Stuff Elva Likes

My sister Elva has started a new blog – beststufftoday.wordpress.com.  She describes it as “digital marketing meets strawberry ice-cream” and it basically encapsulates the wide range of stuff she enjoys, from gardening to online clothes shopping to the food she manages to get other people to cook for her (respect).  Today’s post is all about coffee and heaps praise on Australia’s skill in this department.  She’s also kindly reposted a piece I wrote about birthday candles a while back which if you haven’t already read you can see here.  The best thing about Elva’s blog is that she writes just like she talks – with speed, openness, enthusiasm and a huge amount of humour.

While we’re on the subject, my other sister Jessi is still writing wonderful stuff about theatre on her blog – jessibeag.wordpress.com.  Her most recent post is a thought provoking piece on critique which you can read here.

But seriously, why couldn’t they both have just become accountants or something, it would have made me seem a lot more interesting!

The West End Magazine

I’m very proud to have three articles in the latest edition of the beautiful and shiny West End magazine.  If you’re lucky enough to live in Brisbane’s 4101 post code it will be delivered to your home for free.  If not, you can purchase it at the following newsagencies – West End News, Westside Story News, West End Markets Newspower and South Bank Newsagency.  For those further away I will try and get copies of my articles up on the blog at a later date.

The Ekka

I went to the Ekka on Saturday, or the Royal Queensland Show to give it its proper title.  Though no one ever calls it that.  It used to be called the Brisbane Exhibition.  That got shortened to Exhibition, which then got shortened to Ekka.  Australian’s are very busy people.  They don’t have time to waste saying full words. Continue Reading

Movie Review: The Beaver

Mel Gibson gives a touching performance in this heartfelt and intriguing story, directed by Jodie Foster.  He plays Walter Black, a severely depressed man.  Therapy, medication and self-help books have failed to cure him.

When his long-suffering wife Meredith (Jodie Foster) finally kicks him out he fully intends to kill himself, but the discovery of a beaver hand puppet in a dumpster miraculously gives him a new lease of life.

This film can be disconcerting to watch as Walter assumes a cockney accent and requests people address the beaver rather than speak to him.  It’s clear from early on the beaver can’t be a long-term solution to Walter’s problems.  You want to believe it’s the spark he needs to drag himself out of his melancholy, but you start to fear that rather than being a sign of recovery, the beaver is a symptom of Walter sinking deeper into psychosis.

The Beaver is film that at times will have you laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of it, but also does not shy away from the awful heartbreak of mental illness, both for the person affected and the people who love them.