Author: Natalie Salvo

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Film Review: The Madness of King George III proves that a mad world can be fit for a king

December 11, 2018

The Brian Jonestown Massacre once said, ‘Thank God for mental illness.’ English playwright, Alan Bennett shares this sentiment. His dark comedy, The Madness of King George III has been revived at Nottingham Playhouse and will be broadcast around the world for NT Live. In short, it offers an enjoyable history lesson and proves that no […]

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Book Review: Peter Spearritt’s Where History Happened is like the great Australian bite…of facts & history

December 6, 2018

He loves a sunburnt country; a land of sweeping plains. Okay, that was actually Dorothea Mackellar. But the same also applies to Peter Spearritt. This historian, emeritus professor and author shows a real enthusiasm for the wonderful land of Oz in Where History Happened: The Hidden Past of Australia’s Towns & Places. This is one personal, colourful and […]

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Comedy Review: The Betoota Advocate Roadshow was some funny local comedy presented by a dry Aussie bitter

December 4, 2018

Most people wouldn’t know how to take a newspaper out on the road. But Clancy Overell and Errol Parker aren’t like most. These two, true blue Aussie blokes are the brainchild behind Australia’s favourite satirical newspaper, The Betoota Advocate. It’s one that shares a few things in common with The Chaser, The Shovel and The […]

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Book Review: Philip Norman’s Slowhand celebrates Eric Clapton’s life as a bluesbreaker

November 29, 2018

To some people, Eric Clapton is god. But for author and journalist, Philip Norman, the Slowhand guitarist is unquestionably human. A talented star sure, but also a fallible guy. Slowhand: The Life & Music of Eric Clapton is a detailed biography covering Clapton’s extraordinary career. Clapton’s life has been chronicled before. The legendary artist has […]

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Film Review: Lean on Pete (UK, 2018) sees a troubled teen fall off his horse & get back up again

November 27, 2018

Lean on Pete is about a poor boy in more ways than one. This troubled teen was abandoned by his Mum and lives with his selfish father in poverty. His saving grace comes in the shape of an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. This slow-burning drama sees this teen fall off his horse, only […]

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Theatre Review: The Climbing Tree shows some teenagers grappling with growing pains as they traverse the great divide

November 26, 2018

When you’re a teenager you often feel like the world is against you. You’re too mature to be a child but not yet independent enough to be an adult. This is often a period associated with angst and growing pains. The Climbing Tree examines these existential problems while framing them around a nation’s past and […]

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Comedy Review: The Just for Laughs All-Star Gala proved funnier than Smash Mouth & sillier too

November 26, 2018

Ten comedians walk into the Opera House. They deliver some cracking jokes. Hilarity ensues. Rinse and repeat. This is how you could sum up the 8th Just for Laughs All-Star Gala. Local and international comics came together to deliver some wonderful observational and improvisational comedy. Our nation’s very own Dave Hughes was MC for the […]

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Interview: We get serious with The Betoota Advocate as they continue their Roadshow around Australia

November 21, 2018

The Betoota Advocate are currently touring their roadshow Australia, and Clancy Overell and Errol Parker treat audiences to a no holds barred live show in true Betoota-style, filled with their trademark wit and humour. We caught up with the pair as they approached the end of their national run. Can you please start by introducing yourself? […]

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Book Review: Rachel Cassidy’s Stalked shows some of the human costs associated with this heinous crime

November 21, 2018

Rachel Cassidy has inadvertently become an authority on stalking. The CEO of the Anti-bullying Council and charity worker was once stalked. So she decided to write a book to shine a light on these issues to ensure that victims might not feel alone. Cassidy thus proves that the victims of this crime are not always […]

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Book Review: Alice Pung’s evocative set of essays Close To Home invites you into her Australian wonderland

November 19, 2018

Alice Pung reckons she grew up not always understanding where she fit in. But, things have changed and she now has a distinctive voice in her writing. The Chinese-Australian author has published her memoirs, several books of young adult fiction, and has had pieces feature regularly in The Monthly. And that’s all when she’s not […]

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Interview: Jan Vogler chats about meeting Bill Murray & their New Worlds show

November 12, 2018

Bill Murray and Jan Vogler walk into an airport. The comedian and cellist bond over music and decide to tour together. The result is New Worlds, where these two men are joined by some other friends. The AU Review’s Natalie Salvo caught up with Vogler to learn more about the show, swimming, West Side Story […]

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Live Review: Dionne Warwick teaches us all about love at her greatest hits concert in Sydney

November 12, 2018

Dionne Warwick knows the way to your heart. This glorious singer has been the voice and occasionally the muse for some of the world’s greatest songs. Whether it’s falling in and out of love, the fact is that in her concerts and albums, Dionne shows us that this emotion is all that you need. This […]

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Live Review: New Worlds is like a fun Bill Murray variety hour at the Sydney Opera House

November 12, 2018

Bill Murray and Jan Vogler could be the odd couple except that that name was already taken. Okay, “odd” is probably too strong a word. An unlikely pairing seems more appropriate because Murray is a Hollywood actor, comedian and occasional bartender, and Vogler a world-renown cellist. New Worlds saw both men making their Sydney Opera […]

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AMW Film Festival Review: Now Sound: Melbourne’s Listening celebrates the city’s vibrant independent music scene

November 7, 2018

London’s calling, California’s dreaming, so Melbourne must be dancing if Now Sound: Melbourne’s Listening is true. The documentary is a celebration of the independent music scene in our very own, world-renowned, live music capital. This film is a passionate little time capsule joined at the hip to a very special time and place. Tobias Willis […]

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Book Review: Queerstories sees Australia’s finest queer writers become an open book

November 5, 2018

Queerstories is a popular event where Australia’s best LGBTQI+ writers gather for some good, old-fashioned storytelling. The show began at the Late Night Library in Kings Cross, Sydney and has gone on to tour other states and towns. It makes sense that, because this all began in a library that people should be able to […]

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Theatre Review: Madiba celebrates South Africa’s complicated history and a world beyond black and white

November 3, 2018

History is a complex beast and this is certainly apparent in Madiba. This musical weaves together the late Nelson Mandela’s story and the history of South Africa’s apartheid. The show is ambitious and tries to cover a lot in its two-hour runtime. This is a celebration of the long road to freedom for Mandela and […]

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JIFF Interview: Sydney producer Stephan Wellink talks Sam Spiegel: Conquering Hollywood

November 2, 2018

Natalie Salvo recently caught up with Sydney producer Stephan Wellink to talk about his latest film Sam Spiegel: Conquering Hollywood, which is currently screening at the Jewish International Film Festival. We learn more about Sam Spigel, the iconic producer of films like Lawrence of Arabia, and the production of the documentary. Can you begin by briefly introducing […]

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AMW Film Festival Review: Lost in France (UK, 2018) is a love letter to Scottish musicians Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand and more

October 31, 2018

What goes on tour stays on tour. Except if you’re the Scottish artists who feature in Lost in France. This music documentary is a boozy and breezy look back at a once-forgotten, 1997 Brittany tour. The artists reunite again in 2015 and in doing so, prove that some things – like friendship – never change. […]

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Jewish International Film Festival Review: Studio 54: The Documentary (USA, 2018) is a fabulous party about the infamous New York nightclub

October 28, 2018

Groucho Marx once said he wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have him as a member. For us mere mortals, the world’s most famous nightclub remains elusive territory. It only existed for 33 months and if you were lucky enough to be there, chances are the velvet rope held you back. Studio […]

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Theatre Review: In The Mood leaves you swinging & singing as you’re taken (a)back

October 28, 2018

In the Mood is a revue show celebrating the music, fashion and dance from the 1940s. Younger audiences may be unfamiliar with the big band tunes and jazz era songs. But for the older crowd, this music is a part of the fabric of their childhoods and the stuff their parents used to listen to. […]

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