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Valerie Ng

Valerie Ng

Valerie Ng is an arts writer based in Melbourne. She is a managing editor and co-founder of Australian film website Rough Cut, and reviews film and theatre for ABC Arts and Time Out Melbourne respectively. 

'Challengers: Luca Guadagnino hits the court' by Valerie Ng

ABR Arts 18 April 2024
The game of tennis is simple: hit the ball over the net and make sure it lands between the straight white lines. It’s simpler than life, though tennis, like all other sports, is designed to act as its mirror – spectator sports are enticing because they lay bare the emotions that the complications of real life often obfuscate. Tennis is weaponised in this same way in Luca Guadagnino’s Challen ... (read more)

'Hong Kong New Talents': The quiet nerve of Hong Kong’s emerging directors

ABR Arts 07 December 2021
In Cantonese theatre, bamboo structures have been used for more than a century. Cathedrals of bamboo, shocking in their scale and intricacy, shelter spaces in which art, culture, and religion flourish. These theatres are temporary, existing often for less than two months before they are taken apart and removed. They require no nails; instead, they are bound by bits of black twine and stand upright ... (read more)

‘Lisey’s Story’: A surreal, shaky adaptation of Stephen King

ABR Arts 08 June 2021
The fiction of Stephen King has always been ripe for a retelling – rich yarns recycled from iteration to iteration, enduring beyond their original prose. The occupied bathtub of Room 237, the soporific taunts of a clown in a gutter, the oily habits of undead feline – all are as cryptic and terrifying in ink as they are on film. Based on King’s 2006 novel of the same name, this eight-episode ... (read more)

'Nomadland' (Searchlight Pictures)

ABR Arts 25 February 2021
Life in the Nevada town of Empire has become extinct: the town’s plant has been shut, the houses emptied, the postcode eliminated. Fern’s (Frances McDormand) husband has died recently, and when we meet her at the start of Nomadland, written and directed by Chloé Zhao (The Rider, Songs My Brother Taught Me), Fern’s sole earthly anchor is a small van in which she has packed all her remaining ... (read more)