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Composer and performer Eddie Perfect's Broadway adventures included some of the highest highs and lowest lows of his career. Now with two Broadway credits and a Tony nomination on his CV, he's touring a new show of stories and songs: Introspective.Also, Robyn Nevin has been a leading talent in Australian theatre for decades, but her latest role may…
 
Andy Weir is most famous for The Martian, the science-heavy Mars survival story that was made in to a hit film starring Matt Damon, and now he's back now with a new book, Project Hail Mary.Journalist Jacqueline Maley on motherhood and ethics in her debut and the final in Michael Mohammed Ahmad's trilogy featuring his alter-ego, Bani Adam.…
 
Lorde’s song Green Light is not about the infamous green light featured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby … So then why do so many people think it is? In this week’s audio essay, I analyse and compare the green lights in both Green Light and The Great Gatsby. I try to understand why, like Gatsby, artists and audiences keep coming…
 
“Everything Housewives becomes Housewives” is the mantra of Real Housewives recapper, scholar and journalist Brian Moylan. Brian’s New York Times bestselling book, The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives is drenched with detail. It answers fans’ burning questions and charts the rise of the Bravo television franchise. Brian joins B…
 
Australia's Archibald portrait prize has been running for 100 years and remains wildly popular with punters, with its spats and controversies often more memorable than its artworks. What lies behind its appeal, and with a history of portraying and awarding a narrow range of distinguished Australians — what does it really say about us? Plus, meet th…
 
American playwright Jen Silverman is a true believer in the power of theatre. She compares her first encounters with the theatre to walking into church. Her plays have enjoyed great success in Australia and now she has written her first novel, We Play Ourselves.Also, Opera Queensland are on the road and looking to make opera fans of country music l…
 
Lisa Taddeo attracted worldwide attention with her 2019 non-fiction book, Three Women, which explored the depths of three real women's sexual desires. Now Lisa has taken that insight into the female experience, and put it in to a novel called Animal.We also take a look at how authors name their heroes and villains, and visit Perth-based children's …
 
What do I use as reference and inspiration? This week I’m giving you a look behind the scenes and sharing with you some of my favourite YouTube video essayists. These creators inspire me both in my personal life and for the podcast, so I hope you find something for you, too. Don't have time to listen? Prefer to read instead? I've published the full…
 
In the highly anticipated Friends reunion, the original cast gets together for just the second time since the hit sitcom ended in 2004. They were on a break! BW reflects on the seemingly random assortment of celebrity cameos who dropped in to talk about how much they loved Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey, and what, if anything, we l…
 
Patricia Piccinini returns to press our ethical buttons with new hyper-real silicon sculptures, staged in a hidden ballroom above Melbourne's busiest train station.Pus, what's the state of drawing in Australia? The simple act of putting pencil to paper used to be central to almost all art practices and art schools, but is it still? Two leading draw…
 
Since his Tony Award-winning performance as The Emcee in the musical Cabaret, Scottish performer Alan Cumming has been increasingly enamoured of the form, opening his own cabaret bar in New York and now taking charge of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.Also, we learn about the unifying power of roller derby in the play Ugly Virgins at the Blue Room Th…
 
The privilege of writing about the loss of a child: Women's Prize shortlisted author Patricia Lockwood on No One Is Talking About This which is laugh-out-loud funny in the first half, and is cry-out-loud devastating in the second half.And Sincerely, Ethel Malley in which Stephen Orr resuscitates the great Australian literary hoax of Ern Malley but …
 
Our May book club discussion is here! This month our pick was the 1961 novella The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. I hope you enjoy! Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing…
 
Malcolm Spellman, showrunner and head writer of the MCU’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier talks to BW about his approach to infusing contemporary politics into the superhero TV series. BW + BL read the entrails of Drag Race Down Under’s latest expulsions and surprise returns.No Mare of Easttown debrief this week, but BL + BW talk through Andrew Y…
 
For years now, Peter Drew's been challenging notions of Australian identity in his 'Aussie' poster series — join him as he pastes up his next series around Melbourne's laneways. Then hear about how Walt Disney Studios preserves its vast film stills archive, which holds the earliest sketches of beloved characters including Bambi, Dumbo and Pinocchio…
 
At the start of 2021, I stopped giving books a star rating. Why? Listen to find out! Our May book club pick is The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. This 1961 modern classic novella is about the eccentric teacher, Miss Jean Brodie, and the six pupils she takes under her wing. I’ll be discussing this on Sunday the 30th of May, so I hope you…
 
The Wadawurrung story of Parrwang, a magpie that lifted the sky to bring light to the land, is now an opera. Parrwang Lifts the Sky is by the Yorta Yorta composer and singer Deborah Cheetham and presented by Victorian Opera.Also, we visit a rehearsal of The Dispute, a work performed and co-created by children with experience of family separation, h…
 
Indian American writer, Jhumpa Lahiri, has made her name writing fiction in English, but in recent years she has been writing in Italian including her latest, Whereabouts, which she also translated into English. Also, Ella Baxter on how her writing relates to her artistic practice making death shrouds and philosopher Hugh Breakey on his philosophic…
 
Montaigne talks about working through the disappointment of the cancelled 2020 Eurovision Song Contest to come through with a new song, Technicolour, for the 2021 competition, and the process of competing via video from Australia.Happy 20th, Shrek, it’s time to celebrate millennial culture. Hannah Reich mounts an impassioned defense of the Academy …
 
We meet Gillian Wallace Horvat, the protagonist of I Blame Society, a slasher black comedy about a young female filmmaker in Los Angeles driven to kill by the frustrations of a male dominated Hollywood, and Craig Gillespie, the Australian director behind the new punk inspired Cruella starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson also joins us.…
 
We meet Gillian Wallace Horvat, the protagonist of I Blame Society, a slasher black comedy about a young female filmmaker in Los Angeles driven to kill by the frustrations of a male dominated Hollywood, and Craig Gillespie, the Australian director behind the new punk inspired Cruella starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson also joins us.…
 
When dancer Amy Hollingsworth was just 18, she suffered a potentially career-ending injury. Yet, she didn't just recover — she flourished. She's now the artistic director of the Australasian Dance Collective, which is about to make its return to the stage.Also, we hear a scene from Andrea James and Catherine Ryan's Australian gothic play Dogged now…
 
Don’t know where to start with Jane Austen? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to the second instalment of a new series on The Community Library: Author Spotlight! This week I’m talking about one of the most influential authors in the English language: Jane Austen. I’ll give you a simple rundown of her novels, and recommend which one you shoul…
 
Cheesesteaks, vaping, wawa coffee and a Philly 40. Kate Winslet as gritty, grizzled, hard bitten grandma detective Mare Sheehan is out to solve a murder durdur, while juggling many commitments including a fling with hot Guy, Pearce. BL demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge of RuPaul’s Drag Race queens AND hear from very special guest, Michelle Vi…
 
Australian-South Sudanese artist Atong Atem brilliantly flips the Ethnographic gaze to create gorgeous studio portraits with a powerful statement.Plus, how does the medium of video art exist in the era of binge watching?And Namila chats to incoming guest host Daniel Browning, a familiar voice to RN listeners — but did you know he trained as an arti…
 
David Ireland writes very funny plays that often descend into bloody chaos and despair. Most, including his controversial play Ulster American, reflect the legacy of sectarian violence in his homeland of Northern Ireland and the fractured cultural politics of today.Also, with Opera Australia back on the road, we hear Natalie Aroyan perform an aria …
 
Nikki Gemmell wants to challenge herself as a writer so her latest is a colonial gothic horror called The Ripping Tree, written over seven years while raising four children.Meanwhile, Emily Maguire tackles hoarding, consent and climate change in Love Objects, a novel that also celebrates the intense love people can feel for children that are not th…
 
Don’t know what to read next? In this episode, I recommend YOU, the listeners, your next read. I asked you on Instagram for very specific criteria, so I could have the best chance of getting it right! If your request didn’t make it into this episode, let me know if you’d like me to do a part two. If you don’t want to miss out on future audience par…
 
A special episode of Stop Everything recorded live at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, in front of a real-life, 100% capacity crowd at Carriageworks.BL + BW appeared with two special guests: Carly Findlay, the editor of Growing Up Disabled in Australia, and Sam van Zweden, the author of Eating With My Mouth Open. We discussed the body, disability, fat…
 
Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor talks about his role in lockdown film Locked Down in which he stars opposite Anne Hathaway, director Kari Skogland on how real world events shaped the Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the Italian director ofTwo of Us, of a French thriller awarded best debut film at this year’s French Oscars…
 
Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor talks about his role in lockdown film Locked Down in which he stars opposite Anne Hathaway, director Kari Skogland on how real world events shaped the Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the Italian director ofTwo of Us, of a French thriller awarded best debut film at this year’s French Oscars…
 
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