Sixty years on, West Side Story still belongs to Anita (not Spielberg)

Image: Backstage.com Over the past month, I’ve had the thrill of seeing both West Side Stories, director Robert Wise’s 1961 version and Steven Spielberg’s recent remake, within days of each other at a cinema. They’re both, on first glance, very different. And so they should be. Seven decades removed you would hope there’d have been enough positive change for this story to be seen anew. … Continue reading Sixty years on, West Side Story still belongs to Anita (not Spielberg)

Australians are spending more on music, but will the COVID pandemic spell the end of the album?

The Australian music industry’s revenue has surged 37 per cent thanks to a boom in streaming subscriptions since online platforms like Spotify were first introduced in 2012. But streaming platforms risk globalising the local industry in unprecedented new ways. Continue reading Australians are spending more on music, but will the COVID pandemic spell the end of the album?