Podcast feature: ‘Becoming Colleen’ transgender documentary. Mardi Gras Film Festival.

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‘Becoming Colleen – Finding The Shoe That Fits’ podcast with Ian Thomson.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #206 Becoming Colleen – Finding The Shoe That Fits (Writer, Director & Producer Ian Thomson).

‘Becoming Colleen: Finding the Shoe that Fits’ is a documentary about an 85 year old transgender woman, transitioning from male to female in the coastal community of Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid-north coast. Having lived most of her life as Colin – a husband, father, policeman, film-projectionist and self-declared shoe fetishist, Colleen has had to negotiate her gender transition later in life.

More than a documentary about the transitioning of an elderly transgender woman: this is a story of Col and her wife Heather: two people whose love transcended their gender roles; a small community that comes together to support a woman in pursuit of her greatest dream; and how finding exactly the right pair of shoes can be a perfect fit.

On today’s show, my close friend Craig Mack and I interview writer, producer & director, Ian Thomson, who with the support of Queer Screen, Acon, STC and Documentary Australia Foundation, has pulled together this most beautiful and evocative journey that touches on so many important social issues of our time.

Not only does it shine a light on the world and life of a transgender lady growing up in rural Australia and the challenges that she faces along the way, this is story of inclusiveness, being true to yourself, spending time with and cherishing the elderly, evolving interpersonal relationships with friends, family and strangers, demonstrating the need for understanding, striving to learn from and showing empathy for people in the world around us, especially if they view the world a little bit differently to or approach life from a slightly different perspective to us.

It makes me proud to share this work of art and I hope you that enjoy this story as much as I do!

The ‘Becoming Colleen’ Sydney premiere on Sunday 24th February thanks to Queer Screen as part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival.
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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #206 Becoming Colleen – Finding The Shoe That Fits (Writer, Director & Producer Ian Thomson).

‘Becoming Colleen – Finding The Shoe That Fits’ podcast with Ian Thomson.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Marriage Equality and Vote Yes with Craig Mack.

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! on Marriage Equality and Vote Yes with special guest Craig Mack.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #164 Marriage Equality and Vote Yes with special guest Craig Mack – Original Recast from 2017.

Marriage Equality. The answer is YES!

I don’t jump up on the soap box very often and so when I do you can rest assured that it’s subject matter that I am SUPER passionate about!

On Friday night I was kickin’ it at home after hectic week working on the social media strategy for the launch of a new app, when it struck me… Why the hell hadn’t I recorded an episode of my show about Marriage Equality? 

Being an ex Emirates Airline flight attendant with LOADS of mates who are LGBTIQA, I am super passionate about the #MarriageEquality vote in Australia and want to be able to utilize my Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet weekly iTunes entrepreneurship podcast and social media presence to raise awareness for the vote and the need for Australians to take part in the upcoming Marriage Equality vote.

More than 760 million people countries around the world live in 23 countries where same-sex marriage is already a legal right. How are we not on board already?? It’s a basic human right! Fact. We were the 2nd country in the world to given women the legal right to vote (yep, New Zealand beat us again 😃). How are we so far behind now??

I immediately shot a text to my home-boy Craig Mack, who is a Social Media Strategist (TEDx Sydney, The Pinnacle Foundation, UTS), model with Wink Models, blogger, brand ambassador (Beyond Blue, R U OK?) and openly gay Sydney man, to join me to create an exclusive show about #MarriageEquality and the upcoming plebiscite vote to legalise gay marriage in Australia.

We discuss his childhood growing up in Coffs Harbour as the son of a drug dealer and drug addict, a hilarious and heartfelt True or False quiz about the facts of Marriage Equality, hot pink pants on a Sunday, his exploration of his own sexuality and sexual orientation, some of the wicked content we’ve seen about Marriage Equality including Tim Minchin’s ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ Marriage Equality plebiscite parody, to Audible’s ‘Listen to Love’ six-part audio series that the platform partnered with The Equality Campaign to create, exploring marriage equality in Australia, LGBTQIA teen suicide prevention and MUCH much more. 

Honestly, this is one of the most, beautiful, honest and wonderful shows that I have ever had the pleasure of recording. 

I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! on Marriage Equality and Vote Yes with special guest Craig Mack.

Adam Richard – Personality plus & a career built on taking a stand!

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Aussie stand-up comedian Adam Richard drops by the podcast.
Aussie stand-up comedian Adam Richard drops by the podcast.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast series

Interview #31 – Adam Richard (Aussie comedian, podcaster & writer).  

Grinder, Growler, Scruff, Squirt… dating apps of the international gay community and the array of symbols that people use in their personal profiles… this is a world where a $ sign in your profile means that there’s a cash transaction for the pleasure of your company and + sign means you’re HIV+. 

Today’s guest, Australian comedian Adam Richard, got into stand-up comedy in 1997 with a purpose – to make an impact. Change the way that comics talked about gay people on stage – with so many comedians at open mic nights and club sets hitting the homophobic jokes as the “go-to” option for cheap laughs. Just not good enough.

As a man who considered himself a “serious arteest” and was studying Professional Writing and Editing  at RMIT University, a career in stand-up comedy wasn’t a path that Adam Richard found overly appealing, but after seeing a bunch of wonderful comics including Matt King live, Adam realised that there could be a lot more depth to stand-up comedy than just one-liners and dick jokes… a narrative if you will, was what he craved.

Aside from chatting about the different dating apps for available for Twinks, Bears and more, we talk about my time working as promotional staff for Vitamin Water – where my role as team leader was to drive around town in a branded Vitamin Water vehicle in search of spots where we could hand out drink samples, whilst the two colleagues beside me, both gay, spent their time on the road swiping their way through Grinder looking for cute men at the various locations we stopped at around Melbourne.

We also touch on the discrimination that HIV+ people experience on a daily basis, the societal challenge of being LGBT and not coming out just the once, but almost every time you meet someone new, how not to use dating apps if you’re a straight male 😉 Adam’s first ever childhood memory, his podcasts The Shelf and Talking Poofy presents The Poofcast, Tonka Trucks, The Shelf live shows, Stan Lee wanting to be a comic book writer and so much more.

Over the past 18 years since starting stand-up, Adam Richard has built a career of many permutations from national radio on triple j and Fox FM, TV star on Spicks & Specks, co-writer and co-star of ABC TV comedy series Outland, producer and podcaster extraordinaire, the list goes on…

Super guy, super chats, let’s get into it!

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.