Susan Chenery

is a journalist who has lived and worked in Sydney, London, New York and Italy.

By this author


Culture September 02, 2017

Death-defying actor Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe’s dark charisma has helped him build a career on complicated, often villainous roles, but for his latest film he narrates a documentary about adventurers who climb and throw themselves off mountains. Such people push themselves to the edge, as Dafoe does. But he says he is not so brave – “I don’t even want to go in a hot-air balloon” – and admits to vertigo.

Culture July 29, 2017

Author Robert Drewe on his latest satire, ‘Whipbird’

Author Robert Drewe’s award-winning novels are much loved for their sharply drawn portraits of Australian life. For his latest, Whipbird, he has turned his satirical eye to the type of monied professional chasing the settler tradition by owning a modest vineyard.

Culture July 22, 2017

Katie Noonan takes to the bush

Since arriving on the music scene as a teenager in the band George, Katie Noonan has been an evolving artist. Now, she’s seeking to empower fellow female singer–songwriters in rural Australia.

News July 01, 2017

The dispute over climbing Wollumbin-Mount Warning

To the Bundjalung people, Wollumbin-Mount Warning is a sacred site. It is also a major Tweed Valley tourist attraction and the centre of a debate over who should be allowed to visit its summit.

News May 13, 2017

Homelessness after cyclone Debbie

In the aftermath of cyclone Debbie’s floodwaters, the northern New South Wales town of Murwillumbah is suffering a housing crisis, with homelessness rife.

News December 17, 2016

Land grab to take farms for Singapore Army training base

A government proposal to compulsorily acquire farmland outside Townsville, to be leased to the Singapore Army for a training base, has local graziers gearing up for a fight.

Culture December 10, 2016

Saroo Brierley on ‘Lion’ and the incredible rediscovery of his home in India

As retold in Lion, Saroo was lost as a child in India, adopted by a Tasmanian couple and then, miraculously, 25 years later tracked down his birth mother.

News October 15, 2016

NSW’s tentative steps towards racehorse rehabilitation

While Racing NSW has announced it will direct a portion of prizemoney to the welfare of horses when their racing career is over, the national industry continues to kill thousands of unwanted animals each year.

Culture July 23, 2016

Celebrated political satirist P. J. O’Rourke heads Down Under

Veteran US satirist P. J. O’Rourke on Hillary Clinton, his fondness for Trump supporters and the gonzo ethos.

News June 04, 2016

Mooball community divided over cancer cluster claims

While some residents of Mooball in northern NSW believe sandmining tailings have caused a cancer cluster, others think it’s a scare campaign to prevent development.

Culture April 23, 2016

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes hobnobs with the wealthy and titled. His social status, however, wasn’t always so polished.

Culture March 26, 2016

Jennifer Peedom’s ’Sherpa’ shows Everest through different eyes

Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom on the making of the Everest documentary Sherpa.

News February 13, 2016

Migrating bat colonies wreak havoc in northern NSW

NSW Northern Rivers residents are losing sleep as their towns succumb to chattering, defecating flying foxes. But rather than moving on the colonies, is the better answer to adapt to their existence?

Culture November 28, 2015

Dadang Christanto’s blood relations

In honour of his disappeared father, artist Dadang Christanto holds forth the memory of Indonesia’s 1965 massacres, despite considerable personal risk.

News November 07, 2015

James Hardie’s Baryulgil asbestos mining ‘genocide’

As the next generation of a northern NSW Aboriginal community waits for signs of fatal disease caused by asbestos, compensation remains non-existent.

News October 03, 2015

Global shark experts meet in Sydney to discuss rising attacks

International marine experts met this week to discuss the rising number of shark attacks in Australian waters and the technological innovations that may help to prevent them.

Culture September 19, 2015

Late life drawing of artist Peter Powditch

When the spotlight recently returned to obsessive artist Peter Powditch it inadvertently revealed an inner struggle.

Culture July 11, 2015

Nattali Rize and Blue King Brown’s rebel beats

Reggae beats lend a rhythm and flow to Nattali Rize’s passion for social and environmental causes.

Culture March 07, 2015

Would I Lie to You?’s David Mitchell reveals the truth

For British funnyman David Mitchell, falling in love with the perfect woman was easy. It was the years of waiting for her that were hell.

Culture February 07, 2015

Archie Roach on learning to let go

Singer Archie Roach’s battles with illness have made him realise that healing can only come if he lets go of past pain.

Culture September 20, 2014

Stephanie Alexander on The Cook’s Companion

A new edition of Stephanie Alexander’s A to Z kitchen bible The Cook’s Companion is a culinary event.

Culture September 13, 2014

Zach Braff’s back with new film Wish I Was Here

Actor, writer and director Zach Braff has his name all over a new and deeply personal film project. So why is he tetchy?

Culture June 28, 2014

John Michael McDonagh on his new film ’Calvary’

Writer-director John Michael McDonagh revisits his Celtic roots with the tale of a persecuted priest.

Culture May 03, 2014

Art dealer Adrian Newstead’s remote control

He helped make Aboriginal art a boom industry. Meet Coo-ee gallery owner Adrian Newstead.

Culture April 05, 2014

Rick Smolan: Out of the desert

His Day in the Life series was a phenomenal success and he still reigns as the king of coffee-table photography books. But it’s a 1970s assignment in the Australian desert that holds a special place in Rick Smolan’s heart.