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Two series up so far. One is Music And Places. The other is Vintage things I’ve come across.

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Everything I watched in 2017

03/01 Lions for Lambs
05/01 Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
06/01 Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared
09/01 Practical Magic, Gilmore Girls season 2, Einstein’s Biggest Blunder
10/01 Mad Max Fury Road
13/01 Nathan For You Season 1
15/01 Mozart In the Jungle
18/01 Series Of Unfortunate Events Series 1
20/01 Nathan For You Season 2
28/01 A Simple Plan
04/02 Beautiful Girls, Rick And Morty Season 1
05/02 The Jungle Book, Robots,
06/02 La La Land
02/03 Gilmore Girls Season 3
04/03 The Craic, Moonlight
06/03 Star Trek Enterprise Season 1
07/03 Trevor Noah Afraid Of the Dark
09/03 Children Of The Revolution
10/03 Logan
15/03 Rick And Morty Season 2
20/03 T2 Trainspottin
22/03 Ken Burns: Prohibition
04/04 Gilmore Girls Season 4
01/05 Keanu
15/05 The Good Dinosaur
08/06 Enterprise Series 2
10/06 Don’t Worry Baby
30/06 The Secret Life Of Pets
02/07 The Leftovers Season 2, Doctor Who Series 10
09/07 Love Sick Season 2, Spider-Man Homecoming
15/07 Veep Season 6
19/07 Star Trek Beyond
22/07 Steve Jobs
23/07 Angie Tribeca Season 3
25/07 Hunt For the Wilderpeople
01/08 Sing Street
08/08 X-Men Apocalypse
15/08 Star Trek Enterprise S3
18/08 Orange Is the New Black S5
19/08 Fleabag
20/08 Knight Of Cups
22/08 Long Strange Trip
24/08 Danny Says
28/08 Game Of Thrones Season 7, Shampoo
29/08 The Nice Guys
30/08 Miss Stevens
01/09 Everybody Wants Some!!
04/09 Glow
15/09 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
17/09 Hologram For The King
20/09 Wet Hot American Summer
23/09 The Firm
25/09 Married To the Mob
28/09 Narcos Season 3
29/09 Night Owls, War Machine, Fargo Season 3
01/10 30 Minutes Or Less, Walk Of Shame, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
02/10 Jerry Before Seinfeld, Throw Mama From The Train
04/10 Long Shot
09/10 Star Trek Enterprise Season 4
10/10 I’m Dying Up Here Season 1
11/10 Gilmore Girls Season 5
12/10 Baby Driver
15/10 Love And Friendship
16/10 Rick And Morty Season 3
20/10 The Lobster
22/10 Kingsman The Golden Circle
24/10 Thor Ragnarok
1/11 Death Of Stalin
13/11 Trumbo
14/11 Me Earl & The Dying Girl
23/11 Call Me By Your Name
27/11 A Bronx Tale, The Big Sick, A Trip To Spain
30/11 Silicon Valley Season 4
1/12 The Founder, Mickey Blue Eyes
10/12 Wonder Wheel
12/12 The Crown Season 1, Brooklyn Nine Nine S4
16/12 Gilmore Girl S6 (the worst)
17/12 The Last Jedi
21/12 Passengers
24/12 The Hidden Fortress
25/12 The Meyerowitz Stories
26/12 Doctor Who Xmas, Arrival
27/12 Little Men
28/12 Alan Partridge Welcome To The Places Of My Life, Big Fat Quit of the Year 2017
29/12 Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters,
30/12 Mindhunter Season 1
31/12 Black Mirror S4

Long Time Running (2007) – The Tragically Hip

Long Time Running (2007)
The Tragically Hip
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicolas de Pencier
Netflix (outside of Canada)

I am probably a rarity when it comes to The Tragically Hip. I am a casual fan. OK, maybe a little bit more, but they are a band that are loved for everything they did, or completely ignored. That usually correlates to how Canadian you are, and a teenage (pretentious) exploration of Canadian music led me to them, the biggest band in Canada. It also helped that they were on Warners, where I worked for a while. In Australia, we valiantly tried to release singles like My Music At Work to deafening indifference.

This documentary tells the story of one moment in the band’s history – the final ones. Lead singer and lyricist Gord Downie was diagnosed with a brain cancer. Against the odds, the band rallied for a bunch of farewell concerts around Canada, which became huge, national events. Downie died, shortly after the documentary was released.

There’s a lot of story to tell, and the film takes us through the personal rather than the musical. There’s a lot about the sickness, the decisions made, the effort to learn songs, and the feelings of everyone involved. Only in the very last minutes of the film do we get anything close to a performance of a full song. This is not a way to discover the band’s music. This is also a loving portrait, not a critical assessment. Don’t expect skeletons here.

Where this documentary works best is the feels. At one point, Justin Trudeau turns up, and he is emotionally overwhelmed (Trudeau was in tears when he announced Downie’s death). There’s seas of fans singing along to every song, saying goodbye to their hero. This was a band that had their rabid fanbase, and this film is for them.

The other important part of this film is serving as a portrait of Gord Downie. His lyrics, and his worldview, is much of what gives the band their special flavour. And we get a lot of time with Gord, and him being Gord. We get to see him get dressed, with two socks sown together as a neck tie. The way he kisses and hugs his band mates. And in a touching interview for this film, talks long about life and mortality. He is a special man.

The film takes us through the decision to tour, the planning of the tour, then the tour itself. It ends with their final show in Kingston, a huge event beamed into public parks throughout Canada. There’s lots of tears fans singing along to the big hits when they finally come, like Grace, Too and Ahead By A Century.

This is a special moment, captured. Very few people get to face their death head on, and even fewer have a platform like being the biggest band in their country. It’s not a great place to discover the music, or hear some great music.


My Favourite Albums Of 2017

1. Charlie Fink – Cover My Tracks

Easily, easily my favourite album this year. A quiet, intimate little story telling album, that at places sounds like an extended tribute to Leonard Cohen, but the man can sing and there’s lots of colour. Best are the stories, the lyrics and the rush of images and hope. Unabashedly joyous without being naff, and timeless without sacrificing hooks. I’m still finding new moments of wonder in it every time. The best track is still the first, Firecracker, a simple story, beautifully told, culminating in an image as memorable as anything I’ve ever heard or read.

2. Real Estate – In Mind

Comes in seconds simply due to the number of plays. It’s like Television grew up in a stable family and got some sun. Long blissful jamming matched with long blissful lyrical nonsense. Everything here is serving mood and tone, and they hold it down for a whole album without getting boring. You can hear all the influences but still its own thing. If you like minute-plus intros, you’ll love this album.

3. Elbow – Little Fictions

I’ve always liked Elbow, but as I get older they make more and more sense. Go figure. The band create an inventive, emotional bed for Guy Garvey to be all wise and insightful. And they songs seep in, with incredible hooks, matched with an incredible way that Garvey sees the world. He’s mellowed with age too, and his kitchen sink love songs were the perfect antidote to 2017.

4. Toby Martin – Songs From Northam Avenue

A big change from Toby’s normal inventive pop, he collaborated with a bunch of musicians in Western Sydney to write songs about those suburbs. It leads to a more scrambled, rickety take on Martin’s pop smarts. Far more relaxed and sweet than his previous Love’s Shadow, there are great escapist moments – the single Spring Feeling is a real highlight and doesnt end up where you’d expect.

5. Laura Marling – Semper Femina

Marling continues to be on time – she’s done the Joni Mitchell folk period, and is now two albums into her Joni Mitchell sonic experimental period. This album seems to be a compilation of her last fee years. There’s jazzy songs, intimate acoustic songs and rocking electric songs. She also still sings with the experience of an 80 year old, spinning anachronistic stories about women in strife, and the living of life. Reliable, but let’s hope she mixes it up again.

6. John Kennedy – JFK & The Midlife Crisis

Not sure what I was expecting from a John Kennedy album in 2017, but he has delivered a pleasure of an album. So many of the songs here that sound like they should be radio smashes, with big choruses, and big hooks. His obsession with our place is not lost with plenty of Sydney, almost none more than the wonderful Peter Says, which mentions the Cat Protection Society in Enmore. His voice is sounding particularly great too.

7. Alex Dezen – II

Dezen made my favourite album last year. This doesn’t consistently reach the heights of the last one. It’s still a hopelessly sad album, matched with a more upbeat set, some are truly danceable. Simply put, a couple of duffers on this one, but then also moments of amazing beauty, like New York To Paradise, imagining his mother in heaven and getting her dreams. The themes continue from the last self titled album, and a nice book end. Heartbreaking honesty, without the Ryan Adams type posing, and actual song craft.

8. Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine

Every decade or so, Paul Kelly decides to make a crowd pleaser. And reminds us he can kick pop rock ass, if he only cared to. Life Is Fine is this decade’s collection – so fun, so soulful, so sexy. The first three tracks – Rising Moon, Finally Something Good, Firewood And Candles – are about as great as any Paul Kelly singles. Unlike his contemporaries (Walker, Finn, et all), Kelly has always been more red blooded, and he really lets that part of him shine. Surrounded as usual by a kick ass band, with plenty of Vika And Linda. Album cover of the year too.

9. Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher

Cloher probably knew her new album would be greeted with a big audience, with the success of her label. And in many ways, she has delivered a year one album – restating all the excellent things about her music, uncompromisingly. Restless, repetitive guitars mixed with beautifully thrown away lyrics. It’s less about intimacy, more about big statements. It’s matched with an energy that suggests these songs will be a lot of fun live (the album is incredibly captured).

10. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Crooked Calypso

Three albums in four years, all of them huge chart successes in the UK. Heaton has found a fourth life (after the Housemartins, The Beautiful South and his solo career), and he is revelling in it. Writing for Abbott has brought a sweetness to his songs, and as usual he writes them with more energy and speed than anyone else his age. This album is even more indebted to Northern soul, and the big gospel-ly numbers probably reflect the large rooms they play. He’s still a grumpy old fuck – an unapologetically working class, anti-authoritarian, cynical, bitter bastard. But he makes it sound such fun. The soundtrack to dance with the madness of this year.

Here’s actual music videos from these albums, and 10 other albums/EPs I liked this year.

The Best Albums of 2016

A few notes on 2016.

I pretty much didn’t hear any chart music. There’s a longer conversation to be had about the large number of people who love music, who would claim music is their lives, but don’t come across what’s trending. But another time – but this list is definitely just the records I somehow come across or knew about.

Listening habits were strange this year. I listen to more podcasts than music. But the iPhone 7’s 256GB storage meant I could finally load 130GB or so of music on there and I’ve gone back to listen to a lot of old stuff. I probably listened to more Lorenz And Hart than Wilco.

I’m not sure if this was a good year for music. For completely self-centred reasons, I found music to be largely lacking in the emotional solace I was looking for. Maybe because it has been a tough year with no easy answers. But the artists who should be providing wisdom were lacking. It ended up being personal stories, and personal records that resonated with me. It’s such a simple trick, one often forgotten, that sometimes all art is about is connecting to another human.

As usual, no friend’s albums on the list, excluding wonderful albums by Adam Gibson and the Ark Ark Birds, Bryan Estepa, Katie Brianna, Jason Walker, The Nature Strip, Fallon Cush and many more.

1. Alex Dezen – Alex Dezen


This is supposed to be a top 10, but this album I’ve listened to more than the rest of the ten combined. This album is 2016 for me. Dezen was the frontman of The Damnwells (who made my 2nd fave album of 2011) and this is his first solo album. with no commercial restraints or ambitions, he kind of went for it here. It’s an inventive pop/singer songwriter effort, and Dezen plays just about everything.

But the songs. Dezens drags out the demons. Like Revolver, an album pinned by three gorgeously melodic ballads, this album at its heart is the three gut-wrenching ballads; ‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’ – about how his fear of time trumps his fear of death. It is his mother’s least favourite song. ‘I Have’ – as beautiful song about (in part) not looking at your phone when a friend plays you their music. And ‘Ode To Ex-Girlfriends’ is the kind of novelist detail of stunning lines and memorable images.

There’s a failed marriage, a disappointed mother, and an absent father all taken through the wringer. From the complicated feelings about the killing of Osama Bin Laden to a guitar he shouldn’t have sold. 10 wonderful short stories that I will go back to over and over in years to come.

Songs: Ode To Ex-Girlfriends, I Don’t Want To Be Alone, I Have

2. Sarah Watkins – Young In All The Wrong Ways


Sarah Watkins of Nickel Creek fame has released solo albums before, but this is a wonderful, rocking, fun album with plenty of heart. If there’s strands to this album it is confidence and empowerment. Watkins is pretty clear on what she wants (‘Move Me‘), which regrets to bury (‘Young In All The Wrong Ways‘) and walking away from bad situations (‘One Last Time‘). It’s an utterly charming album.

In Nickel Creek, she was already the best singer in a band of great singers. There’s not a lot of her trademark fiddle, but she translates that musicianship easily into the guitar, creating stunning moments of power and intimacy when needed. On the track, ‘Like A New Year’s Day‘, was by far the best song-for-making-me-feel-better of 2016. A simple story of a drive to a friend’s house to relax and unwind – the softest kiss of music all year.

Songs: Like A New Year’s Day, One Last Time, Move Me

3. The I Don’t Cares – The I Don’t Cares


Paul Westerberg teams up with Juliana Hatfield on a rocking new duo, pushing Westerberg to make exactly the same kind of album he’s been making for 30 years. And god it’s a good record. It sounds like it was again recorded in Westerberg’s basement, with lyrics that sound tossed off yet impossibly cool. A heart tangled up by the opposite sex, in a teenage milkshake way. There is, kinda, nothing personal going on here. But it sure is sweet.

It’s hard to know who this album is for. It sounds like a teenage party record – but I don’t think this duo’s audience has parties anymore. So there’s a layer of nostalgia here – this is the type of music, and songs, I used to like when I was a 17 year old discovering The Replacements. A nice place to visit.

Songs: Kissing Break, Back, Just A Phase

4. John Prine – For Better, Or Worse


John Prine‘s long career got a boost in 1999 with In Spite Of Ourselves an album of duets with the (then) hottest female singers of the alt-country set. That title track became a standard – there’s twenty couples somewhere playing the song right now. For Better, Or Worse is the sequel, with some newer country singers, alt-country but a memory.

The joy of this album is hearing (and discovering) these old duets, usually from the 1930s (‘Falling In Love Again’) to the TV honky tonks of the 1960s (‘Mr & Mrs Used To Be‘, originally by Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn). The songs are a snapshot of love from a different era. Married early, lots of alcoholism and fighting – you can’t help but think it’s a slightly more honest portrayal of a relationship than, say, The Bachelor.

The other real highlight from this album is how it sounds. Clear as crystal, laid back Bakersfield country. It sounds like one mic, recorded live, with great musicians. Pretty sure Hank (who has a song covered here, and whose granddaughter Holly Williams sings on a track) would have done it this way. Let’s hope there’s a third volume in another 17 years.

Songs: Falling In Love Again, Mental Cruelty, Just Waitin’

5. Emmy The Great – Second Love


One of my favourite albums ever is Central Reservation by Beth Orton. Her album this year was a return to electronica – it was a bit underwhelming. Which is a long way around to Emmy The Great, another  British singer songwriter, who dived into electronica and came out with something dramatic, deep and lovely.

I guess she was probably on the path to being a nice indie pop person, in the vein of Kate Nash. I really loved her last album. But it seems like a break-up (with her famous boyfriend) and discovering America has made something more interesting. I always find the best electronica creates this distance between the listener, and then great songs or great ideas break through with more impact. Newly single Emmy tells fascinating tales of finding her feet again. One arresting image (one of many) is being taken to a bar where the drinks cost more than music.

Songs: Social Halo, Swimming Pool, Algorithm

6. Wilco – Schmilco


Wilco were once my favourite band. But around 2009, after seeing about 150 shows and sitting through too many noodle-y versions of the same songs, I drifted away. I bought every record since, listened to each a few times, they were fine. I wouldn’t say Schmilco is a return to form, but it’s closer to what I like about the band – acoustic, slow, thoughtful, tender, basically American Beauty.

I’d be pretty happy if this band pumped out one of these records a few times a decade, mixed with a couple of rocking ones or whatever. It’s like Neil Young. Happy to hear what he’s up to, but I love Silver And Gold and I love Prairie Wind. Schmilco joins Sky Blue Sky as laid back hippie Wilco. It’s not their best work – but it’s what I like.

Songs: Cry All Day, North American Kids, If I Ever Was A Child

7. Teenage Fanclub – Here


No one’s had a good year, and we’ve all needed comfort. Hello Teenage Fanclub, the biggest comfort band there is. I’m not sure this album breaks any new ground. In fact, the last three Fanclub records seem to refine what they do. There’s a song on here called ‘Hold On‘. Initially, I was disappointed – they already have a (great) song called ‘Hang On‘ – thinking the well was dry. But you can’t have too many hugs, and if anything, we need these quietly positive songs even more.

I once remarked that all my favourite songs say the same thing – life is hard, but with you by my side, we can leave this bad situation behind. Teenage Fanclub mine that idea at medium heat, and it’s the joy of slowly sinking into a warm bath. Not that the album is boring – it’s full of great riffs, great solos, and great singing. It just doesn’t feel the need to show off. Who wants to start a TFC covers band?

Songs: Darkest Part Of The Night, I’m In Love, Thin Air

8. Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger


I’ve always had Paul Simon. So when he sings, on this album, about looking for Proof Of Love, I feel like I’ve been looking for the same thing for decades. Through ‘Homeward Bound‘, ‘America‘ to ‘Outrageous‘ and ‘Questions For the Angels‘, his search for human connection has soundtracked my own. Which is to say – I’m utterly blind to this man’s faults. I guess I can see he’s a bit short.

The old crowd (boomer era critics) praise the latest Simon records for their adventurous sounds and strange touches. It doesn’t actually sound that much different to your run of the mill indie band, say like Magnetic Fields. The strange buzz of feedback and the odd sample are hardly adventurous. But he’s still a phenomenal writer, a cataloguer of love as it gets old and remains strong. And there’s a healthy Randy Newman-esque cynicism and quite a bit of humour – in his own way. Wristband tells the story of being locked out by security for one of his shows, but he turns it into a bigger thought like a great master can do. and how can you beat a line like – “most obits are mixed reviews.”

Songs: Proof Of Love, The Werewolf, Wristband

9. Whitney – Light Upon The Lake


Whitney‘s debut record has made some best of lists, and yeah – it’s a bit hipster nonsense. But the album sounds amazing – and it’s very fun. It’s not a head record – it’s one for the hips and one for the feet. I know they are supposed to sound 70s, but it really sounds like a 90s band doing 70s – like Sloan or Phoenix. Or more modern precedents like Real Estate or Avi Buffalo. This was the record most likely to make me break out into a dance when on my headphones.

Maybe having something to say would detract from what this album is trying to do – it’s not a lyricist trying to get a worldview across. It’s a broadly romantic record, with more than a little sweetness. But it’s more about that trumpet, that rush of bass and that high lonesome vocal. It’s fun, and let’s hope there’s more in them.

Songs: No Matter Where We Go, No Woman, Dave’s Song

10. The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect


The first album by The Last Shadow Puppets is one of my favourite albums, a perfect surprise of an album. This album, 8 years (i.e. the entire Beatles recording career) later, is like another band entirely. Gone is the heartbroken Scott Walker, and back is Alex Turner’s desperate need to be Nick Cave. Like the last several Arctic Monkeys albums, there’s a lot of dramatic and dangerous women.

This is more Bowie (they’ve been covering ‘Moonage Daydream‘) here than Bacharach, with much heavier guitars and tempos. Iggy Pop, Queens Of the Stone Age, the Bad Seeds at their baddest…all mixed in here. From their videos, they look like they may have learnt drugs. It’s a ballsy, crazy arrogant album. When Turner and Kane decide to write tunes – like the magnificent ‘Miracle Aligner‘ – the album really shines. But it’s fascinating anyway.

Songs: Miracle Aligner, Sweet Dreams TN, The Dream Synopsis

Here’s a YouTube playlist of my favourite 2016 songs that had videos. It includes tracks from the ten above.

An open letter to Sydney Boys High Old Boys Union

11091222_10153161846407177_7697898537798979903_nAs SBHS Old Boys, as well as friends and family of Old Boys, we stand in outrage and disgust at the Old Boys Union’s decision to invite Scott Morrison to speak at the Spilling the Beans function, April 15th 2015. We call on the OBU to immediately rescind the invitation so as to spare the organisation, and the school itself, the embarrassment of being seen to celebrate the achievements of a man who has so flagrantly disregarded human rights.

In his capacity as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Morrison was at best complicit, and at worst the chief protagonist, in advocating offshore immigration detention policies that violate the United Nations Convention against Torture. In March 2015, the UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, found that Australia’s Regional Processing Centres violated the right of asylum seekers, including children, to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, as provided by articles 1 and 16 of the Convention. We note that the Convention against Torture proscribes torture as an international crime, and calls on all signatory states to prosecute or extradite individuals who have directly perpetrated or otherwise authorised torture. The UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has also condemned Morrison’s detention policy. Further, the Australian Human Rights Commission found that policy championed by Morrison and other Ministers of Immigration have caused asylum seeker children significant mental and physical illness and developmental delays.

We are ever mindful of the need for a robust public sphere, in which free political discourse, dissent and contrasting opinions are allowed to flourish. This is not a question of restricting freedom of speech, but instead reflects the desire not to tacitly endorse the actions of a man who has demonstrated callous disregard for human rights. It is cruel and insensitive for the Union to laud this man’s connection to the school, its graduates, and their families.

We call on the Union to rescind Morrison’s invitation.

If you are an old boy and want join the petition, please email with your name and years of attendance at Sydney Boys High.

Signees (650+)

Nick Apoifis (1993-1998)
Danny Yau (1993-1994)
Ben Willing (1987-1992)
Louis Huynh (1993-1998)
Dominic Bowes (2003-2008)
Lewis d’Avigdor (2001-2006)
Osman Faruqi (2006-2007)
Miles Portek (1996-2001)
Muhilan Sriravindrarajah (1996-2001)
Deme Karikios (1993-1998)
Nic Lochner (2003-2008)
Joseph McIvor (1996-2001)
Daniel O’Keefe (2003-2008)
James Trezise (1996 – 2001)
Ashwin Thomas (2003-2008)
Ari Fester (1993-1998)
Costa Avgoustinos (1996-2001)
Slava Nossar (2001-2006)
Christopher Jahja (2001-2006)
Neal Downward (1996-2001)
Desmond Bellamy (1964-69)
Joe Blackshield (2002-2007)
Shaihan Azad (2002-2007)
Philip Tripp (2000-2005)
Craig Lundy (1994-1998)
Rafi Alam (2004-2009)
Alexander Apoifis (1995-2000)
Romesh Abeysuriya (2001-2006)
Kyle Solomon (1998-2002)
Kenny Huang (2001–2006)
Peter Yue Wang (2001-2006)
Jack Gough (2000-2005)
Benjamin Chow (2001-2006)
Alexander Vertoudakis (2002-2007)
Brynley Pfull (2003-2008)
Johan Santoso (2004-2009)
Joshua Hui (2003-2008)
James Yau (1993-1998)
James Kilburn-Watt (1996-2001)
Luke Nye (1993-1998)
Pierre Bush (1994-1998)
Eddy Blaxell (2001-2006)
David Kaldor (1997-2002)
Ben Garber (1993-1998)
Adrian Pluis (1998-2004)
Daniel Lambert (2004-2009)
Tony Zafirakos (1997-2002)
David Kelly (1966-1971)
Alex Kelly (1999-2004)
Dean Kelly (1993-1998)
Michael Tokar (1996-2001)
Joel Kamerman (2001-2006)
Avi Knoll (2002-2006)
Andrew Johnston (1992-1997)
Anthony Tuan Dao (1993-1998)
Jacob Burge (1993-1998)
Gregory Nguyen (2001-2006)
Vikram Chowdhary (1993-1998)
Zane Pearson (1995-2000)
Rory Pearson (2001-2006)
David Leon (1995-2000)
Frederick William Lee (2001-2006)
Mitchell Allen (1993-1998)
Anthony Knittel (1992-1997)
Andrew Light (1996-2001)
Martin Lunney (2001-2006)
Timothy Hunt (1996–2001)
Robert Skerman (1993-1998)
Nakul Bhagwat (2006-2011)
Phil Rigg (1998-2003)
Kim Dickson (1999-2004)
Joon Kwon (2001-06)
Sam Poulter (1994-1999)
Mack Wan (2005-2006)
Karl Grenet (1994-1999)
Geoff Ash (1972-1977)
Benjamin Wang (2003-2008)
Michael Slezak (1994-1999)
Anthony Chau (2000-2005)
Eddie Foo (1993-1998)
Samuel Faigen (1994-1999)
Andrew Hau (2006-2011)
John Wormell (2005-2010)
Jamie Croft (1994-1999)
David Harris (1999-2002)
Vincent Salomon (1995-2000)
Ziggy Harrison-Tikisci (2003-2008)
Phil Sullivan (1994-1999)
Ben Friis-O’Toole (1999-2004)
Tom Crocker (1996-2001)
Daniel Ghezelbash (1997-2002)
Mayuran Suthersan (1996-2001)
Casey Nicholson (1993-1998)
Robbie Moore (1995-2000)
Jack Clegg (1994-1999)
Alexander Reznick (1996-2001)
Rahul Dubey (1995-2000)
Thomas Diep (2006-2011)
Hal Wootten AC QC. (1935-1939)
Lachlan Brown (2004-2009)
Victor Wei (2001-2006)
Carl Warning (1994-1999)
Will Fry (1994-1999)
Benson Ou (2006-2011)
Michael Oppermann (1994-1999)
Marcus James (2008-2013)
Kevin Lin (2006-2011)
Patrick Gallego (2006-2007)
James E Menzies (2003-2008)
Daniel Smith-Light (2005-2010)
Tom Kaldor (2000-2005)
Jesse Moffat (2009-2012)
Shahar Merom (2003-2009)
Moussa Farhat (2002-2007)
Kevin Li (2006-2011)
Jack Burney (2003-2008)
Anthony Nemeth (1993-1998)
Nicholas Chew (1994-1999)
Nathan Kwok (2003-2008)
Charles Heathfield Dodgson (1972-1977)
Adam Booth (2009-2012)
Oliver Dwyer (1993-1998)
Oliver Cashman (1999-2004)
Serag Saleh (2007-2012)
Sacha Coles (1985-1990)
Isaac Eveleigh (2006-2011)
Marco Stojanovik (2008-2013)
Raphael Dascalu (1994-1998)
Jordan Rastrick (1997-2002)
Alistair Taylor (2003-2008)
James Slezak (1990-1995)
Adrien Auzou (2006-2011)
Nicholas Landreth (1995-2000)
Alex Ivanov (1994-1999)
Yoo-Chyon Lee (1985-1990)
Jacky Chen (2004-2009)
Andrew Gaffney (2006-2011)
Robert Ignjatic (1992-1997)
Francis Lin (2006-2011)
Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy (2006-2011)
Varan Perananthan (2003-2008)
James Lafiatis (1990-1995)
Kin Pan (2008-2013)
James Gerofi (1999-2004)
Youssef Saleh (2007-2008)
Julian Byrnes (2004-2009)
Dougall Norris (2006-2007)
Sam Marques (2007-2012)
Edwin Fernandes (1995-2000)
Andrew Bennie (1992-1997)
Chris Maltby (1968-1973)
James Elphick (1993-1998)
Ben Chesterman (1985-1990)
Andrew Lim (2003-2008)
Keegan Au (1995-2000)
Sheikh Siddiqui (2006-2011)
Robert Chen (2003-2008)
Dustin Bookatz (1996-2001)
Owen Duffy (2008-2013)
Vincent Tsui (2003-2008)
Alexander Wong (1999-2004)
David Sygall (1985-1990)
Nye Rozea (1995-2000)
Krishan Sivayogarayan (2006-2011)
Joshua Freiman (2002-2007)
Gary Lord (1976-1982)
Daniel Keogh (2008-2013)
Atif Syed (2000-2005)
Simon Tracey (1985-1990)
Terence Zhou (2008-2013)
Daniel Chen (2006-2011)
Mischa Steen (2000-2005)
Ted Popper (1973-1974)
Tasneem Choudhury (2004-2009)
John Luu (2002-2007)
Nishan Abeysuriya (2004-2009)
Benjamin Holzman (1996-2001)
Charley Liu (2004-2009)
Michael Glass (1993-1998)
Chris Evans (2004-2009)
Iliya Boulos (2001-2006)
Malik Razeen (2001-2006)
David Lumsdaine (1945-1949)
Peter Fagan (1996-2002)
Thariq Razeen (2001-2006)
Edwin Montoya Zorrilla (2003-2008)
Daniel Liu (1999-2004)
Gil Morris (teacher 1971-1980)
Sameer Al-Ameen (2002-2007)
Neerav Bhatt (1994-1999)
Stephen Conry (1977-1982)
Paul Pang (2005-2006)
Ritam Mitra (2004-2009)
Glenn Fraser (1980-1985)
Justin van Stom (1978-1981)
Lachlan Burnham (1985-1990)
Mark Matillano (1995-2000)
Chong Shao (2001-2006)
Lachlan Spark (1992-1997)
Rodrigo Manahan (2007-2012)
Bishoy Eskander (1999-2004)
Jonathan Alexander (1995-2000)
Alon Ilsar (1994-1999)
Michael Fischer (1965-70)
Shaun Walsh (1992-1997)
Peter Bazzana (1968-1973)
Sahir Syed (2001-2006)
Demitri Voulgaropoulos (1985-1990)
Cambridge Wong (2002-2007)
Nathan Guerry (1997-2002)
Ben Pearson (1981-86)
Nicholas Procopiadis (1977-1982)
Leo Byron (1997-2001)
Daniel Conway (1983-1986)
Andreas Purcal (2007-2012)
Ivan Marinkovic 1994-1999
Jim Koukouras (2007 – 2012)
Michail Schwarz (2009-2012)
Jed Coppa (2004-2008)
Patrick Locke (2003-2008)
Matt Mulroney (1997-2003)
Matthew Reid (1970-1975)
Sean Chen (1999-2004)
Phu Tang (1998-1999)
Joshua Scharfegger (2000-2005)
David Yang (2000-2005)
Aaron Shuttleworth (2002-2007)
Barry Kelly (1964-1969)
Godwin Wang (2002-2007)
Suk Hee Lee (1995-2000)
Ravi Amirthalingam (1998-2003)
Hunter Millar (1995-2000)
Michael Prior (2005-2007)
Gordon Wong (1993-1998)
David Grenet (1998-2003)
Kelvin Wong (2002-2007)
John Seroukas (2011-2014)
John Pilger (1952-1957)
Geoff Hodgkinson (1987-1992)
Nick Hannan (2005-2006)
Soon Nyean Chin (1993-1998)
John Buencamino (1993-1998)
Thomas Wai-Chun Lung (1999-2004)
Robbie Girdler (1999-2004)
Matthew Osinski (2004-2009)
Fred Kimel (1993-1998)
Jae Jung (1993-1998)
Blake Druery (1993-1998)
Paul Watzlaff (2000-2005)
Viv Paul (1997-2002)
James Vu (2005-2010)
Ben Glass (1999-2004)
Russell Ward (1983-1988)
John Hodgkinson (1958-1962)
Adnan Husaini (2002-2007)
Gabriel Knowles (1995-2001)
Conor Hannan (1998-2003)
Rupert Hoang (1995-2000)
Michael Coutts (2002-2007)
Sabeeh Hussain (2002-2007)
Ron Goldstein (1998-2004)
Phil Sloggett (1998-2003)
David Lucas (1972-1977)
Sacha Molitorisz (1981-1986)
Graeme Coss (1969-1974)
Maximus Jones (2007-2012)
Oliver Heath (1992-1995)
Anthony Xu (2006-2011)
Adam Bedford (1997-2002)
Harry Oppermann (1959-1963)
Patrick Dodgson (1964-1969)
Joshua Meyer (1993-1998)
Damian James (1983-1987)
Raiyan Khan (2007-2010)
Geoff Meers (1972-1977)
Lok So (1981-1982)
Sam Anderson (1997-2002)
Robert Simons (1990-1995)
Vincent Nguyen (2001-2006)
Ken Shao (2006-2011)
Aaron Chong (2001-2006)
David Ma (2005-2010)
Blake Angell (2001-06)
Robert Wills (1958-1962)
Alexander Pereira (2010-2013)
Arthur Manolias (1984-1989)
Stuart Cranston (1977-1981)
Monaj Bari (2000-2005)
David Farrington (1996-2001)
Arghya Gupta (2001-06)
Benjamin Agnew (1990-1995)
Justin Garber (1997-2002)
Karl Mayerhofer (1990-1995)
Justin Walls (1981-1986)
Tom Clark (1989-1990)
Harrison Reid (2003-2008)
Jason Motbey (1985-1987)
John Kampfner (1957-1962)
Alice Ferguson (1995-2000)
Paul Wong (2000-2005)
Dave Aitchison (1972-1977)
Sean Martin (2008-2011)
Masnun Kayes (2004-2009)
Robert Lu (2005-2010)
David Hills (1967-1972)
Nick Seow (1994-1999)
Suman Prusty (2007-2012)
Michael Zhang (2005-2010)
James Salter (1995-2000)
Mike Roache (1986-1991)
Rick Sinclair (1958- 1962)
Eric Chan (1993-1998)
Andric Leong (2001-2006)
William Xu (1996-1998)
Ujin Lee (1983-1988)
Adrian Kuti (1996-2001)
William Silk (1957-1962)
Marc Bennie (1992-1997)
Patrick Tooth (1974-1979)
Quoc-Hai Luu (1997-2001)
Matthew Chun-Hin So (2006-2011)
Aleksandr Yap (1986-1991)
Sebastian Oliveiro (1983-1988)
Stefan Couani (1965-70)
David Symonds (1987-1992)
Benjamin Howell (1988-1992)
Stan McDonald (1952–1955)
Henry Chapple-Cox (1996-2001)
Ben Golder (1992-1997)
Gary Stein (1975-1980)
Alex Gibbeson (1995-2000)
Simon Lee (2004-2009)
Arun Krishnan (2004-2009)
Tahmid Shahriyar (2006-2011)
James Claringbold (1958-1963)
Blake Williamson (1984-1989)
Justin Fox (1987-1992)
Leo Gordon (2005-2010)
Stephen Hansen (1964-1965)
Michael Martin (1995-2000)
Stephen Hunt (1994-1998)
Alex Whyte (1998-2003)
Robert Klein (1975-1980)
Brendan Gallagher (1995-2000)
Ram Varanasi (1994-1999)
Mark Francis (1978-1981)
Kerani Wright (1978-1983)
Edd Pearson (teacher, 2000-2009)
Paul Kim (1997-2002)
Max Koslowski (2011-present)
Dat Huynh (1999-2004)
Ishmam Bari (2006-2011)
Varun Sethi (2006-2011)
Jeffrey Klein (1972-1978)
Victor Nguyen (2002-2007)
Tony Elliott (1987-1992)
Bryant Apolonio (2004-2009)
Rex Chan (1993-1998)
James Russell (1987-1992)
Sameep Sandhu (2005-2010)
Oscar McLaren (1995-2000)
Ian Heads (1955-1960)
Nathan Frazi (2000-2005)
Jacob Stretton (2000-2005)
Michael Hughes (2009-2014)
Lalitha Katupitiya (2007-2012)
Ryan Dewan (2008-2013)
Joshua Tassell (2004-2010)
Sean Garber (1992-1997)
Mark Samarasinghe (2001-2006)
Calum York (2008-2013)
Edward Hibbert (2001-2006)
Andrew Whiley (1977-1979)
Brendan Leo (2006-2011)
Albert Nguyen (2006-2011)
Declan McCrea-Steele (2005-2010)
Adrian Bancilhon (1993-1996)
Abeer Khan (2007-2012)
Mike Harris (1997-1998)
David Chan (2006-2011)
Vineet Singh (2006-2011)
Simon Ho (1993-1998)
Ian Walsh (1961-1965)
Michael Chen (2002-2007)
Alexey Feigin (1999-2002)
Rik Jurcevic (1975-1979)
Peter Huang (2000-2005)
Will Randles (2007-2012)
Tim Molloy (2004-2007)
Karl Petersson (1998-1999)
Kyrn Stevens (1974-1979)
John Macleod (1993-1998)
Thandiwe Philips (1999-2004)
Gareth D’Souza (1990-1995)
Isnad Zaman (2006-2011)
Kanchan Bandyopadhyay (1991-1992)
Terry O’Brien (1961-1967)
Ajay Balachandran (2003-2008)
Aditya Naik (2002-2007)
David Smith (1993-1998)
Nicholas Daunt Watney (1993-1997)
Tony Maynard (1974-1979)
Eugene Schofield-Georgeson (1995-2000)
Jeremy Glass (1965-1970)
Jonathan Berengut (1992-1997)
Shanaz Razeen (2006-2011)
Gavin Angus-Leppan (1976-1981)
Alan Quinlan (1961-1965)
Riley Mansfield (1998-2001)
Tom Ryan (1992-1997)
Hugo Cottier (1982-1987)
Ben Wood (1991-1996)
Bipro Das (1987-1992)
Lloyd Weir (1982 – 1987)
Lloyd Perris (2009-2012)
Denis Stojanovic (2004-2009)
Ruark Lewis (1977-1978)
Sam Christie (1985-1987)
Andrew Stone (1999-2004)
Alvin Lung (1995-2000)
Paul Stein (1953-1956)
Richard Windsor (1952-1956)
Josh Itzkowic (1993-1998)
Martyn Green (1959-1963)
Kim Ryan (1975-1980)
Gethin Lynes (1989-1994)
Peter Slezak (1959-1963)
Gary Lee (1990-1995)
Andrew Aitchison (1977-1982)
Chris Parry (1982-1987)
Paul Crisford (1988-1993)
Paul Pearce (1968-1973)
Greg Sullivan (1977-1982)
Clayton Talbot (1990-1995)
Shay Deguara (1988-1993)
Benjaming Ng (1990-1995)
Chris Caley (1990-1995)
Peter Alsop (1985-1987)
Kevin Phan (2006-2011)
Peter Godfrey (1999-2004)
Jeff Johnson (1988-1993)
William Cate (1989-1994)
Adam Mckenzie (1999-2004)
Jason Phu (2002-2007)
Florian Honeyball (1995-2000)
Daniel Chiu (2003-2008)
Samuel Bray (1987-1994)
Jo Stewart (1976-1981)
Vitaliy Tsitalovskiy (2002-2007)
Sebastian Czernuszyn (1990-1995)
Steven Harris (1989-1994)
Randal Lawrence (1964-1969)
Biba Honnet (1990-1995)
Peter Stone (1968-1973)
David Ghezelbash (2009-2012)
Christopher Budd (2001-2006)
Albion Harrison-Naish (1990-1995)
John Prior (1972-1977)
Geoffrey Waugh (1961)
Daniel Thomson (1990-1995)
Brad Kim (1990-1995)
Clinton Garofano (1975-1980)
Matthew Cumming (1974-1979)
Jack Wachsmann (2004-2009)
Milton Baar (1969-1974)
Warren Bernhard Logge (1999-2004)
Keith O’Brien (1967-1969)
Siddharth Sethi (2008-2012)
Richard Buckdale (1958-1959)
Philip Thalis (1972-1977)
John Dempsey (1963-1969)
Bill Russo (1964-1969)
Marcus De Giorgio (1990-1995)

SGHS Old Girls
Louisa Fitz-Gerald (1997-1999)
Rebecca Reay-Young (1988)
Bryony Gerofi (2001-2006)
Skye Rose (1993-1998)
Laurajane Smith (1978-1979)
Miranda Smith (2004-2009)
Sarah Nam (1999-2004)
Lindsay Clement-Meehan (1996-2001)
Simone Krauss (2000-2001)
Melanie Ciddor (2000-2005)
Michelle Simon (1993-1998)
Arabella Lee (1982-1987)
Suzanne Dixon (1959-1963)
Jemma Hollonds (2000-2002)
Kristie Karikios (1996-2001)
Debbie Irwin (teacher, 1997-2002)
Chris McAlister (1995-2000)
Joanne Hogan (1997-2002)
Lara Goodridge (1984-1988)
Renee Boucher (1995-2000)
Shannon Longhurst (2002-2007)
Peta Longhurst (2000-2005)
Aishah Moore (1997-2002)
Holly Lam (1995 – 2000)
Samara Harris (1988-1991)
Ivana Kovac Kuti (1999-2002)
Noni Edwards (1988-1993)
Grace Leung (1995-2000)
Fiona Liang (1997-2002)
Claire Disney (1998-2003)
Jen Allison (1994-1999)
Karen Allison (1996-2001)
Bachmai Ledinh (1991-1996)
Rebecca Bowman (1988-1991)
Theodora Bowering (1993-1998)
Fifi Luong-Ward (1988-1991)
Emma Torzillo (1999-2003)
Julia Plumb (2000-2005)
Hilary Taylor (1988-1993)
Ruby Lew (2008-2013)
Lily Isabella Olsson (2008-2013)
Tracey He (2008-2013)
Elysha Clark Whitney (2008-2013)
Jessica Glass (1991-1993)
Alex Gibbeson (1995-2000)
Kelly Jeng (2000-2005)
Justine Davis (1978-1983)
Michaela Kalowski (1988-1993)
Imogene Tudor (1995-2000)
Laura Joseph (1996-2001)
Dara Read (1993-1998)
Janet Salem (1993-1998)
Charlotte Bazin (1995-2000)
Tabitha Laffernis (2001-2006)
Monica Dong-Chang (2008 – 2013)
Poppy Burnett (2002-2007)
Julia Dray (2000-2005)
Edwina Paul (2005-2007)
Katarina Bowes (2000-2003)
Heidi Tai (2001-2006)
Shivaun Conn (1993-1998)
Christine Pearson (1963-1968)
Deborah Linker (1983-1988)
Jacqueline Purcell (1996-1988)
Gelina Montierro (2001-2006)
Rosa Nolan (2003-2008)
Nina Ubaldi (2003-2008)
November Gray (1984-1989)
Katie Hepworth (1990-1996)
Elaine Lin (2001-2006)
Helen Rydstrand (2003-2004)
Kirsty Deane (1994-1999)
Navila Rahman (2007-2012)
Harriet Hope Streeter (2004-2009)
Rose Tracey (1988-1993)
Fiona Lau (1991-1996)
Laura Schmertmann (2001-2006)
Skye O’Neill (1988-1993)
Nanette Pakula (1978-1983)
Poomitta Parker Sivachandran (2003-2008)
Natalia Sen Gupta (1993-1998)
Kate Barker (1988-1993)
Bridget Martin (2001-2006)
Sophia Zou (2008-2013)
Samantha Freiman (2001-2006)
Katrina Lee (1994-1999)
Melody Willis (1998–1993)
Helena Du (2008-2013)
Alice Wu (1995-2000)
Rebecca Elwing (1983-1985)
Anthea Charalambous (1997-2002)
Cindy Lee (1993-1998)
Serena Yu (1993-1998)
Nadine Cohen (1994-1999)
Ellen Buissink (1993-1998)
Alison de Vos (1995-2000)
Alyssa Trotter (1999-2004)
Zoe Roberts (1996-2001)
Jaimie Ho (2001-2006)
Anh Tran-Nam (1999-2004)
Sally Cantelo (1989-1994)
Parima Vyas (2003-2008)
Parris Kent (1985-1989)
Beth Powditch (1984-1989)
Alena Turley (1984-1989)
Natalie O’Brien (2004-2005)
Lisa Shillan (1994-1999)
Ratna Pillai (2002-2007)
Helen MacLeod (1999-2004)
Stephanie Duong (1999-2004)
Tammi Vuong (2001-2006)
Samanta Lestavel (2005-2010)
Sarah Cottier (1976-1981)
Alexi Warn (1988-1993)
Margaret Franke (1981-1986)
Stephanie Paton (2003-2004)
Renee Wirth (1991-1996)
Naomi Hart (1991-1996)
Wenny Theresia (1997-2002)
Nancy Lovato (1991-1993)
Jesse Adams Stein (1996-2001)
Arana Parslow (1993-1998)
Danielle Gleeson (1991-1996)
Amelia Walter (1997-2002)
Alexandra Hill (1981-1986)
Lotte St Clair (1990-1995)
Maeve Marsden (1996-2001)
Elizabeth Wright (1956-1960)
Tamara Angus (1983-1988)
Emma Rennie (1978-1981)
Lucia Elliott (1977-1981)
Kaaren Peterson (1975-1978)
Ella O’Keefe (1998-2003)
Rosanna Asplet (1996-2001)
Xanthe Heubel (1993-1998)
Courtney Jacques (1998-2003)
Vanessa Sim (1998-2003)
Penelope Glass (1969-1974)
Shay Deguara (1988-1993)
Esther Lee (2001-2006)
Harriet Johnson (2001-2003)
Analiese Cairis (1976-1981)
Prue Bentley (1993-1998)
Lisa McIntyre (1996-2001)
Elena Garcia (1976-1981)
Beth Hill (1998-2003)
Alma Mistry (1998-2003)
Angela Bennetts (1994-1999)
Roslyn Ruth Blake (1961-1965)
Christina Ong (1996-2001)
Naomi Lee (1976-1981)
Tahlia Birnbaum (1998-2003)
Zoe Crane (1990-1995)
Carla La Cioppa (1998-2003)
Mary Farquharson (1955-1959)
Juliette Bates (2000-2001)
Belinda Heygate (1989-1994)
Sarah Tooth (1976-1981)
Melissa Mason (1998-2003)
Susan Shehadie (1982-1987)
Sigrid Langker (1984- 1987)
Cheryl Jones (1975–1980)
Joanne Charley (1976-1981)
Lisa Salas (1989-1994)
Leisha Deguara (1993-1995)
Jessica Jin (2007-2012)
Eleanor Bath (2001-2006)
Emily Weight (1989-1994)
Rebecca Lea Weekes-Randall (1995-2000)
Diane Sivasubramaniam (1991-1996)
Venus Yip (2001-2006)
Melissa Holmes (1980-1982)
Dinalie Dabarera (2000-2005)
Amy Persson (1995-1998)
Natalie Reilly (1989-1994)

My Favourite Album Podcast – Hourly, Daily


I recently sat down with my friend Jeremy for his wonderful podcast My Favourite Album. I chose to talk about ‘Hourly, Daily‘, the third record by You Am I. There’s a bit about how I discovered the record, but plenty of fun little facts about this album. I once submitted a proposal to write a 33 1/3 book about this album. Maybe I will write it one day regardless.

You can listen to it here

Or better still, read about the episode, or find it on iTunes.

Top 10 films of 2013

OK. I haven’t actually seen everything. Inside Llewyn Davis, The Grandmaster, Nebraska and a couple of others could probably be here if anyone in Australia would release it. Here’s the top 10 of the films I saw.

About Time
Richard Curtis

A beautiful film. Richard Curtis uses time travel like in ‘Midnight In Paris’ – it makes no sense, but it feels right. A man with the ability to time travel goes about his normal life, falls in love and does everything with extra time. Several scenes are as inventive as anything romantic comedy, with the number one for me the Maida Vale tube station scene. A year of a relationship plays out at the same tube stop, while Bellowhead plays How Long Will I Love You? (originally by the Waterboys). It will make you cry, and love life. An unexpected delight this year.

Before Midnight
Richard Linklater

I’ve followed Celine and Jesse for almost 20 years now, so I was as excited as anyone to see this. And it exceeded those expectations. We pick up 9 years later, we’ve moved into somewhere more, of course, older and more mature. The amazing, 14 minute single cut car scene shows that there is still filmmaking ambtions – it’s not just two people talking. But the talking – heartbreaking as ever – that really makes it a classic. The only perfect trilogy.

Up On Poppy Hill
Goro Miyazaki

Studio Ghibli’s films are some of the most universally acclaimed in all history of cinema. So another good one is kind of not a story anymore. But I found myself lost in the Umi’s world, as she tries to just get through her teenage concerns. Ghibli has tried to make a down to earth teenage story before (such as Ocean Waves), but they finally nailed it. Umi is such a great character, and not since ET has riding a bike seem so exciting on film.

The World’s End
Edgar Wright

A clever inversion of the classic Edgar Wright film: Nick Frost is the hero, Simon Pegg the weirdo. It’s another great sci fi film, where someone (Wright) has built the world from scratch. A world of British pubs, and with the usual mind bending easter eggs on rewatch.

Alfonso Cuaron

I sometimes pick up my cats and swoosh them around, and saying ‘save me George Clooney!”. Anyway, the biggest technical achievement of 2013. Plus a hugely emotional watch.

The Look Of Love
Michael Winterbottom

A fantastic, sprawling biopic about the Mayor of Soho. The right mix of sleazy and heart, with Imogen Poots stealing the show.

American Hustle
David O’Russell

Like Argo, just hugely enjoyable. The cast is so good, the Oscars need to introduce a handicap system.

Alan Partidge: Alpha Papa
Declan Lowney

My favourite pure comedy of the year. And great soundtrack too.

Side Effects
Stephen Soderbergh

A brilliant puzzle of a film. Very Hitchcock. And a brilliant twist.

Danny Boyle

Similar to Side Effects in some ways, and not as good, but 7 million times more stylish. Oh Danny Boyle. What a nutter. And James McAvoy looks very dapper.