From the Lighthouse
The Wandering: An Interview with Intan Paramaditha

The Wandering: An Interview with Intan Paramaditha

May 19, 2021

Join Michelle as she talks with prize-winning author, Intan Paramaditha, to discuss her novel, The Wandering. Intan Paramaditha was nominated for the Stella Prize in Australia and awarded the Tempo Best Literary Fiction in Indonesia, English PEN Translates Award, and PEN/ Heim Translation Fund Grant from PEN America. She is the author of the short story collection Apple and Knife and the editor of Deviant Disciples: Indonesian Women Poets, part of the Translating Feminisms series of Tilted Axis Press in the UK. She holds a PhD from New York University and teaches media and film studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. 

Does My Head Look Big in This? Interview with Randa Abdel-Fattah

Does My Head Look Big in This? Interview with Randa Abdel-Fattah

May 5, 2021

Join Michelle Hamadache as she talks to Randa Abdel-Fattah, award winning writer and activist, about her very first novel, Does My Head Look Big in This? Randa will be appearing at this year's Sydney Writer's Festival: https://www.swf.org.au/writers/randa-abdel-fattah/

Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko: A Tale of Fire and Ice

Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko: A Tale of Fire and Ice

November 4, 2020

This week Michelle is joined by Jimmy and special guest, Khoa Tran, to discuss Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko. Join us as we discuss revenge, class, mythology, identity and whether or not Khoa can make his hair swish like a cat's tail.

The Bored and the Beautiful - Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura

The Bored and the Beautiful - Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura

October 21, 2020

This week Michelle is joined by Jimmy and special guest, Khoa Tran, to discuss Antonioni's L'Avventura. Join us as we discuss gender, class, boredom, weird sex scenes, and fight over whether this is a subversive masterpiece, or a tedious exploration of ennui. 

Page Richards on the changing states and stakes of literary fiction in contemporary times

Page Richards on the changing states and stakes of literary fiction in contemporary times

October 7, 2020

In this week's episode of From the Lighthouse, join Michelle as she talks with Page Richards, director of Hong Kong University's MFA program and prize-winning poet and vaudeville artist. They discuss the changing states and stakes of literary fiction in contemporary times.

Before Shackleton there was  Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Sur”

Before Shackleton there was Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Sur”

September 2, 2020

Join Associate Professor Jane Messer and Michelle as they discuss Ursula K. Le Guin's speculative short story "Sur" about the group of women explorers who arrived at the Antarctic's South Pole, well before Shackleton. 

Graham Greene’s ‘A Little Place Off the Edgware Road’ and Paddy OReilly’s ‘Baggage Claim’

Graham Greene’s ‘A Little Place Off the Edgware Road’ and Paddy OReilly’s ‘Baggage Claim’

August 19, 2020

Associate Professor Jane Messer joins Michelle to discuss a short horror story by Graham Greene, 'A Little Place Off the Edgware Road' and another short story by Australian writer, Paddy O'Reilly, 'Baggage Claim'. If you'd like to read O'Reilly's short story before listening, her story was published in Overland and the link is provided below.

https://overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-231/fiction-paddy-oreilly/

“The mother’s injuries are to be handed down to the daughter”: Love and Destruction in Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata

“The mother’s injuries are to be handed down to the daughter”: Love and Destruction in Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata

August 5, 2020

Michelle and Jimmy are joined in this episode by Media Arts teacher and film fanatic, Khoa Tran, to discuss, Autumn Sonata, Ingmar Bergman's late masterpiece about the difficult and, at times, destructive relationship between mothers and daughters.

The Relentlessness of Memory in  Michael Haneke’s Caché

The Relentlessness of Memory in Michael Haneke’s Caché

July 22, 2020

In this episode of From the Lighthouse, Jimmy and Michelle talk about Michael Haneke's 2005 intriguing and enigmatic film Caché.  The film, starring Juliet Binoche and Daniel Auteil, explores the absence of remorse and the relentlessness of memory in the life of French intellectual Georges, charting Georges response as the family start receiving anonymous video cassettes and crayon drawings reminding Georges of his childhood transgression against a young Algerian boy, Majid. The film explores the long shadow of French colonial violence against Algerians and critiques a national response that refuses to acknowledge the past. 

Classic Teendaptation #6: Get Over It

Classic Teendaptation #6: Get Over It

July 8, 2020

Get Over It is a 2001 teen adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This week, Stephanie and Kirstin discuss Kirsten Dunst, teen romance, and overexcited dogs.

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