Confinement culture

Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay How many events have you had cancelled in the last few weeks? Probably any number of things you’ve been looking forward to have now vanished from your calendar. The Broad counts the Sydney Writers Festival, Festival of Dangerous Ideas, concerts, book launches and talks among the diary cancellations stretching into

Is being an invisible woman life threatening?

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay While the pandemic rages on, Some Notes From A Broad will give you a range of posts, including the usual monthly round-up of recommendations of what to watch and read. If a subject feels suitable for the blog and the crisis at hand, I’ll consider

Home alone?

Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash Like many of us, The Broad is now on work from home confinement and will be for the coming weeks. Not sick, just socially isolating. She sends good wishes for the health of you and your nearest and dearest in the coming weeks and months.

Will the real Calamity Jane please stand up?

Doris Day

Image by Annalise Batista on Pixabay Calamity Jane. When you read that name, you most probably think of the blond-haired, pretty, gunslinging character played by Doris Day in the movie Calamity Jane. It should come as no surprise to learn that Hollywood has taken a large dose of creative licence with

What to watch, read and listen to in March

This month's round-up of TV, film, books, podcasts and more to keep you entertained and informed in March. A Note on TV The Twelve The Twelve is a Belgian drama about a jury who must decide if school headmistress Fri Palmers is guilty of two separate murders, one 20 years ago of

In Praise of Slacker Chicks on Screen

In a week when the brilliant ‘How To Be A Lady’ video, narrated by former Sex and the City actress and New York mayoral candidate, Cynthia Nixon, went viral, this post is celebrating slacker chicks on screen. Why? Because they give the middle finger to plenty of the ‘rules’ about

Where to get your arts & culture fix

If you’re reading this post, then hopefully it means you’ve got an interest in arts and culture, with a dash of feminism and a twist of digital. Now the Broad wouldn’t want to encourage you to go elsewhere for your news and views (or fill up your inbox any further),

And the award goes to…

Bat Girl

The Oscar awards in the US this week followed the Bafta awards in London a couple of weeks ago and, amid the dress reviews, speeches, dud jokes and bad comedy routines, there was something else going on. The discussion about diversity, or lack of diversity, in the films and filmmakers

Women War Correspondents on Screen and in Print

Women war correspondents is the theme of this week’s post as the Broad takes a look some films and books on these brave, often trailblazing, women reporting from the front lines. It’s by no means exhaustive - more like a brief tour through the topic in recent popular culture. It’s no