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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | December 18, 2017

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Posts ByTom Cushing, Author at The Creative Issue

6am at the Garage presents: Projections of Dance

October 10, 2015 |

6am at the Garage is bringing cinematic grandeur to alternative dance music with their Projections of Dance film series at the iconic Astor Theatre. The media collective has developed an eclectic but cohesive program of electronic music cinema that mixes together fiction, documentary and concert films. Read More

REVIEW: Ryan Adams – 1989

October 3, 2015 |

Ryan Adams’ 1989, a top to bottom cover of Taylor Swift’s hit album, is a heartfelt alt-country love letter to one of the finest pop stars of a generation. Read More

Review: Craig Finn- Faith in the Future

September 26, 2015 |

On his sophomore solo album, Craig Finn has stripped away the noise and grandiosity that’s defined most of his career, revealing the core components of his distinctive lyrical style while telling tender, grounded stories. Read More

Review: Destroyer – Poison Season

September 15, 2015 |

With Poison Season, Destroyer have channeled the melancholy of mid 50’s Sinatra and the swagger of early 70’s Bowie into an album that somehow sounds both original and cohesive. Read More

Dig, Lazarus: The Bible in Modern Lyricism

September 5, 2015 |

It’s a strange truth of modern rock lyricism that when secular songwriters draw on the Bible the results can be truly transcendental. Read More

The Imagined 80’s of Modern Indie Film

August 27, 2015 |

“They don’t engage in the empty nostalgia of simply referencing classic films, hoping to somehow co-opt the aura of cool. What they share, along with awesome synth soundtracks, is an aesthetic philosophy”

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Review – UMRIKA

August 20, 2015 |

In Umrika, America is the promised land, a place where Indian villagers believe they can can be delivered from the prisons of poverty and tradition. It’s a bold choice for the opening of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, a melancholic glimpse into a country simultaneously buoyed and burdened with the weight of familial love. Read More

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

August 10, 2015 |

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is back, boasting what they are calling their “strongest lineup yet”. With a selection that includes a mix of lavish Bollywood productions, critically lauded dramas and intriguing oddities, it’s a hard claim to argue. Read More

Review: Tig

August 9, 2015 |

In the documentary Tig, the eponymous comedian talks about a hospital visit where she had to remove her shirt. “And the technician said, ‘Oh my gosh, you have such a flat stomach. What is your secret?’ And I was … Read More

Review – Mr Holmes

July 30, 2015 |

In Mr Holmes the world’s most brilliant detective grapples with a half-remembered failure that he fears will haunt him to his death. It’s a tragic lens through which to look at one of history’s great literary figures. Read More

The Pacifist Rage of Martin McDonagh

July 27, 2015 |

In the 2012 metafictional film Seven Psychopaths, screenwriter Martin (Colin Farrell) bemoans that he’s unable to write anything that doesn’t involve “guys with guns in their hands”. This has been a tension in the work of writer Martin McDonagh since his earliest days as a playwright in Ireland, a simultaneous aesthetic fascination and moral disgust with violence. Read More

Wet Hot American Summer: From Film to Netflix Series

July 8, 2015 |

Resurrecting a critically and commercially flopped 2001 film as a mini series is an idea that took 14 years to become brilliant. Read More

Review: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

July 3, 2015 |

In casting a harsh light on Scientology, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief illuminates a truth stranger and more disturbing than one could ever imagine. Adapted from the Lawrence Wright book of the same name, Going Clear is as interested in the personalities inside the controversial religion as it is the nature of the organisation itself. Read More

Review: Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes

June 25, 2015 |

After the surprise success of 2012’s Benji, Sun Kil Moon has returned with an album that doubles down on all its predecessor’s idiosyncrasies. With Universal Themes songwriter Mark Kozelek stretches eight hypnotic songs across an hour, packing them with exhaustive amounts of detail about everything from mortality to where he parked on a given day. Read More