The Australian comedy songwriter and creator of the Matilda musical turns graphic novelist with Storm
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY MOVIE
I’m going to preface this by saying I’m not the geek my fans think I am. I’ve never watched Star Trek and I barely know what Star Wars is. But I like the original Total Recall. And Looper’s an amazing film. I like concepts. I’m writing a musical of Groundhog Day at the moment, and I love Groundhog Day because of the thought experiment nature of it.
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY TV SHOW
It’s all Buffy for me. Do you know Joss Whedon tweeted about my musical Matilda yesterday? Fucking best day of my life! At the end of the song “When I Grow Up” Miss Honey comes and sings her verse, repeating one kids have sung, which goes, “When I grow up I’ll be brave enough to fight the creatures that you have to fight beneath the bed.” And Joss tweeted, “‘ Daddy, why does the teacher sing that at the end?’ ‘ Daddy will explain it when Daddy stops crying.’” I was so thrilled. Until Game Of Thrones – I just watched the entire four seasons of that in six weeks – Buffy was the only TV series that I’d watched from beginning to end.
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY NOVEL
My favourite author – certainly in the top three – is Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut’s tone just changed my life. The way he speaks with such a gentle irony – quirky, funny, profound and beautiful. Slaughterhouse- Five was my choice of book when I did Desert Island Discs. Storm is available in paperback and deluxe hardback now. Matilda The Musical is currently being performed in London and New York.