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GQ Australia March/April 2018

GQ is the essential style guide for modern men, from grooming tips to fashion details, seductive menus to great travel ideas and the latest bars in which to drink and be seen. GQ Australia is a provocative mix of the very best writing, strong visuals and an unrivalled sense of achievement, intelligence and irreverence, the ultimate urban men's tip-sheet. It's the pinnacle of the premium men's lifestyle magazine market and covers style, culture, entertainment, tech, health, sport, luxury and life.

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4 min
the editor’s letter

Lately, men have had a fair bit to contemplate. While we can all agree on how unacceptable the behaviour of certain high-profile figures has been, the #MeToo movement has raised questions about less obvious conduct. Behaviour that at some stage we may have all been guilty of – be it saying the wrong thing, or not saying anything at all. Everyone knows someone, a friend or colleague, who likes to make a joke out of something that’s mildly sexist, racist or pokes fun at others. But instead of pulling them up, it’s often easier to laugh nervously and move on. I’ve been guilty of it and I know I’m not alone. But the jokes stop here – we need to make a conscious effort not to be that guy, not…

3 min

RENYA XIDIS WAS THE HAIRSTYLIST ON OUR SIMON BAKER SHOOT, P156 How long have you known Simon Baker for? Over five years. If you had to describe him in a sentence? Cheeky, funny and very shy. What was the most challenging aspect of this particular shoot? The wind, definitely! Can you tell us some of the biggest trends in men’s hair right now? The mullet is back, people, so get ready. It’s here in both a bold, ‘look at me’ way and also softer more subtle ways. We’ll take your word for it. What’s one men’s hairstyle you’d be happy never to see again? The Caesar cut – does nothing for no one. Three products every guy needs in his bathroom cabinet? A good matt wax, some salt spray for texture, and a decent blow dryer – time you boys got your own! Agreed.…

2 min

My initial perception of Jake Gyllenhaal, was, ‘that actor who played the gay cowboy’. I know, terrible. But, after reading Dan Rookwood’s intimate interview with him in this month’s edition of GQ Australia, one leaves with a greater understanding of this elusive character and an overview of Gyllenhaal’s filmography throughout his career, plus, so much more! The emotional and physical strain that he subjects himself to in order to perfect a role is a remarkable feat which should, quite rightly, be admired. JESSE, VIA EMAIL Couldn’t agree more, it’s staggering how much Jake invests into his characters. Make sure you check out Stronger , in cinemas now. Such hot photos and such an amazing interview. Great job GQ Australia! KELL, VIA INSTAGRAM The Agenda by Jack Latimore in your recent issue concerning changing the date of…

4 min
the agenda

What does it mean to be a good bloke? This is one of the questions at the heart of Australia’s #MeToo campaign. Since I sent a tweet asking for stories of sexual harassment and indecent assault in the Australian media and entertainment industry last October, I’ve received well in excess of 1000 responses from women and a handful from men. One was particularly intriguing. “How long do you think it will take to clean up these workplaces?” he asked, with a sense of urgency. “My daughter is 14 and I don’t want her to go through all of this.” As I dug deeper, the conversation turned confessional: “Yeah, I guess I’ve done a bit of this stuff, too. You know, laughed along. Flirted with the young girls. But now I know it was…

4 min
the gq brief   ai weiwei

It’s easy to look at refugees as a national issue. A problem that simply requires stopping the boats, closing the borders, building walls. But it’s this misconception that makes Human Flow , the latest work from the prolific Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, such a revelation. It sees Weiwei travel to 23 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Mexico and Turkey, to visit some 40 refugee camps and immerse himself in the experiences endured by the 65 million displaced people around the globe. This is, he’s quick to point out, not a refugee crisis or a national problem, but a human issue. “The so-called refugee crisis is just one side of the coin,” he says. “The other side is our humanity. Human rights have faded away due to a lack of vision and…

2 min
the hit list

THE PLAY Shifting from politics to sport and military life, Still Point Turning is an account of Catherine McGregor’s remarkable life. From the loss of her parents and recovery from alcoholism, her struggle with gender dysphoria and her transition into a woman, actress Heather Mitchell tells McGregor’s story in her own words. STILL POINT TURNING: THE CATHERINE McGREGOR STORY, APRIL 21-MAY 26; SYDNEYTHEATRE.COM.AU THE EVENT Part of Sydney’s ‘Vivid Ideas’ program at Vivid festival, ‘Semi Permanent’ returns for three days of panels, discussions, talks and events. Though it could be more accurately described as a celebration of people whose jobs you wish you had. Among those on the line-up are legendary sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield – responsible for Nike’s ‘Air Max 1’ and countless others – former Wired Editor-in-Chief Scott Dadich, graphic designer…