Monday, December 31, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #36 Gavin Roach

Gavin Roach is a Melbourne based writer and performer.  He has two different shows in the Melbourne Midsumma 2019 festival.  Here we discuss the genesis for his shows as well as his performance practice and how to make it work as an independent artist.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tinder Tales Take Two.

After a sell-out season at the 2018 Melbourne Comedy Festival,  Tinder Tales is back for a second season.  And it is coming back with my songs, more characters, more dancing and most importantly MORE FUN. So have a listen and get some tickets and support a new Australian work. The season is at Chapel off Chapel in Prahan and you can book tickets here

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #34 Creatrix Tiara - Queer Lady Magician

Creatrix Tiara is a Queer Lady Magician and is launching their own first full length magic show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018.  I'm personally a sucker for a magic show as I still want to believe in magic. Maybe you will too after having a listen to our chat AND coming to see the show. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #33 Mama Alto part 3

Here is the last part of the episodes with the amazing Mama Alto.  Here we talk about Mama's personal art and music practice.  I would like to thank Mama for the sheer honesty and bravery in our conversation.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #32 Mama Alto part 2

This is the second part of my discussion with the incomparable Mama Alto.  It is a discussion about politics and like everything Mama does it is deeply fascinating.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #31 Mama Alto part 1

The best description for Mama Alto comes directly from the biography on Mama's website - "Mama Alto is a gender transcendent diva, cabaret artiste, jazz singer and community activist."  Mama is also extremely fascinating to converse with.  Our chat went for over two hours and so there are three episodes of our conversation. We discuss art, politics and Mama's inspirations.  Mama is a joy to spend time with,  and I hope you enjoy the time you get to spend listening to her.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #30 - Ruby Slippers

In this episode, I talk to the amazing Ruby Slippers. She is a stunning gender clown burlesque performer.  We talk about performing, body politics and the wonders of mix and match fashion - she dressed me in a fez and a kimono - and I was super happy to wear them. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #29 Anna Piper Scott - the other Almost Lesbian

Anna is the second member of the Almost Lesbian comedy show.  Her and Sophie are at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.  In this episode we gender, transitioning and where she developed her quick wit.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #28 Irene and Budi - AGMC

AGMC stands for - The Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council and is the peak body for individuals/groups from a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer multicultural background.

Here I talk to committee members Irene and Budi about the work of the organisation and about their upcoming conference.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #27 Sophie Joske - Almost Lesbians MICF 2018

Sophie Joske is a (now) Melbourne-based comedian.  Her and her comedy partner Anna's latest show "Almost Lesbians" is playing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018. 

"Sophie’s not completely gay. Anna's not completely a woman. Each of them is almost a gay woman, but not quite. Together, they’re Australia’s ninth-favourite queer comedy duo, Almost Lesbians and they’re on a mission to create the perfect Melbourne International Comedy Festival show."

Get in touch with the lesbian that's inside all of us.  

Get Tickets here Almost Lesbians MICF 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #26 - Orla Howard, Deputy Chair of Ireland's Marriage Equality campaign

Orla Howard was the Deputy Chair of the Irish Marriage Equality campaign.  She was in Australia to introduce the documentary about the campaign called "The 34th". 

"The 34th’ tells the story of the driven and dedicated people who formed Marriage Equality in Ireland, and developed it into a highly effective grassroots force with one clear goal in mind - the extension of Civil Marriage to same-sex couples."

Hear about the love story that ignited the campaign and how successful the campaign was. 

Orla is a passionate fighter for making Ireland a better place for all and currently working on the campaign to amended the Irish constitution a second time.  This time to grant Irish women the access to legal abortions.

Rory O Neill with his dog, Penny, at the March for Marriage 2010

Amy Howard aged 7 (Orla's niece) holds up her Marriage Equality poster April 2015.

Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan during the Irish Yes Equality campaign May 2015

Members of the Marriage Equality Board celebrate the passing of the Civil Marriage legislation in November 2015

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #25 - Tom Bradford - Tinder Tales. A new Australian Musical.

Tinder Tales – A New Musical, a new show from writing duo Mattie Mcleod and Thomas Bradford, is about Abby, a woman who is so stuck in her own head that she can’t simply date a guy. While trying to navigate the online dating scene her insecurities, doubts and other psychological crutches manifest themselves into characters in her mind and her mother is constantly preaching at her from the heavens as the voice of God.
In this episode, Tom and I talk about the development process of the show.
As someone who loves supporting up and coming artists and musicals, I can't wait to see this.
If you want to check out the show you can get tickets here…an-musical-1

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #24 - Mikko Makela - A Moment in the Reeds

Mikko Makela is the writer/director of A Moment in the Reeds which is one of the first Finnish films with a queer narrative. 

It tells the story Leevi, a Finn returning home to help his father renovate the family lake house and Tareq, an asylum seeker from Syria hired to help work on the renovations. 

In the Queerscreen 25th Mardi Gras film Festival guide it was described as the sexiest film of the festival.

You can check out the trailer here

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #23 Daniel Monks - Writer, Producer, Actor, Powerhouse

Daniel Monks is a writer, actor, producer and disability rights activist. He works in both film and stage.  The film he wrote and starred in "Pulse" was screened at the Queerscreen's 25th Mardi Gras Film Festival. In 2017 he starred in The Real and Imagined History of The Elephant Man at the Malthouse Theatre.  It was my personal favourite theatre production of 2017.

You may not that we don't go into detail of how Daniel acquired his disability.  I had no intention of glossing over this but since there already some great interviews with Daniel I thought we could focus on his work and that I could link to other interviews here.  So if you would like to learn more about Daniel and his lived experience, you can watch this piece from SBS The Feed. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #22 Julie Kalceff - First Day

Julie Kalceff is a filmmaker that has already had notable success with her web-series that then moved onto TV.  But here we discuss her short film "First Day".  In the images that accompany this interview is the star of the film - someone I have such respect for. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #21 Su Goldfish - The Last Goldfish

Su Goldfish has made a documentary that looks into the past that her father never spoke about to find out if she really was The Last Goldfish.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #20 Ian Thomas Ash

Ian Thomas Ash is a Japan-based documentary filmmaker.  Here we discussed his film "Boys for Sale".  The documentary looks at young male sex workers that work in Toyko Shinjuku 2-chome bars that specialise in “Urisen”.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #19 Bina Bhattacharya - Wild Dances

Bina is a bundle of positive energy.  Her enthusiasm is infectious and her dedication to ensuring perfect cultural aspects in her films is something I admire.  As it is very rare to find someone who loves Gregg Araki films as much as I do. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #18 Derek and Will

Derek Dodge and Will C. Sullivan are filmmaking husbands.  They specialise in making "improv" films.  Their latest dramatic collaboration "The Ring Thing"  is showing at Queerscreen's 25th Mardi Gras Film Festival and at Melbourne Queer Film Festival in 2018.  Here we talk about filmmaking, creative and life partnerships.   My favourite piece of advice is "Don't wait for someone to give you permission" if you want to make a film  (or any creative pursuit).  

If you would like to watch their first feature film collaboration "That's Not Us"  you can watch it on SBS on Demand.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #17 Joel Devereux

Joel is a Brisbane based photographer that specialises in capturing the images of burlesque performers.  His enthusiasm, not only for his own art but also the motto of just giving things a go is truly inspiring.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #16 William Elm - Exploring a Metamorphic Spectrum

William Elm is a multi-instrument composer whose work will take you on an aural journey unlike one that many people have travelled before. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #15 Sebastian Zagarella - Inside/Out

Sebastian Zagarella is an artist.  His Inside / Out exhibition explores and stimulates conversation around what is it to live (and thrive) with HIV today.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #14 Tim Chappel - Striving for Costume Perfection

Tim Chappel is a multi-award winning costume designer.  Most people know him for the Oscar-winning costumes for the movie "Priscilla - Queen of Desert"  but his career's work is far greater than just that one movie.  Learn more about Tim and the costumes he has created.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Elevan O'Clock #13 Phillip Lee Curtis - Putting on the Ego Jacket

Phillip Lee Curtis is an up and coming Melbourne cabaret performer.  In this episode we discussed how he got into performing, developing a show and how all artists need to put on a "ego jacket" while on stage.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Dr Catherine Barrett - LGBTI Elder Advocate

Dr Catherine Barrett is the driving force behind a project that advocates for LGBTI elders "Alice's Garage".  While she may be the driver,  the direction the project takes comes from the stakeholders.

Photo credit to Lisa White - The Social Photographer

Friday, January 5, 2018

Michael Dalton - Singer, Performer, Community Champion

Michael Dalton is a performer and the man who created the singing superstar artiste "Dolly Diamond".  His community work has been recognised for him (and her) by being awarded the Stonnington Council Citizen of the Year.