The April 2011 Archive

*Girlie Shows

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has just screamed to a close, complete with controversy over whether women are, or are not, funny (which, personally, I welcomed, as I am a fiend for controversy) and Tina Fey’s book Bossypants has just arrived on our shores. Coincidence? Yes, of course it is but that doesn’t mean my […]

*Paper Midgets

There were many and varied pleasures to be derived from watching Paper Giants, the ABC’s dramatisation of the birth of saucy women’s magazine Cleo, from the program’s first moments, of watching a battleaxe stride purposefully up the corridors of Australian Consolidated Press and, shortly afterwards, a young woman confessing at a job interview that her […]

*Barney’s Rubble

I was unreservedly looking forward to seeing the relatively new film Barney’s Version. This was partly because I think that Paul Giamatti is truly super and partly because, even though the film is set in Canada, it’s easy to see from the trailer that you’ll be able to forget all about that and think that […]


DEAD. This was actually the first word of mean-spirited, if bestselling, memoir Mommie Dearest, and it was referring, of course, to the passing of never-off-the-clock movie star Joan Crawford. For the past couple of weeks, though, there has, unfortunately, been the need for this term to be used in reference to Elizabeth Taylor. Obviously, the […]