Fusing the Medium and the Message

Welcome to the writing of Drew Turney, showcasing recent work I've done for publications and institutions throughout Australia and the world. Select a link from the random sample below that interests you or suits your publication, or use the menu to browse by category or sub-category. If the short excerpt sounds good, click the title to read on.

How can this site help you? By showing you my abilities in researching and writing stories that are engaging and easy to understand, skills over a dozen publications call on regularly.

My parallel career in design and computers is the basis for my technology writing. I'm putting my love of movies and books to practical use in film and book reviews and am talking to the personalities in publishing and filmmaking as well as reporting on the art and business of both crafts. I'm also writing general features on everything from celebrities and business to ideas and culture.

I've written over 15 novels, dozens of short stories, poetry, a journal now in its 22nd year and countless other pieces of random creative thought. If you're curious about any of my imaginative, creative or fiction writing, contact me.

Mirror Mirror
April 16th, 2012

Two films about the same thing from competing studios coming out at the same time is as traditional in Hollywood as executives in rehab. The list is long – Armageddon and Deep Impact, Capote and Infamous, The Illusionist and The Prestige, Mission to Mars and Red Planet. The cynical might think it’s because Hollywood is […]

Toast Titanium 10
September 9th, 2009

There’s a cool new feature where any videos you watch online show up in Toast’s media browser so you can resave them onto your iPod or media player for later, but unless you’re heavily into video and sound you’ll mostly use it as the dependable old disc burning tool it’s always been.

Cinetrek WDR800 DVD, Apple Aperture 2, NEC Powermate P5030
May 6th, 2008

Aperture 2 is a cataloguing and adjustment tool for large collections of digital photos that’s geared more towards pro photographers. However, if you aspire to the profession or just take a lot of pictures, it does a similar job to Picasa or iPhoto — even though it’s like comparing a VW beetle to an Aston Martin.

Aeon Flux
March 16th, 2006

If you’re the demographic that enjoyed Theron’s last serious dramatic outings, North Country and Monster (which includes most film critics), you’re probably not the audience Aeon Flux is going for, which probably explains a lot of the negative comment.

July 16th, 2009

It’s over fifteen years since his star shone in Hollywood, and action movie actor JCVD (van Damme, playing himself but sort-of-not in an avant-garde, Felliniesque kind of way) is a man nearing rock bottom as he fights against both huge tax losses and his former wife for custody of their daughter.

Classic Scene: Cloverfield
October 16th, 2011

Watching for tracking shots is always fun, but they work best when you don’t even realise they’re there. Director Matt Reeves’ Godzilla homage Cloverfield had a unique device that allowed him to include some impressive sequences — the story about a giant beast attacking New York was all done from the point of view of a camcorder user, Blair Witch Project-style.

More samples…

Breaking the Rules If getting a reader to care about the character means identifying with ...
September 14th, 2008

Box Office — Winter 2007 Winter's always a good time for movies. The May/June/July months are the ...
June 1st, 2007

X Men 2 Directed By: Bryan Singer Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Ian McKellen, ...
May 1st, 2003

Scott Hicks It's an old cliché that overnight success takes ten years. South Australian ...
April 16th, 2012

Riding the Wave Bondi Tsunami writer/director Rachael Lucas threw her hands up in frustration and ...
July 1st, 2005

Eli Roth 'If you can't have a root after taking a sheila to Cabin ...
November 11th, 2003

Full client and publication list:

  • APC
  • AskMen.com
  • Auscam
  • Australian Creative
  • Australian Macworld
  • Australian Way (Qantas)
  • Big Issue
  • Black Velvet Seductions
  • Black+White
  • Bookseller & Publisher
  • Box Magazine
  • Brain World
  • Business News
  • Business NSW
  • Campaign Brief
  • Capture
  • CHUD.com
  • Cosmos
  • Cream
  • Curve
  • Dark Horizons
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Desktop
  • DG
  • Digital Media
  • Disney Magazine
  • DNA Magazine
  • Empire
  • Empty Magazine
  • Fast Thinking
  • Filmink
  • Follow Gentlemen
  • Geek Magazine
  • Good Reading
  • Good Weekend
  • GQ
  • Hydrapinion
  • Inside Film
  • Internet.au
  • Loaded
  • M2 Magazine
  • Marketing
  • Men's Style
  • Metro
  • Moviehole
  • MSN
  • Nine To Five
  • Paranormal
  • PC Authority
  • PC Powerplay
  • PC Update
  • PC User
  • PC World
  • Penthouse
  • People
  • Pixelmag
  • Popular Science
  • Ralph
  • ScienceNetwork WA
  • Scoop
  • Scoop Traveller
  • Seaside Observer
  • SFX
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Australian
  • The Retiree
  • The Sun Herald
  • The West Australian
  • thevine.com.au
  • TimeOut
  • Total Film
  • Video Camera
  • Video&Filmmaker
  • Writing Magazine
  • Xpress
  • Zoo