Poetic auto fiction from Ocean Vuong
An intriguing collection of short stories from one of Thailiand’s pre-eminent writers
a quick and deceptively unchallenging read that reminded me of a Japanese Eleanor Oliphant
My foray into Bollywood
Japan’s Studio Ghibli can be relied on for a visual treat for all ages.
Gripping but slightly silly crime thriller set in the inhospitable Australian bush
Does Bong Joon-ho’s comedy thriller Parasite live up to the hype?
FAR EAST, SOUTH ASIA AND AUSTRALASIA In this new release, set in 1960s Colombo, a young boy, Kairo, befriends an older teenager, the Gatsby-esque Jay, characterised by an alluring combination of macho self-confidence, practical proficiency and effortless daring. Kairo’s left-leaning family seem worlds apart from Jay’s life of cossetted wealth, and Kairo is entranced by …
FAR EAST, SOUTH ASIA AND AUSTRALASIA **** Early reviews of this 2019 film suggested it was a “Marmite” movie: you were either going to love it or hate it, no half measures. I’d watched Waititi’s earlier features, including the hugely entertaining What we do in the Shadows (2014, a mock reality TV documentary about vampires) …
I was introduced to the work of avant-garde techy artist Nam June Paik