Fame follows the lives of a dozen or so young performing artists at the New York Academy of Performing Arts over a period of four years. It’s been roundly panned by the critics, but from a feminist perspective, there was a lot I liked about it. Obviously, this being an ensemble cast, it’s hard to […]

Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities

Disclaimer: Underbelly is based on real events and real people. I realise there  are some close to the people presented in the series who believe the show has portrayed them inaccurately. While the site and I encourage discussion about the article, show and events that it’s based on, if you have any complaints about the […]

The Duchess

Warning, possible rape triggers The Duchess is the story of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, a vibrant aristocrat who influenced much of the social and political changes of eighteenth-century England. Georgiana (Keira Knightly) marries the Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes), who initially treats her royally. But when she fails to give him the son he wants […]


Heartbreakers is the story of a mother-daughter conwoman team, Max and Page Connors (Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love-Hewitt respectively).It initially interested me because the idea of conwomen sounded interesting; it’s always the men who get to pull of elaborate schemes, a la Matchstick Men, The Italian Job and the Oceans series. I was incredibly disappointed […]

disFIGURED: a movie about female friendship

In the interests of full disclosure, writer/director Glenn Gers requested that I review his movie disFIGURED, and provided me a DVD copy of it. From the online trailer, I saw he’d made a very ambitious effort: the trailer shows a recovering anorexic woman (Darcy) being turned away from a fat acceptance activism group, then a […]

I’m Not There: How to Write a Good Female Character We Rarely See

I’m Not There is a somewhat experimental bio-pic of Bob Dylan written and directed by Todd Haynes, and featuring six different actors (including Heath Ledger and a much-discussed and brilliant performance by Cate Blanchett) playing various elements of the Dylan persona. Since the film is about Bob Dylan, and since all of the main characters […]