Cultural Crush featuring Richard Glover w/ Kate Mulvany and Annabel Crabb w/ Frank Moorhouse
If you could interview anyone, who would it be?
Top Fairfax writers nominate their dream subject to cross-examine in front of an audience.
Annabel Crabb interviews Frank Moorhouse
Richard Glover interviews Kate Mulvany
Kate Mulvany is a leading Australian actress, playwright and screenwriter.
As a writer, Kate has written and produced over 25 plays and screenplays, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning autobiographical piece ‘The Seed’.
After two sell-out seasons at Company B Belvoir, ‘The Seed’ went on to tour Australia and is currently in feature film development.
Kate also co-wrote the musical ‘Somewhere’ with comedian Tim Minchin and adapted ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘Macbeth’ for Bell Shakespeare. Her recent retelling of ‘Medea’ won five Sydney Critics Awards and an AWGIE award after a highly-acclaimed Belvoir season, and has recently completed a sell-out season at London’s Gate Theatre. Her adaptation of the best-selling children’s book ‘Masquerade’ also had successful seasons for the Sydney and Melbourne International Arts Festivals in 2015. For the Anzac Day Centenary Commorations, Kate wrote the libretto for the oratorio ‘Towards First Light’ with composer Iain Grandage for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She is also a television screenwriter and has worked with several Australian production houses including Southern Star, Beyond and Matchbox.
Kate is also an award-winning actor. She has performed for every major theatre company across Australia under such luminaries as Cate Blanchett (STC), John Bell (Bell Shakespeare) and Neil Armfield (Belvoir). Her major roles include Antigone, Lady Macbeth, Cassius in ‘Julius Caesar’, Shelley in ‘Buried Child’, Catherine in ‘Proof’, Dottie in ‘Killer Joe’, and Dorine in Bell Shakespeare’s recent ‘Tartuffe’. She recently played Mrs Bucktin in the Belvoir production of Jasper Jones.
On television, Kate has appeared in some of Australia’s most successful television series, including dramatic roles on ‘My Place’, ‘The Underbelly Files: ‘The Man Who Got Away’, ‘Winter’, ‘Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries’ and the upcoming ‘Secret City’.
Kate is also recognised for her vast array of comic roles in ‘The Chaser’s War on Everything’, ‘Chandon Pictures’’ and ‘The Hamster Wheel’. The esteemed Australian documentary series ‘Australian Story’ recently devoted an episode to Kate’s life and her work as an ambassador for two charities in South-East Asia – MiVAC and Agent Orange Justice.
On film, Kate appears in the successful Australian feature films ‘The Final Winter’, ’Griff the Invisible’ and ‘The Little Death’. Kate also stars in ‘The Turning’, based on the best-selling novel by Tim Winton, as well as in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, playing Mrs McKee.
Richard Glover‘s weekly humour column has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald for more than 20 years. He also presents the top-rating Drive show on ABC radio in Sydney.
His most recent book is Flesh Wounds – other published works include a George Clooney’s Haircut – and Other Cries for Help, Desperate Husbandsand In bed with Jocasta. Richard has written a few stage shows, including Lonestar and A Christmas Story, which was performed at the Sydney Opera House. Richard lives with the Australian writer Debra Oswald,
Frank Moorhouse was born in the coastal town of Nowra, NSW. He worked as an editor of small-town newspapers and as an administrator and in the 1970s became a full-time writer. He has written fiction, non fiction, screenplays and essays and edited many collections of writing. Forty Seventeen was given a laudatory full-page review by Angela Carter in the New York Times and was named Book of the Year by the Age and ‘moral winner’ of the Booker Prize by the London magazine Blitz. Grand Days, the first novel in The Edith Trilogy, won the SA Premier’s Award for Fiction. Dark Palace won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Age Book of the Year Award. Frank has undertaken numerous fellowships and his work has been translated into several languages. He was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to literature in 1985 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Griffith University in 1997.
Annabel Crabb is a writer and broadcaster with the ABC. She is a regular guest on ABC News 24’s 6pm current affairs show The Drum, and on ABC TV’s Sunday morning politics programme Insiders. Annabel also hosts her own ABC political cooking show, Kitchen Cabinet, in which she invites herself around to the homes of federal MPs in search of food and conversation.
She received two Logie nominations in 2013 including the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent and Most Popular New Female Talent for her work on the show. At this year’s Walkley awards Annabel was nominated for The Drum, Fairfax Sundays and The Monthly, “A Crying Shame”, “The Tradies v The Ladies” and “Men Will Sleep Easier if there’s a 50/50 Quota”. She writes a weekly column for the Sun Herald, Sunday Times (Canberra) and Sunday Age.
She won a Walkley Award in 2009 for her Quarterly Essay ‘Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull’, and has published two political books, ‘Losing It’ and ‘Rise Of The Ruddbot’.
In 2014, Annabel released a new book, The Wife Drought – a humorous yet thought provoking take on work-life balance for men and women. It has become a best-seller and was short-listed for the Australian Book Industry Association’s non-fiction award. In 2015, she published a cookbook, Special Delivery, co-authored with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe. In late 2014, Annabel teamed up with friend and fellow ABC journalist Leigh Sales to launch an independent podcast, Chat 10 Looks 3, complete with A Chorus Line-inspired theme song they have written and sung themselves.
In 2011, Annabel travelled to the United States as Australia’s Eisenhower Fellow to study developments in digital media and politics.
Annabel started out as a cadet journalist at Adelaide’s The Advertiser in 1997, and worked her way through local government and state political rounds before heading to Canberra in 1999. She has since worked as a political correspondent and sketch writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and served for a time as London correspondent for Fairfax’s Sunday titles. She has moonlighted as the host of various ABC radio shows, 7.30 and even Q&A, mostly when the regular hosts are sick, pregnant, or tied up by Annabel in an ABC utilities cupboard. Annabel is very active as @annabelcrabb on Twitter; a platform she uses to talk about politics, find new friends and locate exotic ingredients. She has more than 200,000 followers, and is Twitter’s most-followed Australian journalist.