The Discernable Interviews

Who is Topher Field? Why he created Battleground Melbourne

1 Hour 41 Minutes

14 January 2022

Topher Field has been a political commentator, speaker and content creator for 12 years. He was our first live guest on Discernable and returns today to discuss his first feature-length documentary, ‘Battleground Melbourne: The Fall of the World’s Most Liveable City, through the eyes of those who risked everything to save it’.

Classically, ‘history is written by the victors’ but in the age of new media and indie film-making, Topher has managed to show Melbourne through the eyes of the protest groups who he regularly describes as having ‘lost to Premier Daniel Andrews’.

In this interview we discussed the motivation behind Battleground Melbourne, the bias of the piece, history wars and geopolitical realities that we could all be facing in the coming decades.

Topher describes Battleground Melbourne as the ‘finest’ and ‘most important’ work he’s ever done and in many ways it serves as an answer to the question ‘who is Topher Field?’. Watch this interview to discover how Topher thinks, how he evolved, the challenges he sees facing the world today, and where he thinks we are heading.