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culture May 1, 2021

Barrister Geoffrey Robertson

After a lifetime spent defending human rights, Geoffrey Robertson’s faith in international law is fading. But he is fighting on.

culture April 24, 2021

French actor Isabelle Huppert

As Isabelle Huppert marks 50 years in front of the camera, her latest film, The Godmother, offers her the chance to create another layered, complex character.

art April 17, 2021

Thai mural master Phaptawan Suwannakudt

Thai–Australian artist Phaptawan Suwannakudt has been challenging norms throughout her distinguished career, which began when her famous father taught her to paint.

theatre April 10, 2021

Playwright Joanna Murray-Smith

After a long and successful career, dramatist Joanna Murray-Smith returns to her roots with a new play opening this month at the Melbourne Theatre Company.

comedy April 3, 2021

Comedy trio Aunty Donna

With a Netflix show and a headline at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the surreal troupe Aunty Donna has come a long way from their Ballarat days.

dance March 27, 2021

Performance artist Rakini Devi

Performance artist Rakini Devi’s first solo exhibition brings her classical dance training to a multilayered investigation of how women are erased by misogyny and violence.

theatre March 20, 2021

American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins – whose play Appropriate has just opened at the STC – takes the tropes of white playwriting and turns them into Black comedy.

music March 13, 2021

Hamilton star Jason Arrow

Jason Arrow will be bringing his own interpretations to the title role in the highly anticipated Australian production of Hamilton.

law & crime March 13, 2021

Inquiries into parliamentary culture

New details of the alleged sexual assault of Brittany Higgins continue to emerge, as calls grow for an independent inquiry into Attorney-General Christian Porter over a separate rape allegation.

books March 6, 2021

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Việt Thanh Nguyễn

With the release of the much anticipated sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathiser, writer Vit Thanh Nguyn reflects on his 20-year struggle with fiction.

books February 27, 2021

Feminist writer and editor Koa Beck

Koa Beck’s new book examines how white feminism’s commodification and systematic exclusions are rooted in a knotted history of racism.