Film writing

I’m currently hired as a co-writer on director Chris Nelius’s (Girls Can’t Surf) debut feature.

My Coffin Lid, My Shield

My Coffin Lid, My Shield is a spoken word, song and poetry album I recorded with Simon Mason.

Simon and I met taking care of our kids outside a Yarraville cafe. We discovered a shared interest in making strange sounds with odd words. I’d written a super-long poem that I thought might work as the basis for an imagist musical. Simon agreed. We met in Simon’s home studio over coffee and water and sang and spoke and composed as the mood took us. ‘My Coffin Lid, My Shield’ is the result: a work that explores themes of mortality and staying innocent in the face of the world’s cruelties. Contains some very occasional coarse language, some adult themes and quite a few childish ones too.

We performed it live at the Night Heron in Footscray in August 2019 .

Being a Wheel Family

I wrote, produced and performed this comedy show in the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival. It was based on the lives of a fictional family of working-class poets: Rob, Carrie and Steele McGere. 

As if Nothing is Happening. And it is.

Bill and I released this album in 2005 under the name ‘Jumbuktu’. Get it through Amazon.

“At last, a poetry album that you can listen to as you would a music album . . . Mitchell uses his formidable reading skills – he knows when and how to hang a pause out there, so that the listener is thirsting for what comes next . . . Buttler’s contribution to this album is immense . . . [He] employs music styles at times so familiar to us . . . they act as another image in the poem . . .The everyday world of these poems poses insurmountable problems, asks unanswerable questions. This is a CD for the times.” - Garth Madsen


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