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Culture May 02, 2020
Author Jess Hill’s inner power
Jess Hill’s incisive examination of domestic violence saw the journalist win the coveted Stella Prize last month. But the four-year project also took an immense personal toll. “All that advice about self-care … I didn’t do any of it. I almost pointedly didn’t do it. I thought: ‘You need to feel, even just one iota of the pain and suffering the people you are talking to are feeling.’ If I was feeling really relaxed and detached from it, I wouldn’t be able to write about it in the way I wanted to … I sort of had to inhabit it.”
Portrait November 02, 2019
NSW Rural Fire Service’s Shane Fitzsimmons
A walk through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons.
News April 18, 2020
Resilience NSW commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons
After leading the NSW Rural Fire Service through the summer’s bushfire crisis, Shane Fitzsimmons has now taken up a new challenge – how the state will recover from Covid-19.
Culture October 12, 2019
Australian Brandenberg Orchestra’s Paul Dyer
Watching and listening to the artistic director of the Australian Brandenberg Orchestra, Paul Dyer.
Portrait March 30, 2019
Theatre director Jessica Arthur
Talking process with Sydney Theatre Company’s resident director Jessica Arthur.
Culture February 09, 2019
OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn
A tour through the headquarters of food distributor OzHarvest with CEO Ronni Kahn.
Portrait January 26, 2019
Sydney Lunar Festival’s Valerie Khoo
A chat with Australian Writers’ Centre founder, visual artist and curator of the 2019 City of Sydney Lunar Festival Valerie Khoo.
Portrait December 01, 2018
Big hART’s Scott Rankin
Lunch with Scott Rankin, the creative director of the arts and social change organisation, Big hART.
Culture November 24, 2018
The passions of artist Saskia Boddeke
The immersive works of multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke reflect her belief in the need for deep, emotional engagement in art. It was a passion shared by Matisse’s Russian patron Sergey Shchukin, the subject of Boddeke’s film installation in the Masters of modern art from the Hermitage exhibition. “Art is an absolute necessity; it is a universal thing we share. All over the world, we express ourselves in painting, in music, in speaking, in putting words in an order that touch your heart. That is how we recognise things. Art makes us civil. Art makes us look – not only at paintings, but at other people. It shows us the beauty in difference.”
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 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.”