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By Rodney Croome When I left Australian Marriage Equality (AME) in August 2016 I said it was to more vigorously oppose a plebiscite. That was true but it wasn’t the whole truth. I also left because the Equality Campaign that grew up around AME was shrinking marriage equality to a tiny political target by avoiding …

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Easily writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s most serene feature, Phantom Thread is an unusual romantic fable that can’t help but bewitch its audience with its lush unpredictability. Serene through it may be, Anderson’s feature still evokes a degree of tension. The central character strives for perfection in every aspect of his life. This is Reynolds Woodcock …

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By Shirleene Robinson, Macquarie University Jennifer, who signed up to the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) in 1979, told me that “until I joined the Army, I had no awareness of gay people. I had no awareness that I was gay, I didn’t know that world existed.” This changed dramatically within a number of …

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Find the truth in comedy, always trust your gut instinct, and never get into bed with the Americans. These were some of the nuggets of industry wisdom director Stephan Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) imparted to Peter Gray as he discussed his latest venture, Swinging Safari. It’s set in 1970s Australia and follows a …

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Welcome to Ask DocQ. The Doc has returned for 2018. However, in addition to her regular health updates, Dr Fiona Bisshop is just as interested to find out what’s on your mind. Have you made a health resolution that you’re struggling to keep? Or maybe it’s time to ask about that burning sensation you’ve had …

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By Dennis Altman, La Trobe University The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among “gay men” and “heterosexual people”. This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in …

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Spin-the-vase, a late night taste of fondu, and a rotting beached whale make for just some of the intricate ingredients of Stephan Elliott’s semi-autobiographical comedy Swinging Safari, a gloriously playful film that finds both the humour and the horror of growing up in Australia in the 1970’s. As kinetic a film it may be – …

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The brand new Australian production of Mamma Mia! has opened at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane. Mamma Mia! is all about the music, so who better to chat with than Music Supervisor Stephen Amos? Amos, winner of a 2016 Helpmann Award (Matilda The Musical), knows Mamma Mia! well. His first time with the ABBA show …

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As the American government continues to be viewed with doubtful and suspicious eyes, not to mention the hammering the news media receives, a film like Steven Spielberg’s The Post feels more relevant than ever, despite its 1970’s setting. Before the White House was taken down by the Watergate scandal in 1972, the Presidential estate fought …

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Getting married but don’t even know where to start planning your perfect wedding? Brisbane’s Broadway Chapel in Woolloongabba is owned and run by local couple James and Nick (pictured), and they’re thrilled to welcome the first same-sex couples to the heritage-listed venue. They’re offering prospective couples the chance to sign up for Same-Sex Marriage Boot …

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