Festival Program


Book Club: John Safran

Sat 25 Aug, 8.30pm
Immigration Museum

Join documentary-maker John Safran for a deeper look at cult horror classic The Exorcist by American writer William Peter Blatty, and its longstanding legacy through being adapted into one of the greatest supernatural films of all time.

We recommend you read The Exorcist prior to attending this session. If you would like to purchase a copy, you can do so here.

Ticket price includes refreshments.

This session is $60. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.


1 hour 30 minutes

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Session Artists

John Safran is an award-winning documentary maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues. Safran first hit TV screens in 1997 on Race Around the World. Both John Safran’s Music Jamboree and John Safran vs. God won Australian Film Industry awards for best comedy series and most original concept, and were also nominated for Logie awards. Other shows include John Safran’s Race Relations and Speaking in Tongues. He co-hosted Sunday Night Safran, a radio talk show on Triple J with cranky but beloved Catholic priest, Father Bob Maguire. Safran’s first book – Murder in Mississippi – is the true story of how he met a white supremacist and befriended his black killer. In his latest book – Depends What You Mean by Extremist – Safran attends a far-right rally in Melbourne and is led into a mad world of misfits, white nationalists, ISIS supporters and anarchists.

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011. For 2015–2016 he hosted Blueprint for Living, and now hosts Talkfest, on RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian and elsewhere.

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