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Associate Editor, Film and TV Editor, Film and TV Critic, and Brisbane Editor

Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward is Concrete Playground's Associate Editor, Film and TV Editor, Film and TV Critic, and Brisbane Editor. If it's on a screen big or small, happening in Brisbane and southeast Queensland, or news of national and international interest — particularly arts and entertainment — then Sarah is across it.

Sarah has also been a film critic for ABC radio for over a decade. Covering all things cinema and television, Sarah has written for Screen International since 2015, and contributed to SBS, ACMI, AACTA, Birth.Movies.Death, Flicks, Senses of Cinema, ScreenHub, ArtsHub, Junkee, FilmInk, Lumina, Metro Magazine, Screen Education and more. Sarah's background includes managing, writing for and hosting Q&As at Australian film festivals, including the Brisbane International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Queensland Film Festival and Sydney Underground Film Festival.

Favourite cinema in Brisbane: Angelika Film Centre, which is a glorious new place to see a movie.

Favourite cinema in Sydney: Golden Age Cinema & Bar, the one cinema everyone needs to go to in Sydney if they only go to one cinema.

Favourite cinema in Melbourne: The Astor Theatre, and not just because of its history with cinema cats.

  • Another Sinister Surgeon Gets the True-Crime Treatment in the Trailer for 'Dr Death' Season Two

    Édgar Ramirez plays Paolo Macchiarini, who earned the nickname 'Miracle Man' — and Mandy Moore is the journalist looking into him for a story.

  • Coming Soon: Former Eagle Street Pier Steakhouse Fatcow Will Reopen on James Street in 2024

    After closing in the CBD in July 2022 due to the Eagle Street precinct being torn down, this steak-slinging favourite has finally locked in new digs.

  • This New Range of FELLR Seltzers Will Get You Sipping Your Favourite Messina Sorbet Flavours

    Messina's yuzu, blood orange, and salted coconut and mango sorbets are getting boozy.

  • Prime Video Is Bringing the Post-Apocalyptic 'Fallout' TV Series to Your Streaming Queue in April 2024

    Almost three decades after first hitting computers, the gaming franchise is getting a live-action adaptation starring Walton Goggins, Kyle MacLachlan and Ella Purnell from 'Yellowjackets'.

  • Vivid-Style Free Gold Coast Festival Big City Lights* Is Returning in 2024 for a Luminous Winter

    Debuting as a four-day event in 2022, this blend of lights, design and music will expand to 17 days in its second fest.

  • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort's Lagoon Beach Club Is Your New Spot for a Poolside Bite and Sip 

    You can also grab a resort day pass to enjoy a splash in the one-acre lagoon beach over cocktails, oysters and prawn rolls.

  • Harajuku Gyoza Is Dishing Up Festive Gingerbread, Pavlova and Rum Ball Dessert Bao Until Christmas

    The food mashup fiends are celebrating the season with a new round of inventive limited-edition sweet treats.

  • TLC Are Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of 'CrazySexyCool' with a 2024 Tour Down Under

    Do go chasing Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas  on their six-city tour — and supports Busta Rhymes and En Vogue, too.

  • Australia's Handy Map Plotting Out All the Best and Brightest Christmas Lights Has Been Updated for 2023

    'Tis the season to enter your postcode or suburb, then find out where to see luminous festive displays near you and around town.

  • 'Italian Renaissance Alive' Is the Next Multi-Sensory Exhibition That'll Give You an Immersive Art Experience

    You've walked through van Gogh's work, then art by Monet and his impressionist contemporaries — now it's time to wander through pieces by Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli and Caravaggio.

  • 'Six the Musical' Is Touring Its Empowering Pop-Scored Remix of Royal History Around Australia Again

    The smash-hit take on Henry VIll's six wives wowed the country from 2021–23 — and it isn't done yet.

  • THPS25

    Saturday 27th January
    @ Fortitude Music Hall

  • Secret Sounds at Fortitude Music Hall

    Tuesday 2nd January - Wednesday 3rd January
    @ Fortitude Music Hall

  • Wildlands Festival 2023–24

    Sunday 31st December
    @ Brisbane Showgrounds

  • Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition

    Saturday 16th December - Sunday 14th April
    @ Melbourne Museum

  • 'Love Actually' Is Returning to Cinemas This Christmas to Celebrate the Rom-Com's 20th Anniversary

    Don't just watch the star-studded festive favourite at home this December — catch it on the big screen.

  • Now Open: Ithaka Is South Bank's New Riverside Greek Pop-Up Restaurant and Bar in Aquitaine's Old Digs

    The Mediterranean-inspired eatery is making the most of Brisbane's summer weather with a seafood-heavy menu and cocktails featuring Greek spirits.

  • Sad News for Burger Fiends: Getta Burger Has Closed All of Its Brisbane Eateries

    Owner Brent Poulter has advised that rising cost-of-living pressures are behind the decision to shutter the chain's Brisbane stores, with its Townsville outposts still open.

  • Now Open: Kirra Beach Hotel Is Finally Back and Pouring Drinks Again After a Three-Year Absence

    Dating back to 1956, this surfside pub now sprawls across 1300 square metres and boasts a sunny new beer garden.

  • Exploring Everyday Horrors in Topical Thrillers: Kitty Green Chats 'The Royal Hotel' and 'The Assistant'

    In not one but two exceptional Julia Garner-starring films in succession, the Australian filmmaker unpacks gender dynamics and power imbalances in ominous spaces.

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