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<h1>BOOK HEATHER TAYLOR JOHNSON </h1>
<h2>About Face </h2>
<h3>Words by Robert Moore</h3>
<h4>Pictures by Monkeystack</h4>
<h5>Interactive Publications, $26</h5>
<p>A YOUNG boy has a dream that his eyes, nose, ears and lips leave his face while he’s asleep. Once free from the boy’s skin and bones, the parts find themselves having small adventures with big consequences. </p>
<p>The premise for Robert Moore’s About Face seems a good one – sort of like Toy Story but with anatomy, and if a child can get beyond the oddity of the concept, it could be quite funny. But there is too much back and forth of dialogue between the facial parts and it’s easy to get lost. </p>
<p>When ears, lips, eyes and nose all begin to argue about using the main speakers rather than listening to earphones, you wonder how focused the storyline is. But you couldn’t go past this book in the store, due to its amazing cover. And each illustration within the book’s hardbound cover is as fantastic as the one before. </p>
<p>Monkeystack is an Adelaide-based animation company that focuses on 2D and 3D art, so it’s no surprise the characters in About Face don’t only jump off the little boy’s face – they’re so bold they seem to jump off the pages of the book. The pictures, mixed with the variations of font size and the general layout of the narrative, make this one of the best-looking children’s books produced this year. </p>
<p>It is so visually captivating that children from 10 days to 10 years will want to look at it again and again.
<h1>Spring Film Festival </h1>
<p>THE 2013 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival will be held in spring to avoid clashing with the Festival of the Arts when it becomes an annual event. </p>
<p>The Film Festival usually runs from late February to early March, the same time as the Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide. The permanent date change will see it moved to October. </p>
<p>SA Premier Mike Rann said the Film Festival was originally scheduled to run in March in every second year to fill the gap left by the biennial Adelaide Festival of Arts. </p>
<p> “However, from 2013 the Adelaide Festival of Arts, like the Fringe and WOMADelaide, will become an annual event, so it made sense to schedule the Film Festival at a different time of the year.” </p>
<p>The Festival of Ideas will also be held in October 2013, and Film Festival chair Cheryl Bart said the date change offered opportunities for new partnerships and programs. </p>
<h2>America's drunkest writer</h2>
<p>IN the 1920s, F. Scott Fitzgerald would introduce himself at parties as “one of the most notorious drinkers of the younger generation”, or as “F. Scott Fitzgerald, the well-known alcoholic”. </p>
<p>He wasn’t so much a victim of alcoholism as the very embodiment of alcoholism, writes Jimmy So in a review of On Booze, a new collection of the American novelist's boozy writings. </p>
<p>Read his article on The Daily Beast. </p>
<h1>Return to Southfork</h1>
<p>“WE laid waste to everything in our path, JR, and for what?” an intense and regretful-looking Bobby Ewing asks of his brother in the first peek at the sequel to the popular long-running drama Dallas. </p>
<p>The new series, expected to debut in the US next year, focuses on the offspring of the bitter rivals, who clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty while the fate of Southfork weighs in the balance. Larry Hagman (JR), Patrick Duffy (Bobby), a much-stretched Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) and Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing) return, alongside a cast of fresh faces that includes Desperate Housewives stars Jesse Metcalfe and Brenda Strong. Fans can find out more at the official website. </p>
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