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Cate Blanchett disappears into her role as the Mother in RED: sweating and furious with the fundamental compulsion to mate. © del kathryn barton

Sex, death and del kathryn barton

Cate Blanchett howls and contorts in RED, del kathryn barton's ferocious exploration of female power.
Dan Sultan played a defiant version of Midnight Oil’s The Dead Heart at 1967: Music in the Key of Yes. Prudence Upton

Celebrating the songs of Australia’s civil rights movement

From My Island Home to Treaty, Indigenous musical luminaries gathered in Sydney on Tuesday to sing classic songs marking the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 referendum.
A wall of Myuran Sukumaran’s self portraits at the Sydney Festival exhibition Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise. Supplied

Myuran Sukumaran’s artistic voice is raw, premature and unsettling

Most people who see Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise, opening today as part of the Sydney Festival, will already have a strong opinion on the artist and his death – but a few may have their minds changed.
Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Bright Lights – a TV farewell to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

After the deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in the last days of 2016, the release of a new documentary about their lives, Bright Lights, feels serendipitous. Already shown to some film festivals…
Dev Patel as Saroo Brierley in Lion (2016). Long Way Home Productions

Lion is a well-made melodrama with a rather disturbing message

Lion, which has screened to critical acclaim around the world, seems to think it's a political film. In reality it's an effective melodrama that uncritically embraces a colonial fantasy of white saviours.
The Andromeda Galaxy, just part of a finely tuned universe. Flickr/NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and L.C. Johnson (University of Washington), the PHAT team, and R. Gendler

Book review: Do we live in A Fortunate Universe?

A new book explores some of the big questions of why the universe exists and why it seems fine-tuned for life.
Robert Lepage explores his past, and the notion of memory, in his autobiographical show 887. Supplied

In 887, Robert Lepage has built a memory palace out of theatre

We all store parts of our memory outside of our head: in our phones, our computers and our friends. In 887, Robert Lepage brings his memory to life in a gloriously intricate one-man production.
Gus Worland investigates the causes of male suicide: but should a celebrity tell experts how to suck eggs? ABC

Man Up: inspired genius or half-baked celebrity expertise?

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.
Paul Kelly, Camille O’Sullivan and Feargal Murray marry poetry and music in a compelling performance as part of the Melbourne Festival. Sarah Walker

Death, beauty and poetry come together in Ancient Rain

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.
A ceramic vase repaired by Guy Keulemans using photoluminescent pigment. Author provided

Kintsugi and the art of ceramic maintenance

We tend to throw away broken things, but the Japanese art of kintsugi – repairing broken ceramics with gold and silver – can give us a different perspective on waste.
Maggie Naouri as Anu Singh, behind Jerome Meyer as Joe Cinque. Singh famously killed Cinque in 1997 by injecting him with a fatal dose of heroin. Supplied

Joe Cinque’s Consolation: violence, delusion and the question of guilt

In 1997, Joe Cinque was killed by his girlfriend Anu Singh. A new film about his death is riveting Australian cinema, with a heightened sense of tension and implicit violence throughout.
The South Korean sculpture biennale ranges from airy and lofty metal structures to strange and dark creations.

The uncanny and Changwon Sculpture Biennale

Changwon Sculpture Biennale casts a wide net, from a disconcerting jumble of plastic body parts to a break-dancing sculptor armed with an angle-grinder.

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