Good Night, Day FW 2016


It’s warming up in Australia, but it’s cooling down pretty much everywhere else. It means that a lot of the beautiful Fall/Winter collections are upon us and definitely not things I can even think about wearing right now. But still. They’re nice to look at, especially when the lines are as nice as this one from Canadian designer, Tara-Lynn Morrison. Plus, hey, the whole line is made from ethically-sourced fibres from South America and has been entirely knit by her. It’s a little bit magical.

You can see the full collection over on her website.You can see the full collection over on her website.



New Services Page

I’ve been offering writing services on an ad hoc, casual basis for almost a year, and figured it was time to actually set up something a little bit more formal.

With that in mind, I have set up a new Writing Services page and am offering three different banners of service (with a few different options under each), namely in Content and Marketing, Copywriting, and Proofreading and Editing.

I’m pretty stoked to get this formally up on my website. It feels like the start of a new chapter, or, at least, a sign of me getting it all together.

You can check out my Writing Services page here.

Oscars 21


As we inch towards the end of the 1940s, cinema seems to spin it’s wheels.With the exception of a few great films – The Red Shoes and The Search in particular, the year was dominated by bloated Westerns and leaden historical epics like Joan of Arc and The Three Musketeers. It makes for a strange amalgamation of films, a lot of which, to be frank, aren’t all that good.

There also wasn’t a whole lot happening culturally that was that significant. It is worth mentioning that Hamlet is the first non-Hollywood production to have won Best Picture though, as it is relevant too to note that Jane Wyman was the first actress to win Best Actress without any lines of dialogue for her moving turn in Johnny Belinda.

Otherwise there’s not much else for me to say about this year of Oscar nominees. There were no new categories, and the overall calibre of films was, as I said above, pretty average. So hey, let’s just jump straight into the ones that are worth watching.

Five Films to Watch



The Search really surprised me. There were so many World War II films around this era, but this film focuses less on the war than the affect it had on bystanders. The story about a boy escaping an orphanage trying to find his mother after the end of the war who he was separated from in a concentration camp is moving, tender and beautifully put together. I was a m.e.s.s. by the end, and can’t really recommend it highly enough.


The Red Shoes really entered our cultural canon upon it’s release and has been an inspiring work for many modern films. It’s not hard to see why. It’s beautifully shot, capturing the intensity and the challenges of creative and artistic expression, and the complexities of the psyche. It’s beautiful to watch, and just about rips your heart out at the end.


There’s a long history of films set in psychiatric wards, and The Snake Pit is a compelling, if flawed addition to the sub-genre. It’s brought to life by the stellar performance of Olivia de Havilland, and is an intriguing look at memory, trauma and mental health.


I’m not the biggest fan of westerns. A lot of them can be hyper-masculine and promote toxic attitudes towards women and people of colour. A good western can be damn good though, and Red River is a good western. The story of a man driven to tyranical behaviour due to the harshness of circumstance and the powerplay that ensues with his adopted son is powerful and affecting.



Johnny Belinda was another surprise for me. The story of a deaf woman being raped and having to fight to keep her baby sounds horribly depressing and manipulative, but it’s a powerful film grounded in a stunning performance from Jane Wyman. Plus the cinematography is A+.

For previous years, check out the Oscars Project tag.

Sunday Circle: what I’m writing this week

For background on the Sunday Circle, see this post.

What am I working on this week
I’m finally at the last act in my revisions of the BDLN. It’s a bit of a thrill, and something I am generally pretty excited to be getting into. A lot of the loose ends are tying up, and the beats between characters are getting pretty satisfying to write. Fingers crossed that this week these revisions will be complete!

What’s inspiring me this week?
I’ve been watching a lot of old crime, noir thrillers lately and it’s made for an exciting viewing experience, and one that’s really helped me to think about the way that I write rising tension. In particular, The Window which plays like a 1940s Witness, and Sorry, Wrong Number, about a woman who accidentally overhears a murder plot after a telephone operator patches her through to the wrong line, are both really interesting movies with great performances and taut, tightly told narratives.

I’ve also been watching Band of Brothers, which is a terrific World War II epic miniseries. It’s beautifully shot, and excellently shows the powerplays within ranks of soldiers. It’s pretty great.

What part of my project an I avoiding?
Last week, I really had to reassess my general writing habits and try and find a new balance. I actually think I’ve got a new firm habit now which is basically working for me. It’s great to feel like I’m getting things done again, and it means I’m actually not really avoiding much at the moment? So yes! Just getting straight back into it. 

Anyway, what are you working on? Leave your answers in the comments below or link me to your blog!

Friday Finds


In  the spring of 1969 Angela Carter won the Somerset Maugham Award. Her £500 bursary was to be spent on foreign travel. She first went to the United States, with her husband Paul Carter, from whom she was becoming increasingly estranged. She then went to Japan, alone.

This article on Angela Carter’s time in Japan is a wonderful profile of isolation, excitement, creativity, and being a strange artist in a strange and artful place.

Read the piece over at The Times Literary Supplement here. 

I am so, so excited for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events! It looks awesome / I am EVEN MORE EXCITED for the new season of Black Mirror which is probably my favourite show period / this list of true crime podcasts is giving me a lot of new listening / queerness in rural America / these interiors are gooorgeous / Junot Diaz’ in-conversations are always worth the read, and this one on Vox is especially good / and finally, how to finish that fucking book, you monster.

Fight Club (1999)


I first read Fight Club when I was in highschool, and it began a love affair with Chuck Palahniuk that, look, now as an adult I look back on pretty critically. Regardless, it’s pretty hard to deny that Fight Club has been massively influential on pop culture. It’s exploration of the pitfalls and upswings of masculinity are fully realised and fascinatingly toxic. It helps that the film adaptation is ridiculously well-made, from Jim Uhls’ very good script adaptation to David Fincher’s masterful direction and the exciting, innovative performances by Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter.

It’s been interesting reading the screenplay as it’s such a dialogue heavy script, with little visual description or direction. It makes for a fun and fast-paced read, and showcases the skill of the performers and art department teams in really visually realising the film. It’s really worth the read, and is an interesting, slender script that’ll get you thinking.

You can read the screenplay here.

Sydney / Melbourne


Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve state-hopped a couple of times, going from Brisbane, Queensland to Rural New South Wales to Melbourne, Victoria. It was a great trip, and one that let me spend time with my sister, her partner and my little nephew, and then with my mum and her partner.

I always enjoy the trip, mostly because Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are such totally different places. Sydney is such an urban jungle, while Melbourne feels like this quasi-European city. Both are far cries from Brisbane which is equal parts sparse, metropolitan and tropical. The contrast between each often reignites me creatively, especially in terms of thinking about the way locations and settings inform character and story.

But that’s a subject for another post and another day. Instead, I’m sharing some of the photos I took on my trip. My interest in old buildings and certainly comes through, haha.