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Culture // July 2023 The Plug
We’ve pulled together some of our top recommendations of what to read, listen, watch, and see around Melbourne this July.

Yellowface: R. F. Kuang

Why the Plug?
Taking book lovers by storm, Yellowface tackles racism, diversity and cultural appropriation in this fiction novel influenced by real cultural issues. Bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is, she didn’t write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American. So who is she? And regardless, doesn’t this book, this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? Yellowface’s focus on the persistent erasure of Asian-American voices is a timely and brutally real depiction of the discrimination communities still face today.

The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett: Moment 119: How to Figure out Anything in your Life.

Why the Plug?
In this succinct six-minute episode of Steven Bartlett’s critically acclaimed podcast, Marie Forleo discusses her 3 rules for a ‘Figureoutable’ mindset. Encouraging listeners to reexamine their priorities and understand the difference when we say we ‘can’t’ or ‘won’t’ do something.
Listen to this episode here.

Melbourne International Film Festival 2023

Why the Plug?
Melbourne International Film Festival is back for its 71st year! The program was recently unveiled, and we are pleased to say it is absolutely stacked with incredible films. Running from August 3 to August 27, you’ll need to get your tickets quickly because the films in high demand are already selling out fast. From Palme d’OR-winning courtroom dramas to archival explosions reliving the wild and unhinged madness of the turn of the millennium, MIFF’s program gets stronger and more exciting by the year.
Check out the program here.

The Rescue

Why the Plug?
Despite being released in 2021, this documentary evokes even more emotion and incredulity having been removed from the story for some time. The Rescue chronicles the against-all-odds story that transfixed the world 5 years ago; the unbelievable rescue of 12 boys from a flooded cave in Thailand. For those of you who didn’t quite understand the complexities of the rescue at the time, this documentary will have you on the edge of your seat and questioning how an idea so perilous could even be attempted let alone, successful.
You can watch The Rescue on Disney+ here.

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