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What Men Really Think About … Love

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To love is to be vulnerable. But vulnerability is something most men are taught to avoid at all costs. And yet to love and to be loved is something we all yearn for, need and deserve. In this forum, the three male guests discuss love … how they want it, how they get it, how it thwarts them and what lengths they go to avoid the uncertainty that comes with it. From the love of a lover to the love of a child, to the love of a parent, to love lost, with unbridled passion their declarations of love unveil them to their core.

What Men Really Think About … Love is part of an emotionally confronting yet humourous series about men, galvanising a new masculine voice in a country renowned for its repressed male psyche. Guests speak with stark honesty about issues most men usually never talk about and especially not in public. Everything from intimacy in long term relationships to the desire for status to parenting to porn to mental health to body image to death and more. Through deeply personal written stories, they address how they have denied or expressed their truth surrounding the topic.

This kind of raw honesty – usually only witnessed behind closed doors – confronts the men and audiences with their innermost fears, failings, desires, longing, rage, hopes and dreams as well as their stark vulnerability. It turns on its head the notion of the closed-book, Aussie bloke and unearths the costs and consequences of living by a silent code of self-censorship.

Join us as we ask, why don’t men communicate their feelings? And what happens to them and everyone around them when they do?For more information on the What Men Really Think About… series, click here.

Please note: this event will be filmed for television broadcast. By attending this event, you are providing consent to be filmed.

Featuring

Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers is one of Australia’s most enduring and respected rock icons. Tim is the frontman singer and lyricist for the legendary Australian rock bands You Am I and The Temperance Union.  Tim’s songs pay homage to his love of women, his child and life in all its weird and wonderful in... Read more

Kim Farrant

Kim Farrant writes and directs drama, documentaries and commercials for film and TV. Kim’s work has screened and sold all over the world. Her credits include the TV drama series Rush, as well as the documentaries Naked on the Inside, The Secret Side of Me and Out of the Saddle. She is renowned for... Read more

Barry Heard

Barry Heard is a Vietnam vet and author of the prize-winning books Well Done Those Men, Tag, and View from Connors Hill. Like many returned soldiers, Barry suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome that eventuated in a breakdown 30 years after the war ended. Writing about his experiences has given hop... Read more

Harry O'Brien

Harry O’Brien is a much loved and lauded AFL premiership footballer. He plays for Collingwood. But there is more to Harry than his incredible skills on the football field. Harry dedicates his spare time to generating peace and equality for all as seen through his passionate involvement in and ... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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