ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

THE ESCAPIST

Frank (Brian Cox), a lifer, is the ringleader of a jailbreak after discovering that his estranged daughter is on the brink of death in this taught, emotionally-rich tale from first-time director Rupert Wyatt. (AB)

LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS

Vampire Queen Carmilla (who has a taste for the vagine) gets her head chopped off in the 17th century and henceforth curses all the ladies in the village to become raging filly-fanciers. Until hapless duo Jimmy and Fletch turn up … (AB)

DECLAN KELLY AND THE RISING SUN – ADRIFT

Declan Kelly’s bio paints him as the boy from Bondi, but even a cursory listen puts him off the continent, soaking up soul, afro-funk, reggae … Read more

BERTIE BLACKMAN – SECRETS AND LIES

Welcome to Bertie’s world. If the infectious pop of the flawless single Heart is what led you to her door, beware; for stepping inside Secrets … Read more

Zabriskie Book Club

john-rendall-signs-a-copy-of-a-lion-called-christian On a night when most restaurants in the blistery Bondi Beach district had barely a handful of people, Ravesi’s exclusive cocktail lounge Drift was a-buzz … Read more

BRENDAN WELCH – THE GLEANER

Brendan Welch’s thumb, it is green no more. The Gleaner doesn’t sound like the work of an industry newcomer (although Welch only came on the … Read more

JESSICA SAYS – WE NEED TO TALK

As The Sleeping One Beside Me opens with some softly softly sighed and effect-laden “Oh oh ohs” there are hints of Laurie Anderson, but from … Read more

ST HELENS – HEAVY PROFESSION

Seemingly named after the appropriately catastrophic volcanic disaster, St Helens are a new band from Melbourne fronted by Jarrod Quarrell (The New Season), and populated … Read more

PERFORMANCE: GHOST QUARTERS

With twenty-five years of professional practice behind her, choreographer and performer Tess de Quincey established De Quincey Co. in 2000, and it’s now Australia’s leading … Read more

PERFORMANCE: PROJECT ALICE

Lewis Carroll’s tale of Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole may be a timeless classic, but that’s no reason not to have a little fun … Read more