How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb A witness to Nagasaki offers a lesson in survival
by Jackie Dent
It’s been a standing-room only two-hour event at Redfern Community Centre and people are impatiently lurking to speak to the revered hibakusha - the nuclear survivor.
Slave to the Rhythm Private job providers and their tactics of humiliation
by Julie Carroll
“It is designed this way to deter people from being on welfare, as it's just too hard and they drop out, saving the government money. The job agencies are just Centrelink compliance offices."
Cathode Ray Comfort The demise of Asian video stores
by Jin Hien Lau
Most of these video stores are gone now in Sydney; in the age of streaming, even my 65-year-old mum uses YouTube on her phone to get the latest Taiwanese variety shows.
The Way a Turtle Knows for Llewyn
by Pip Smith
Terumi Tanaka is wearing a shoestring tie with an oval, amber clasp. We’ve been discussing through his interpreter his survival of the bombing of Nagasaki in 1945 which killed around 40,000 people. Time is running out. It’s been a standing-room only two-hour event at Redfern Community Centre and people are impatiently lurking to speak to...
No Longer at Liberty Changing NYC’s statues
by Ian Keldoulis
Are we creating an eternal city of the spotless mind?
How Do You Find Oxford Street? A young man searches for a community and his own identity
by Ante Dylan Bruning
“You’re pretty,” he told me. What followed was about four years of my complete and utter obsession with my appearance, my diet, and my fitness regime. This was me, ‘normalised'.
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Sleep Well Beast How The National brought me back from the dead
by Chris Johnston
‘Let's just get high enough to see our problems, let’s just get high enough to see our fathers’ houses.’
Banksy Goes to Bethlehem The artist’s new venture: The Walled Off hotel
by Jan Dalley
“Seeing the disparity between the two sides was shocking, because you could see the inequality was entirely avoidable.” – Banksy
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter A filmed interview with singer Sam Smith
by Mark Mordue
“Every relationship hurts in a different way.”
I Am The Seeker Get yourself slayed by the female masters of music
by Lo Carmen
“My brother’s gift of Betty Davis’s album really encouraged me to search out the unknown, the pioneers, those that ran their own race.”
Sweet Country Our silent, violent history
by Rochelle Siemienowicz
Tense and beautiful, Sweet Country is utterly gripping from the first scene, an extreme close-up of white sugar being stirred into black tea and boiling in a billy, while racist violence occurs off screen, heard but not seen.
Phantom Thread The everyday sadism of marriage
by Rochelle Siemienowicz
It’s commonplace to observe that the opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference. Love and hatred exist on a spectrum ... traversed at the speed it takes to watch one’s partner laugh too long at their own joke, or eat a messy breakfast.
The Post Democracy can die in the dark
by Lauren Carroll Harris
Steven Spielberg’s new film summons up an era when journalism was still ‘the first rough draft of history’.
Horses, Trolls and Hammers Improv theatre with the Bear Pack
by Alex Tighe
"We don’t rehearse. I always say that if the show we did was planned, it’s terrible planning.”
The Local 6/2/2018
Down the Hatch Sydney Park Hotel, St Peters
by Kye M.R. Bleaux-Hall
The Sydney Park Hotel is a beautiful pub. Sitting above St Peters Train Station overlooking the Illawarra Line, its location and warm, benevolent spirit somehow magically combine to have you holding a cold schooner before you’ve even stepped off the train and past the screens.
The Local 11/10/17
Newtown’s Best Variety Act Behind the scenes at Clem’s Chicken Shop
by Lee Tran Lam
Newtown was a no-go zone when Clem's was founded: “I remember Peter once walking to school and he got rolled for his shoes.”
The Local 12/9/17
Golden Years Golden Century is a Chinatown institution
by Lee Tran Lam
“I used to do my homework at the back table,” says Billy Wong of Chinatown institution, Golden Century.
The Local 9/8/2017
Piccolo Bar It’s never too late
by Mark Demetrius
The long vibrant story of the Piccolo.