We were excited to have the opportunity to interview Australian writer and editor, Brodie Lancaster on the Milligram Journal!
Brodie is the founder and editor of Filmme Fatales, a zine about film and feminism, the managing editor at The Good Copy and a co-ordinator at the annual Independent Photography Festival.
Brodie occasionally DJ’s and writes about pop culture, feminism and feelings for websites and magazines. In 2015 she was named as one of Melbourne Writers Festival’s ’30 Under 30′, and earned a spot on the shortlist of the Richell Prize award for Emerging Writers.
Brodie’s first book, a pop culture memoir titled, No Way! Okay, Fine was released in July. This year she’s part of the Melbourne Writers Festival kicking off the #Microreview project – 140 character reviews of books! The #Microreview project is sponsored by Moleskine.
How did you come up with and decide on the name Filmme Fatales — did you have any other interesting working titles you’re able to share?
Filmme Fatales was the second name I came up with – and I did so around the same time as Film Fatales, the group for women filmmakers, was starting up in the US! The first name was Girls on Film, which I later learned was the name of a different zine.
You’re a woman of many surprises — a cool cat behind the DJ wheel. Tell us how this came about? We’d love for you to share a memorable and/or unforgettable moment?
My friend Sinead and I were in line to see Frank Ocean play his only Australian show a few years ago and we ran into her friend Maquarie, who was running a night for female DJs called Hip Hop Hotties. She asked us to DJ, we spent half the Frank show coming up with a name, then we learned to DJ! Our first set was at Hip Hop Hotties a few months later and we were SO nervous but we played Dilemma by Nelly and Kelly Rowland and our DJ goal was achieved when two friends hugged and sang to each other during the song.
You speak and host a lot of events, workshops and panels — do you ever feel nervous before getting up in front of a crowd? Any inspiration or tips you’re able to share about facing a crowd and enjoying the experience?
I get nervous before pretty much everything! Reminding myself that the audience is on my side is essential for getting through nerve-wracking public speaking. Also, Beta Blockers.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? Was there a pivotal moment when this all changed?
I wanted to be just about everything, including an illustrator and a film director. I worked as an editor for almost three years before I realised that was what I REALLY wanted to do; before that I thought I was just lucky and had fallen into the job. That was when I started Filmme Fatales and everything changed after that.
Do you have a particular writing process you follow?
Not really; it kind of changes depending on what I’m working on. But generally, I get all my ideas, notes, quotes and key points into a document and then work on contextualising them and making them coherent. I’m a pretty fast writer when I actually focus, so I spend most of my “writing time” cleaning, doing the dishes, baking, tweeting – literally anything BUT writing. Self-discipline is the real secret.
Do you find readers respond different to digital over print?
The response to my book has been kind of like the responses to every other thing I’ve EVER done, combined! Even though writing for the internet is totally legitimate and real, there’s something about how tangible and permanent a book is that makes everyone super excited and vocal.
What’s at the top of your to-read pile?
My to-read pile is a bit embarrassing right now! This is by no means the extent of my list, but I just started reading You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, and underneath it on my bedside table are The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker, Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose. Listening to podcasts on public transport really eats into my reading time!
Do you make writing-related notes on paper or only on your computer?
I do most of my planning on paper! I recently flipped my planner (still physical! Although iCal creeps in sometimes) back to the start of the year and found SO MANY CHECKLISTS from when I was working through edits of my book.
Can you imagine doing anything other than writing? What would that be?
I grew up wanting to be a movie director and would still love to make a film some day! Otherwise I just want to live on a property with a big garden, wear loose shirts and live like Ina Garten/Maggie Beer.
Now we have to ask – do you have a favourite notebook?
Yes! I love the feeling of writing on the Ogami stone paper. My favourite ever is this brand-less dot grid notebook with a super soft, foldable leather-ish cover and HEAPS of pages. It’s so simple and utilitarian, and so far from the “motivational quote” genre of notebooks (which I’m not a fan of).
And maybe a favourite pen or pencil?
The Pentel EnerGel is my favourite pen. In black I get the 0.7 and in red I use the 1.0 gauge. The best.
Be sure to catch Brodie at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival.
Moleskine is sponsoring the #Microreview project at the Melbourne Writers Festival, which runs throughout the festival: Saturday 26 August to Sunday 3 September. If you get involved and post a review, you could win a set of the 2017 MWF Limited Edition Moleskine notebooks.