Ruby Hamad

is a writer and cultural critic.

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Culture June 11, 2022

Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley

Nashen Moodley’s approach to his work may best be described as the unabashed love of a true cinephile tempered with a deep sense of directorial duty.

Culture May 21, 2022

City of Gold

At its heart, Meyne Wyatt’s City of Gold is about a family denied the right to grieve.

Culture April 09, 2022


When Ari’s teenage brother drops him off at Aunty Kat’s farm, the eight-year-old persuades himself that Taukiri will be back soon. In the meantime, he just needs an endless supply of Band-Aids to cover up all the places that hurt, including his heart. …

Culture April 02, 2022


Disney’s Oscar-winning animation Encanto expertly interrogates the pressure on immigrants to serve communities.

Culture August 28, 2021

Author Amal Awad

Across fiction and nonfiction, Palestinian–Australian author Amal Awad refuses to limit her work with reductive expectations.

Culture February 20, 2021

Novelist Claire Thomas

After more than a decade away from publishing, Claire Thomas’s much anticipated second novel The Performance puts her squarely back in the limelight.

Comment September 21, 2019

Protecting the white body politic

“There are no accidents in the rhetoric of protection: it intends to seal off white Western society from the remainder of the world’s population both biologically and geographically. The white female body was, and often still is, regarded as in need …”

Comment October 20, 2018

Razing the white flag

“Perhaps they are afraid that one day it will finally dawn on us that to be “white” does not denote an inherited ethnicity but an acquired power. That if we were to untangle being white from being English or Australian or Canadian or European, then …”

Comment August 18, 2018

Fraser Anning and racist politics

“There is no separating racism from the rest of Australian society. Exasperated as white people may be to hear about race, again, your frustration pales next to those forced to live it and fight it. As Labor MP Anne Aly tearfully admitted this week, we …”

Comment August 05, 2017

Misunderstanding Islamophobia

“Faith is immaterial to Islamophobia. Blanket suspicion of Islam is not really about what Muslims do and do not believe. It is a means of asserting “Western” values above Islamic ones, based on the predication that the two are inherently incompatible.”