Sure, heroes are great and they save the day, but what is it about a TV villain that we can’t get enough of? From Succession’s Kendall Roy and Breaking Bad’s Walter White to Veep’s Selina Meyer, the baddies tend to steal the show. Acclaimed writers Benjamin Law (The Family Law) and Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi) join The Chaser’s Chris Taylor to discuss what makes their favourite TV rogues and cringe-worthy wrongdoers so compelling in this riotous conversation that ranges from Fleabag to The Office.
This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms.
Benjamin Law (Australian)
Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of The Family Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East and Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101. The Family Law is an award-winning TV series for SBS that Benjamin created and co-wrote over three seasons. His debut stage play, Torch the Place, premiered at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2020.
Melina Marchetta (Australian)
Melina Marchetta is the writer of ten novels which includes the multi-award winning Looking For Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, and the 2009 Michael L Printz Award winner On the Jellicoe Road. In 2011, her novel The Piper’s Son was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. She has also written a fantasy trilogy, The Lumatere Chronicles, as well as crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, which was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Her latest work is The Place on Dalhousie and the children's series What Zola Did on Monday. In 2020, the film adaptation of Looking For Alibrandi celebrated its 20th anniversary. It won the Australian Film Institute Award, an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. Melina has also written for the award-winning TV series, Dance Academy. Melina's work has been translated into 18 languages and published in 20 countries.
Chris Taylor (Australian)
Chris Taylor is a writer, performer and broadcaster who's best known as a member of The Chaser team, responsible for tv comedy shows such as CNNNN and The Chaser's War on Everything. More recently, he was the creator, co-writer and producer of the critically acclaimed drama Upright for Foxtel. He's just signed a six-figure deal with Hardie Grant to write his very first tweet, expected to be published in 2028.