June–July 2018, issue no. 402

'We Are All MFAs Now!'
Beejay Silcox on the politics and polemics surrounding creative-writing MFAs
Introducing ABR Online Exclusives
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'The Drama of it'
James McNamara on television comedy's new aesthetic. (free)
Witch-hunt or great awakening?
Felicity Chaplin on tensions surrounding the #MeToo movement. (free)
Alecia Simmonds reviews 'Rape and Resistance: Understanding the complexities of sexual violation' by Linda Martín Alcoff. [$]
'Films of the finest metal'
Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'Hitler and Film: The Führer’s hidden passion' by Bill Niven. [$]
'The Brodie Set'
Sally Grant revisits Muriel Spark’s 1961 novel 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' and its 1969 film adaptation starring a young Maggie Smith. [$]
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Paul Giles reviews 'Love and Lament: An essay on the arts in Australia in the twentieth century' by Margaret Plant

Paul Giles

Love and Lament offers a bracingly revisionist and upbeat account of how the arts flourished across a broad cultural spectrum in Australia over the course of the twentieth century More

'The drama of it: Television comedy's new aesthetic' by James McNamara

James McNamara

Since I wrote about the golden age of television for ABR’s first film and television issue in 2015, the medium has evolved. Streaming has roared to prominence, with online servi More

Critic of the Month with Brenda Niall

ABR: What makes a fine critic? BN: Enthusiasm, eloquence, a distinctive voice, openness to the unexpected, a well-stocked mind, wit, and humour: some or all of these gifts would make the ideal reviewer ...


Suzy Freeman-Greene review 'Beyond the Silver Screen: A history of women, filmmaking and film culture in Australia 1920–1990' by Mary Tomsic

Suzy Freeman-Greene

In 1971, Australian filmmaker Joan Long wrote the script for a film about gentrification in the Sydney suburb of Paddington. At a screening in London, it was introduced by director Peter W More

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