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What to read, watch and listen to in June

This month’s round-up of things to watch, read and listen to has a collection suggestions taking inspiration from the last few weeks and the focus on racial injustice, Black Lives Matter protests and what’s currently screening and streaming online.

A Note on TV

High Fidelity

Vintage black coat, Levi’s 501s, pattern shirts and boots. The 90s inspired style tells its own story in this updated version of High Fidelity as record store owner Rob (Zoe Kravitz) recounts the sorry state of her love life soundtracked with memorable music. The TV series, which recasts best friends Simon (David H. Holmes) as a gay white man, and Cherise (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), as a straight black woman, is a remake of the film starring John Cusack, based on the Nick Hornby book of the same name. This time there’s a touch of Sex and the City to this High Fidelity as the genders, face and sexual identity of the three central characters are flipped and it’s moved from London to Chicago to Brooklyn. Find it on ABC, Google Play, YouTube and Apple TV.

Little Fires Everywhere

In Clinton-era US, Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) tries her best to live a picture perfect life in the perfect small town of Shaker. Sexual relations with her husband are neatly scheduled twice a week, her grand home is immaculate and she has a neat job several days a week. Into the town comes mother and daughter Mia and Pearl Warren (Kerry Washington and Lexi Underwood) who rent Elena’s house and pique her interest in their less regimented life and unclear background. As the story of Little Fires Everywhere (Amazon) unfolds, based on the novel of the same name by Celeste Ng, small fires lead to a towering inferno as mother and daughter loyalty cross-over and small acts of rebellion turn into larger statements.

A Note of Films

When it comes to film suggestions for this month, the Broad wants to first bring your attention to this round-up of Indigenous films from eminent filmmakers including Warwick Thornton, Ivan Sen and Rachel Perkins and their films Sweet Country, Samson and Delilah, Jasper Jones and Goldstone.

A Note on Books

Truganini recounts the story of this Aboriginal woman, whose name is familiar yet the full picture of her life is largely unfamiliar to many Australian. Author and historian Cassandra Pybus, who was told the stories of Truganini, fills in the story of the tragic but inspiring woman who survived the killings of so many First Nations people in Tasmania.

Radio Girl is the story of Mrs Mac, a pioneering engineer and wartime legend, as David Duffy’s book so aptly describes her. Violet McKenzie trained young women in Morse code, foreseeing that their services would soon be needed as the Second World War loomed. She was also instrumental in getting Australian women into the armed forces and this book brings weaves together the life story of an unlikely hero.

A Note on … Me

This month’s podcast suggestion features The Broad talking about this blog, pushing through imposter syndrome and writing on the Women in WordPress podcast. Recorded during the height of the coronavirus lockdown and home schooling, the Broad grabbed an early morning hour to chat with the three wonderful women who host the podcast.

A Few More Notes

The most powerful things the Broad has seen in ages is this monologue I Don’t Want To Sit Down by actor Meyne Wyatt on racism and living life as an Indigenous Australian.

Look out for some films from these up and coming female directors.

The Broad just bought herself one of these Because Of Her We Can t-shirts printed with the names of important Indigenous women we need to know. Truganini, Barangaroo, Celuia, Harding, Oodgeroo and Scott. You can find out about their lives from the site and buy a shirt.

Banksy has a new artwork inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests of the last few weeks.

2020 is the year to show up. It’s the year of Reckoning, not Reconciliation says Wiradjuri woman, Teela Reid, in this Griffith Review essay urging Australians to fully understand the history of white settlement and its impact on Indigenous people and for a First Nations Voice.

The National Museum of Australia now has a new exhibition, Endeavour Voyage, which for the first time presents the stories of Cook alongside the accounts of the First Nations people – the view from the ship but also the view from the shore, which have been missing for so long in the stories of white settlement in Australia.

James Cook is celebrated as a peerless seaman and a remarkable captain. … But the land Cook charted — strange and ‘new’ to European eyes — was an ancient continent, home to First Peoples whose history stretches back more than 65,000 years. Until now, their voices have been missing from the Endeavour story.

The Broad’s favourite style blogger, That’s Not My Age, has compiled this list of 25 books for isolife and beyond.

Perlego is a new, subscription-based online library but the Broad highly recommends you exhaust all the ebooks and audiobooks at your local library first before paying for a library service.

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Rosalyn Page
Journalist, blogger and writer covering arts, culture, travel and digital lifestyle at www.rosalynpage.com and www.somenotesfromabroad.com.

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