Rob Garratt

Rob Garratt

Rob Garratt is a writer and editor with more than a decade’s experience in arts and lifestyle journalism. Before joining SCMP STYLE as a digital production editor, Rob worked as a culture feature writer at Abu Dhabi’s The National – covering music, film and more – and as online editor of Time Out Dubai. Published on three continents, he has contributed regularly to specialist publications including Travel Weekly, Photography is Art and All About Jazz.

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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is back – with Beethoven, birthdays and bombast in its ‘From note to hope’ 2020/21 season

December gala marks music director Jaap van Zweden’s 60th birthday, while concert schedule includes stars Anne-Sophie Mutter and Rudolf Buchbinder

17 Jul 2020 - 1:08PM

December gala marks music director Jaap van Zweden’s 60th birthday, while concert schedule includes stars Anne-Sophie Mutter and Rudolf Buchbinder

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is back – with Beethoven, birthdays and bombast in its ‘From note to hope’ 2020/21 season
Remembering Prince: 5 of the coolest things His Royal Badness did as we mark the 4th anniversary of his death

He was one of the defining figures in pop music for two decades – STYLE looks back on the life of a star who did it his way

20 Apr 2020 - 10:00AM

He was one of the defining figures in pop music for two decades – STYLE looks back on the life of a star who did it his way

Remembering Prince: 5 of the coolest things His Royal Badness did as we mark the 4th anniversary of his death
Coronavirus home concerts: Hong Kong artists use Instagram and Facebook Live to reach fans across the world during self-isolation

Move over Miley Cyrus, Lizzo and Billie Eilish – these Hong Kong-based artists are also hosting their very own virtual internet concerts well worthy of your attention, wherever you’re streaming

4 Apr 2020 - 12:00PM

Move over Miley Cyrus, Lizzo and Billie Eilish – these Hong Kong-based artists are also hosting their very own virtual internet concerts well worthy of your attention, wherever you’re streaming

Coronavirus home concerts: Hong Kong artists use Instagram and Facebook Live to reach fans across the world during self-isolation
Are Swedish meatballs really from Sweden – or did they plunder the recipe from the Turks?

The attachment of Swedes to their meatballs was clearly demonstrated when a furore broke out over Scandinavian Airlines’ advert suggesting that meatballs might not be so Swedish

1 May 2020 - 5:36AM

The attachment of Swedes to their meatballs was clearly demonstrated when a furore broke out over Scandinavian Airlines’ advert suggesting that meatballs might not be so Swedish

Are Swedish meatballs really from Sweden – or did they plunder the recipe from the Turks?
Hong Kong actor on kicking Jackie Chan where it hurts – three times – and his awkward conversations with Steven Seagal

The first time Jai Day met Jackie Chan, he kicked his hero in the groin. And not just once. The Hong Kong-raised actor – a ‘go-to gweilo’ in the local film industry – has dozens of credits in both Hollywood and Hong Kong productions.

25 Mar 2020 - 12:53PM

The first time Jai Day met Jackie Chan, he kicked his hero in the groin. And not just once. The Hong Kong-raised actor – a ‘go-to gweilo’ in the local film industry – has dozens of credits in both Hollywood and Hong Kong productions.

Hong Kong actor on kicking Jackie Chan where it hurts – three times – and his awkward conversations with Steven Seagal
From American Idol to Queen, is LGBT icon Adam Lambert just a charismatic entertainer with incredible cords but nothing to say?

As Adam Lambert prepares to release ‘Velvet’, his first new album in five years, STYLE tries to make sense of this contradictory chameleon

19 Mar 2020 - 5:49AM

As Adam Lambert prepares to release ‘Velvet’, his first new album in five years, STYLE tries to make sense of this contradictory chameleon

From American Idol to Queen, is LGBT icon Adam Lambert just a charismatic entertainer with incredible cords but nothing to say?
Kirk Douglas: 5 films you should see starring the Spartacus actor and Hollywood tough guy who has died aged 103

Douglas was an on-screen alpha male, who was at his best in war films and Westerns, gangster movies, period epics and a boxing yarn

7 Feb 2020 - 12:00PM

Douglas was an on-screen alpha male, who was at his best in war films and Westerns, gangster movies, period epics and a boxing yarn

Kirk Douglas: 5 films you should see starring the Spartacus actor and Hollywood tough guy who has died aged 103
Justin Bieber, Keanu Reeves, Ryan Reynolds and 7 other Canadian stars you probably thought were American

Avoid any awkward moments next time you’re chatting with Canadian friends – don’t assume these stars are American

6 Feb 2020 - 12:00PM

Avoid any awkward moments next time you’re chatting with Canadian friends – don’t assume these stars are American

Justin Bieber, Keanu Reeves, Ryan Reynolds and 7 other Canadian stars you probably thought were American
Angelina Jolie to Al Pacino – 8 actors who have grippingly portrayed the horror of addiction on screen

5 decades of cinema show the devastation that addiction can bring to everyday lives

29 Jan 2020 - 11:07AM

5 decades of cinema show the devastation that addiction can bring to everyday lives

Angelina Jolie to Al Pacino – 8 actors who have grippingly portrayed the horror of addiction on screen
Community platform for migrant workers in Hong Kong aims to fill gaps in existing support – starting with the hunt for a missing mother

Pangyao is a new community platform for migrant workers in Hong Kong that is currently mobilising its resources to help a Filipino domestic helper track down her mother, who was last seen by her three daughters in 2001.

19 Jan 2020 - 9:24AM

Pangyao is a new community platform for migrant workers in Hong Kong that is currently mobilising its resources to help a Filipino domestic helper track down her mother, who was last seen by her three daughters in 2001.

Community platform for migrant workers in Hong Kong aims to fill gaps in existing support – starting with the hunt for a missing mother
From Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman to Jennifer Lawrence and Jung Yu-mi – actresses who have tackled mental health honestly on screen

These films offer compelling, relatable portraits of women living with mental health issues

3 Jan 2020 - 4:22AM

These films offer compelling, relatable portraits of women living with mental health issues

From Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman to Jennifer Lawrence and Jung Yu-mi – actresses who have tackled mental health honestly on screen
5 recent LGBTQ+ movies that have made an impact – and how Angelina Jolie is influencing the conversation

Cinema has the power to conjure empathy and drive social change – something these 5 brilliant movies, from different countries, can all claim

20 Dec 2019 - 11:29AM

Cinema has the power to conjure empathy and drive social change – something these 5 brilliant movies, from different countries, can all claim

5 recent LGBTQ+ movies that have made an impact – and how Angelina Jolie is influencing the conversation
Opinion | Why Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 isn’t just a feminist film – it’s a movie for modern men everywhere

The Korean drama may have sparked debate for its bold framing of feminist themes – but it’s also a movie for modern men everywhere

12 Mar 2020 - 2:06PM

The Korean drama may have sparked debate for its bold framing of feminist themes – but it’s also a movie for modern men everywhere

Why Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 isn’t just a feminist film – it’s a movie for modern men everywhere
How Akira and Blade Runner predicted the neon urban ugliness of Tokyo and Hong Kong in 2019

Dystopian and eerily prophetic movies  Akira and Blade Runner – both set in the year 2019 – inspired Tai Kwun’s new multimedia exhibition ‘Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future’ (and it’s super Instagramable)

18 Nov 2019 - 10:43AM

Dystopian and eerily prophetic movies  Akira and Blade Runner – both set in the year 2019 – inspired Tai Kwun’s new multimedia exhibition ‘Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future’ (and it’s super Instagramable)

How Akira and Blade Runner predicted the neon urban ugliness of Tokyo and Hong Kong in 2019
Clockenflap’s craziest artists’ demands: Jack Black wanted a child’s drawing, A$AP Rocky demanded fried chicken and waffles served onstage

Jack Black wanted a child’s drawing, A$AP Rocky demanded fried chicken and waffles served onstage and other crazy requests

13 Nov 2019 - 12:09PM

Jack Black wanted a child’s drawing, A$AP Rocky demanded fried chicken and waffles served onstage and other crazy requests

Clockenflap’s craziest artists’ demands: Jack Black wanted a child’s drawing, A$AP Rocky demanded fried chicken and waffles served onstage
Review | We review Apple AirPods Pro: are they better than the original?

The AirPods Pro offer a much richer, rounder and deeper sonic palate than previous Apple headphones, but does our reviewer think they are better than the original?

14 Nov 2019 - 10:06AM

The AirPods Pro offer a much richer, rounder and deeper sonic palate than previous Apple headphones, but does our reviewer think they are better than the original?

We review Apple AirPods Pro: are they better than the original?
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