You Don't Know Me

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at The Wheeler Centre

Nayuka Gorrie on Blerd Culture

In public, Nayuka Gorrie has emerged as a passionate young Aboriginal activist and writer, primarily concerned with black politics and feminism. She’s written incisively on topics such as her evolving views about constitutional recognition, performed her work at Women of Letters and works in the youth not-for-profit sector as a program manager.

The natural question to ask is: what TV is she into?

As it happens, she’s a freak for Firefly. What resonates about Joss Whedon’s ill-fated 2002 sci-fi series – later transposed into the film Serenity? What does it say about resistance and authority, women and space?

In the wake of the multinational TV series Cleverman – a groundbreaking series marrying Indigenous mythology with dystopian futurism, just aired on the ABC – Gorrie will also talk about the growing momentum behind ‘blerd’ (black plus nerd) culture.


Portrait of Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie

 Nayuka Gorrie is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri, and Yorta Yorta writer. Gorrie’s work explores black, queer and feminist politics. They wrote and performed in season three of Black Comedy. In 2018 they were named as a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter recipient, and are currently working on a book of essays.

You Don't Know Me

Did you know that Beyonce is an avid consumer of crime novels? That Johnny Depp loves playing with Barbie dolls (and collects pig skeletons)? And Liam Neeson is such a fly-fishing fan that he’s been on the show Fly Fishing the World five times?

In a series of short daytime talks, You Don’t Know Me uncovers the off-centre obsessions, surprising passions and all-consuming hobbies of high profile figures who are well known for something else entirely.


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