Category: Features

26.06.17

An Italian city of ill-repute rehabilitated by three films

Each year when I attend the Italian Film Festival in Melbourne I feel I get a glimpse into the heart and soul of Italy through the films that have been made, and most loved, by Italians that year. Last year I was struck by the number of films set in or around Taranto, where my … Continue reading An Italian city of ill-repute rehabilitated by three films

21.06.17

The mysterious and gritty voice of Giusy Ferreri

In a recent interview with the Corriere della sera, Giusy Ferreri spoke about her participation in this year’s ‘Festival di Sanremo’ – saying she has always seen music as the undercurrent or soundtrack to her life. To her, from this perspective, the song competition loses its reason of being. Born in Palermo, Sicily on 17 … Continue reading The mysterious and gritty voice of Giusy Ferreri

16.06.17

Cultural vindication in technicolour before the rise of multiculturalism

There is an experience many of us who grew up in Australia as male children of migrant parents in the 1960’s and 1970’s will recognise: the sense of expectation that surrounded our Sunday lunch. This feeling was not just about the food our mothers had spent most of the morning preparing. An essential condiment to … Continue reading Cultural vindication in technicolour before the rise of multiculturalism

11.06.17

Melissa’s healing powers

If you spent your childhood somewhere in Italy you may remember your Nonna giving you a cup of “Melissa” tea to calm your upset stomach. I never understood if it was a placebo effect, but I remember tea bringing a smile to my face and making me feel better. This garden herb, commonly called lemon … Continue reading Melissa’s healing powers

06.06.17

A happy marriage of two national identities

In 2006, I remember making one of the hardest choices in my life, having to choose between supporting Italy, or supporting Australia in the 2006 World Cup prior to the Italy vs Australia round sixteen match. I distinctly remember siding with Italy rather than Australia,this prompted my brother, James, to buy me an Italian National … Continue reading A happy marriage of two national identities

06.06.17

A summit overshadowed by the beauty of Taormina

As the heads of government of the world’s seven most industrialized democracies walked down the streets of Taormina towards the San Domenico Palace Hotel where their meetings were to take place, an old Sicilian man observing the scene was heard saying: “Questo G7 sarà oscurato dalla bellezza di Taormina” (This G7 will be overshadowed by … Continue reading A summit overshadowed by the beauty of Taormina

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