Give Me Coal or Give Me Death. Opinion by Philippa Bateman

Published on April 20, 2017

Reflections on Climate Change in Four Uneven Acts


Since a series of conversations with Karina Holden, the director of Blue, for this blog—and deeply unimpressed by the feckless rhetoric flung about by Australian politicians, on both sides of the house, in support of the behemoth that is the proposed Adani Coal Mine—climate change has become a raging hornet in my head.  I know I am not alone.

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BLUE interview 2

Into the Blue, Part 2: This Will Not Wait

Published on March 20, 2017

My first interview with Karina Holden took place before she made Blue; this conversation a year later, when she had completed the film. Here, we talk about: how philanthropic funding made the film happen (HOORAY); the biggest environmental threat to Australia right now—the proposed Adani Mine in Queensland (BE AFRAID); how hard it was to get Australian celebrities on board a television show about the Great Barrier Reef (BOO), and why it’s not too late to act (don’t kick back any time soon, we have to act NOW).

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Interview with Dr. Mitzi Goldman, CEO Documentary Australia Foundation

Published on November 3, 2016

Dr. Mitzi Goldman is the CEO of the Documentary Australia Foundation that with the Shark Island Institute, hosts Good Pitch² Australia. Here, I ask Mitzi about DAF—how it came to exist and about her experience working with filmmakers and philanthropists in the realm of social impact.

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A Model that Works: Social Impact

Published on May 18, 2016

Good Pitch² Australia will soon announce the films selected for the final event in November 2016. It’s not that long ago since the inaugural event in 2014 when philanthropists and a coalition of partners jumped right in and backed six films: Call Me Dad, Constance on the Edge, Frackman, Gayby Baby, That Sugar Film and The Opposition.

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FLASHBACK: When Australia Led the Way

Published on March 5, 2016

On Mardi Gras Parade Day, and with the on-going debate about to plebiscite or not to plebiscite (marriage equality), this is a story about a time when Australia showed remarkable leadership. 

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LGBTI Rights: Gayby Baby and Larry Kramer

Published on March 4, 2016

Around the same time that I first saw the Good Pitch² Australia 2014 film Gayby Baby, I was on a plane and saw the HBO documentary Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger. Kramer is an American playwright (The Normal Heart, The Destiny of Me) and public health advocate but it’s for his work as an LGBTI activist that he’s best known.

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Gayby Baby

Published on February 28, 2016

This is an opinion piece about Gayby Baby, a 2014 Good Pitch² Australia film: I look at what the film, and it’s release, revealed to me about where we are in Australia on marriage equality. Not where we should be.

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