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Nathan Maynard is one of Australia's funniest and most clear-sighted playwrights. The Palawa writer had a hit with The Season and now he's back with At What Cost? A play that explores the thorny issue of who decides who can claim Aboriginal heritage.Also, how are theatres coping with surging COVID cases? We check in with Belvoir, Opera Australia an…
 
New Zealand’s wellness-horror-comedy Creamerie and Australia’s 80s newsroom drama The Newsreader couldn’t be more different, but both are examples of top-shelf locally made series.Go behind the scenes of both shows with Creamerie writer-director Roseanne Liang and co-creator and cast member Perlina Lau, and The Newsreader’s co-creator and writer Mi…
 
The former artistic director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, steals the spotlight to interview his partner, Noonuccal Nuugi playwright and director Wesley Enoch.Also, Yorta Yorta composer and singer Deborah Cheetham talks about the making of her opera Parrwang Lifts the Sky, based on the Wadawurrung story of the magpie who brought light…
 
Let’s revisit one of Stop Everything’s most popular interviews of 2021: our celebrity memoir book club with National Trinket, Shane Jenek, aka Courtney Act.Brisbane-born Shane is known around the world as drag queen Courtney Act. Courtney’s appeared on Australian Idol, RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Bi Life, Dancing with the Stars, One Plus One on ABC TV …
 
The Australian film Nitram dramatises the events leading up to the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre. In a wide ranging discussion, director Justin Kurzel and screenwriter Shaun Grant discussed what inspired them to make a film about this real life tragedy, the themes they sought to explore, and the similarities and differences to their earlier films Snowt…
 
The Booker-winning author Pat Barker's preoccupation with who's allowed to speak and who isn't continues in The Women of Troy, a sequel to The Silence of the Girls, her exploration of women in the Ancient Greek classics.Also, New Animal author, Ella Baxter, on how her writing relates to her artistic practice making death shrouds the final in Michae…
 
Hello 2022! Please be kind. Our offering for the new year is a closer look at local versions of international reality TV blockbusters: Drag Race and The Real Housewives, aka brand Benjamin Law.First up, RuPaul’s ride-or-die Michelle Visage dropped by ahead of the inaugural season of Drag Race Down Under.Then, Brian Moylan on his tell-all book about…
 
The rediscovery of Hilma af Klint's abstract paintings has taken the art world by storm, but what meaning can we find in her powerful, mysterious work? Plus, artist and designer W.H. Chong on the secret behind the perfect book cover.And head into the bush with immersive landscape painter Mary Tonkin.…
 
Settle in for deep and meaningful chats with two of our favourite Stop Everything! guests of 2021: screenwriter and director Steven Canals and singer, songwriter and artist Ngaiire.Steven reflects on the end of Pose, the award-winning series hailed as ground breaking for trans representation. Steven shares what it was like to be in the room when se…
 
Performance art tests the limits of the body and the gallery space. Fiona Kelly McGregor's latest book relives its bracing ascendancy in Sydney's queer and underground scene, and the well-known and lesser-known artists who lived and breathed it.Plus, performance artists Justin Shoulder and Stelarc. And, how do art galleries preserve performance art…
 
What can a 60-year-old play about drunk and sometimes spiteful American academics tell us about culture and race relations in Australia? Director Margaret Harvey shares her bold vision for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.Also, we hear a performance from Black Brass, inspired by stories of resilience from Perth's African communities and we meet some …
 
"It's such a contradiction in life how much we learn from suffering," says actor and writer Ethan Hawke who tells The Book Show about his fourth novel A Bright Ray of Darkness. Darkness and light is a recurring theme in our other author interviews with American Patricia Lockwood and Australian Jessie Tu.…
 
Remember that window in 2021 when there were few covid cases, no lockdowns and people could travel across state borders? Yeah! That actually happened, and during that blessed window, we hosted a show, live, from the Sydney Writers Festival.Ok sure, BW was beamed in via a giant screen on stage, but three out of four people on a stage ain’t bad.In th…
 
The long-awaited revival of Sex and the City is out! How are Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte faring in 2021 without Samantha?Trigger, er we mean spoiler warning — BW and BL talk about And Just Like That’s woke moments, deaths, diversity, and podcast developments. Also: Jenna Guillaume shares her top #Christmance movies and BL and BW trade notes on me…
 
Franklin Sirmans is the curator of Family: Visions of a Shared Humanity, an exhibition of video works by renowned Black American, British and Canadian artists, including Arthur Jafa and Garrett Bradley.Plus, 'hyper-surreal' sculpture made with fake food.And enter the studio of Darwin plein air painter Max Bowden as she works through the Top End’s B…
 
We watched a lot of TV in 2021. We’re looking back at shows we loved and the TV moments staining our memories [hello Armond from The White Lotus]. We’re also talking about the TV culture shifts we noticed in 2021, the TV we want to see more of in 2022, and the TV we’re happy to toss in the bin.Featuring two friends of Stop Everything: Patrick Lento…
 
Writer-director Adam McKay on his disaster movie comedy Don't Look Up as a satire of inaction on climate change, plus he reflects on Succession's success as one of that show's directors and executive producer. Fellow American Dasha Nekrasova (Red Scare podcast) talks about her debut feature, The Scary of Sixty-First, a horror movie inspired by the …
 
Elaine Crombie is a powerhouse of an actor and singer on stage and screen. Her new role sees her performing with Bangarra Dance Theatre in Wudjang: Not the Past — a co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company at the Sydney Festival.Also, we're joined by Bangarra's artistic director Stephen Page and his recently announced successor Frances Rings a…
 
Unlike many authors, Jodi Picoult decided to take on COVID-19 in Wish You Were Here, because Picoult says, "we need to remember everything we got wrong while we were learning what this disease is".Also, the salvation of poetry in Brendan Cowell's Plum and The Kindness of Birds by Filipino Australian writer Merlinda Bobis.…
 
It’s the year 10191. We’re folding time and space and going deep on the science fiction classic, Dune.We start with Frank Herbert’s best-selling 1965 novel, make a pit stop at David Lynch’s indelible and sometimes inscrutable 1984 screen adaptation, and finally contemplate Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded 2021 release of Dune part one. Science ficti…
 
Dune director Denis Villeneuve discusses casting Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and interpreting the Arabic and Islamic influences in Frank Herbert's original novel. Plus, the film's Australian cinematographer Greig Fraser explains why the desert sky is white, and fellow Aussie Ari Wegner, who shot Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, talks ero…
 
Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is now a jukebox musical. But how has this achingly personal collection of songs been transformed into a show about an American family coming apart at the seams? We ask the show's Oscar and Tony-winning writer, Diablo Cody.Also, we meet American playwright Will Arbery. His play Heroes of the Fourth Turning, la…
 
Scottish crime writer Val McDermid's new book, 1979, is the beginning of a new series inspired by her own experience as a newspaper journalist in the 1970s and 80s.Also, to celebrate International Day of People With Disability we have some recommendations for speculative fiction novels that centre disabled characters, and…
 
We’re rolling in the deep with Adele’s new album, 30, and two international TV specials to celebrate its launch. It’s been six years since Adele’s last album and a lot of life lived in between, including a divorce. BL + BW have listened to 30 many times and are ready to talk!It’s 2021 and Superman has come out as bisexual. Jonathan Kent, the son of…
 
Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude on his Berlinale Golden Bear winner Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, a black comedy about a middle aged school teacher fighting the moral panic over her appearance in an online sex tape. Plus, director Tom McCarthy on Stillwater, the follow up to his Oscar winner Spotlight starring Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin and Camille…
 
When a devastating diagnosis halted Michelle Ryan's dance career, she spent ten years away from the stage, but then some giants of dance brought her back into the spotlight. She's now artistic director of Adelaide's Restless Dance Theatre, which turns 30 this year.Also, award-winning playwright Kendall Feaver confronts sexual assault on campus in W…
 
"I never sunk into complacency in any aspect of my life." Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo on her latest book, Manifesto, about her unconventional path to success.Also, Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood on cultivating a rich inner life in The Luminous Solution, and the 2021 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Abdulrazak Gurnah, on how he became …
 
It’s Ausmusic Month and to celebrate Stop Everything! brings you interviews with some of the best musical talents our country has to offer.Firstly: BARKAA. Earlier this year, the Malyangapa and Barkindji rapper took the stage at the Sydney Opera House with her daughter to perform a moving rendition of ‘I know I can.’ She chats with Ben about her de…
 
Award-winning actor Rosamund Pike speaks about her new role in a fantasy show that aspires to take the Game of Thrones throne, The Wheel of Time, and rising New Zealand talent Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie discusses her lead role in Last Night in Soho, plus, director Madeleine Martiniello on her documentary Palazzo Di Cozzo, a portrait of Melbourne's …
 
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