Six guilty Festival guests discuss their favourite so-bad-it’s-good television shows. What does Slate’s film critic Dana Stevens binge watch when she doesn’t have to write about it? Why is poet Hera Lindsay Bird so obsessed with Survivor? Join them, along with other bad TV apologists Matt Ford (Pinky Beecroft), Brodie Lancaster and Liam Pieper, as they pay homage to the best of the worst. Hosted by Benjamin Law.
Hera Lindsay Bird (International)
Hera Lindsay Bird is a poet and bookseller from Wellington. Her self-titled and semi-autobiographical book of poetry Hera Lindsay Bird has earned her a cult status for her ‘smart, sassy and explicit takes on everything from female sexuality to Friends’ (The Guardian). In particular, her poem Keats is Dead so Fuck me From Behind hit a particular nerve with readers, and went viral. Her work has been published by The Toast, The Hairpin and has been included in Best New Zealand Poems.
Dana Stevens (International)
Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. Previously, she wrote the Slate television and pop-culture column Surfergirl for two years. She has also written for The New York Times, the Washington Post Book World, Bookforum, and The Atlantic. She has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from UC–Berkeley and lives in Brooklyn.
Brodie Lancaster (Australian)
Brodie Lancaster is a Melbourne-based editor and writer whose work explores pop culture, feminism and feelings. She is a managing editor at The Good Copy and the editor of Filmme Fatales, an independent publication exploring the places where film and feminism intersect. Her writing has been featured in Rookie, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Vulture, Jezebel, The Walkley Magazine and Junkee. Her first book, a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine, will be published by Hachette in July 2017.
Liam Pieper (Australian)
Liam Pieper is an author, award-winning fiction writer, journalist and Fairfax columnist. His 2014 memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year was shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award. This was followed by Mistakes Were Made, a collection of essays that make up a craven apology for writing a memoir. He was co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Award, and was the inaugural creative resident of the UNESCO City of Literature of Prague, where he completed his first novel The Toymaker.
Matt Ford (Australian)
Matt Ford - also sometimes known as Pinky Beecroft - is a screenwriter, television producer, musician, songwriter, ‘stand-up person’ and the lead singer of Machine Gun Fellatio. As a screenwriter, he has written for shows including House Husbands, Love Child, Dance Academy, Stingers and Farscape.
Benjamin Law (Australian)
Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now an AACTA-nominated TV series for SBS.