Festival Program

City Program

Generation Miserable

Sat 11 Sep, 12pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Today’s millennials face a fairly unique set of challenges. Unstable housing, the relentless pressure to self-improve, and not to mention a heating planet, are conspiring to produce a certain kind of millennial malaise. Appearing live via video, influencer and entrepreneur Lillian Ahenkan aka Flex Mami (The Success Experiment) and Guardian editor Bridie Jabour (Trivial Grievances) join on-stage participants cultural critic Sinéad Stubbins (In My Defence, I Have No Defence) and moderator Brodie Lancaster to trade stories of the humbling and sometimes humorous search for meaning and the ensuing burnout, as members of a generation whose lives haven’t turned out quite how they imagined.


1 hour


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Lillian Ahenkan aka Flex Mami is a multidisciplinary millennial: entrepreneur, social commentator, media influencer and podcaster. Lillian was winner of E! Online’s People’s Choice Award for Influencer of The Year 2020 and Instagram’s Young Entrepreneur of 2020. The Success Experiment is Lillian’s first book.

Bridie Jabour is the author of the book of essays Trivial Grievances. Her first book was the novel The Way Things Should Be and she is the opinion editor of Guardian Australia.

Brodie Lancaster is a writer, critic and editor from Melbourne. She founded Filmme Fatales, a zine about women in film, and is the author of No Way! Okay, Fine, a pop culture memoir.

Sinéad Stubbins is the author of In My Defence, I Have No Defence. She has worked on the writing staff for ABC’s The Weekly With Charlie Pickering; has written many recaps for Junkee; and has written for the Guardian, The Saturday Paper, frankie, The Big Issue and New York Magazine.

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