T Australia Issue #5 Out Now

Our next issue is fronted by award-winning actor, musician and producer Idris Elba, who has recently collaborated with Sydney band, Lime Cordiale.

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Idris Elba

T Australia’s next issue is themed “Journeys” – literal, emotional and creative – and it features the award-winning actor, producer and musician Idris Elba on the cover.

Elba spoke with writer Joe Brennan about a recent stint in Sydney, where he was filming George Miller’s “Three Thousand Years of Longing”. Feeling the itch to make music, the British actor was nudged into doing a recording session with the Sydney band of the moment Lime Cordiale. What ensued was barefoot, tequila-soaked nights of musical exploration, as Idris and the Leimbach brothers came up with a sound all their own. See Elba on set in our behind-the-scenes video and as he answers T Australia’s famous rapid fire questions in between shots.

Elba and Lima Cordiale’s collaboration opens a series of stories spotlighting “Modern Poets”, with the musician Nick Cave exploring the space between merchandise and art through his new project Cave Things; the filmmaker Madeleine Gottlieb mapping fraught emotional territory in her new work; and the acclaimed American ballet principal David Hallberg relocating to Melbourne to take up The Australian Ballet’s artistic directorship at a moment of historic crisis.

Elba wears Alexander McQueen coat, alexandermcqueen.com; AllSaints shirt, allsaints. com; Giorgio Armani pants; and Dr Martens boots, drmartens.com. Photography by Simon Lipman.
The guitarist Oli Leimbach (above left) and his brother Louis, the lead vocalist, of the Sydney band Lime Cordiale. Photography by Jess Ruby James.

“This issue brings together a group of artists who have demonstrated creativity and resilience through multiple forms of expression born from the physical limitations of the pandemic,” explains Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Katarina Kroslakova. “The results are pieces of work that convey a deeper meaning for both the audience and the creator.”

Also in this issue, the author and activist Bri Lee recalls the world destination that most challenged and shaped her; and T Australia’s restaurant critic, Besha Rodell, takes a trip to Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes region to experience the wonder of sardines, and, coveting refined refreshment, road-tests the new wave of icy poles. T Australia ponders the essential lesson the pandemic taught us and plots the route to a cleaner future for cars.


T Australia #5 is available at newsagents nationally, and can be ordered online now, either as a single copy or as part of a one-, two- or three-year subscription.