Editorial: You've Gotta Be Kidman

30 June 2017 Amy Hetherington

Editorial: You've Gotta Be Kidman

At seven, my hairdresser butchered me into a tiny bogan. She transformed my long locks into what I can only describe as a feathered mullet. My brother got a rat’s tail. It was 1984, the hair-sprayed height of Traralgon cool. My chin wobbled, but she promised the lighter, shorter ’do would turn my dead-straight hair curly. I was a child who ate my crusts dreaming of Nicole Kidman’s spiral curls. I desperately believed.

I’d wanted to be Nicole Kidman since I saw BMX Bandits. Here was a girl doing bike stunts. She was ace. I got my own BMX for my birthday, and tore up the neighbourhood. Happily, my new Stackhat covered up my horror haircut.

My curls never arrived, but Kidman continues to inspire. She champions Australian film and female talent, she’s fearless on screen. In this edition, the incomparable Margaret Pomeranz celebrates the rise and rise of “Our Nic”, who is riding a career high with the success of TV’s Big Little Lies and three films due for release, including Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled this month.

I also draw inspiration from Martine Allars, whom I’ve known since we were young journalists in Sydney in the 90s. What has always struck me about Martine is her boundless positivity and generosity. In this issue, she writes about her failed kidney transplant and her wait for that life-saving call. Her piece sparked many conversations in our office about our own donation decisions, and I hope it encourages you to do likewise. While the majority of Australians support organ donation, only a third are registered donors. You can no longer simply tick a box on your driver’s licence, but need to register your wishes at donatelife.gov.au.

And we have something just for the kids these school holidays, The Little Issue, a special lift-out mag of fun facts and puzzles – for when they tire of BMX stunt riding.

Amy Hetherington, Editor

This article first appeared in Ed#540 of The Big Issue.