Elle Hunt

Elle Hunt is a London-based commissioning and communities editor at Guardian Cities

Society
Nov 9, 2018

It's just a long way to go: When expats' fantasies of trips home meet reality

Almost every Kiwi who moves to London tries to soften the blow to family and friends by claiming they'll regularly return. But is it realistic?

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Now 4
Oct 27, 2018

Now That’s What I Call 1999: Have U2 and New Radicals ever been seen in the same room?

In 1999, Elle Hunt's dad convinced her that New Radical's 'You Get What You Give' was actually by U2. Today, she revisits the life-changing moment she realised he was wrong.

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Society
Oct 25, 2018

'Sorry, I fell asleep': the never ending struggle of long distance friendships

In her fourth Elleswhere column about life as an expat New Zealander in London, Elle Hunt navigates the lost connections of a 12 hour time difference.

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Society
Oct 11, 2018

The Whittaker’s Run: Feeding your NZ choccy addiction when you live in London

In her third Elleswhere column about life as an expat New Zealander in London, Elle Hunt begs folks back home to spare a thought for a Whittaker's fanatic stuck with no supply.

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Society
Sep 26, 2018

‘You should move here too!’ How to get your NZ friends to join you in London

In her second Elleswhere column about life as an expat New Zealander in London, Elle Hunt writes about seeing the city through the eyes of people who are just passing through.

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Society
Sep 13, 2018

The question that echoes in every NZ expat’s ears: ‘Will you go back?’

London-based Elle Hunt, along with just about every New Zealander living and working overseas, is routinely asked if and when she might return home. 

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Beverage
Jul 5, 2018

Why is coffee in London so, so terrible?

A displaced Wellingtonian yearns for the coffee culture she once derided.

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Television
Jun 25, 2018

What happened to C4 host Joel Defries?

In the middle of last decade, one man dominated our local music television. Then he disappeared. Elle Hunt talks to Joel Defries about life as a Kiwi TV star, and what he's been doing since.

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Television
Mar 12, 2018

‘The middle of nowhere!’ The show that reveals what Britain really thinks of us

A lot of British migrants are making the move to NZ – so why shouldn't there be a TV show documenting the process? Elle Hunt watches the BBC's Wanted Down Under.

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Music
Feb 12, 2018

How Lorde and Jack Antonoff changed pop music

From Lorde's whisper-pop to Jack Antonoff's anti-irony, Elle Hunt dissects how pop music is changing in after nearly 20 years in a Max Martin sugar rush.

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Music
Jan 29, 2018

And the Grammy goes to… Who knows, but here are our predictions

Is Melodrama the best album of the year? We'll know definitively on Monday (*irony warning*), but in the meantime, Elle Hunt predicts the winners of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

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Television
Nov 27, 2017

A love letter to the astonishing weirdness of Blue Planet ll

Elle Hunt thought she was alone at sea in her love for Blue Planet back in 2001. In 2017, it would seem the whole world has taken the plunge. 

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Music
Nov 8, 2017

‘And I’ve got to hit rock bottom’: Ten Paramore songs to see you through your personal crisis

If you have Paramore confined to a folder in your memory marked 'mid-2000s – DO NOT OPEN', Elle Hunt is here to deliver some startling news – they're still going and they're still writing perfect soundtracks to personal crises.

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Music
Sep 28, 2017

And the 2017 Silver Scroll goes to … Lorde, ‘Green Light’!

Tonight, Ella Yelich O’Connor and her co-writers won the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Award for Lorde’s song ‘Green Light’. Elle Hunt explains why the song is so powerful.

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Television
Sep 20, 2017

Real life read: Gossip Girl trapped me on the Upper East Side for two terrible months

For about two months in 2014, Elle Hunt watched nothing but Gossip Girl. On the 10th anniversary of the show's premiere, she reflects on the legacy of the Upper East Side snark-fest – and why sometimes it's OK to give up on a mediocre TV show.

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Music
Jun 17, 2017

Review: the era-defining potential of ‘Melodrama’

Elle Hunt reviews Lorde's new album, Melodrama.

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Television
Feb 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Sorry I’m 10 years late, but I want to talk about The OC

10 years ago today, The OC first aired on the television. Elle Hunt is very late to the party, but is partying nonetheless.

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Politics
Jul 3, 2016

Australia’s marathon election reaches the finish line, but refuses to finish

Australia wakes to discover it can't make its mind up. Elle Hunt recaps the action from Sydney

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Politics
Jul 2, 2016

Australia votes: the five-minute guide to today’s knife-edge election

The long, long, long campaign has come to an end. Miss anything? Fear not: in a dispatch from Sydney, Elle Hunt breaks down everything you need to know

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Television
Apr 13, 2015

Friday Night Lights: Football, Feminism and Trailblazers

With the first full-time female referee appointed to the NFL last week, Elle Hunt examines the low-key feminist crusaders who blazed the fictional way in Friday Night Lights.

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Television
Jan 13, 2015

Lost at Sea: Why Sitcoms Continue to Divide America and Britain

United by history and language, but very much divided by humour, Elle Hunt says America and Britain reveal their national character through the dispositions of their sitcoms. // It’s the last …

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Television
Jan 8, 2015

Summer Reading: All My Exes Live in Boxsets

Elle Hunt discusses the undeniable significance of binge-watching television in today's dating culture, while pondering her own romantic entanglements with both humans and TV shows. // I have seen the first half of …

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Television
Dec 15, 2014

2014 in Review: Music Monday – Top Ten TV Music Moments

Elle Hunt takes a walk through the top ten rubber-legged lipstick-smeared music moments to grace our TV screens this year. // Acknowledging that there are few things more boring or redundant than …

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