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January 28, 2021

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

Fellow Second Peoples, the work of justice and reconciliation is ours

It’s not just up to Indigenous people to bear the load of communicating the truth of our history and seeking justice around this day.

Conspiratorial breaths

R Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Thanks to the Collins English Dictionary 4th edition, for insight to the realm of words. Conspire...

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 27 January, 2021

Lemon Chicken is not only a Chinese takeaway favourite, it's also a great local five piece band who play songs that you forgot you loved. They like to pick and choose from the fine selection of great tunes we all grew up on.

Suffolk Park gardeners angry over Council’s double standard

Gardeners at the Suffolk Park Community Garden say they’ve been trapped in a procedural Catch-22 by Byron Shire Council, after it gave the green light to an expanded pump track (BMX track).

Interview with Laura Bloom

Writer Laura Bloom has just released The Women and The Girls her latest novel with Allen & Unwin. Set in the inner west of Sydney in the mid ‘70s the book details the story of three women who have left their husbands, taken their children (mainly girls) and set up a share house.

Fleeing from an abusive boyfriend, a woman (Elisabeth Moss) suddenly inherits $5 million after he commits suicide. Soon afterwards she starts to realise that it wasn’t suicide at all, and believes he has somehow found a way to become invisible and is intent on stalking and terrorising her. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back.

Directed by Leigh Whannell, an Australian screenwriter, best known for his work on Saw and Insidious, delivers a true horror/thriller from what could have been a cheesy premise. It is suspenseful and also emotionally effective and subtly creates the perfect underdog story – a victim being terrorised and made to seem crazy, and no one, not even the police believe her. This makes the audience feel entirely on her side – relating to her situation in the sense that we have all felt completely alone like this at some stage.

The directing is extremely well done; building tension around something that isn’t even on-set, always making the audience question what they saw, and whether they saw it. Like in all good horror films, the use of sound is of paramount importance, and again, this is done incredibly well here. This is especially true in the few ‘jumps’ scares; they don’t feel forced or overused.

Also starring Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. All the actors, and the sound crew too, deserve a round of applause. Job well done.


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