Have a look at this sign in a cake shop in Norton Street Plaza, Leichhardt. Sam Cavallaro probably feels he has crafted a memorable slogan. Clearly he has saved quite a bit of money by not employing a copy writer or an editor. What I love is the way it refuses to yield up a clear meaning. The dollar may lose its value with inflation, but these cakes are good even when they’re stale? No, that can’t be it. Perhaps: our cakes may seem expensive, but you’ll stop worrying about the cost when you actually eat them? But surely that isn’t it either. I know we’re not meant to scrutinise it like this, but honestly it’s not derision I feel but a kind of awe at its koan-ishness.
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- 23 Walks (Paul Morrison 2020) 3 December 2021A romantic comedy in which the main characters (and there are hardly any others) are two elderly people who meet while walking their dogs. Surprisingly complex, and respectful of people who have lived long time. It stars Dave Johns from I, Daniel Blake and Alison Steadman from all over the place.
- Belvoir: The Boomkak Panto (Virginia Gay 2021) 27 November 2021Co-directed by the playwright–star Virginia Gay and Richard Carroll, this is a pantomime reimagined by a generation that has no natural affinity for the form and sees it as an odd English thing, alien to Australia, especially the Australia of 2021. I belong to an older generation, and loved the annual panto staged in our town in a huge tent once a year. Ther […]
- The Power of Strangers (Joe Keohane 2021) 26 November 2021Subtitled 'The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World', this was recommended to me because of my 500 People project as recounted on Me Fail? I Fly!
- The Beatles: Get Back (Peter Jackson 2021) 26 November 2021On the strength of the first episode, Peter Jackson has done a brilliant job of making something from the masses of footage taken for what became the film Let It Be.
- Toast (S J Clarkson 2010) 23 November 2021A TV movie based on Nigel Slater's memoir of the same name, this is a diverting coming of age movie set in the 60s, which manages to be strikingly cruel to its only working-class character, played by the famously aristocratic actor Helena Bonham Carter.
- 23 Walks (Paul Morrison 2020) 3 December 2021
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