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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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Contentious Bruns DA before Council again

A controversial decision by Byron Council to approve a mixed-use development in Brunswick Heads could be overturned, after a group of councillors who oppose the plan got the numbers for a rescission motion.

Opinion: Lettuce end food shortages!

Whoever would have thought we’d need to pay $10 for a lettuce in a supermarket? This is a real sign of the times.

The politics of gentrification and ‘holding the line’

Who are the visionary architects and planners that will protect and enhance this ramshackle surf town’s social fabric and built environment of Byron Bay?

Ballina calls for more SES funding – again

The Ballina Shire Council has agreed to prioritise upgrading of its State Emergency Services base and to call for a new shire-wide incident control centre.

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.

Destruction of Brunswick Heads mahogany

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

Mark Twain suggested that Wagner’s music was ‘not as bad as it sounds’. To paraphrase the great writer, this movie is not as good as it looks. Its problem is that it projects an idea that is self-contradictory.

Teenager Mary Katherine, or MK, returns to the idyllic country home of her widowed father. Reminiscent of James Stewart at his more eccentric, he’s a nutty professor obsessed with his theory that the surrounding woods are inhabited by creatures so tiny and elusive that they might only be captured by hidden cameras. In human form, they are, of course, guardians of the natural world. Which is all well and good – if any film can inculcate in children a sense of wonder and responsibility towards the environment then it has made a valued contribution to our collective wellbeing.

But in order to create a drama with the usual contest between right and wrong, director Chris Wedge has called on a screenplay that casts the processes of decay and rotting (anathema to Hollywood’s cult of youth and beauty) as bad guys at war with the green leaf-men. It seems ridiculous to break up the cycle of life into conflicting factions, but the unthinking tenets of adversarial storytelling deem it essential – especially if you want to develop a scenario that will allow for a bunch of big battle scenes with bows and arrows and clanging swords etc.

We all know ‘it’s a jungle out there’, but in reality it is a jungle of co-existing elements. Ronin is the alpha-male leaf-man, and he zaps about on a brightly coloured hummingbird. His antagonist rides – it goes without saying – a crow (are they typecast birds or what?). MK becomes involved in their activities after she is shrunk to the size of the littlies when the woodland queen, before she dies, bequeaths a magic bud to her. MK predictably falls for a leaf-boy as Armageddon looms. The animation is lush and dreamlike, to the point of being soporific, with MK’s three-legged mutt stealing the show.

John Campbell

 


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