High-definition sound gives edge to Amazon’s streaming service

Quality audio has largely been a niche audiophile thing but the largest online sales platform wants to turn this into a mass-market phenomenon

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Zip-zapping from the streets to performing in the White House

Underprivileged children soar above their circumstances at this Cape Town circus school

Five things to watch this weekend

Bingeable series for your weekend streaming pleasure.

Sticks and stones will not break our unwoke bones

The critics hate Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special — but could a backlash against political correctness be the future of entertainment?

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CHRIS THURMAN: Mining the aesthetic from the stuff of extraction

Alexander Calvelli's art sees little difference between portraying heavy mining infrastructure and the quaint streets of its picturesque settlements.

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Top picks from the Venice film festival

A review of highlights at the Venice Film Festival, including The King, The Laundromat, Marriage Story, The Painted Bird and Ad Astra

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Joaquin Phoenix is frighteningly good in ‘Joker’

Todd Phillips reinvents the comic book movie with his portrait of a comedian’s descent into madness

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Five things to watch this weekend

From hard-hitting, dark viewing to enjoyable fun, here’s what you can stream this weekend

CHRIS THURMAN: Dutch abbey is a symbol of freedom for women in a world without men

In the Dutch town of Thorn a lone abbey stands as a symbol of freedom for women in a world without men

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PODCAST | David Goldblatt’s photographs and the meaning of mining today

In his first Monthly Review, Mark Gevisser looks at how Goldblatt’s work of 50 years ago urges us to listen to the voices of mineworkers that are still ...

PODCAST | Verwoerd, conscience, courage and transformation

In his second Monthly Review, Mark Gevisser speaks to Wilhelm Verwoerd and Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Five things to watch this weekend

Fantasy worlds meet harsh realities in this line-up of streaming options.

ALEXIA WALKER: Street art is collectible if you know what you are doing

The value of this artistic expression reflects a radical shift from the days when it was understood as a mere act of vandalism

Netflix and Scorsese partner on $175m film

‘The Irishman’ is Netflix’s biggest feature film gamble and the most expensive film of Scorsese’s career

CHRIS THURMAN: The SA Cultural Policy Network provides food for thought

Finding the poetry in policy, Mike van Graan seeks to disseminate information about cultural policy development among creative practitioners

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SA poet delivers message of hope at James Sedgwick Distillery

SPONSORED | Puno Selesho features as an exceptional South African in fourth part of Three Ships Whisky visual collaboration series

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