Festival Program


Love in the Age of Reality TV

Fri 6 Sep, 4pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

What is it that makes otherwise rational people jump on the bandwagon of reality romance TV and want to marry a stranger? Clementine Ford, Meriki Onus, and Michael Rowland ask: what do the popular commercial formats tell us about our hopes and hearts? With Sami Shah.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Clementine Ford is a Melbourne based writer, feminist and author of the best-selling books Fight Like A Girl (2016) and Boys Will Be Boys (2018).

Meriki Onus is a Gunnai and Gunditjmara woman who grew in Gippsland. Meriki is currently doing policy and advocacy at Djirra. She also has significant experience in campaigning in community on issues such as deaths in custody, youth detention, racism and more recently the Djapwurrung trees. Meriki is also a co-founder of Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance and is one of the organisers of Melbourne Invasion Day ‘Abolish Australia Day’ rally. She is passionate about transformative justice and abolition in her community.

Michael Rowland is the co-presenter of ABC TV’s News Breakfast. He is a former ABC Washington correspondent, covering stories ranging from the 2008 presidential election to the eruption of the global financial crisis and returned to the US to cover the 2012 and 2016 elections. He's not a fan of reality TV.

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning writer, comedian, journalist and broadcaster. His autobiography I, Migrant was nominated for multiple Premiers Awards across Australia. He's also written a non-fiction book, The Islamic Republic of Australia, a fantasy novel Boy of Fire and Earth, and multiple short stories, radio documentaries, and columns. Sami is currently based in Melbourne and is co-presenter of 774 / ABC Breakfast Radio.

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