Earlier this year I was walking around in a daze, and also London, trying to figure out what to with my life. My marriage appeared to be over, I had nowhere to live, and the quaint British tradition of charging AU$8 for what I will charitably called “coffee-tinted imitation liquid” was fast draining my savings.
In a fit of confusion, I decided to properly cover the 2016 election. No, not that one. The boring one. The Australian one. I flew home, bought a car, and took off on the road to see what a federal election looked like on the ground instead of through the filter of 24 hour news and social media. I wrote about my adventures for Vice, and had initially planned to collect all of the articles into a book. As I went on, it became clear that the book was going to be something else entirely. Not just disjointed tales of electorates and MPs, but its own distinct tale of being on the road and finding yourself at a crossroads. A metaphorical crossroads. The first road is real, the crossroad is a metaphor. Look, it doesn’t matter. You’re getting hung up on this point.
I spent two months driving around Australia, meeting politicians and voters, navigating big cities and hidden towns, and having some of the strangest encounters of my life. If you want a snapshot of Australian politics in 2016, it’s that. If you want an emotive journey of painful introspection, it’s that too. If you want a road trip journal, it’s absolutely that. If you want a bunch of jokes, then I’ve got you covered.
Double Dissolution: Heartbreak and Chaos on the Campaign Trail is out in bookstores and available online now, so why not buy eight or nine copies and see for yourself.
Talking the new releases of June 2016 (The Nice Guys, When Marnie Was There, Holding the Man), looking at the new rules Paramount imposed for Star Trek fan films, and discussing the filmography of Guillermo Del Toro with Sophie Mayer and Maria Lewis – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 30 June 2016
Talking the new releases of May 2016 (Captain America: Civil War, Mustang, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), looking at the vitriolic backlash against yet-to-be-released female-led blockbusters like Ghostbusters and Star Wars: Rogue One, and discussing the filmography of Jim Henson with Sophie Mayer and Alice Lowe – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 May 2016
Talking the new releases of April 2016 (Black Mountain Poets, Victoria, Our Little Sister), looking back at the works of legendary documentary filmmaker Shirley Clarke, and discussing the filmography of Antonia Bird with Sophie Mayer and Kate Hardie – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 30 April 2016
Talking the new releases of March 2016 (Anomalisa, The Pearl Button, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), looking at the push to stream new release films into our homes, and discussing the filmography of the Coen Brothers with Sophie Mayer and Martyn Pedler – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 March 2016
Talking the new releases of February 2016 (13 Hours, A Bigger Splash, Rams), asking if our feelings of fatigue towards new releases is universal, and discussing the filmography of Max Ophüls with Sophie Mayer and Laura Mulvey – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 January 2016
Official launch of Night Terrace season two, an audio science fiction comedy series co-created with John Richards, Ben McKenzie, Petra Elliott and David Ashtong
Talking the new releases of January 2016 (The Hateful Eight, Room, Creed), looking at how we use cinema to mourn our screen icons, and discussing the filmography of John Carpenter with Sophie Mayer and Garth Franklin – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 January 2016
Disappointing news that Lego has refused to supply blocks for controversial Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s upcoming installation. This is a huge change of tune given their classic, inclusive 1981 print ad.