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Thanks Council, for the advertisement on page 5 letting us know that you co-hosted a conference. It is good...

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Supply chain pain? Try localisation!

A community screening of Local Futures’ new film, 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', will be held today, Friday, July 1, at The Farm in Byron Bay from 6pm. Damon Gameau and Pacha Light will be joining Helena Norberg-Hodge for a discussion afterwards.

Lake Ainsworth

The heavy rain on 28–30 March 2022 resulted in flooding of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head to about 2m...

Govt considers underwriting small energy retailers after Enova’s collapse

In the wake of the collapse of local green energy retailer, Enova, the NSW government say they are considering underwriting small energy retailers who face unfair market competition from large retailers who also generate electricity.

Destruction of Brunswick Heads mahogany

The foulest crime against the planet was committed secretly in the heart of Brunswick Heads during the pandemic lockdown....

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: War on the Wombs

The right to safe abortion is the cornerstone of the women’s movement. It’s the ground on which we stand to become lawyers and academics and policy writers and journalists and activists. It’s allowed us reproductive freedom and put us on equal footing with those without wombs; mainly cis men who, for centuries, saw our bodies as countries to rape and pillage. Our wombs were colonised – the cock was the flag that ploughed deep into our stolen earth.

Sport and gender

Olympic golden girl Cate Campbell claims to have wrestled long and hard with herself before passionately promoting a ban...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9tRN7bok4o

 John Campbell

As writer, director and star of this off-beat, friendly comedy, it must be assumed that Mike Birbiglia has exposed a history of his own foibles, fears and neuroses. Stylistically, this is an MO that has gone through the roof as our culture has become almost paranormally egocentric, so its success depends on how truthful it comes across on delivery.

I bought it, without necessarily feeling any great sympathy for the character. While driving, Matt Pandamiglio, a standup comic, tells us through flashbacks of his romance with Abby (Lauren Ambrose), his relationship with his lush Mom and overbearing Dad (Carol Kane and James Rebhorn, performers who nail such parts with reliable economy and clarity), and his at first floundering but of late successful attempts at making a career on the club circuit telling gags, most of which are at his own expense – fun is had with Pandamiglio, as it must surely have been with Birbiglia.

It’s said that all clowns, deep down, want to play Hamlet, so it’s not entirely unexpected that Matt’s story is riven with anxiety and doubt. Mike’s negative undercurrents manifest themselves in sleepwalking, a disorder that has become so chronic that it regularly presents a threat to his safety, even leading him to jump through a closed second-storey motel window.

A professional corner is turned when Mike is advised to put more of himself into his act, setting in train resolutions to the problems that have been bugging him. More consideration might have been shown to Abby – there is a terrific scene in which, returning home from a wedding reception, Ambrose colours the moment with heartbreaking intensity – but there is little room to spare in any first-person account of a bloke seeking what is right for him.

The dream sequences could have been better executed – they feel clunky and not in-sync with the flow of the narrative – but the message, that ‘I’m okay, you’re okay’, if not exactly earth shattering, is a comfy fit for its natural audience.


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Supply chain pain? Try localisation!

A community screening of Local Futures’ new film, 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', will be held today, Friday, July 1, at The Farm in Byron Bay from 6pm. Damon Gameau and Pacha Light will be joining Helena Norberg-Hodge for a discussion afterwards.