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Simon Hunt

b. 1962
New South Wales

Simon Hunt is an artist and musician whose work has encompassed a wide range of media including video, music and live performance. Since the mid 1980s, Hunt’s work has engaged with popular culture in a variety of forms, from Super 8 and video works to sound collages, soundtracks, dj performances, pop songs and music videos, often bitingly parodic and satirical in tone. Much of Hunt’s work has engaged with the aesthetics and politics of the gay community, both in Australia and overseas, and much of his better-known work has taken the form of the drag persona Pauline Pantsdown, a parody of right wing Australian politician Pauline Hanson.

Andrew Frost
Birth place
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Period of activity 
from 1983
Other works 


2011 - Remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” (Simon’s Dark Keys Mix); 5 broadcasts on Gilles Peterson’s ‘Worldwide’ program, BBC Radio 1, Oct-Nov.

with “Frame/Cut/Frame”

(Duo with Brett Dean, violist, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)

 2000 - "HUNDREDS & THOUSANDS" - CD version of group sound installation, Philharmonic Square, Berlin, Germany, 1999/2000 New Year.

1995 - "THE MAN OF SORROWS" songs included on European/USA compilation. Sub Rosa Records, Belgium. 1994 “NIGHT OF SHORT LIVES” CD European/USA release on Sub Rosa. 1990 "FRAME/CUT/FRAME'" CD European/USA release; Sub Rosa

As “Little Johnny”

2004 - “I'm Sorry" on CD Rock Against Howard, F'ckAll Records through Shock. RAH001. CD #2 Track #6.

2000 - “I'm Sorry” (single) on Shock Records.

As “Pauline Pantsdown”

1998 - “I Don’t Like It” (single) on TWA Records.
1997-98 - “I’m a Back Door Man” (unreleased single), unreleased due to defamation action brought by politician Pauline Hanson. Song voted #5 in the 1997 JJJ Hottest 100.

with ‘The Australian Chamber Orchestra’

1998 PICKINGS: 1997 Huntington Music Festival. including “CARLO: Music for Strings, Sampler & Tape” (Dean)

with "Bring Philip" (four member audio/visual performance/music group)

1986 - "COMFORTS"single
1986 - songs included on two European release compilations of Australian music, "Beneath the Southern Cross" and "No Worries".
1984 - "ENDOSCOPY" 12 inch EP
1984 - “LIVE AT THE WIRELESS” - 2JJJ radio compilation


2012 - TV appearance as Pauline Pantsdown on “The Morning Show” (Channel 7) 22.5.12

2012 - Included in Daniel Mudie Cunningham’s “Funeral Songs”, MONA FOMA, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, January.

2011 - Appearance as Pauline Pantsdown, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, March.

2009-2012 regular DJ and live keyboard improvisation : Café Lounge, Civic Hotel, Oxford Hotel, Red Rattler warehouse (Sydney)

2009 - “Sylvania Watersports” performance photo, soundtrack and handbills exhibited in “Reality Check : Watching Sylvania Waters”, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre, November.

2005 - Just For Show – DV8 Physical Theatre, choreographed by Lloyd Newson. London, UK and international tour.

2003 - Neocontre, Gallery 9, Brisbane, Australia, group exhibition.
2000 - One Of A Kind — Nederlands Dans Theater, choreographed by Jirí Kylián.

(Co-composer with Brett Dean)

1998 - Friends Of Dorothy , The Performance Space, Sydney (William Yang) (Composer / Sound Designer / Script Editor)

1997-2012 - Pauline Pantsdown shows, various nightclub performances. (Writer / director / composer /choreographer / lead performer)

1996 - Double Oh, Double Aah, Double Five : “Club Bent”; Performance Space. (Writer / Director / Composer / Performer)

1995 - Tales Of Helpmann: Bobby’s Fluffy Trip, Performance Space, Sydney. (Composer/Sound Designer/Script Consultant)

1987-1998 - Frame/Cut/Frame, live performance Berlin / Sydney. Member of musical duo.

1991-96 - Switching Frocks. Director of queer performance and video group - various nightclubs, also "trash videos” Hunky Donkey & Day Of the Killer Kathys for public television.

1990 - 1991 * Music and Sound Design for “Pendulum”, choreographed by Chad Courtney at The Performance Space, Sydney. 


Awards, collections 
2010: Dean’s Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence, UNSW COFA. 1999 - Song "I Don't Like It" (Pauline Pantsdown) Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. nominated: Best Independent Release, Best Comedy Release. Single release, #10 on Australian singles charts. 1998 - Nominated ‘Activism In The Arts’ award (for “Pauline Pantsdown” project ). St Kilda Access TV Arts Awards. 1994 - LINK (short film) awarded Best Achievement in Video at St Kilda Film Festival. Role: writer/composer/sound designer 1991-92 - (as co-film director with Stephen Cummins) "Resonance" voted Best Short Film, Sydney Film Festival. Special Commendation, Kino Awards for Short Film, Melbourne International Film Festival, Best Short Film, 1992 Turin Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Best Australian film, 1992 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Over 100 international festival screenings. 1988 - (as sound designer) Special Commendation for Sound at Münchner Filmwochen (Munich) for "Somewhere in the Nowhere" (directed by Drago Hari) 1984 – (as writer) "Them", winner RAM Magazine Short Story Competition.