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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

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Northern rivers surfers help Australia win the World Junior Surfing Championships

Fingal Head surfer Dane Henry has won an individual gold to help Australia claim its eighth World Junior Surfing...

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

The ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ survey has been launched and is asking young people to put forward their views on what is important to them. 

North coast fire fighter honoured

It was a hot, smoky morning when Senior Deputy RFS Captain John Holmes and his comrades arrived at the Bean Creek fire, near Bonalbo.

Commemorating ten years since V Day at Bentley

It's ten years today since a wave of relief spread through Camp Liberty at Bentley, when those gathered discovered that the riot police would not be coming, and gas company Metgasco was being referred to ICAC by the NSW government.

Waiting for Assange

A major turning point in his son’s freedom campaign only twelve days away, John Shipton exuded calm and at times, joy, during an intimate forum in Mullumbimby last week.

New Tweed Valley Hospital opens today

The controversial new Tweed Valley Hospital opened to patients at 8am this morning.


Film review by John Campbell


A battle rages in the arts these days. In one corner we have those who still believe that life is worth the effort. Opposing them is the push that insists that it is a joke foist upon us by the deity of uncaring Irony. Currently, the guys in black are ahead of the despised sentimentalists by a country mile.

This wonderful film by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano strikes a blow for those of us wearied by chic nastiness. Phillipe (François Cluzet) is a quadriplegic with oodles of money. Driss (Omar Sy, giving one of the year’s great performances) is a Senegalese no-hoper living with his aunty and her children in the tenements of Paris.

Needing to have applied for three jobs to be eligible for his next welfare payment, Driss makes a perfunctory application to be Phillipe’s new minder. Phillipe takes a punt and hires him and the odd couple form a loving bond of mutual dependence. Comparisons with The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007) are inevitable (the endearing scene in which Driss shaves Phillipe is surely a reference to it), but in this the tone is lighter and the emphasis more on the able-bodied assistant.

Noticeable too, if only in hindsight, is the unorthodoxy of there being no earth-shattering climax. The story is told in an episodic manner and we can see the classical ‘character arc’ developing as Driss becomes aware of his responsibilities to others, with a comic through-line of his lusting after Phillipe’s secretary Magalie (Audrey Fleurot). But the contrivances of plot are not allowed to interfere with the exploration of the men’s relationship. There is so much to warm the heart – I especially liked it when Driss gave Phillipe a joint and they sat up until all hours in the Café Deux Magots; and when Driss, at the opera for the first time, burst out laughing – ‘he’s a singing tree!’ – thus opening Phillipe’s eyes to the absurdity of the moment.

It’s a simple truth: we all need somebody to lean on. Unmissable.


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