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PLAID – REACHY PRINTS
$16.99 through iTunes
Best known as collaborators with Björk, London electro pioneers Andy Turner and Ed Handley, aka Plaid, return with more warm and melodic electronica, this time with a gentle nod towards pop. Single
Tether, is both the standout track and an exercise in digital art – visit tether.plaid.co.uk to see the single literally take shape.
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
$26.98 through JB Hi-Fi
A touching story about a folk singer in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Starring Oscar Isaac, with Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in supporting roles, Llewyn’s music is moving and beautiful but he’s just at the end of the first wave of folk and can’t get traction. In one of the final scenes you see a curly-headed man bent over his guitar with the crowd listening, spellbound. Bob Dylan is in town.
DOWNTON ABBEY – SERIES 1-4
$89.98 through JB Hi-Fi
From the rumblings of World War I to the depths of the Great Depression. Includes the first four series, plus the 2012 Christmas special, of this period costume drama set on a Yorkshire country estate. It’s the best-loved UK costume drama series since Brideshead – and a pleasure to revisit.
SBS 1, June 7, 8.30pm
With a line-up that includes Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons it’s little wonder the New York Times called this thriller set at the start of the GFC “easily the best Wall Street movie ever made”. Loosely based on the fall of Lehman Brothers it’s an impressive debut for director J.C. Chandor.
A TASTE OF HONEY – 1961
JB-Hi-Fi for $13.99
The first play by Mancunian dramatist Shelagh Delaney, the screen debut of Golden Globe-winner Rita Tushingham and another superb film by director Tony Richardson. The tale of a 17-year-old schoolgirl who falls pregnant to a sailor then moves in with a gay man, this film is one of the classics of 1960s British cinema. Powerful with some laugh-out-loud moments.
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN – PSYCHOCANDY – 1985
$9.99 through iTunes
With documentary Beautiful-Noise – which charts the rise of the highly influential shoegaze movement – about to hit our cinemas, it’s time to revisit the album that started it all nearly 30 years ago. The Scottish alt-rockers turned the guitars up to 11 and deftly surfed a tidal wave of feedback to create psychedelic beauty out of chaos.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
John Green, Penguin $19.95
It’s a modern tear jerker, a psychologically aware Love Story for a new generation. Written by John Green, who worked as a student chaplain at a children’s hospital, it’s the fictional story of Hazel and Gus, who are ill, and who fall in love. Soon after the book was out, Hollywood came calling and the result, starring Shailene Woodley, opened in cinemas this week. It’s a touching story of brave young people trying to protect those they love from the sadness their illness creates. “Much of my life has been devoted to trying not to cry in front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing,” writes Hazel. It’s a story about young people who want to leave behind more than sadness and scars.