Destination Arnold

Have just been to see a preview of Destination Arnold, a soon to be shown on ABC-TV documentary, produced by my friend, Michaela Perske. I never thought I'd be interested in the world of female bodybuilding, but it was absolutely brilliant. I cared about the women involved, and loved the honesty of the emotions and [...]

Sydney and Central Australia

Lizzie Ellis, Still #3, Tjawina Porter at Kuruyurltu, still image from film 'Kuruyurltu', shot by Matthew Woodham. Copyright Tjarlirli Art 2014

There are two really wonderful exhibitions currently on display: one featuring art from Central Australia, the other focussing on homelessness in Sydney. Although I quite enjoyed the one about homelessness, it was new art exhibition which really excited me most. I'd love to share some images here, but no photography was allowed, and so I've [...]

Boomali Aboriginal Art Gallery

Sue and I enjoyed a fabulous afternoon at Boomali Aboriginal Art Gallery. The current exhibition is on there until February. Both Sue and I really liked a couple of works, which might turn out to be our Christmas presents to ourselves. As with all art purchases, there's a degree of "think it over" involved. That [...]

88 Documentary

Thought I'd give a mention to a documentary my friend, Michaela Perske has produced and co-written called "88". The documentary goes back to 1988, the year of the Australian Bicentenary, and tells the story of some of the many thousands of Indigenous people who travelled from all over Australia to join in protests on January [...]

Boyers and Bitches

The Governor General and Geraldine Doogue

There was a real moment of history being in the audience for the speech delivered by the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, as part of The Boyer Lecture Series. In the midst of a speech about celebrating the diversity of Australian life, the two most news-worthy (and much quoted comments) concerned her (hinted) support for same-sex marriage, [...]

The Darkside and Frank Yamma

The Darkside

I went to one of (maybe the first public screening) of the new film by Warwick Thornton, previously known for such brilliant works as Samson and Delilah (director) and The Sapphires (director of photography). In contrast to the clear, strong narrative of those two films, you need to work out your own "narrative" for The [...]

Saturday Surprise

CBD 2010 by Zhou Jie

I had no real plans for the day, aside from a bit of house-cleaning, reading and some catch-up TV. It's been a busy week at work, and I have another busy one ahead of me. On top of that, there's the possibility of the Federal Election being called tomorrow which will involve some time in [...]

Pop Up Radio Stations

I was asked to present a paper at "Radio Days Jo'burg" on Australia's experience with pop up radio stations. This paper was a significantly expanded and quite different paper to the one which I presented at "Radio Days Europe" at Berlin in March. This is the text from the speech I prepared (along with some [...]