On a balmy night in Melbourne this week, large numbers of well-dressed women descended on the Regent Theatre for the opening night performance of Ladies in Black. The blockbuster production from Australian screenwriter writer Carolyn Burns and director Simon Phillips, with original music from singer–songwriter Tim Finn, attracted a cheerful audience that seemed to reflect the bright and bustling ... (read more)
Stephanie Van Schilt
Stephanie Van Schilt is an editor at The Lifted Brow, co-host of the Rereaders podcast and Creative Writing PhD candidate at Monash University.
'All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion.' The famous opening line of Anna Karenina is thematically relevant to arts and culture the world over. Audiences are endlessly fascinated by the vicissitudes of the family unit. As an inherently domestic medium, television has a particularly lively relationship with the family. So it is no surprise that yet anot ... (read more)