Zoey Deutch in the film Vampire Academy (2014).
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Gothic fiction has become the ideal genre for exploring the grotesque, frightening aspects of coming of age. And disruptive girls with supernatural powers have replaced the passive heroines of old.
Hobart’s Mount Wellington is now also known by its palawa kani name, kunanyi.
Tasmania's Aboriginal languages were decimated during the state's colonial violence. But members of the original community have reconstructed a language, palawa kani, which is now being used more widely.
Murri sculptures (2012) by Reko Rennie (Kamilaroi) at Melbourne’s LaTrobe University.
From the Budj Bim acquaculture system to the Aboriginal flag, Australia has a long history of Indigenous design excellence. Here is our pick of 10 contemporary design classics.
But is it art…? Fast-car fans Maurice and Harry in the Art Gallery of New South Wales in ABC’s Everyone’s A Critic.
The ABC's reality TV show Everyone's A Critic puts 'everyday' Australians in galleries. It is a compelling premise for an art show, but a tad disappointing.
The cast of Victorian Opera’s staging of William Tell.
In its original form, Rossini's William Tell went for five hours. Yet soon after its 1829 debut it was being cut for the comfort of its audience. Its Overture - a mere 12 minutes - has become one of the most famous pieces of classical music.
Underpants have a long history and, it seems, a bold future.
From the loincloth to bikini brief, underpants have a fascinating history. Newer designs claim to do everything from filtering flatulence to emitting soothing vibrations.
An 1894 image of Lambton fighting the worm from the book More English Fairy Tales.
A monstrous worm that features in English mythology shares remarkable similarities with the watery serpents of Indigenous stories.
William Faulkner’s novel depicts a poor rural family from Mississippi struggling to find their place in the modernising society of the 1930s.
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William Faulkner began writing As I Lay Dying the day after the 1929 Wall Street crash. It documents, through the voices of 15 characters, the emergence of a poor white family into the modern world.
Guy Pearce as the Chandleresque private investigator Jack Irish: in the early years of Australian crime fiction, convicts and bushrangers featured prominently.
Australia's rich tradition of crime fiction is little known – early tales told of bushrangers and convicts, one hero was a mining engineer turned amateur detective – but it reveals a range of national myths and fantasies.
Jacqy Phillps as Karen and Russell Kiefel as Chris in the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s 1986 production of Dreams in an Empty City.
Stephen Sewell's 1986 exemplifies the traits of the decade: apocalyptic in feel, epic in scope and unforgiving in length
Sampa the Great won the Australian Music Prize this year but until recently, few women in hip hop were acclaimed here.
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Australia is home to a diverse range of female hip hop artists. Here's our guide to five of the best.
Hillsong United at Petofi Csarnok, Budapest.
While some other churches are losing attendees, Pentecostal membership is growing. Good branding may be the key to their success.
Tourists take a photo of sunrise at Angkor Wat in 2016.
An influx of tourists is irrevocably changing UNESCO-listed towns in Asia. Controls on visitor numbers are urgently needed.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar in 2016.
The n-word is a means through which hip hop reminds white listeners of the chasm of culture and experience between them and black America.
Melbourne in 1846: a view from Collingwood. T. E. Prout.
State Library of Victoria
Ngár-go (Fitzroy), Quo-yung (Richmond), Yálla-birr-ang (Collingwood), and Bulleke-bek (Brunswick), are just some of the Woiwurrung names uncovered in the notebooks of a 19th century anthropologist.
Australian book clubs are overwhelmingly white, middle-aged, middle-class and female.
Most book clubs are white and middle-class. Even today, books and reading can presume a divide between Indigenous oral story-telling and non-Indigenous literacy.
Emily Gare, Tara Silcock, and Lachlan Sukroo perform a ‘precarious’ shoulder balance.
Precarious, the latest offering from Circus Oz, centres around the tale of a missing seed. It is suitably staged in Melbourne's Botanic Gardens.
Whistling tree frogs, Litoria verreauxii, are one of the species monitored around Canberra for their response to climate change.
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Climate change can seem far removed from our everyday lives, which is why a citizen science program measuring how frogs are dealing with a warming world is so important.
Suzani (embroidered textile hanging) Bukhara, Uzbekistan late 19th century.
Vatican Anima Mundi Museum Inv 112536
National Museum of Australia
Despite the beauty and novelty of the objects in the NMA's new exhibition of Islamic art, the exhibition misses opportunities to make Islamic cultures comprehensible.
Elle Fanning as the author Mary Shelley.
The author Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was 18. A new film investigates the gender politics of the novel's creation.
Rozanna Lilley, the author of Do Oysters Get Bored? A curious life.
Rozanna Lilley’s book Do Oysters Get Bored? explores the complexity of family life, contrasting her own unconventional childhood with caring for her autistic son.
Close up of the wheel in Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, 1951 (third version, after lost original of 1913) Metal wheel mounted on painted wood stool.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp
In his Bicycle Wheel, Duchamp made the perfect kinetic Futurist sculpture.
Composite: Stills from Godfather (1972), Shutterstock
The final scene of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola deploys a technique known as parallel montage to great and rhythmic effect.
In a survey of 159 academics, nearly half reported sexual abuse or harassment.
"Fight sexism": graffiti in Turin November 2016
Academics and PhD students from a number of Australian universities have reported sexualised bullying, unfair workloads, sexual harassment and in some cases even sexual assault, usually from their superiors and supervisors.
A curry-themed shoulder bag: ‘Curry’ is a word that no self-respecting subcontinental would own without a thousand caveats attached.
Whether being called 'curry munchers' or pigeonholed as authorities on a dish largely invented by the British, diasporic South Asians are emulsified in a deep pool of curry.