X-Press 5

It is a pleasure to review for X-Press Magazine, We Don’t Need A Map, the latest film from director Warwick Thornton. In it Thornton muses on the symbolism and history of the Southern Cross and what it means to Australia. You can read more of my thoughts here http://xpressmag.com.au/we-dont-need-a-map-gets-7-10-starstruck/ and I hope you enjoy.

This is the fifth post I been a part of for X-Press following on from Their Top 20 Films of 2017 List, Their Top 20 TV Shows of 2017 List, a review of Season 2 of The Crown and a review of the new film Ellipsis.

X-Press Magazine was established in 1985 and at one point was Australia’s highest circulating free weekly entertainment publication with over 40,000 copies reaching 1,000 outlets every week.  On the 24th May, 2016 Issue 1527 (the last one in print) hit stands. Like many publications of its ilk X-Press Magazine is now foremost an online magazine engaged globally and making the most of the possibilities that new digital technology offers. It’s roots though are tied to its home city, love of local artists and productions and music which it supports wholeheartedly. Perth a capital city most isolated from all the other capitals is continuing to grow and develop culturally and artistically with its own identity and talent. X-Press has always been there to capture this growth and will continue to do so.

-Lloyd Marken


  1. I will keep my eyes open for that film. Your review revealed a lot of things I had never heard of, but it also made me want to learn more about them. “Good work” as they say!

  2. Sounds like an excellent film, Lloyd. I have always been interested in Aboriginal culture, and I was intrigued to hear the Southern Cross, described as ‘the new Swastika’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It has it’s origins in the Cronulla Riots and the way some alt-right groups use it. The history of it of course is much more fascinating. It was an interesting film that I enjoyed. Thanks Pete, best wishes.

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