Matthew Clayfield is a journalist, critic and screenwriter.

In praise of ‘Deep Water’ and Yael Stone

The new Australian crime series Deep Water premiered on SBS last night and showed a lot of promise. The first half hour was a little rote—procedural to a fault, it seemed to me, a sensation […]


STARRING Craig McLachlan, Grant Cartwright, Stephen Carracher, Nadia Townsend, Rosie Lourde, Ailís Logan DIRECTED BY Stuart Willis WRITTEN BY Matthew Clayfield, Stuart Willis PRODUCED BY Toby Gibson, Simon de Bruyn In a near-future world, where […]

Lord Jones is Dead

STARRING Chad Krowchuk, Daniel Janks, Jonathan Pienaar DIRECTED BY Austin Andrews, Andrew Holmes WRITTEN BY Matthew Clayfield PRODUCED BY Austin Andrews, Darren Benning, Megan Godsell, Andrew Holmes, Adam Scorgie, Navid Soofi Two journalists from rival […]

Jul, 21

Soaking wet at Songkran

Songkran is not the best time of year to be a correspondent in Pattaya. It’s not that the story you’re after – a hard-hitting piece on sex tourism, naturally – has gone anywhere. Given the […]

Jul, 09

The only Australian in Bali

The fastest way to find a cockfight in Ubud is to find yourself a man with a cock. (The double entendre, as Clifford Geertz put it in his seminal piece on the Balinese cockfight, is […]

Jun, 15

Vietnam’s National Assembly elections plagued by biased vetting, intimidation

When Vietnam elects its National Assembly this weekend, voters will find that, by and large, the choice has already been made for them. The country’s ruling Communist Party blocked more than one hundred independent nominees […]

May, 20

Sex tourism: Thai trade boosted by ‘repressed’ tourists in Pattaya

In Pattaya’s Arab quarter, off the Thai sex capital’s famous Walking Street, a Kuwaiti man climbed down from the bar where he had been dancing for ten minutes and rejoined his friends at their table. […]

May, 15

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