Rams / Hrutar

Three years ago - exactly - I was in Iceland. The Google Photos app on my phone reminded me of that this morning, presenting me with a lovely collection of photographs from a memorable week I spent there. It was terrific to revisit the glaciers, the hot baths, the volcanoes, the landscape (etc) on exactly the [...]

Destination Arnold

Have just been to see a preview of Destination Arnold, a soon to be shown on ABC-TV documentary, produced by my friend, Michaela Perske. I never thought I'd be interested in the world of female bodybuilding, but it was absolutely brilliant. I cared about the women involved, and loved the honesty of the emotions and [...]

Remembering The Man

Remembering The Man

When you read a book you always think you know the "voice" of the narrator. You think you know their cadence, their intonation. By projecting aspects of your own life, and the voices in your head, you think you KNOW them. But it wasn't until I saw the documentary, "Remembering The Man" on Thursday night, [...]

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Jackson Pollock's Paints at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

One of my absolute favourite things from my overseas trip last year was my visit to the Peggy Guggenhem Museum in Venice. As I wrote at the time According to the audio tour, Peggy was an American heiress who came to live in Venice in her early twenties. With gazillions of dollars behind her, the [...]

The Cult of JT LeRoy

The Cult of JT LeRoy

My friend and I both laughed out loud when we saw Rufus Wainwright appearing on stage reading from one books by J.T. LeRoy. In the documentary, "The Cult of JT LeRoy" (which we saw last night at the "Antenna Documentary Film Festival" in Sydney) we had already seen Sandra Bernhard, Carrie Fisher, Susan Dey (Patridge [...]

The Box

In some ways I was a rather precocious child. Really? You sure about that? No way! Unlike other children of my generation I was allowed to watch some of the more "adult" television programs screened on Australian. For example, I loved Number 96. As I wrote on the fortieth anniversary screening of the show... I [...]

Holding The Man

Holding The Man

"I hadn't realised it was so soon after his death when the book was released", I told my friend. We had just been to see a screening of the movie version of "Holding The Man" at Sydney's Verona Cinema. We were right in the midst of the film in many ways. St Vincent's Hospital. "The [...]

Stockholm Pride – Chinese Queer Film

Fan Popo - New Beijing New Marriage

Sadly, my "Swedish" is not sophisticated enough to understand the complexities of some of the discussions you might encounter at an event like Stockholm Pride. While it won't be too much of an issue at events like the Schlagerkväll (the pop music night), I'm still very interested in going to talks and events, especially since [...]

Millenium Tour, Stockholm

Bellmansgatan 1, the apartment where Mikael Blomqvist lived

"There'll be a new book, a fourth one at the end of August", we were told today by Carin, our tour group leader for the "(Stieg Larsson) Millenium Tour" run by the Stockholm City Museum, Stockholm Stadsmeet. "We don't know very much about it", she went on to say, "except that it hasn't been written [...]

Livet efter döden

The first five minutes or so of "Livet efter döden" ("Life after death") are fairly bleak. The film opens with a close-up shot of Elsie Hammarlunds talking to a friend on the phone telling them about the recent death of her husband. I started to watch the film last weekend, but soon decided I wasn't [...]