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January 22, 2022

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Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The...

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BoM tsunami warning for the NSW Coastline

The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued a tsunami warning as a result of an eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apa in the Tongan Islands at 3.10pm AEDT yesterday, Saturday, January 15.

Can you volunteer to help Friends of the Koala in Lismore?

Lismore’s Friends of the Koala have been on the frontline of saving koalas for many long years and are looking for volunteers to help them keep the species alive.

Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

Friends of Loft

Become a Friend of Loft with their new local loyalty member program. Enjoy member-only benefits and offers, invite-only events, and...

1,051 new cases of COVID-19 for Northern Rivers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) saw 1,051 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed to 8pm last night...

An old anecdote has it that David Lean was being pressured to abbreviate one of the extended shots in Lawrence of Arabia. His editor argued that it would push the audience’s patience to breaking point. Lean’s response was to lengthen the take – to make the punters earn their reward. It came to mind in this quiet and uncomplicated but wonderful Georgian film. Schoolgirl Eka (Lika Babluani), a doe-eyed beauty, takes what appears to be a swig of a fortifying drink and proceeds to perform a traditional dance at a rowdy wedding reception. Instead of cutting the scene to ‘sound bite’ brevity, director Nana Ekvtimishvili has it last for a couple of minutes, and the effect is mesmerising. Neither is it the only time that she ushers the viewer into the sort of contemplative mindscape rarely visited by cinema these days. This movie starkly exemplifies how story is all important and that the sophistication of art and artifice can unintentionally distract from it.

With a mostly hand-held camera, next to no mood-making music and free of diversionary special effects, we become involved in the mundane events surrounding Eka and her friends and family on the dismal outskirts of Tbilisi. Squabbles erupt at bread queues, men get drunk and have screaming rows with their wives, unemployed youths with nothing else to do hassle young women. Like a piece of chattel, Natia, a relative of Eka, is forced into a marriage of convenience. Simmering tensions come to the boil when the handsome fellow whom she loves reappears on the cheerless streets. The atmosphere is fraught throughout, for there is a pistol that is bound to come into play at some point. Underpinned by Eka’s urgent need to see her imprisoned father (the theme of a child seeking a parent resonates with the outstanding Russian film of recent times, The Italian), Eka shows wisdom beyond her years in dealing with the drama that engulfs her and Natia. Straightforward and beguiling, it is a tale beautifully told.


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