All posts by Desla McLean

Desla McLean grew up in Sydney. She has an abiding interest in cinema, the visual and performing arts, philosophy, literature, music and travel.

TALES FROM THE INNER CITY: THE JOY OF IMAGINING

Sometimes I think about the animals who live in my noisy, polluted, constantly illuminated city and what they make of humans and the other species they are compelled to live with.

One of my favourite places in the sprawling metropolis I live in, is my local park, a verdant harbourside haven of both tranquillity and activity where native, introduced and domesticated animals and humans encounter each other. I feel for big eyed possums too scared to leave their tree homes. I constantly encounter numerous and dazzling species of dogs that seem to be essential companions and a required adornment of inner city living.

Shaun Tan’s latest book TALES FROM THE INNER CITY is a collection of twenty five illustrated short stories. With great sensitivity, compassion and playfulness, Tan explores the relationships between humans and animals sharing inner city environments. Continue reading TALES FROM THE INNER CITY: THE JOY OF IMAGINING

GOODBYE BERLIN : OPENING NIGHT FILM GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016

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The fifteenth German Film Festival opened in Sydney on 15 November and will run until 30 November. If GOODBYE BERLIN, the opening night film is any indication of the calibre of the other thirty-five films to be shown at this festival, then the next two weeks offer a great opportunity to see some very entertaining and enriching cinema.

GOODBYE BERLIN is an adaption of Wolfgang Herrndorf’s multi awarding winning novel Tschick. Fatih Akin the director beautifully brings this story to life and reconnects the audience with the joys, pains and thrills of being a teenager. Continue reading GOODBYE BERLIN : OPENING NIGHT FILM GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL 2016