Barnaby Smith

The Wife (Icon Film Distribution) ★★★★

Barnaby Smith
30 July 2018

Björn Runge’s The Wife features several claustrophobic and tense scenes that take place in the back of a limousine driving Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) and her novelist husband More

Mary Shelley ★★1/2

Barnaby Smith
02 July 2018

The two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818) has given rise to a predictable slew of new reflections and rea More

Barnaby Smith reviews 'On Patrick White: Writers on writers' by Christos Tsiolkas

Barnaby Smith
25 June 2018

The Western world was well into the swing of our proverbial digital age when Patrick White passed away at his home on Martin Road in Centennial Park at the age of seventy-eight in 1990. Ye More

Gauguin: Voyage de Tahiti ★★★

Barnaby Smith
28 May 2018

Paul Gauguin’s storied journey to Tahiti represents one of the great exotic odysseys in modern art. In 1891, in a fit of frustration with the superficiality of the Parisian art world and More

Human Flow ★★★1/2

Barnaby Smith
13 March 2018

The unspeakably upsetting image of the three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach inspired a number of visual or artistic responses after it went disturbingly viral More

Barnaby Smith reviews 'The Bricks That Built Houses' by Kate Tempest

Barnaby Smith
24 August 2016

Kate Tempest's début is the expansion of a story she threaded through her 2014 album of protest hip-hop, Everybody Down. In its transformation to novel form ...

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Barnaby Smith reviews 'List of the Lost' by Morrissey

Barnaby Smith
27 November 2015

Like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, Morrissey is among the relatively few figures in popular music deemed worthy of serious academic attention. Scholarly theses on Morrissey are common, dissecting the poetic cadence and social relevance of his remarkable song lyrics, from The Smiths' self-titled début album of 1984 to more recent solo albums. It is not surprising, th ... More