Film Reviews: “The Assistant”, “A Promising Young Woman”

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One positive outcome from Covid mismanagement has been the wider releases given to independent films while blockbusters are on hold. These are two great examples. “The Assistant” is the brilliantly acted and directed story of a young personal assistant to the head of a film company, based on Australia’s Miramax. It follows in painful detail Jane’s extremely long working day as she provides the essential organisation behind the life of the unseen sexual predator, her boss. The toxic male culture of her workplace is revealed through the many small humiliations…read more


Top 10 women’s political vocals

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Aretha Franklin – Think   youtube link Blue Mink – Melting pot   youtube link Buffy Sainte-Marie – Soldier blue   youtube link Four Non Blondes – What’s up   youtube link Nancy Sinatra – These boots are made for walking   youtube link Nina Simone – Mississippi goddam   youtube link Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Strange things happening every day   youtube link Sisters Underground – In the neighbourhood nzonscreen link Tracy Chapman – Talkin bout a revolution   youtube link X-ray Spex – Oh bondage up yours!    youtube link Alphabetical order, and personal taste, of…read more


My enemy’s a white collar criminal…

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“In The Neighbourhood”, by Sisters Underground Click link nzonscreen Lyrics It’s a cruel June morning on the edge of the city It’s so damned hot and my neck is feeling gritty I gotta find something to do Because if I don’t pretty soon I think I’ll go lulu Everyday seems like the same old thing Listen to the brothers talk about their mac 10 I gotta roll because I got a feeling I gotta keep the sound of the underground reeling And I’m out like bell-bottom trousers Pretty funky chunky…read more


US religious right paid $500,000 for high-profile plaintiff to change sides

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The woman plaintiff in the landmark 1973 ruling legalising abortion in the US admitted that her change of heart on the issue in 1995 was “all an act”. Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe in the US Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade, shocked the country when she came out against abortion. What we couldn’t know was she was paid by antiabortion groups including Operation Rescue. The case had gone all the way to the highest court in the land where, by a vote of seven to two, the…read more


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