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Mr Simon David Hunt

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Simon Hunt is a Lecturer in Media Arts, and has a background working in music, sound art, audiovisual sound design, performance art, screenwriting, video and arts journalism.

He is best known for the creation of his political performance character ‘Pauline Pantsdown’. The character first came to public attention in 1997-1998 period, when (s)he released two independent singles that satirised and revoiced the controversial politician Pauline...view more

Simon Hunt is a Lecturer in Media Arts, and has a background working in music, sound art, audiovisual sound design, performance art, screenwriting, video and arts journalism.

He is best known for the creation of his political performance character ‘Pauline Pantsdown’. The character first came to public attention in 1997-1998 period, when (s)he released two independent singles that satirised and revoiced the controversial politician Pauline Hanson. While one of these songs was banned by the Supreme Court; the other became a top ten single while Pantsdown simultaneously ran a campaign for the NSW Senate in the 1998 federal election. The second song, ‘I Don’t Like it’, also received two ARIA award nominations. Since 2013, the character has gained a regenerated social media presence, and coordinates direct political action via the use of graphics, altered media, text and collective online/offline action; with notable political successes in 2014 including the removal of government ministers from a fundamentalist Christian conference run by an internationally-recognised hate group; and the firing of an opera singer who had advocated violence against LGBTI people from Opera Australia productions. The original ‘fanclub’ website for the character is archived in Pandora, the National Library of Australia’s official register of online publications, and the song “I Don’t Like It” was recently incorporated into a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at ‘old Parliament House’, Canberra.

Hunt has worked as a composer for film, television and theatre since the 1980s, with seven CD and record releases. He was a member of the classical duo ‘Frame Cut Frame’ with violist/composer Brett Dean in Berlin, and released two CDs on the Belgian experimental record label Sub Rosa. Notable commissions include the soundtracks for ‘Just For Show’ by UK dance group DV8 (2008) ; and “Friends of Dorothy’ (ABC TV, 2014).

Other notable work includes film critic for the Sydney Star Observer (1994-2000); casual project assessor for the Australian Film Commission and NSW Film & TV Office (1991-2000); film sound designer and composer for Counterpoint Sound (1988-1998)

Recently exhibited work includes the sound installation “Traffic Markings” and graphic drawing “The Welcoming” (both at ‘Quo Vadis : The Last Drawing Show’, UNSW Galleries, 2014) and the soundtrack for William Yang’s ‘Friends of Dorothy’ (ABC TV, 2014). 

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Carnival of the Bold - Simon Hunt aka Pauline Pantsdown (2013)
"I Don't Like It" - Pauline Pantsdown (1998)
"I'm Sorry" - Little Johnny aka Pauline Pantsdown (2000)
I Don't Like It : The Pauline Pantsdown Story (2016)
"Resonance" by Stephen Cummins & Simon Hunt (1991)
Performance protest at 'Australian Christian Lobby' conference 23.4.16
Carnival of the Bold - Simon Hunt aka Pauline Pantsdown
Pauline Pantsdown "I Don't Like It"
Little Johnny (aka Pauline Pantsdown) - "I'm Sorry"
I Don't Like It: The Pauline Pantsdown Story
Resonance
Protest at 'Australian Christian Lobby' conference 23.4.16