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Is polluting a lake in a national park to support new housing ok?

From Byron Bay to Evans Head to Casino the questions about how we deal with what is politely termed ‘effluent’, and how that may or may not destroy our local environment, demand real and urgent answers.

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Feros stolen

The Feros board have failed to explain why the existing buildings cannot be redeveloped as a purpose-built, top-of-the-range, aged-care...

Two to appear in Tweed Court after alleged import of ‘ice’ and cocaine

Two people have been extradited from Queensland and charged following an 18-month investigation into an alleged attempted importation of six kilograms of methylamphetamine and cocaine into NSW.

Tamara Smith returned to Ballina’s Greens seat

Last night a packed Suffolk Park Hotel exploded with cheers at around 8pm when the ABC broadcast computer popped up a Green result for Ballina and the return of Tamara Smith to the seat she has held for the last eight years.

Buskers for Blues

The Bluesfest Busking Comp is a community engagement initiative, established 19 years ago by a group of dedicated, local musical souls – proudly executed by ACE, and fully supported and fostered by Peter Noble and the Bluesfest family.

Bulga Forest logging ‘suspended’

The NSW Forestry Corporation has changed the status of a contentious area of Bulga Forest from ‘active’ to ‘suspended’.

Rethinking the tourism paradigm

The past three years have been a fairly challenging time for the Byron tourism Industry, after fires, floods, and a pandemic. According to local tourism organisation, Destination Byron, now seems the right time to rethink the tourism paradigm for Byron.


Virgil Oldman is a sort of Henry Higgins in the world of antiques auctions. Wealthy and snobbish, he wears gloves when dining alone in the most exclusive restaurants and, though having collected a gallery of priceless female portraiture, he has never bothered to acquaint himself with the charms of the fairer sex.

It is the perfect role for a big star with a penchant for staginess, and Geoffrey Rush fits the bill to a nicety. His silent partner in up-market shonkiness is Billy Whistler (Donald Sutherland), a failed artist with a leonine white mane who doesn’t do much other than secretly bid on behalf of Oldman when a rare and valuable work is presented.

The veneer of the great man’s prestige and practice is cracked when an agoraphobic young beauty offers her estate for sale. This is a baroque and crafty mystery, overwritten, to be sure, and a tad too fanciful for my liking, but inescapably engrossing at the same time.

Director Giuseppe Tornatore gave us the wonderful Cinema Paradiso (1988), but here he has been unable to engender any similar warmth. Cold precision, in cinematography and convoluted plotting, is partly responsible, but there is also the hindrance of some terribly clunky, declamatory dialogue – Tornatore is credited as writer, so we can only assume that his English was not quite up to the subtlety his story sought – while as Claire, the skinny-as-a-rake femme fatale, Sylvia Hoeks delivers a performance that lurches from the wooden to the overwrought.

You suspect that there is a devious scam about to be perpetrated, but it is hidden beneath layers of commonplace Euro metaphors – primarily surrounding the reconstruction of a nineteenth century automaton and the hardly new idea of woman as object.

The sharp hook that drags you back into the scenario just when you think that you’re being berated with strained sophistry is the lady dwarf, whose sense of eerie portent brings to mind Don’t Look Now (1973).

It’s cleverly done, but I didn’t care either way what happened.

~ John Campbell


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