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April 23, 2021


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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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The Channon resilient after disaster

Northern Rivers communities are nothing if not resilient and The Channon community is preparing to take a proactive stance when it comes to disasters in the area.

Bruns boarding house showdown Thursday

The stage is set for a crucial debate over the Brunswick Heads ‘Corso’ development in Byron Council this week, with staff recommending that the developer’s revised plans be approved.

Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

Understand climate?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Have you noticed it getting a bit chilly at night recently? Do you think we will have a...

Before Origin last week, one of the talking boofheads slipped in an advertorial for the dead-boring X-Men – as if the squillion-dollar juggernaut needs a leg-up. Meanwhile, a fabulous, much lower-budget Australian flick withers in the shade. That’s The Coliseum for you.

The opening sequence in writer/director Craig Monahan’s unheralded gem Healing, of an eagle in pursuit of a hawk, is breathtakingly fast and tense.

When the mighty raptor is entangled in barbed wire, it is collected by the inmates of a prison farm and, with other damaged birds, nursed back to health in an aviary constructed for the purpose.

Viktor (Don Hany), an Iranian, will be its chief minder. The obvious metaphor, in the title and circumstances of the men’s captivity, is beautifully dealt with in a script that creates mounting tension without resort to mawkish sentimentality or thrill-seeking violence – it is subtle in a way that has become all too uncommon.

Performances are great – Hany, whom we know from TV, gives to Viktor an embittered stubbornness and inner turmoil that easily elicits empathy, the ever reliable Hugo Weaving is stoic but likeable as Officer Perry, while Mark Leonard Winter’s Shane, the weedy but rat-cunning stoner, delivers lines of deliciously un-PC humour.

Lifting it to greater heights, the music of David Hirschfelder, so perfectly withheld until exactly the right moments for maximum effect, makes poetry with Oscar winner Andrew Lesnie’s cinematography.

Perhaps the real star of the show, however, is Yasmine – a wedge-tailed eagle, just like the ones we see soaring on the thermals of our own skies.

Releasing her into the wild, Viktor tells her, ‘All you seek, is you’. As in real life, the perfect ending might not always be what you anticipated, for, as Bob Dylan sang all those years ago, ‘are birds free from the chains of the skyways?’

The greatest learning is gifted to us when we’re able to cope with the hardest truths.

This is by far the best movie on in town, one that will let your heart take flight.

Go see it.

~ John Campbell

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