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 Killing Eve’s Villanelle to Hannibal’s Hannibal Lecter, and even Tiger King’s Joe Exotic, the baddies tend to steal the show. In a special event, some of Australia’s best TV writers and critics share their favourite TV rogues, wrongdoers and masterminds, and just what it is that makes them so compelling. Featuring Benjamin Law, Melina Marchetta and Kodie Bedford in conversation with Chris Taylor.

Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law

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.

Kodie Bedford (Australian)

Kodie Bedford

Screenwriter Kodie Bedford has worked on a variety of genres and projects. Her screen credits include the critically acclaimed ABC drama series Mystery Road, children’s series Grace Beside Me for NITV/ABC ME, comedy series Squinters for ABC and SBS online series Robbie Hood that won the 2019 AACTA for best online drama or comedy. Recently, Kodie ventured into playwriting after receiving the Balnaves Fellowship for 2019. The play Cursed! debuted on Belvoir’s main-stage in October 2020.

Melina Marchetta (Australian)

Melina Marchetta

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 has been translated into 18 languages and published in 20 countries.

Chris Taylor (Australian)

Chris Taylor

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.