Author: Connor Johnston

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SPECIAL PODCAST: Morning Glory and The Thinkergirls – Live from KIIS FM

RECORDED LIVE IN SYDNEY’S KIIS FM STUDIOS – MORNING GLORY MEETS THE THINKERGIRLS

Join Morning Glory’s Shelbui Inglis and Connor Johnston live from KIIS FM studios in Sydney with the Thinkergirls themselves: Stacy June and Kristy Mercer. Discussion points include everything from the Gender Politics of Presenting Radio, On-Air Dynamics, Hickeys, Oral Sex, Kissing Techniques and so much more.

We’re talking the thoughts you’re thinking – but not saying – in this Radio Monash Special Event

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FILM REVIEW: Live By Night

In a landscape where every second film released continues, sets up or reboots a franchise – there is something oddly refreshing about a movie that requires no prior knowledge or investment outside of the two hours of viewing. Ben Affleck’s newest feature, Live by Night, is the epitome of a standalone crime thriller, with rich imagery and an incredibly capable cast. However, in remaining coy and uncertain about how to handle its ties to the historical conflicts of the prohibition era, Live by Night risks detaching itself from achieving anything of real substance. Read more …

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FILM REVIEW: Collateral Beauty

Every once in a while a film comes along that urges you to totally re-evaluate everything you think you know about cinema. Will Smith’s newest blockbuster Collateral Beauty follows the grieving process of Smith’s character ‘Howard’, how he deals with the death of his daughter and how his reaction impacts the lives of people around him.  A simple enough synopsis and an incredibly impressive line-up of supporting A-List actors… what could possibly go wrong?

Everything. Everything goes wrong. Read more …

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen

Please Note: Radio Monash’s pre-release reviews aim to be as detail-free as they reasonably can while still offering a critique, but as everyone’s spoiler sensibilities are different, we advise you read on at your own discretion.

Coming of age films can only really go one of two ways. They either crash and burn, suffocated to death under a bed of never ending clichés; or they actually succeed with audiences, by not patronising them, and are created by people (as opposed to robots) who actually remember what it was like to grow up; to fall in and out of love, to obsess about every aspect of one’s appearance and personality, and above all, to make mistakes. Without question, The Edge of Seventeen falls into the second group of films with Roadshow producing one of the most refreshingly realistic and relatable studies into the teenage psyche that we’ve seen on the big screen in years. Read more …

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COMPETITION CLOSED: Win Double Passes to “The Edge of Seventeen” and “Fantastic Beasts”

To celebrate Monash University reopening its doors officially for 2017, Radio Monash and Roadshow are giving you the chance to win double passes to two of the summer’s biggest hits. All you have to do is

1. Like Radio Monash on Facebook
2. Comment your answers to the questions underneath our latest Facebook post advertising the competition.

The most creative and impressive answers will win double passes to either The Edge of Seventeen or Fantastic Beasts valid at all participating cinemas. But hurry! You only have until 8pm WEDNESDAY NIGHT!

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FILM REVIEW: Passengers

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away; science fiction movies were only ever made for, valued by and in many cases understood by those who existed within a certain niche. The comic book collector who had more conversations with a limited edition’ Sexy Wookie Deluxe Doll than a living human person – you understand the stereotype. Roadshow’s newest blockbuster Passengers, released on Sunday, stands to prove how far the genre has subverted itself in recent years. With a script designed to be understood and appreciated at face value, visuals that advertise its own luxurious budget and two of the most iconic and successful actors of our time at its front: Passengers proves how mainstream and different movies rooted in the world of science fiction have become. Read more …

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LIVE EVENT: Radio Monash’s 2016 Holiday Wrap Up

From our families to yours, and all of us here at Radio Monash – Happy Holidays!

It’s Radio Monash’s biggest show of the decade! 16 Presenters, a Live Studio Audience, a Heap of Free Giveaways and enough Christmas Cheer to drown a Reindeer! Join Yusuf Aly, Shelbui Inglis, Donald Shackleton, Anthony Crabb, Lola Ayeni, Connor Johnston, Paul Waxman, Sayu Umeda, Aleks Djukic, Peggie Sakwa, Avanti Oberoi, Annie Zeleznikow, Oisin Collins, Paris Balla, Sahana Kashyap, and Helen Nguyen for the ultimate treat in festive viewing. With interviews, open discussions and messages from all around – This is one RadMon special you do not want to miss!

Radio Monash would like to extend a giant amount of thanks to Rob and Leonie for the use of their space which continues to enchant and delight hundreds of locals every night with their incredible lights display. Having the absolute privilege of sitting down with the couple on the night, it was so refreshing to discover that the only aspect of their character that outweighs their creative genius is their genuine humility and selflessness – continuing to raise funds for ‘Very Special Kids’ – the Children’s Charity. You can catch Radio Monash’s interview with Rob and Leonie right here on Radio Monash from Boxing Day, as well as listening to a few highlights in the special below.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Radio Monash to attend the 2016 AACTA Awards in Sydney

Radio Monash are thrilled to announce that it will be sending four presenters to attend the 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards in Sydney next week. Covering the event live from the Red Carpet on Wednesday the 7th of December, our presenters will be face to face with some of the most iconic and celebrated personalities of the Australian Film and TV Industry. Radio Monash is the first community owned and student-run media organisation to be invited to the event in the history of awards, which is an achievement we are both incredibly humbled and excited by. Read more …

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PODCAST: RadMon Reacts – 2016 American Election

Now available on Radio Monash; “RadMon Reacts: The 2016 US Election”

Join Vivek Thilkan​, Avanti Oberoi​, Connor Johnston​, Ruari Shackleton​ and Sayu Umeda​ in one of the most passionate, analytical and engaging political podcasts of the year featuring cutdowns of RadMon’s day long coverage of Donald Trump’s victory as it happened live – followed by a feature length roundtable discussion exploring the most contentious topics of the result.

Featured below is both a highlights reel from the show and of course the entire podcast.

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Why “CLASS” should be your next TV Addiction…

What formula does a television show need to be successful; and more importantly: What aspects of a series do audiences reward?

Of course there is no standard answer for these questions, however in reflection of the current trends in the television industry some common elements naturally arise. Audiences reward accessibility, originality, energy and creativity – otherwise known as four aspects that seem to be embedded into the framework of the brand new drama from the BBC, “Class”, which marathon aired its first two episodes on ABC2 last night. Read more …

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THEATRE REVIEW: CLOC’s Jesus Christ Superstar

Walking into a CLOC show, one always expects something fairly impressive. Be it the atmosphere and grandeur of St Kilda’s National Theatre, or simply the company’s proven track record of staging consistently extraordinary examples of musical theatre: you know from the moment you take your seat something remarkable is about to happen. However, I think it is fair to say not even the CLOC loyal were prepared for something as unique and striking as this year’s October performance of Jesus Christ Superstar; in which director Shaun Kingma brought to life a show that exists on its own level among amateur and professional shows alike.

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