Ben Neutze, The Guardian

Ben Neutze

The Guardian

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Past articles by Benjamin:

The 15 best singles by Australian soap stars – sorted

Here are the top tracks from actors who stepped into recording studios to give it a red-hot go → Read More

Start your engines for Drag Race Down Under: here’s everything you need to know

From the in-jokes and lip syncs to this season’s guest stars (both Minogues!), here’s a guide to the season before it lands on Stan → Read More

After no club dancefloors for almost a year, last night was cathartic, joyous and sweaty

Sydney and Melbourne nightclubs are finally open (with a few Covidsafe caveats) – and for LGBTQI people, an essential space has returned → Read More

Kylie Minogue's appeal has always been in her sparkling transcendence of the ordinary

Kylie’s music has been a constant among the uncertainty – for five straight decades, she’s made us rush to the dance floor → Read More

The Gabriels: Election year in the life of one family (Perth Festival)

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+Usually marathon theatre events like The Gabriels — experienced over the course of eight hours, with two long breaks — have more than a touch of the epic about them. But Richard Nelson’s three-play cycle, set around the kitchen table of a rather ordinary American family in Rhinebeck, New York, is unusually intimate. → Read More

Ivan Coyote: Tomboy Survival Guide & why young people need to learn about gender

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+Ivan Coyote is an award-winning Canadian writer and performer coming to Sydney Festival with their show Tomboy Survival Guide. The show is based on Coyote’s book of the same name, which covers their years as a young butch, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, and life as a gender-box-defying adult. The → Read More

The Secret River theatre review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

To describe Andrew Bovell’s stage adaptation of Kate Grenville’s novel The Secret River as “powerful” or “moving” seems to sell this piece of theatre a l → Read More

Brandis pulls the trigger on artists

Not too many eyes in Australia's arts community were glued to last night's federal budget. The general expectation was that there may be some extension of the → Read More

Netflix reaches peak food porn in Chef’s Table

Food can be a damn serious business. We all know what happens if you have none, and that shortage is a reality that about one in nine people on this planet have → Read More

Larrikins and loose cannons: ABC’s brief history of Australian comedy

If there's one aspect of the perceived "Australian character" that most of us are proud to claim as our own and export to the world, it's our collective sense → Read More

Game on: Netflix vs Stan vs Presto

With today's launch of Netflix Australia, the lines have been drawn for a television streaming battle royale that's been years in the making. At 6.30pm → Read More

Should Sinead O’Connor shut up and sing Nothing Compares 2 U?

If you've got tickets to see Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor at the Sydney Opera House tonight (the final gig on her Australian tour), you're in for one → Read More

That’s not what I meant! Beware the deceptive review pull quote

It's always exciting to be quoted, as a critic, even if it's just in the publicity material for an artwork you've reviewed. Although most critics will fiercely → Read More

Australia Council report: art in the age of the internet and private sponsors

The Australia Council for the Arts today released its inaugural Arts Nation report. The broad-ranging study looks at the way that Australians and international → Read More

Australia’s own House of Cards? Stan develops original content

The future of television is, without a doubt, streaming services (or it will be until the next big thing comes along) and with the launch of Stan and Foxtel's → Read More

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell … and this week, getting madder

If you thought leadership spills were stressful for politicians, spare a thought for satirists. When I speak to Shaun Micallef on Friday afternoon about the → Read More

Hiding TV review (ABC)

Hot off their success with The Code, Playmaker Media and the ABC have again teamed up for another tense thriller set in the cities and suburbs of Australia. W → Read More

Oscar nominations 2015: no diversity, no Lego movie

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel (pictured above) have come out on top in this year's Oscar race, with both films winning nine nominations each, in → Read More

Sydney Festival: Camille O’Sullivan Changeling review

Sydney's favourite French-Irish cabaret/rock star Camille O'Sullivan is a force of nature. I don't think I've ever used that cliched descriptor about a → Read More

Australia’s freaky Dance Moms affair: for the love of real irony

Foxtel's LifeStyle channel has been one of the pay TV service's most popular since it launched in 1997. With a range of niche, "lifestyle"-related programs → Read More