Movie Review: Tracks



Based on a true story and the book of the same name,  Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) is just 27 years old when she travels to Alice Springs with just a few belongings and a dog. She intends to make the 2000 or so kilometre trek from Alice Springs to the ocean solo.

Yep alone.

To do this, she knows she needs a few extra things. Some camels and some serious experience training and tending to the camels. For this part, she works and barters her way to being the proud owner of 3 camels (there is a sweet surprise in store for her regarding her fourth camel 😉 ) Now she needs some money to fund her great adventure.

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Movie Review : The Book Thief



Based on Australian author Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel of the same name, this tells the story of Liesel (Nélisse), a child sent to live with foster parents during the early years of World War II. When she arrives, she has a book with her and her new father Hans (Rush) encourages her to read. It is through this love of words that Liesel can escape the horrors of her life and foster the writer within.

Her parents Hans and Rosa (Watson) are struggling to earn a living, due in part to their continued reluctance to join the Nazi party. Of course, they appear to toe the line by flying the swastika and letting Liesel join the Hitler Youth but at home it is quite a different story.

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Movie Review : Stoker


India Stoker (Wasikowska) lost her adored father in a tragic and mysterious accident on her 18th birthday. At the wake, her mother Evelyn (Kidman) introduces India to the uncle she never knew she had, Charlie (Goode). He has been travelling the world all of these years……..he is quite the mysterious man.

Evelyn announces that Uncle Charlie will be staying with them and he begins to ingratiate himself into Evelyn’s life and bed all the while doing little to hide his attraction to the awkward and introverted India. India, in return, slowly becomes obsessed with her uncle.

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Movie Review : The Playbook




I thought long and hard before writing this review. I went into the cinema knowing only that it was an Australian movie and, as you all know, I am a great supporter of local productions and try to see as many as I can. When I realised it was a religious/ faith movie, I was tempted to leave because it is just not for me. But I had watched and absolutely loved Emilio Estevez’s faith movie The Way (you can read my review here) so figured I would be a hypocrite to leave this one after just a few minutes. And so I stayed….

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Something Beautiful … January 24

My Country

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies
I know, but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of rugged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops,
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze …

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand
though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Dorothea Mackeller