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)

“The Chilling Effect” – the institutionalised censorship of the Australian press

Even if demonstrably accurate, balanced and in the public interest, the federal government and public sector agencies can still arbitrarily cripple individual journalists and destabilise the operation of entire media outlets by investigating their work. The result has been described as “a chilling effect” on what Australian journalists are willing to publish. Continue reading “The Chilling Effect” – the institutionalised censorship of the Australian press