The Fifth Estate
With Sally Warhaft, Les Hinton – Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man for more than 50 years – talks about the past, present and future of the mainstream press … as well as life alongside the man he calls ‘an authentic colossus’.
Sally Warhaft and Les Hinton — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Hinton has enjoyed both a close-up and a long view of the radical changes that have swept through the newspaper business. His new book, The Bootle Boy, is a memoir of his progress through the ranks of the Murdoch Empire.
Prior to stepping down in 2011, Hinton oversaw the administration of mastheads including the Times, the News of the World and Wall Street Journal; newspapers that, for better or for worse, shaped destinies and held a stake in world affairs.
In the book, Hinton gives an insider’s account of the media jostlings of major political figures, provides his own perspective on the phone-hacking scandal and reflects on changing revenue models for newspapers.
The Fifth Estate
Journalist, author and acknowledged expert in American right-wing extremism David Neiwert talks to Sally Warhaft in an intimate discussion on journalism, media and politics in the context of the alt-right in Trump’s America.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.
Alia Shawkat in Conversation
It's almost like that episode of Arrested Development when Maeby accompanies her father to an audition, and ends up becoming a film exec: Alia Shawkat is calling the shots.
Maeby Fünke, the droll teenage con-artist, was of course the role that made Shawkat famous. In the years since the original Arrested Development series wrapped, Shawkat has sought out offbeat roles…
The Wheeler Centre
Jennifer Egan — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Jennifer Egan is one of America’s most acclaimed and least predictable novelists.
Egan’s most famous book – the virtuosic, Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad – took the form of 13 interlocking stories set in the dying days of the music industry, with one chapter presented in the form of a powerpoint presentation. Her latest novel, Manhattan Beach, is a work of historical fiction set in the Brooklyn Naval Yard in World War II.
An engrossing story replete with lush imagery and crackling wit, Manhattan Beach showcases the narrative energy and expansive style that have made Egan a leading American novelist of her generation. It is also the result of painstaking research. Egan spent eight years learning about American wartime naval history and interviewing veteran divers – even going so far as to try on a 90-kilogram World War II diving suit herself.
At the Athenaeum Theatre with Michael Williams, she discusses history, hope and American upheaval.
Michael Williams and Jennifer Egan — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Emily Nussbaum: Culture, Criticism and TV Today
'Criticism is a form of theatre,' Emily Nussbaum has said. 'I'm writing for an audience and I don't want to bore them.'
As the New Yorker's TV critic, Nussbaum has won a large and devoted international audience by giving contemporary television the incisive, sophisticated and entertaining criticism it deserves. Join this peerless critic and chronicler of popular culture for…
Ronan Farrow: Power, Abuse and Facing Facts
Ronan Farrow has been one of the foremost reporters documenting the culture of silence and impunity around sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As industry after industry attempts to confront long-unexamined demons in this area, Farrow offers fresh ideas for creating a new culture of accountability. Hear from Farrow as he discusses the poignant personal stories of abuse, in his…
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