Martyn Pedler


I’m a writer and critic in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.

The movie of my first feature screenplay, EXIT, premiered at Montreal’s Fantasia Festival in 2011.

I’m a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, currently completing an interdisciplinary thesis on superhero stories called X-Ray Vision. I received a Masters in Creative Writing back 2003 for Zero Zero Zero – a novella about how disappointed we all were when the world didn’t end on New Year’s Eve 1999.

I’ve been a film critic for Time Out Melbourne and Triple J Magazine. I was the comic book columnist for the literary site Bookslut, too. My essay ‘Fake Politics for the Real America’ won the 2009 Australian Film Critics Association Award for ‘Writing on Non-Australian Film’.

Weirder still:

  • I’ve been a pop culture writer for The Australian Ballet
  • Part of the writing team of the Australian comedy TV show Rove Live
  • Had a three-month exhibition based on my fiction at the Old Treasury Museum
  • Run the First Year creative writing course at Swinburne University
  • Spoken about superheroes at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009, and
  • Interviewed Paul Thomas Anderson in front of Melbourne’s packed Astor Theatre in 2012.

You can email me, or find me on twitter, if you like.