2012, the verdict

Here are my selections for the best, the worst and the otherwise of 2012. In no way definitive, it is based on my own personal opinions and evaluation of the past twelve months (give or take). You may not agree with my choices, nor do I claim to be any sort of real critic, but here it is nonetheless, the verdict on my 2012.


Film(s) of the Year
The Adventures of Tintin

Honourable Mention
Cabin In The Woods

Dishonourable Mention
Dark Shadows
The Dark Knight Rises
The Pirates!: Band of Misfits

Self-Parody Award
Tim Burton, Dark Shadows

The Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises

The Empty Shell Award
Like Crazy
The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Didn’t Live Up To The Hype


Book(s) of the Year
The Children’s Bach, Helen Garner
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Eleven Seasons, Paul D Carter
The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling
Will, Christopher Rush

Honourable Mention
Night Street, Kristel Thornell
Nation, Terry Pratchett
RPM, Noel Mengel
The Lieutenant, Kate Grenville

Dishonourable Mention
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan
Lola Bensky, Lily Brett
Toby's Room, Pat Barker


Show(s) of the Year
FoodBabyteeth – Belvoir
Matilda, the musical – Royal Shakespeare Company, London

Honourable Mention
Hamlet – St Andrew’s Cathedral School
This Is Our Youth – Sydney Opera House
War Horse – National Theatre/Handspring Puppet Company, London

Best Play
RED, John Logan – Ensemble Theatre
Food, Steve Rodgers – Belvoir

The Almost Award
MacbethBell Shakespeare
Old Man – Belvoir

The Flat Award
The Magic Flute – Opera Australia (after The Metropolitan Opera, New York)

Let’s Not Mention This Ever Again
Every Breath – Belvoir

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