Stephanie Bunbury writes about culture, with an emphasis on film, for Australian newspapers The Age (based in Melbourne) and the Sydney Morning Herald; her stories are then syndicated through the network of newspapers and websites published by Fairfax Media throughout Australia and New Zealand. She grew up in Melbourne and studied at Monash University, where she was in the first class to study film theory in what was then a new Visual Arts department; she also co-edited the student newspaper, taking charge of the reviews section. In 1982 she started at The Age as a cadet journalist, left the paper a few years later to travel and work in Europe and then returned to become arts editor in the early nineties. Her inner backpacker would not be silenced, however, and in 1995 she returned to London where she has been writing about the arts for the Fairfax papers ever since. Editors were dubious that anyone needed a London-based arts writer, but she was soon able to prove otherwise; she now covers all the major film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Toronto and has interviewed most of cinema’s famous names. Favourite contemporary film-makers include Yorgos Lanthimos, the Coen brothers, Hirokazu Koreeda and Aki Kaurismaki, but she is always on the look-out for something new and surprising.