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#wetoo: The Power Of “We” Will Set Us Free

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In response to the scepticism surrounding the #metoo posts blossoming up on our social feeds, let me explain to you why it’s powerful and important, because my head is filling up with a lot of loud pointy red shapes that look something like fury, if fury were a number of very sharp arrows. I don’t know if those arrows will hit their mark but hey, better out than in.

To be clear, I encourage questioning. I understand the scepticism surrounding any social media-based movement bandwagon that everyone hops on, because for the most part they’re hugely ineffectual. They’re a great way to publicly display that you care about a sociopolitical issue, without actually doing anything about it. They can encourage continued complacency in the guise of participation.

This one is different. It isn’t just about effecting change; it’s also about voice, camaraderie, public solidarity, and awareness.

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Taylor | Kelly

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Rory Kelly is an actor, writer and filmmaker based in Melbourne. He has been involved in numerous films and stage productions, including the stage production of War Horse. Recently, Rory won the Green Room Best Male Actor Award for his eponymous role in Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre’s stage production Trevor. He also co-runs a photography business Taylor | Kelly with his partner, photographer Isobel Taylor-Rodgers (Issy). Red Magpie interviewed the pair in their studio about the headshots and portraiture they offer for emerging artists, and talk to Rory about acting and writing.

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The Nursery Web

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Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, but a new play that’s about to hit The Butterfly Club in Melbourne – The Nursery Web – uses all three parts to frame a bigger story about the nature of romantic relationships. Red Magpie sat down for a chat with the talented all-woman team behind this intriguing production – writer and director Kotryna Gesait, and assistant directors Genevieve Neve and Lulu Jemimah – as they tell us about the play and their backgrounds ahead of The Nursery Web’s opening night tonight.

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Belinda Barnes

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Belinda Barnes is a Canberra-based Australian painter originally from South Africa. The moody colouring of her work evokes landscapes and natural shapes seen as memories, while her use of perspective gives a simultaneous feel of the aerial and the microscopic. There is a distinctly Australian quality about her work – the earthy orange and red palette, combined with striking blues, summon extremes of Australian bush and water. Belinda has had several exhibitions and sold numerous works, and took the time to talk to us about her artwork, her process and her story.

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Homer

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Homer is an online journal which creates conversations about masculinities and alternative male role models. The website was officially launched in September, and we spoke to founder and editor Ashley Thompson about how he’s feeling about things so far, the difficulties with creating a space that invites men to be vulnerable, and where he’d like to see Homer going in the future.

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Like Riding A Bike

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I never learnt how to ride a bike as a child. The older I became, the more the two-wheeled enigma became an impenetrable fantasy mode of transport, and the more estranged I felt from “normal” people who took this skill for granted. But my god, the rush when I managed to peddle for the first time! I screamed inwardly, “I’m a cute girl in an A-line smock riding a bicycle in Berlin!” and, with the stupidest grin plastered across my face, cycled for about three metres – before crashing into the side of a stationary car.

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Gabriella Moxey

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Gabriella Moxey is a visual artist specialising in oil-based portraiture. Her portraits are convincingly human, intimately conveying the personality of the subject to the viewer. Gabriella’s work also includes landscapes and animal life portrayed through a variety of materials, such as a striking charcoal series reminiscent of fossilised fish. While painting and drawing are her primary mediums, Gabriella also dabbles in sculpture and photography. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Fine Art at RMIT.

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A. Swayze and the Ghosts

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It’s a soggy Tuesday morning in Hobart, and the talented boys from garage rock/punk band A. Swayze and the Ghosts have just flown home after launching their single, ‘Reciprocation’, at the Grace Darling in Melbourne. The high energy band – comprised of Andrew (Swayze) Hasler and very solid, non-spooky ghosts Zac Blain, Hendrik Wipprecht and Ben Simms – chatted with us over some very civilised pints with mostly civilised banter about their music, history, inspirations and aspirations.

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Anna Snoekstra

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Anna Snoekstra recently published her debut fiction novel, Only Daughter, a gripping thriller following the stories of two women: Rebecca (Bec) Winter, in the days leading up to her disappearance as a 16-year-old, and the unnamed shoplifting-fugitive who pretends to be her, 11 years later.

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