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Portrait November 10, 2018
Anote Tong and climate change
A drink in a Glebe pub with ex-President of Kiribati and Nobel Peace prize nominee, Anote Tong.
Portrait September 15, 2018
Game of Thrones’ Deborah Riley
Production designer Deborah Riley on building the world of Westeros.
Portrait October 13, 2018
Author Deb Kandelaars
The writer of Memoirs of a Suburban Girl on her long road out of a violent relationship. “There I am, right in the middle of my teenage years and suddenly in a serious relationship. A relationship that pushes away my other life. Being hit was beyond my world experience. I didn’t want it to happen again. I started treading a little bit more carefully, and that set up a power dynamic.”
Portrait September 01, 2018
Author Will Kostakis
A coffee in Redfern with the young-adult writer.
Culture August 18, 2018
Artist Sun Xun on truth and meaning
The work of Chinese artist Sun Xun explores concepts of time and space, truth and lies – always searching for answers. As the first solo exhibition of his work in Australia opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, he talks about the role of the artist. “We live in a lie, in a big lie system. People should jump out from the lie circle and touch the world. It is the modern world’s problem. Where is the truth? I don’t know. In my art, I want to make people think: ‘Don’t believe our world – it is a big lie.’ I am trying to open the door for people.”
Portrait August 18, 2018
A Congolese doctor in Sydney
A coffee with a Congolese doctor from a Sydney hospital.
Portrait June 09, 2018
Author Gabriel Tallent
Gabriel Tallent, writer of My Absolute Darling, discusses inspiration and motivation.
Portrait April 28, 2018
Michaela McGuire, Sydney Writers’ Festival
A conversation with the artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Michaela McGuire.
Culture March 17, 2018
Ciara Phillips’ Biennale workshop
For the 21st Biennale of Sydney, artist Ciara Phillips is creating a collaborative printmaking studio, posters from which will run each week in The Saturday Paper. She talks about the role of art in social change. “I find it really difficult to explain: how do you make art? Basically it’s the sum total of all the things I think about.”
Portrait January 27, 2018
Author Debra Adelaide
A seat at the desk of academic, poet and author Debra Adelaide.
Portrait December 09, 2017
Tim Jennings and Aboriginal art
“Since he first started travelling to Utopia, Tim Jennings has been collecting paintings by various artists. His gallery, Mbantua, now has a permanent collection: 30 years’ worth of art from Utopia. ‘I thought it could be very important to see how …”
Culture November 25, 2017
Actor and director Kenneth Branagh
Well known for playing some of Shakespeare’s most flawed characters on stage and screen, Kenneth Branagh is now searching for the emotional truth behind a famous detective. Here, he talks about embodying and directing Poirot. “I was incredibly concentrated in both ways: as Poirot I was listening and looking for the lie, and as director, I was in a way, listening and looking for the lie. Both things operated at the same time.”