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How accurate are the costumes in TV period dramas?

period costumes

There are two types of period drama watchers: the pedant and the swooner. The pedant can’t look at an historically inspired costume without scrutinising its every detail, their remarks – “would that type of embroidery really have been used in 1683?” or, “I’ve never seen that kind of trimming on an 1812 pelisse!” – at


Video: Adorable Baby goats having a pyjama party…

baby goats

Sunflower Farm Creamery let their first 10 kids born out for a pyjama party – What fun! Watch the video here….


Farewell John Clarke: in an absurd world, we have never needed you more

John Clarke

It cannot be the final arkle! Surely the inventor of Dave Sorenson, greatest and most persistently injured of farnarklers, will rebuild himself for the next match. Please tell me this is only the umlaut, and John Clarke will be back for the second half. In our more than usually absurd world, we have never needed


Downton Abbey Star – Charles Edwards is Down Under

Charles Edwards

Charles Edwards is a highly accomplished and popular English star of stage, TV and film. He is perhaps best known for his role as London editor, Michael Gregson, or as the character is more commonly known, Lady Edith Crawley’s lover in the hit TV series Downton Abbey. Imogen A Rose sat down to have a


A Rock & Roll Writers Festival brings a much-needed spark to Australia’s literary scene

rock and roll

You could be forgiven for thinking that the last thing Australia’s cultural arena needs is another bloody writers festival. Today’s big city festivals and their regional counterparts use the same formats, are expensive, predictable, safe and reek of easy privilege. It’s a space that has required reinvigoration for some time. Enter A Rock & Roll


MOVIE REVIEW: Gemma Arterton’s Their Finest

Their Finest

Their Finest is an overtly tragic tale centred around Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as she is faced with the challenges living in London during the blitz. As day passes and night looms she, like many others, is forced to take shelter underground with the hopes of resurfacing in the morning to the same world she


Movie review: Toni Collette’s Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones

Adapted from a best-selling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia. The Retiree‘s film critic, Sebastian Briguglio explores the small town story


Video: Oscars 2017 …did this really happen??

Oscars 2017

In case you didn’t catch the live telecast of the Oscars 2017 yesterday, we have a video of the best and worst moments of the night…including the incredible mix up for Best Movie announcement!


Movie review: David Stratton: A Cinematic Life

David Stratton

Film Critic David Stratton’s life and career is laid bare in a star studded documentary about the evolution of the Australian film industry and a personal look into David’s life. We sent along our very own Film Critic, Sebastian Briguglio, to take a peak into David’s passion for film, his dry humour and the struggles of


Movie review: La La Land

La La Land

La La Land could not be more hyped right now. Between a more than modest return from the box-office and an inundation of Oscar nominations (fourteen by last count) things for the modern day musical could not be looking more positive.  The Retiree’s resident film critic, Sebastian Briguglio gives us the full swing on the musical