Asylum seekers are escorted by the Australian Navy after being thwarted from reaching Christmas Island.  Photo by New York Times photographer Joel van Houdt

Eva’s fight for asylum seekers

Oscar-winning filmmaker Eva Orner’s latest documentary Chasing Asylum exposes the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and reveals the personal heartache of asylum seekers.


Power of the written word

Israeli author Nir Baram was born into a political family, but turned his back on politics for a literary career. He was in Australia recently to promote the local release of his novel, Good People.

Fem Belling stars in the new musical CrossxRoads.

Stage role is perfect for Belling

Singer Fem Belling is living her dream with a busy schedule. The talented vocalist shot to national prominence last year as a finalist in the Nine Network hit series The Voice.

Yehudi Menuhin and his sister Hephzibah rehearse backstage.

Celebrating the life of Menuhin

The centenary of the birth of violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin is being celebrated on April 22, with the release of a special book and CDs that celebrate the musician’s amazing life.

Author Anna Ciddor at the launch of her novel The Family With Two Front Doors at the Jewish Museum of Australia.  Photo: Peter Haskin

Emotional literary journey to Poland

GIVING life to the characters in her novels can sometimes be tinged with emotion for best-selling children’s book author and illustrator Anna Ciddor. And never more so than with her

Singer Natalie Gamsu

Yiddish favourites at In One Voice

Singer Natalie Gamsu is excited to be performing several Yiddish songs at the In One Voice festival which will be held in Elsternwick from 11am to 5pm on March 20.

Geza Rohrig stars in Son of Saul.

Harrowing Oscar-winning drama

The Hungarian film Son of Saul won the Academy Award for best foreign language film this week. AJN film critic Don Perlgut rates it as one of the finest Holocaust dramas ever made. Read his review.

Eli Hochberg’s prize-winning holiday photo taken in Ecuador.

Our prize-winning photos

The winners of our annual holiday and sunrise/sunset photo competitions held over summer were announced this week, with Eli Hochberg (holiday) and Ariel Mekler-Peled (sunrise/sunset) taking out the prizes.

Maria Angelico (left) and Matt Whitty in Bad Jews.

Bad Jews back on stage

After a sellout Melbourne season last year, Joshua Harmon’s play Bad Jews returns to the Alex Theatre, St Kilda on April 27 before embarking on a national tour to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Michael Fassbender stars as visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the film Steve Jobs.

Brilliant life of Steve Jobs

A new film on visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs focuses on three technology launches in 1984, 1988 and 1998 to give an insight into the charismatic man. See film critic Don Perlgut’s review.