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  • Tharunka editor writes more emails than articles

    Tharunka editor writes more emails than articles

    An anonymous source (allegedly a Tharunka editor) has told Tharunka they’ve had to wait more than a month to get paid below the minimum wage after logging their invoice to Arc @ UNSW Ltd.  According to the source, they’ve spent more than 50 unpaid hours resending the same email to Arc to remind them that…

  • Naarmcore: the commodification and appropriation of multiculturalism

    Naarmcore: the commodification and appropriation of multiculturalism

    There’s a new trend in Australian youth subculture. It originated on social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram as a way to show off one’s self-expression in a new aesthetic. You may have noticed the explosion of loose-fitting clothing with random graphics, trucker hats, baggy jeans, jorts and carabiners latched onto belt loops as…

  • SFF 2023: Kennedy — the indulgence of noir-crime, tragedy and psychopathy

    SFF 2023: Kennedy — the indulgence of noir-crime, tragedy and psychopathy

    This review is part of Tharunka’s continued coverage of the 70th Sydney Film Festival. Read the rest of the reviews here.  Reality tends to be a deafeningly dull echo of our imagination, often restricted in creativity and complicated with details. At this year’s 70th Sydney Film Festival, director Anurag Kashyap introduces the film as his…

  • An Interview with Julie Koh

    An Interview with Julie Koh

    Lychee Lui sat down with Julie Koh, the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities, to discuss writing inspirations, the self-help genre, K-pop and Hollywood film scores.   Who are your biggest writing inspirations?  There have been too many to name here. In the early years when I was aiming at writing dark bedtime stories…

  • SFF 2023: ‘Past Lives’ — absence, connection and a different kind of love story

    SFF 2023: ‘Past Lives’ — absence, connection and a different kind of love story

    Past Lives opens with a slow zoom approaching a trio in a New York bar, as unseen strangers discuss among themselves: what relationships exist between these people? Who are they to each other? Are they friends or tourists? Which pairing of them are lovers, if at all? We don’t know the answer yet — and…

  • SFF 2023: Change, Trauma and Cinema — ‘I Like Movies’ delivers a seminal teen text  

    SFF 2023: Change, Trauma and Cinema — ‘I Like Movies’ delivers a seminal teen text  

    When Lawrence Kweller (Isaiah Letterman) proclaims “Movies are my life. I need to watch them like I need to breathe, and if I don’t watch a movie a day, I feel like part of me is dying,” the film’s title stands almost ironically in comparison to his undying, and no doubt toxic, love for cinema.