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Culture September 22, 2018
‘Dark Tourist’ documentary-maker David Farrier
Where once he was Tickled, New Zealand documentary-maker David Farrier has most recently devoted himself to visiting ghoulish sites of so-called ‘dark tourism’. Here, he talks about murky ethics, Kiwi sensibilities and the pressure to react the ‘right’ way. “There’s one point where I’ve got a gun to my head and I laugh, because I’m sort of nervous. “Some people will say to me that it was really inappropriate to laugh at that point … [But] that’s what happened. It’s uncomfortable laughter. We wanted to leave all that in.”
Culture March 03, 2018
‘Single Asian Female’ writer Michelle Law
Michelle Law is a prolific writer, working across stage and screen, whose biggest achievement is in telling the stories of an unrepresented migrant experience. “A lot of people would come out and be like, ‘I’ve never seen a story that I could relate to in that way’ and ‘That was me growing up’ or ‘That’s me now’.”
Portrait July 07, 2018
Game designer Skaidris Gunsmith
Pizza with “full-time geek” and entrepreneur Skaidris Gunsmith.
Portrait December 02, 2017
Comedian Shane Mauss
An American stand-up comic writes about the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs.
Life July 15, 2017
WG Alma Conjuring Collection
A tour of the State Library of Victoria’s little known magic collection uncovers an archive of conjuring memorabilia.