Tracey Moffatt’s Free Spirit

Published in The Saturday Paper Artist Tracey Moffatt’s latest exhibition represents a homecoming for the one-time New York resident. Tracey Moffatt has never enjoyed discussing her work. Throughout an esteemed career, spanning more than three decades, the filmmaker-turned-photographer has maintained the same stance: if she spells out what her art might mean, then she shuts off other interpretations. So the news that she had agreed to take part in public talks for her new exhibition, Spirited, which opened in October at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), was received with vague surprise. Assistant director Simon Wright introduced her on stage….

Barbed Whit

There’s a scene in American director Whit Stillman’s debut Metropolitan (1990) where his Manhattan debutantes start riffing on Jane Austen. Eventually her detractor Tom (Edward Clements) – a middle-class kid who’s fallen in with a self-styled socialite rat pack, whose story was drawn heavily from Stillman’s own – admits he’s never actually read any of Austen’s work. “You don’t have to have read a book to have an opinion on it,” he says with conviction. Some critics considered Metropolitan a contemporary take on Mansfield Park, though the influence of Austen’s astute comedies of manners can be seen throughout Stillman’s oeuvre – an…

Meet the New Newsmakers — The Under Age

In a media industry that seems increasingly unstable, one program in Melbourne is encouraging and equipping secondary students to enter the world of journalism. REBECCA HARKINS-CROSS, project coordinator of online news publication The Under Age, has found that enthusiasm for this crucial vocation remains strong. When the Kony 2012 campaign launched on 5 March this year, it was teenagers across the world who were its most vocal proponents. Created by Invisible Children, an American charity that crusades against human rights offences in Uganda, the campaign urged the Western world to take a stand against Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The video…