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Film Review: Coco

Monday 15 January 2018

Fr Peter Malone, Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting

This one is for the wide American audience, especially the Hispanic American audience, the setting being Mexico, the film drawing on old traditions, especially the Day of the Dead, veneration for the ancestors, rituals and beliefs that have very little to do with the Catholic tradition (although once there is a glimpse of Our Lady of Guadalupe), a mythical, fairy-tale vision of the afterlife.

Charities warn Australia's foreign donation laws will strangle advocacy

Monday 15 January 2018

Paul Karp, The Guardian

The St Vincent de Paul Society and Australian Conservation Foundation are part of coalition of charities formed to fight restrictions on political advocacy

They have warned that they will face a huge red tape burden that will strangle their advocacy under new proposed foreign donation laws.

The government’s proposed bill to ban foreign donations and tackle foreign interference in Australian politics extends to ‘political campaigners’ – including charities who conduct advocacy.

Film Review: The Shape of Water

Monday 8 January 2018

Peter W Sheehan, Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting

This American fantasy drama tells the story of a mute cleaning woman who works for a high security, government research laboratory in Baltimore, USA in the Cold War era of the early 60s. While there she forms a relationship with an aquatic creature who has been imprisoned in the lab.

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