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news 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.
news 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 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.
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.
news 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.
news 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.
news 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.
news March 26, 2016
Jennifer Peedom’s ’Sherpa’ shows Everest through different eyes
Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom on the making of the Everest documentary Sherpa.