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Islands in the Stream


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In the early 2000s, prestige television shows like The Sopranos, Mad Men and The Wire heralded a new Golden Age of Television. Now, with the proliferation of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Stan and Disney+ competing to release their own original series, are we on the precipice of a new era for elevated on-screen storytelling?

Join a panel of local media creatives and programmers as they explore the ways streaming services are reflecting – and altering – our relationship to television. From the watchful, inescapable eye of the algorithm, to the impact of extended lockdowns on our home bingeing habits, are we still searching out new content or has the content started searching for us?

Tune in to hear from culture critic and host of Guardian Australia’s Saved for Later podcast Michael Sun, screenwriter and creator of All My Friends Are Racist Enoch Mailangi, and Director of Programming at Stan Australia Ben Nguyen, with host Brodie Lancaster.


Enoch Mailangi

Enoch Mailangi is the creator/writer of five-part comedy series for ABC iview, All My Friends Are Racist and has just wrapped their debut short film with Noble Savage Pictures. Enoch is also an alumni of Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group and currently an Urban Theatre Project resid... Read more

Michael Sun

Michael Sun is a writer, designer, and broadcaster based on Gadigal land/Sydney who loves beautiful dogs and ugly fonts. His work – which revolves around the intersections between queer and pop culture, memory, and technology – has been published in Guardian Australia, The Monthly, ABC A... Read more

Ben Nguyen

Ben recently joined leading Australian streaming service Stan in July 2021 as Director of Programming within the Content team, the home of 2021 Emmy-winning Hacks and Cannes Best Actor winner Stan Original Film Nitram. Previously he had been SBS from 2008, starting in documentary acquisitions be... Read more

Brodie Lancaster

Brodie Lancaster is an author and essayist from Melbourne. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Vogue Australia, the Guardian and New York magazine. Her first book, the pop culture memoir No Way! Okay, Fine, was published by Hachette in 2017. She co-hosts See Also, a w... Read more

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