NEWTOWN: If you are someone who follows what is happening in the hotel industry, or even the music industry, then you’ll already know that the Sandringham Hotel has been forced into receivership. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then let me fill you in.
Can discussions around a (dinner) table improve the social fabric? This question by sociologist and social commentator Eva Cox, raises her concern about increasing levels of political disengagement and distrust. “We need healthy democratic debates rather than political crap that makes people tune out. Polls and surveys show rising levels of distrust of politicians chasing votes with dollars, not good ideas. This may threaten both good government and social well being.”
Recently I was asked to venture out into the wonderful world of choirs. To my surprise it wasn’t a very long journey, as there are many choirs based in our local area. One of the beautiful voices I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a chat to was Andreas from the Camdenville Community Choir based at Camdenville Public School.
REDFERN: With the opening of several small bars on Redfern and Regent streets in recent months, such as the Dock or Arcadia Liquors, Redfern has developed a reputation as the new small bar hotspot. But what draws these bar owners to Redfern and what does it say about Redfern and its inhabitants?
Up until watching On The Road I was sure that I had read Jack Kerouac’s ground-breaking novel about sex, drugs, booze, music and travel while doing likewise, backpacking in my 20s. Now I’m not so sure. On The Road may be a backpacker standard, but it either left no impression on me or I indulged too much to remember.
The argument goes that there are only five storylines and every film is a rehash of one of them. So it’s refreshing to see a film that is a genuinely different take on the age-old story of being different. Walking out of the State Theatre after a Sydney Film Festival screening, one cinemagoer was overheard ungrammatically calling it “the most unique film I’ve ever seen”.
CHIPPENDALE: Following a weekend when Sydney experienced the strongest winds for years, Halo, Jennifer Turpine and Michaelie Crawford’s newest public artwork, was unveiled on one of the few still sunny mornings this August.
Coranderrk: We Will Show The Country is verbatim-style theatre that tells the story of the men and women of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve who took on the Board for the Protection of Aborigines in Victoria.
If ever there was an appropriate film for readers of the South Sydney Herald then Not Suitable For Children is it. Filmed in and around Newtown, including right across the road from the Dendy where I saw the film, it’s an exercise in location spotting for anyone who’s ever shared a house in the suburb, attended a party there or just had a meal on King Street.