How to cope with a narcissist

I spent a few horrible years working closely with someone who was a full-blown narcissist. I don’t mean difficult to work with, I mean ticked every single box when I googled “what is a narcissist”. It was only after watching this person systematically destroy others...

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A quick guide to NOT being a terrible house guest

Have you ever had someone stay with you about seven days too long? Or got the sinking feeling after six and half days at someone else’s house that YOU might be that person? Well, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered. Based on some recent experience, here’s a list of...

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Hard truths about making an indie film

I was recently told that on social media, my life looks like a series of red carpets. But while I have stood on the occasional bit of crimson to promote my independent film Zelos, the reality of making an indie feature bears no resemblance to my Instagram account...

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How to start a cult in 5 easy steps

I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with cults. I’ve been on a bit of a binge of movies about cults lately – from the Scientologists, Raelians and Branch Davidians to the Orange People and The Family. By watching these films, I think I’ve figured out the formula...

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The night I slept in Trafalgar Square

When I was young(er), I was pretty reckless about my safety. I also had two beliefs: (1) that I should always do anything a man could and (2) that people were essentially good so nothing terrible would ever happen to me. And that's how I came to be sleeping in...

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My top 10 Aussie films of the 2000s

I was recently invited to be a guest on a podcast, speaking about the best 10 Australian films of the 2000s. My first reaction was ‘That’s a LOT!’ But when I sat down to revisit some of my faves, my shortlist had 30 films on it. I’ve now narrowed that down to ten but...

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All the jobs I’ve been fired from

This month marks four years with the same employer, which is the longest I’ve ever held a job by a long shot. The greatest skill I've acquired over my career is getting fired from jobs. I've lost almost as many jobs as I've actually had. Employers seem to either want...

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The YES passports and the NO passports

This week marks the five year anniversary of Australia’s “offshore processing” centres – which means that many of the refugees have now been trapped on Manus and Nauru for half a decade. On this date in 2013, I had recently returned to Australia after 10 years of...

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