Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reviewers’ Choice: Top 3 reads for 2015

I've been very fortunate to review for Australia's science fiction literary magazine Aurealis. It features fantastic original work from Australia's best writers, reviews and commentary about the industry, and every month I'm able to read the latest in SF publications and share my thoughts on them. Here are my top 3 picks from my readings 2015:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lady Parts Episode 1.05: Spectre

Bond is back, taking on the Spectre organisation and Bond's nemesis, Blofeld. and frankly, I'm not

I was raised on Bond. My dad loved the series and I don't think he ever realised the implication of the sexual politics of Bond, and as a kid I didn't care. Exotic settings, explosions, kick arse theme songs (Live and Let Die is the greatest movie theme song ever), and fantastic set pieces. The dialogue is snappy, the casting often beyond awesome (Alan Cumming in Goldeneye is genius), and the tech are hilarious. As an adult, I see the series differently.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lady Parts Episode 1.04: Crimson Peak

I am not a fan of horror or gore or things that go bump in the night generally. Largely due to an overactive imagination, but also cause I'm a scaredy cat of the highest order.

So going to see a gothic romance by Guillermo Del Toro may have seemed a poor life choice. And it was.

Friday, July 31, 2015

LadyParts Episode 1.03: Macbeth

As a creator and as a curator, representation and access are two critical issues I consider in all of my
projects, and the in the projects I work with.

Representation: exploring and challenging representations of Australian stories, recognising that there is no universal experience, and economically, geographically, and socially isolated communities have as much to contribute to the cultural landscape, if not more so. Showcasing new voices and new stories is important in developing a nuanced and vibrant cultural community, and there is a gross under-representation of women, people of colour, and people with disabilities within publishing and production, both as creators and characters.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Bees Review

To the casual observer a beehive is the model of order and functionality – a society built to support itself. Each bee with a purpose and a place, each with a contribution and personally responsible for the success, or failure, of their community.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lady Parts Episode 1.02: JurassicWorld

Have you ever loved a book so much it informed your life? Jurassic Park was that book. I first read
the book after seeing the movie when I was 11, and I lost my bundle. It wasn't a particularly big bundle (I was only 11), but it was one of those movies that tapped into something internal. I'd always had a thing for dinosaurs and this fuelled the passion (so to speak). When I read the book a year later, more bundles were dropped. Michael Crichton introduced me to a swathe of ideas my tiny 12-year old brain was not ready for - chaos theory, God-complex, biological imperative...and more dinosaurs. This book changed the way I looked at decision-making, authority figures, and conservation. It inspired my interest complex reasoning, animal rights (don't laugh), and critical thinking.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lady Parts Episode 1.01: Mad Max: Fury Road

Not-so-secret project is officially out in the world! Over the past few months, friend and colleague Sophie Overett and I have been developing a new podcast title Lady Parts: Girls on (genre) film exploring the roles of women in front of and behind the cinematic camera.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Write On!

Have you played a chromatic scale on a bassoon? It is hellish – all thumbs and embouchure – and for my teenaged self it was my driving goal. Every day I practiced. Finger blisters, facial tics, and bleeding lip (I wish I was kidding) would not deter me. And a few weeks later - booyah!! Not only could I play a chromatic scale, but play it well and with ease, and the proficiency I developed in my practice elevated my creative technique.