin, 1991. 254 pp., $19.95 pb Reviewed by Tracy
By Steve Painter Fading Loyalties. The Australian Labor Party and the working class By Andrew Scott Pluto Press. 1991. 74 pp. $6.95 Reviewed by Steve Painter Andrew Scott makes a useful contribution to discussion of the Labor Party, starting
By Angela Matheson Happy Days By Samuel Beckett Director Simon Phillips Designer Mary Moore With Ruth Cracknell and Allan Penney Sydney Theatre Company Wharf Theatre Reviewed by Angela Matheson Buried to the waist in sand, Ruth
By Rod Webb Opera in Italy involves more than music. ROD WEBB reports from Milan. It's 8.15 on the morning of the second 1991 performance of La Scala's favourite opera, Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata. I have scored sixth place in the queue — la
By Debra Wirth Women of Sand and Myrrh By Hanan al-Shaykh Translated by Catherine Cobham Allen & Unwin. 280pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Debra Wirth Four women, whose lives cross at different stages and places, are the narrators of this book.
Pictures of Belfast SYDNEY — An exhibition of photographs from war-torn Belfast by freelance photographer Frankie Quinn is on display at the Bondi Pavilion June 26-July 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Frankie Quinn grew up in a community
By Rod Webb Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart might have felt flattered by Thomas Beecham's comment that "If I were a dictator I should make it compulsory for every member of the population between the ages of four and 80 to listen to Mozart for at least
By wendy Robertson and Elle Morell East Timor — Keeping the Flame Alive Canberra: Australian Council for Overseas Aid 1991 33 pp. $3.00 Reviewed by Wendy Robertson and Elle Morrell Since East Timor was invaded in 1975, it has been ignored
By Tom Jordan Life is sweet UK 1990 Written and directed by Mike Leigh Seen at the Sydney Film Festival Reviewed by Tom Jordan One of the few things I remember from four years of Slough Grammar School English was what I now call the Gaffer
By Dave Riley What an odd miscellany The Big Gig (CH2) is. Resting on busking and theatre restaurants, it is a transposed exercise in the giggles. Take one BG each Tuesday, and if the melancholy persists, it is not the fault of the ABC. This
The new parliament house em = By Subhash Jaireth em = (translated from the Hindi) First the hill was cut with explosives bulldozers and perforators. Then her brown wound was stuffed with iron stones and glass. Then her
By Rose McCann Burn Marks By Sara Paretsky Virago, 1991. 340 pp. $12.95 Reviewed by Rose McCann Great stuff. A new Sara Paretsky crime novel is always a real treat. In this, her sixth novel featuring gutsy Chicago private detective V.I.
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By Father Shay Cullen This is fiction, but it is based on a tragic reality. We are proud to present this short story by Father SHAY CULLEN, the founder of the Preda drug rehabilitation centre in Olongapo, the Philippine city adjacent to the US
By Claire Wagner Brisbane's Fortitude Valley rocketed to national notoriety when the ABC screened scenes outside brothels and disclosed police corruption. CLAIRE WAGNER looks at the less "newsworthy" but more important issue of redevelopment.
By Susan Mackie Queen of Hearts Screenplay by Tony Grisoni Directed by Jon Amiel Dendy Cinema, Sydney Reviewed by Susan Mackie Voted best film by audiences at the Sydney Film Festival, this story of a close-knit Italian family is told by
By Christine Kearney (Continued from page 28.) This freedom means that 4ZZZ, like other public stations, is able to play "non-commercial, progressive music with a bit of intelligence". 4ZZZ's motto of "Agitate, Educate, Organise" is reflected
By David Robie Plunder! By Roger Moody Published by People Against RTZ and its Subsidiaries (PARTIZANS), London, and Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA), Christchurch, NZ. 1991. A$12.50 Reviewed by David Robie Bougainville's
Video on Gulf War By Stuart Wax SYDNEY — A new video, Consequences of the Gulf War, had its debut at the Trades Hall here on July 4. Film maker John Reynolds told the audience the media was biased and that he wanted to be "biased in the other