RICKY GERVAIS: LARGER THAN (AFTER) LIFE

28 May 2020 #613

Cover Story: RICKY GERVAIS: LARGER THAN (AFTER) LIFE

 

“Hope is everything… I’ve always thought that. And I believe it. If you’ve got hope you can work towards something. It’s a medicine and a shield. I’m an optimist; I always see the good in people,” says our cover star Ricky Gervais.

He has made a career out of making people laugh and cringe and cry buckets – especially with his Netflix series After Life, now in its second season. But in this edition, he shares his message of hope for a better world as we wait for the coronavirus pandemic to pass.

“When everything’s back to normal – and we will survive this and look back at it like we have other disasters and pandemics – I hope that we can have a lightly more caring society.”

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Also in this edition:

• In Part Two of Contributing Editor Anastasia Safioleas’ report from South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, she meets a community working together to rebuild their island home after summer’s devastating bushfires.

Director Warwick Thornton packed his guitar, a few chooks and some basic cooking supplies to recharge on a remote beach in WA. It’s resulted in a mesmerising documentary The Beach.

Dave McCormack admits he might be recognised as the voice of the dad in Bluey nowadays. But he was once better known as the frontman of 90s band Custard – we chat about their latest album.

• Self-described DIY witch Jerico Mandybur chats about her new podcast Beyond Belief that explores all things spiritual, from dolphin telepathy to tarot reading – and she welcomes skeptics to tune in, too.

• In Big Picture, Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler goes behind the scenes at Vienna’s Natural History Museum.

• And in Tastes like Home, Fast Ed shares his recipe for a divine Raspberry Coconut Cheesecake Slice.

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