Motion capture actors help bring superheroes and fantastical creatures to life on screen. Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in The Hobbit trilogy, is campaigning for these actors to be eligible for Oscars – and it's time the Academy heeded his call.
Bob Dylan is now a literary celebrity. And next week, the Booker Prize judges will anoint another. The tag is still chiefly attached to men but women authors shouldn't despair: fame and good writing can be uneasy bedfellows.
Compared to the male-dominated STEM disciplines and social sciences like philosophy and political science, Australian history has been remarkably feminised. Indeed there may be more women historians here than in the UK or US.
'Sport is my religion' isn't just a cute bumper sticker. Athletes create rituals, endure suffering and face their own mortality. Under the right circumstances, sport can be a powerful – and secular – spiritual practice.
Ancient poems were accompanied by a musical instrument called the lyre – from which we get the word 'lyric'. 'Literature' and 'poetry' are categories of our own making - so moving beyond them in a major award seems long overdue.
It is important to prosecute militants who destroy antiquities. But 'everyday' development - from dams flooding towns to the impact of mining on Indigenous rock art – does vastly more damage to heritage than war.
Videos released by Islamic State have captured the attention of the world for years. But the media focus on its so-called 'slick, professional' video techniques runs the risk of mythologising the terrorist group.
An exhibition in Melbourne of work by the world's most famous street artist is replete with ironies: from the eerily neat faux London streetscape in which the works hang to the hefty price tag and copious merchandise.
In the fraught debate over trigger warnings in the university classroom, they are routinely associated with censorship and silencing. Yet for teachers, they can open up a discussion of difficult material – not suppress it.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 45. The ABC TV series Man Up explores whether a reluctance to express feelings is part of the problem - yet the show seems to teeter between celebrating male culture and asking it to change.
In a new collaboration, Paul Kelly has joined singer Camille O'Sullivan and pianist Feargal Murray to set 100 years of Irish poetry to music. As the emerald isle is sung into being, the words of Yeats and Joyce still stand out.
Clementine Ford's Fight Like a Girl is the latest in a new wave of feminist memoirs. These frank, fearless books reveal the hostility and deep discomfort women’s ever-strengthening public voice has provoked.
In creativity, skill and daring, the productions on offer embodied an energy and imagination comparable to, and at times exceeding, anything prestigious European-focused international festivals might present.
The Maralinga atomic tests were devastating to life and land in Central Australia. Black Mist Burnt Country brings together dozens of artistic responses in a powerful, but somewhat incoherent memorial.