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April 16, 2021

Cinema Review – Love and Friendship

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Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

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Bayside, The Corso

Annie Radermacher, Brunswick Heads A clear description of the proposed development as presented to the public was of 37 boarding...

HuskeeSwap launches in Lennox

An exciting initiative to keep coffee cups out of landfill launched in Lennox Head yesterday. Ballina Shire Council is backing the HuskeeSwap program with free coffees at different cafes in Lennox this week, for coffeeholics keen to try a new solution to a growing problem.

Essential businesses recognised

A sticker initiative, to say ‘Thank you’ and support local retailers’ doing it tough is adorning Mullum shops, owing in part to efforts by resident Angela Bambach.

Where announcements masquerade as action

The great secret about government in Australia is this: no-one wants to know about government in Australia.

Industry response to Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

As the pandemic has again highlighted the standard of treatment of our elders, Australia’s aged care industry has urged...

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

As a proto-feminist (long before the term was ever coined), Jane Austen will always remain relevant. Her Pride And Prejudice and Emma are unlikely to ever be out of print. This movie, adapted for the screen by American writer/director Whit Stillman, is based on a lesser known novella, Lady Susan. Portrayed with precision and unflappable calm by Kate Beckinsale, the eponymous heroine of the story (if we can call her that, so duplicitous is she), the widowed Susan Vernon, has made a mission of seeing to it that her daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark) makes a match that will ensure her future happiness, wealth and security. To do this, she must outwit and manipulate the gentlemen with whom she cavorts in London and rural Kent.

There is a lot of information to be absorbed in the first five minutes as Stillman introduces us, in a bookish, almost stilted manner, to the players who will be caught in Lady Susan’s web. There are the Manwarings and the DeCourcys, of whom young Reginald (Australian Xavier Samuel) will be her target, and a coterie of gentry, including the gibbering idiot, Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett), the doughty butler Wilson (Conor Lambert), and Lady Susan’s American confidante, Alicia Johnson (Chloë Sevigny, adorable as ever). All of the characters are so finely drawn and the dialogue, as you’d expect, razor sharp (you actually need to listen closely) and wry. Art direction is a feast for the eye – although my companion informed me that the fabulous costumes were not all strictly in period, ranging between Restoration and Regency, which is neither here nor there for a mungo like me – and the edit never lets the narrative become bogged down in wordiness. Lady Susan’s, and true love’s, ultimate triumph is only slightly diminished by the partner she chooses for herself, but in the back of your mind you understand that she knows exactly what she’s doing and that all will end well for her. Great stuff – if only we could get more of it.


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ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.