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Culture September 07, 2019
Composer Lebo M and that famous movie chant
Exiled from South Africa as a teenager, Lebo M made his way to the US with nothing but his talent. Eventually he escaped poverty and built a career, creating one of cinema’s most iconic and enduring musical moments. “You get driven and get motivated by the fact that where you come from opportunity was zero, and you have an indirect responsibility to be somebody.”
Culture June 08, 2019
Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang
At the National Gallery of Victoria, the ancient terracotta warriors of Xi’an are exhibited with the work of contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, provoking a conversation about history, legacy and immortality.
Culture June 22, 2019
Musician Cale Sexton
A visit to the studio of composer Cale Sexton to discuss his commission for the Federation Bells.
Travel April 13, 2019
Apartment living in Hong Kong
While old-style public housing apartment blocks conjure fond memories of the ‘real’ Hong Kong, a flawed system has seen them unable to keep up with demand, leading to near-intolerable living conditions for many tenants.
Portrait December 15, 2018
Artist Oki Sato
A walk through the mind of MC Escher with Oki Sato, from Japanese design studio Nendo.
Portrait November 24, 2018
Opera director Sarah Giles
A conversation side-stage with the director of Victorian Opera’s Lorelei.
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.”
Portrait July 07, 2018
Game designer Skaidris Gunsmith
Pizza with “full-time geek” and entrepreneur Skaidris Gunsmith.
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 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.