Staying In: best of the new releases – March 15-21, 2017


When We Rise

Beamed direct from the US, this bracing docudrama series feels perfectly timed to echo the waves of protest sweeping Trump’s America.

Boasting an amazing cast, including Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell, the eight-hour epic tracks the battles of the gay rights movement from its infancy in the Stonewall riots of 1969 to its prominence today.

Guy gives a terrific performance as Cleve Jones, the San Franciscan LGBTI activist whose book inspired the series.



Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (PG 13)

Long before Harry Potter becomes a thorn in Voldemort’s side, another wizard sets sail for 1920s New York.

Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is a mystical naturalist, devoted to tracking down near-extinct fantastic beasts and locking them in his TARDIS-like suitcase.

Written by J.K. Rowling, this new franchise-spawning adventure trades in Potter’s cosy schoolroom mysteries to gorge on pulpy spy thrillers, Ghostbusters and Doctor Who.

It’s great, family-friendly fun.



First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

Cover Image: Supplied

Cover Image: Supplied

Now best known for her war on sugar, journalist Sarah Wilson shocked TV viewers by leaving MasterChef after its first blockbusting series.

This new (and beautifully bound) tome explores the reason why – the crippling anxiety that Sarah experiences on a day-to-day basis.

In her chatty style, Sarah flits between anecdotes and expert advice to demystify anxiety and offer tips small and large to quiet the beast of the title.

Useful for anyone who sometimes struggles to live with their imperfections.


Real Estate \ In Mind

It’s a good month for fans of American indie, with albums due from The Shins, The Magnetic Fields and (actually Canadian) The New Pornographers.

Top of my list is the long-awaited new record from Real Estate.

They’re often (somewhat lazily) compared to early R.E.M., but here their sundrenched, lackadaisical and vaguely psychedelic pop owes more to the ’60s Californian sound of bands such as The Byrds. Perfect for a summery afternoon doing nothing in particular.



Win I, Daniel Blake DVDs

Ken Loach’s acclaimed I, Daniel Blake will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on March 22.

Thanks to Transmission Films, we have 10 DVDs to be won.

Go to and leave a comment identifying the book reviewed in this week’s mag.

*Closes midnight Sunday, March 19.







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