Trainspotting live


Published in 1993, Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting, about a group of down and out heroin addicts living in Edinburgh, came to define a generation.

The film adaptation of the novel became an international blockbuster, and the sequel T2 Trainspotting is in cinemas across Australian now.

Tonight in Melbourne a stage adaptation of the novel opens and promises to immerse you in Trainspotting’s world of sex, drugs and 80s trance.

I recorded this interview live on RN’s Books and Arts and you can listen to it here.


Tom E. Lewis at the airport that launched his career

Tom E Lewis at Melbourne Airport (Georgia Moodie)

Tom E Lewis at Melbourne Airport (Georgia Moodie)

The long and varied artistic career of Aboriginal actor and musician Tom E. Lewis began back in the late 1970s, when he was spotted by film director Fred Schepisi and his wife Rhonda at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport.

The Schepisis approached him and asked him to audition for the lead role in their next film.

That film was The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, a screen adaption of Thomas Keneally’s 1972 novel of the same name. Based on the true story of Jimmy Governor, it tells the story of an young Aboriginal man living in the 1890s, and the racism and exploitation he faces at the hands of white settlers.

It was a groundbreaking film – one of the first Australian films that was told from the perspective of an Aboriginal person, and the fourth Australian feature to compete at the Cannes film festival.

Books and Arts Daily producer Georgia Moodie happened to bump into Tom E. Lewis at the very place where his career was launched, Melbourne airport.

They were both waiting in the line to get their bags checked by security, and so she jumped at the chance to ask him about the moment when his artistic career began.

Listen to the story here.